The Orbit Series

The Orbit Series is J. S. Collyer’s first Science Fiction series. It has been described as ‘James Bond meets Firefly’ with  ‘Adrenaline-pumping action’ and ‘depth of character’. The first instalment, Zero, was listed in Northern Soul Magazine’s ‘Best Reads of 2014’.

It follows the story of Kaleb Hugo, a high-ranking military officer from a prestigious family who is thrust into a pivotal double-agent role against his will. Existing amongst criminals, misfits and malcontents in a place where survival is scraped from space station colonies orbiting an Earth constantly recovering from war, Hugo’s eyes are opened to more than just life on the other side of the tracks.

One man in particular, Ezekiel Webb, born into the underworld but hopelessly entangled in the machinations of the higher powers in Hugo’s life, will lead him on a journey through levels of the universe and himself that he never previously dreamt existed.

Neither will emerge the same.


Book 1: Zero

Released Aug 2014 – OUT NOW

Zero Cover

Out now from Amazon for Kindle or in paperback

Kaleb Hugo is every­thing an offi­cer of the Ser­vice should be: loyal, expertly trained, unques­tion­ing. He has done every­thing ever ordered of him and has done so with a pride that comes from know­ing you are fight­ing for the good of humankind… until the day that he made a decision to go against orders to obtain victory and save lives.

The bat­tle was won, but Hugo was con­demned and dis­hon­ourably dis­charged by Ser­vice com­man­ders for defying regulations. There is no place in the Service for heroes. Their soldiers serve and obey.

Officially, anyway.

Unof­fi­cially, Hugo is re-assigned to cap­tain the crew of the Zero, an eight-man craft clas­si­fied as, at best, a pri­va­teer ship and at worst a smug­gling and crim­i­nal enter­prise vessel. But what very few know is that the Zero, and her crew, are con­tracted by the Ser­vice. Their role is to inves­ti­gate and infil­trate the less savoury lev­els of soci­ety. They sell on, buy in, bar­gain, threaten and report back on every­thing the polit­i­cal lev­els the Ser­vice don’t offi­cially want to know about.

The Zero’s rag-tag crew look to their com­man­der, Ezekiel Webb, as their leader and mid­dle­man between the reg­i­mented expec­ta­tions of the Ser­vice and the harsh and unpre­dictable demands of the under­world of colo­nial space. He has lived in both worlds his whole life and has trouble adjusting to Hugo, as he has every captain before him.

Hugo has to find a way to manage this unruly ship and unruly crew as they are pulled deeper into an orbit-wide game of pol­i­tics, deceit and cor­rup­tion which will threaten to tear them apart as well as throw human­ity back into a cycle of war and destruc­tion. Hugo, Webb and the crew will have to over­come per­sonal tragedy, insur­mount­able odds and every depraved twist of fate that the Orbit can throw at them in order to survive and prevent events that could threaten the lives of millions.

For Kaleb Hugo, nothing will ever be certain again.

Get Zero for Kindle and as paperback on Amazon

Read an exerpt here

Teaser Flash Fiction ‘Downtime’ available here.

Teaser Flash Fiction ‘Promise’ available here.

Find Zero on Goodreads

Book 2: Haven OUT NOW

Haven, the sequel to Zero, was released by Dagda Publishing October 2015.

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Haven, Book 2 in the Orbit Series, contiues the adventures of the Zero crew and is out Oct 2015

Haven, Book 2 in the Orbit Series, continues the adventures of the Zero crew and is out Oct 2015

In this action-packed sequel we return to our heroes Hugo and Webb, now faced with a New Age in Service politics that doesn’t amount to much change for the good in the previously loyal service officer’s eyes. The former crewmates are faced with a new challenge, this time personal to them both, that takes them to Marilyn Harvey’s home colony: Haven, the only independent space station, free of Service or local control and, some would say, free of law and order in general.

They head to Haven in the hopes of tracking down a native of the colony who is wanted for many dangerous crimes. Hugo believes the information the mark has will help them shut down a dangerous Orbit-wide smuggling ring, though his true motives are not what he’d admit, even to himself.

Webb, now a drifter having been unable to find a direction with his new life, agrees to help his former captain as he is all too familiar with the lawless colony and hopes to find some answers to questions of his own. However, neither of them are as prepared as they thought to face the intense socialist atmosphere of the fractious colony, or the things they will discover about each other and themselves on the way.

More action, more danger, more intrigue.

Read an extract here

 Haven on Goodreads


Book 3: Silence OUT NOW

Silence smallSilence is the third and final instalment in J. S. Collyer’s Orbit Series and was released 30.7.16
Kaleb Hugo has been missing for a year. He disappeared without trace or explanation, but popular rumour is that he has abandoned his position and his family to join the revolutionist group Red Star, alleged to be gathering force in a new colony on Mars and set on a future ruled by a democratically-elected Orbit Alliance and not the militarised Service.

Ezekiel Webb, his former crewmate and best friend, has, on the face of it, taken little interest in Hugo’s fate, rumoured or otherwise. The two men have barely spoken in years and Webb has immersed himself in his new life in the Eclipse Division of the Service. He is captain of his own undercover unit and whilst the Service Commanders don’t always approve of his methods, his abilities cannot be questioned.

It is these abilities that the Special Commander of the Service, Hugo’s mother, now needs to retrieve her youngest son from wherever he has fled to…or wherever he is being held…whether Webb is agreeable or not.
Webb will come to discover far more than he ever wanted to know about the new forces moving against the Service, both from without and within, and, invariably ends up caught in the eye of the rising storm, not knowing who of those around him he can trust, if anyone.

Discovery, betrayal and revelation lie ahead for two men that have journeyed further together than they ever thought they would and will once again learn that survival is a relative term when you turn your back on who you are.



60 Responses to The Orbit Series

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  3. M. C. Dulac says:

    Hey, I’ll review it!

  4. D. James Fortescue says:

    Three words: OH. HELL. YEAH!

    Sign me up for a signed first edition! =D

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  10. I’d be happy to give it a look! I’ll send you an e-mail shortly.

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  14. N. E. White says:

    Wow – very cool premise. I’ll be happy to try out your book. However, I only review a book if I like it. If that’s acceptable, by all means, send it my way!

    And congrats!

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  21. stuartaken says:

    See you at FantasticCon, where we’ll be sharing a platform!

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  31. John Abbott says:

    I would absolutely love to review this! Both Zero and Grist are great!

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  47. J.S. Lender says:

    Hi J.S. — It’s great that you share so many long form pieces from your novels–and congrats on writing so many books! You should join us on Medium. Cheers, and Merry Christmas!

    • Thank you, fellow J. S.! And a Merry Christmas to you! I’d be interested to know what Medium is, do you have a link?

      • J.S. Lender says:

        Just go to It is a forum for self-publishing short stories. You can create your own page and publish your stories there, or you can publish them on publications on medium for fiction writers, such as the junction and lit up. Since you have so many short stories, that would be a good forum for you to post them and get access to new readers. Good luck!

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