L. J. Kendall

Biography

Luke J. Kendall failed to drown on five separate occasions on Sydney’s northern beaches. For 30 years he worked in the IT R&D field, very happily married to an adventurous mediaeval scholar 22 years his senior, until her death in December 2014.
He likes really long form fiction – like Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, or C. E. Murphy’s urban shaman series. His own, The Leeth Dossier, is set in our world in a ‘mixtopian’ near future a few decades after magic’s return. Character-driven by its female lead – who is innocent, loyal, and deadly – it blends hard science with fantasy, psychological horror, humour, and action. He has self-published Wild Thing (2015), Harsh Lessons (2016), Shadow Hunt (2017), and Violent Causes (2019), and is working on Lost Girl (2020?).

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Videos

Violent Causes - Last 11 Days
I kept a video log, day by day, of the final 11 days in preparing book #4 in my sci-fi/fantasy series (The Leeth Dossier) for print.

Series

The Leeth Dossier
The Leeth Dossier is a cross-genre, hard sci-fi/fantasy series. It’s set in our world in the near future, but a few decades after magic has mysteriously started working again. Character-driven with a strong female lead, it mixes action, adventure, psychological thrills, personal growth, and humor. The main character, Leeth, is both innocent and deadly, having been raised by Dr Alex Harmon at the Institute for Paranormal Dysfunction. She is the unknowing guinea pig he’s using to test his theory of how magic can be forced to develop in an individual. Leeth and Harmon clash strongly, and under his amoral guidance things don’t go as planned. Both are drawn in to work for a US government black-ops department, where Leeth trains happily to become their assassin while facing threats large and small. Each book is complete in itself, although given Harmon’s abusive upbringing and the array of threats evolving in the background, she’ll be facing a lot of personal development and danger. There will be an estimated ten books needed to complete Leeth’s saga.
Wild Thing
Price: $3.99 USD.
Harsh Lessons
Price: $2.99 USD.
Shadow Hunt
Price: $3.99 USD.
Violent Causes
Price: $4.99 USD.

Books

Violent Causes
Series: The Leeth Dossier. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 171,770. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
2063, 27 years after magic returned to our world. Leeth has survived her upbringing at the Institute for Paranormal Dysfunction. She is now an eager assassin for a government black ops department. Her missions: seduce and destroy. But unprepared for the emotional cost of those missions, and exposed to a Death God’s ancient artifact, it won’t be Leeth alone who is tested.
Shadow Hunt
Series: The Leeth Dossier. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 151,140. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
2063, 27 years after magic’s unexpected return. In the Dumps outside New Francisco, eighteen-year-old Leeth is on the run from the ruthless covert agency she worked for and her controlling uncle. But thanks to an insane mage’s tampering with meta-magical Archetypes, the stakes are far higher than anyone knows. And in this case, what Leeth doesn’t know can doom her – and everyone else.
Harsh Lessons
Series: The Leeth Dossier. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,180. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Leeth’s visceral magic took everyone by surprise. Now she and her abusive guardian have been pushed into a covert government agency where she is to become their assassin. Singularly ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of a normal life, she’s sent ‘back’ to school – unaware she’s being hunted by a magic-negating killer. Leeth has some harsh lessons to learn. She'd better learn fast.
Wild Thing
Series: The Leeth Dossier. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 135,980. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Book 1 in a dark cross-genre sci-fi/fantasy series following a strong female lead. In 2036, magic returned to a world which neither needed nor wanted it. A heartless researcher at the Institute for Paranormal Dysfunction acquires a young girl and sets her to hunting an imaginary creature: unaware it's both real and far more dangerous than anyone could know. This is Sara's story.

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