Steven Lyle Jordan

Science, Fiction and Futurism

The Kestral Voyages

Thrill to the adventures of Carolyn Kestral and the crew of the Mary as they travel throughout the Fraternity, making a living and seeking excitement in Orion’s Arm!

Within the Fraternity of planets in Orion’s Arm… among the terraformed planets and genetically-altered humans who colonize them… ex-Guardsman Carolyn Kestral and the crew of the freighter Mary fly, trying to make an honest living, avoiding the alien Raians that oppose human Manifest Destiny, and dealing on a daily basis with the fact that Humanity’s greatest enemy, as always, is itself.

The Kestral Voyages are my most popular novels, and all of them have been updated and re-released with new covers, multiple ebook formats and paperback versions.

Book I: Race to Deep Abignon

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She survived the Spiders’ virus… but is it just a stay of execution?

Carolyn Kestral’s last encounter with the hostile, spiderlike aliens known as Raians, and their attack virus—code-named Venom—didn’t kill her as expected, but all the same destroyed her career in the Orion Guard.  Now the proud owner of a Quicksilver-class freighter, she gathers a small crew and goes into business on her own.

But when a clandestine first run attracts the attention of the Spiders, Captain Kestral’s crew worries that the stress could trigger the virus, turning her into a lethal human weapon at the worst possible moment…

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A brand new book in the Kestral series!

Book II: Defiance of the Concorde

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The Concorde does business rough.  But they’ve never dealt with Carolyn Kestral.

Despite Captain Carolyn Kestral’s best efforts, her medical past and hazardous reputation means she must accept sketchy freight jobs just to make ends meet… including jobs from shadowy and barely-legal organizations like the Concorde.

And when one of those sketchy jobs at the remote Rho station takes a bad turn—and a group of innocents are marked for death—Kestral and the crew of the Mary realize that, to help them escape the Concorde’s wrath, they need the aid of an unlikely new ally: The wily and mercenary Captain of the Jovian Skies

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Book III: The Lens

Kestral: The LensAre Kestral and her crew battling the wrath of a planet?

Planet Shura Dva seems to be deliberately resisting and sabotaging the terraforming work of the Orion Engineers.  A local workers’ leader claims to be able to “feel” the planet’s anger… but the Engineers think he’s really a terrorist leader secretly orchestrating the attacks.

And when Carolyn Kestral and the crew of the Mary arrive on Shura Dva to help out a friend in need… they discover that the planet itself may not allow them to leave!

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Book IV: The House of Jacquarelle


Business is merciless between Lyrae Two and Lyrae Six!

Carolyn Kestral and the crew of the Mary, as well as Coray Gheris and the crew of the Jovian Skies, get caught in a crossfire of rival planetary corporate entities, con men, assassins and killer robots, all centered around the House of Jacquarelle… and in the process, discover a shocking secret about one of their own!

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