The derelict's beacon was faint. Kestrel nearly missed it. By a stroke of luck, a new crew member noticed it in the ship's pulse.

It seemed like a windfall; a century-old ship, apparently wrecked and abandoned. The salvage rights could be worth a fortune.

There was something waiting aboard the derelict, though. Something alien.

Something patient.

Something hungry.


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The Wolf Itself is the first book of The Kestrel Chronicles, an episodic series of stories about the good ship Kestrel, her Captain Esgar Rayleigh, and her crew. In this first tale we meet Kestrel, a few important cast members, and an implacable adversary.

The great starship Angel of Cygnus departed almost four thousand years ago on a mission to tour the stars. It wasn't supposed to return for tens of thousands of years—maybe never.

So what was it doing back in the Solar System, and what happened to the twelve hundred people aboard?

Something was terribly wrong.

The Return of the Angel

Book 2 of The Kestrel Chronicles

Coming soon!