Space Opera Author - James H. Jenkins - Official Website
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Welcome to the official website of James H. Jenkins, the Author of the Tales of Kars Vandor, and the TransStellar Saga Series.
Browse the site to find everything from FREE Stories, and coming books in develpment, to a weekly blog, and James' artistic visions of the Far Future on his Instagram account.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James began writing as an 11-year-old sci-fi gamer, reading grand scope works of imperial science fiction.
His favorite authors include Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Joe Haldeman, William H. Keith, Jr., Ursula K. Le Guin, H. Beam Piper, and E.C. Tubb. Inspired by those stories as a boy, James created his own worlds and adventures.
As an adult, he traveled around the world during nine years of U.S. Naval Service. After the Navy, he studied Astrophysics.
He strives to alloy real-world science, engineering, and technology into his space opera tales of the far future, and his advanced skill at world-building sets his work apart from his peers.
Now, James lives semi-retired in Thailand, intuitively writing space opera and creating worlds, characters, and mind-burning visions of the far future that he shares with a growing number of dedicated fans.
TALES OF KARS VANDOR # 1
MERCHANT OF VISION
Coming in March 2023
A bold heist of an alien artifact can save the worlds of the Varala Drift Subsector, on the frontier of Terran Space-
Can rookie space technician Kars Vandor evade the hunters of a ruthless empire?
Welding Spaceport Megastructures is dull, low-class work for 19-year-old Kars Vandor.
Little more than a corporate drone waiting for college to start, Kars watches the transits of ships filled with rich cargo and yearns to have a merchant starship of his own. Being a Space Captain would give him status! Credits! And his choice of women…
Then Kars meets Moxxu, an alien refugee of a distant war, who is fleeing from professional assassins and the vengeful, genocidal emperor who wants her dead.
A former Naval Astrogator, Moxxu needs a skilled technician as her partner, and Kars seizes this unlikely chance to escape his poor home colony and make a name for himself.
Armed with an ancient laser pistol and traveling with a Clairvoyant Esper he freed from bondage, Kars leaps into action, quickly finding himself in the depths of an interstellar war over ancient alien technology.
Little does Kars know he is on course to meet his fate, light-years away at the abandoned spaceport known to grizzled spacers as Laressa Station…
A thrilling space opera adventure awaits readers inside the debut novel from James H. Jenkins.
TALES OF KARS VANDOR # 2
MERCHANT OF FORTUNE
Coming in May 2023
Kars Vandor is now the captain of the tradeship Vagabond and with his loyal crew of misfits, they brave the dangers of the treacherous Varala Drift Subsector to transport high-value cargo.
But their routine delivery goes awry when they are ambushed by a Taxxu Scout craft, leaving their ship damaged, and Kars critically injured.
As the crew struggles to repair their vessel and evade their attackers, they come across a long-lost Terran Tech trove coveted by the ruthless Taxxu.
Determined to keep it out of Taxxu hands, Kars and his team embark on a desperate mission to recover the ancient lost artifacts.
But danger lurks at every turn, from betrayal within the ranks of their allies to a predatory alien species, and a rival Esper who can read their every thought.
Can Kars and his crew outwit their pursuers and emerge victorious in this high-stakes space opera?
Join Kars Vandor on this action-packed adventure in the second Tales of Kars Vandor novel by James H. Jenkins,
TALES OF KARS VANDOR # 3
MERCHANT OF DESTINY
Coming in July 2023
Kars Vandor and his crew of hardened smugglers aboard the Vagabond embark on a desperate mission to a remote toxic hellworld to retrieve a lost artifact of the Ancient Builders.
This technology holds the key to defeating the Taxxu felinoids and ending the brutal war that has ravaged the Varala Drift.
But as they navigate treacherous terrain, and outwit rival factions, things become more complicated when they uncover secrets about the artifact's true purpose and the role it played in the Ancient Builders' society.
The Taxxu will stop at nothing to get it for themselves, and the fate of the Varala Drift Subsector hangs in the balance as Kars and his crew fight for survival and the chance to turn the tide of the war.
Can they outmaneuver their enemies and bring the artifact back to the Varala Drift, or will they fall prey to the dangers of Nergal?
Don't miss "Merchant of Destiny", the epic conclusion to the Tales of Kars Vandor Space Opera saga by James H. Jenkins,
THE TRANSSTELLAR SAGA BOOK 1
FOUNDING THE REPUBLIC
Coming in September 2023
The War with the Taxxu has ended in the Varala Drift, and the critically damaged Vagabond prepares to make the long journey home.
But when their skilled Engineer Moxxu departs on a post-war visit to her homeworld, Tech Specialist Torin Meyer steps up to take on the role, determined to prove himself to the rest of the crew, and Kars Vandor, who leads the new TransStellar corporation.
As the Vagabond makes multiple jumps toward Orion Republic space, carrying a hold full of Terran Tech, Torin is overwhelmed by the demands of his new position.
As they navigate the treacherous political schemes of multiple factions in the lawless subsector, the crew must deal with tests of loyalty, limited supplies, few parts, and a damaged ship.
Can they push forward, against all odds, and help establish the Orion Republic as a beacon of hope in the chaotic aftermath of war? Find out in this thrilling space opera novel.
THE TRANSSTELLAR SAGA BOOK 2
FORWARD THE REPUBLIC
Coming in November 2023
In the far reaches of the Varala Drift Subsector, the Orion Republic sends Captain Kars Vandor and his crew of the Starlight Drifter, a veteran Heavy Scout, on a mission to uncover valuable resources in a remote asteroid system.
But their journey takes a dangerous turn when they encounter a group of notorious pirates, led by the ruthless Captain Halcyon.
Outnumbered and outgunned, Vandor and his crew must use all their cunning and combat skills to outmaneuver the pirates in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
As they fight for their lives and the survival of their ship, they discover a sinister plot that threatens the entire Varala Drift Subsector.
With little hope and dwindling resources, the crew devise a risky plan to take the fight to the heart of the enemy.
Will they be able to overcome the overwhelming odds and defeat the pirates, or will they become another victim of Captain Halcyon's ruthless ambitions?
Find out in FORWARD THE REPUBLIC, a thrilling space opera adventure filled with technical challenges, political intrigue, suspense, and high-stakes action.
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