John Van Stry

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John Van Stry
Pen nameJan Stryvant
GenreScience fiction, Fantasy

John Van Stry is an American author. He has written the Urban fantasy The Valens Legacy, Portals of Infinity,Hammer Commission and Children of Steel book series.[1]


John Van Stry is a Science Fiction and Fantasy author, who has written several books featuring anthropomorphic characters. Prior to becoming a successful independent (indy) author, he was a regular contributor to Yarf! under either his own name or a pen name.

His first self published novel Children of Steel was released in 2011 and takes place in "a future where genetically created animorphs serve as second class citizens and handle all of the dirty and dangerous jobs that are part of humanity's extension to the stars." He wrote several more books and a novella in this universe before moving on to other worlds.[2]

Currently his second most successful series is 'Portals of Infinity' that features a protagonist who has discovered the ability to travel between realities and is currently employed by a god. The series features some anthropomorphic aspects.[3]

The next biggest series is the 'Hammer Commission' series, which takes place in the current world, however lycanthropes, demons, devils, and other magical creatures exist, but are kept hidden from the general public at large. The hero works for a religious organization and is their head devil killer. He's also a cougar lycanthrope who lives in Oregon.[4]

His most successful series to date, written under his pen name (Jan Stryvant) is the best selling (over 500,000 copies sold) "Valens Legacy" A seventeen book epic about a young man who unwillingly becomes the leader in the secret battle to free the lycans from their bondage to the magic councils. This series falls into the Urban Fantasy category and takes place in modern day Reno Nevada.[5]

All told, John Van Stry has over forty novels in print and now works full-time as a writer in Texas.[6][7]




No. Title Paperback release date Audio release date Audio length Narrator
1 Black Friday September 8, 2017 March 06, 2018 11 hours and 13 minutes Leland King
2 Perfect Strangers September 19, 2017
3 Over Our Heads October 11, 2017 April 17, 2018 13 hours and 57 minutes
4 Head Down November 18, 2017
5 When It Falls January 2, 2018 June 26, 2018 14 hours and 34 minutes
6 Stand On It January 31, 2018
7 Vegas Rules April 23, 2018 September 25, 2018 13 hours and 1 minute
8 Desperate Measures May 25, 2018
9 Secret Treaties July 13, 2018 March 05, 2019 12 hours and 37 minutes
10 It Ain't Easy November 8, 2018
11 Red Skies November 13, 2018 April 09, 2019 14 hours and 13 minutes
12 Demon Days December 28, 2018
13 Simple Things March 1, 2019 July 30, 2019 13 hours and 15 minutes
14 Trying Times March 28, 2019
15 Firestarter July 17, 2019 January 28, 2020 12 hours and 49 minutes
16 Times Like These August 24, 2019
17 No Regrets November 5, 2019 March 24, 2020 8 hours and 12 minutes



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