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About John Wilker
Since then storytelling has always worked its way into my life and my work. I've always loved underdog stories; the ragtag crew just trying to get by in a ship that isn't shiny or new. Space Rogues was born from that love. If you're a fan of Firefly, Omega Force, Spinward Fringe, etc. You'll feel right at home in the universe of Wil Calder and his crew of goofy mostly not criminal misfits.
I live in Denver, with my awesome wife, Nicole, and our two dogs, Paco and Winston. I love Denver, except shoveling snow, and love being outdoors whenever I can, especially if it's a rooftop patio, and there's beer :)
You can always reach me at johnwilker.com
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Sometimes your customers are Galactic Commonwealth Politicians.
And sometimes your customers are drunks who find you in a bar.
Those are the most exciting jobs.
They're also the most dangerous and possibly the most rewarding.
Find out what happens when the crew of the Ghost ventures to the outskirts of the Commonwealth on an epic quest.
No one mentioned getting stranded in the outer solar system.
They sure as heck didn’t mention alien space pirates!
Wil Calder is a human, the only one to leave our solar system.
But that was years ago.
Now, he’s a lonely smuggler, looking for a crew, because space is lonely and boring. Just a few folks to boss around once in a while, is that so much?
He’s finally found two perfect candidates. First, he’ll need to break them out of jail.
The best-laid plans of mice and spacemen, or something like that. Wil has a crew now so that’s good. Too bad they’ve found themselves in the middle of more trouble than they are prepared or qualified, to handle.
“If you tried to cross the Buck Rogers TV Show from the early 80’s with the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, you’d come close to the rollicking good fun of this classic space opera.” A reader
Fans of Farscape and Firefly will love the crew of the Ghost, in this raucous space opera adventure.
Join the crew of the Ghost on the first of many fantastic sci fi adventures.
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The day starts like any other, venturing into spider-bear territory to rescue Bennie’s sister.
Turns out there’s a lot of space that the Peacekeepers don’t go near, go figure spider-bear territory is on that list.
And that’s just the start of their adventure. Things get interesting, quick!
By interesting, I mean horrifying of course.
Their old friend Xarrix calls with a job. A job that sounds straightforward and easy. That should have been their first clue. With nothing else on their plates, the crew of the Ghost finds themselves in a sector of space deemed “untamable” by the Galactic Commonwealth, working with a warlord with some pretty big plans. That should have been the second clue.
Too bad none of the crew are detectives.
Learning from his past dealings with the crew of the Ghost, Xarrix assigns one of his own to stay aboard the Ghost to keep an eye on the crew and make sure they behave themselves as if that was possible.
What’s worse is it’s someone the team knows and don’t particularly like.
And then there’s the space battles and grilled cheese.
Sometimes the crate is full of space bees and Bennie opens it.
Gabe is back from his mission of leading a droid civil rights movement and seems to have been more or less successful.
A new client approaches the crew, escort and protection detail for a summit. That sounds easy, and the pay is good.
Turns out the Galactic Commonwealth is only partly run by the governing council…
Things, as they do, turn sideways and now the Ghost is hiding from a super-advanced warship that shouldn’t exist.
Turns out one of their previous clients is far more evil than they ever imagined, and someone they thought worthless turns out to be a valuable ally. Who doesn’t like learning new things?!
Hired to bring a tech team to a remote planet.
They had no idea what was waiting for them.
Wil and the crew of the Ghost show up to find a nearly deserted research outpost on a frozen world.
Oh, and Maxim has been abducted and with the crew busy elsewhere there’s only one being who can rescue him, Bennie.
What could go wrong? Will the crew of the Ghost reunite? Will they freeze on a desolate ice world?
There are monsters in the ice...
Find out now!
They saved the Galactic Commonwealth once. For free.
Apparently it’s a thing they do now…
The crew of the Ghost has been privateering for the Harrith government. You know, the one they saved from civil war.
It’s fun; stop pirates, smugglers and the like, and take their loot.
But nothing lasts forever. There’s a bounty on their heads after all.
A call from an old friend has them leave the safety of the Harrith system.
No good deed, and all that. Now they’re in the middle of it, again, can they survive?
At least it’s not a galactic conspiracy this time! There are, however; laughs, tears, and the first-ever Taco Tuesday in space!
Can Wil and the crew save the day one more time? There’s only one way to find out, get your copy today!
Wil never planned to go home again.
Hired by one of the most powerful people in the Galactic Commonwealth to retrieve someone from Earth, a protected planet. A planet that no one in the Galactic Commonwealth is allowed to approach let alone land on.
Wil has reservations, the crew wants more bacon. They take the job.
Get in, grab the target, get bacon, and get out.
Things go downhill fast.
While Wil has been off saving the galaxy (more than once, thank you very much), Earth has been busy on projects of their own. None of them good for anyone else.
Not to mention their target isn’t what they expected.
Now Wil and the crew of the Ghost have to decide what to do next.
All while trying not to die, as usual.
There's also the matter of Bennie not wanting to be dissected!
See what happens when homecomings go sideways.
The first three books in the exciting Space Rogues series.
Wil Calder is an astronaut or rather was. He got lost, then picked up by pirates, then… well, a lot happens. Needless to say, he isn’t an astronaut anymore. He’s a smuggler, a privateer, bounty hunter and sometimes savior of the Galactic Commonwealth.
He and the crew of the Ghost can’t seem to help finding themselves in the middle of things they aren’t even remotely qualified to be in the middle of.
Whether it's stopping conspiracies, pirates or rampaging super ships, it's always something for Wil and the crew.
Fun fast science fiction for fans of Farscape, or Guardians of the Galaxy.
Join the crew of the Ghost on their first three adventures!
Box set contains:
Book 1: The Epic Adventures of Wil Calder, Space Smuggler
Book 2: Big Ship, Lots of Guns
Book 3: The Behemoth Job
Wil and the crew of the Ghost celebrate the holidays after their adventures in Space Rogues. As our favorite space smuggler and his crew sit down for a nice dinner Wil realizes there's a sector wide holiday he's been missing out on, and how similar it is to Christmas. Are they related? What does Gabe eat? What's jerlack anyway? So many questions.
Of course no Space Rogues story would be complete without gun battles and sewers. What's up with that?
Oh and an old friend also pays the crew a visit, though it's not really a social call.
Enjoy this short story, set right after the events of the first Space Rogues novel.