Phantom Traveler

Phantom Traveler

An invertebrate alien serving maintenance duties aboard a cargo freighter is investigated for warranty-voiding behavior after the death of one of her fellow bantams. The murder investigation leads her into a future of rebellion, independence, and danger.

Books in this Series

Presented in Order of Story Events

Descriptions of later books may contain spoilers for earlier entries.

CoverTitleRelease DateDescription
The BantamThe Bantam
A Phantom Traveler Novella (Book One)
Jan 11 2018

Ehli never expected much from her life. She’s an Iscillian, designed in a lab to serve as custodian for a Xendari merchant crew, with no future beyond the warranty of their starship. When she reads two previously overlooked lines in the ship’s operations manual that cast doubt on everything she thought she knew about her existence, the satisfaction she once found in her simple life dissolves into an unsettling obsession with learning the truth.

She is expected to report for duty, complete her assignments, and rest until her next shift. To put the needs of the ship and crew before her own. She knows better than to expect the oh-so-vertebrate Xendari to help her find the answers she craves, but every step she takes investigating her origins—and that of all Iscillian serving as bioaccessories across the galaxy—takes her further from the life she knew, and deeper into danger.

But she can’t ignore what she’s learned. She must know what secrets have been kept from her, and she’s willing to risk everything to uncover them.

THE BANTAM transports you to a distant corner of space, introduces you to the most adorable invertebrate you’ve ever met, and sets up a mystery to propel Ehli forward into a new life of exploration and adventure.

The Silent FringeThe Silent Fringe
Phantom Traveler Book Two
Aug 27 2019

Following the events of THE BANTAM, a critical failure of the Landor’s gate drive has left Ehli stranded in dimspace.

Her only companion is BEETL—a drone programmed to terminate any Iscillian who endangers the ship. Ehli definitely qualifies. She caused a gate drive failure when she was driven to distraction by the personal pursuit of a tantalizing clue to her origins.

Locked between the layers of reality, Ehli must find a way to repair the gate drive and rescue herself and her ship. But once she does, can she continue seeking her home world, or will BEETL’s deadly protocols activate the moment she fails to set course for an impound outpost? And even if not, how can a lone Iscillian navigate a galaxy when the spacefaring population sees her only as an extension of a ship without a legal crew?

Things are complicated further when Ehli inadvertently involves another Iscillian in her trouble. No longer playing just with her own life, Ehli must must solve both the moral and technical disasters before her divergent behavior causes the death of another crew.