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Full Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper #3)

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,875 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
When the home office adds an unexpected crew member to the environmental section of the Lois McKendrick, Ishmael Wang faces being put ashore at the next port. Not even his multiple division ratings can save him because he refuses to bump someone else in his place. In just a few days, Ishmael will lose both his frien
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Jan 15, 2011 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to put a finger on why these novels are enjoyable. They're honestly not gripping, with zero in the way of conflict and only slightly more in the way of "plot." Full Share and the others are about character first, setting second, and everything else is barely in the race. It's like you're in some sort of reality TV show viewed through the lens of the main character. Good thing it's a pleasant show.
Jul 28, 2011 James rated it really liked it
A much better addition to Lowell's series than Half Share , and a promise of great things to come.

Despite being the same length as the previous book and having more happening as well this book felt more rounded, more secure and just better. Where Half Share felt rushed this book felt perfectly paced.

Furthermore the writing was as good and as captivating as I have come to expect from Lowell, really making the world he described come to life. Which is another thing that this book did really w
Jun 14, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nice rebound from Lowell's sophomore slump. The second book, HALF SHARE, wasn't a bad book, just not up to the first one, QUARTER SHARE. The thrust of this series is the every day crew aboard a trader space ship, their problem solving, the way they interact, the sort of thing we all encounter every day. No shoot em ups, bug-eyed aliens, space dog fights(too much Star Wars influence here).

It might sound boring, but it's not. Lowell's style of writing keeps things moving along and the conflicts
Jan 23, 2010 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ishmael Wang gets another promotion in this book, as you might have guessed from the title, and starts to think about life after his tour of duty on the Lois McKendrick.

If you've listened to the first two boks in the series, you more or less know what to expect here, although things to get taken to the "next level" to an extent; the ship is put in some very real danger this time around, some of the interpersonal issues raised in the earlier books come to a head, and we're left with a strong feel
Feb 25, 2016 Cst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And here is another very short verdict: you have read the previous two, keep going. Nothing really changes, so either you like the story and the characters or you don‘t.

There is even some mild form of suspense brought in, with both actual peril and a more abstract problem in the form of bureaucracy. Both are resolved pretty well I preferred the actual peril to the manufactured one but the book stays true to the other two by being relentlessly optimistic.
My big problem with the first three books
After an accident involving a coronal mass ejection cripples the ship and threatens the lives of the entire crew, Ishmael is set to work investigating why the safety systems failed. He is now fully rated, meaning a higher share of profits, but the officers pressure him into thinking about the officer’s academy.

After the somewhat disappointing Half Share, Full Share finally puts Ishmael and the rest of the crew of the Lois McKendrick in some real danger. Adventures in normality among generally ni
Oct 14, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-audio
"Is there kissing in this book?"


Space chicks fall all over themselves to get to some Ish fairy dust. However, it's the yarn about applying to The Academy where Mary Sue really grates.

I keep coming back to this series, though. Lowell is an outstanding reader.
Stephanie Embry
I was mildly interested in if this series got back to the kind-of-bland-but-enjoyable story I saw in book 1. It did and it didn't. Ishmael is still Space Jesus, doing everything right and making all the women love him--but Lowell introduced a lot more conflict in this book, something to actually get concerned about for half a moment.

I continue to listen to these books in part bc they make great background for knitting--Lowell is a good narrator, with a rhythmic voice. But also bc there really is
Laz the Sailor
Dec 20, 2015 Laz the Sailor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, ya
Young Ishmael continues his quest to figure out where he wants to go. Surrounded by a cadre of wonderful men and women, his biggest enemy is his own insecurity. Luckily he's a really bright young man.

The premise of this series is so lame, but the execution is fantastic. Very much a Heinlein style. No war, no murder, not much romance or sex. Just the day-to-day life of a cargo ship going between ports. The ensemble is delightful, with different voices and personalities. The reader learns along wi
Harry Lane
Nov 10, 2015 Harry Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the far future, the "Golden Age . . ." series is about interstellar trading and the coming of age of one Ishmael Horatio Wang. In many ways, the setting is unimportant - it might have been a sailing ship or gypsy caravan. The story proceeds as a narrative of the daily events involved. Who knew such quotidian detail could be so fascinating?

Ish continues to work toward his goal of qualifying in all ratings, but is confronted with the possibility of being bumped from his slot in the roster o
Abigail Hilton
Feb 15, 2009 Abigail Hilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books are all good, but in this one, their lives are actually threatened (a rare event in the Share universe), which was exciting. The characters are as endearing as ever.
Wm Carroll Sr.
Aug 08, 2014 Wm Carroll Sr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while you read a book, and it was so good that you end up reading it over again later. But when you re-read it 4 or more times a year just because it is so great, it has to mean something. This is the start of an Epic Arch of a land rat boy to the man whom becomes a true Spacer. This is the start of a saga living out in the deep dark.

WARNING: This book and the entire series may cause cravings. Notably exceptional coffee, eggs over easy, fried potatoes with onions, buttered toast
Melissa Hayden
Shipping off to the next port, and Ish reflects on what he's done and how he's acted. He still is told to look ahead and see where he wants to go. Lois McKendrick takes on a few new faces that scares Ish and the crew that's become family, but Lois decides she's not done with Ish just yet. The ship has a malfunction that Ish proves he is up to the challenge to figure out. Then many suggest to Ish to consider the Academy. Ish has to make a dicision of what he wants, even after he earns his four fu ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
For two volumes now I've been impatient for Nathan Lowell to get on with it. He's a decent prosaist, but he has had nothing to say two volumes into this six-part science fiction saga. The previous volume, "Half Share" was actually quite abysmall in the substance department. Funnily, "Full Share" opens with a sort of apology for all the superficiality of the previous book. Ishmael Wong thinks back to the events of "Half Share" and views them as kinda ridiculous. I'm with ya there, Ish!

There are f
Dec 04, 2012 D.w. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Finally, Lowell finished the first book. Oh wait, this is the third book, so you have to purchase the other two to make one complete book.

Lowell has problems, as I have pointed out in the other reviews. He had a beginning, and then the first two books were clearly the middled and here we have more of the middle and an end.

With our hero amongst a crew of idiots, and placing every women that is in the series on a pedestal, then you get the idea that this series, which should have adult themes is r
Joe Young
Jun 07, 2011 Joe Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Further adventures of Ish and Pip on the Lois McKendrick traversing space and dealing with the challenges of youth as they find their way up the ladder. The crew of the Lois is Family and as Ish garners additional ratings and qualifications, he continues to impress his shipmates and ships officers with his inventive mind, willingness to help out and kindness to others. Ish has gained a family that has been missing most of his life especially following his mothers accidental death. I find the sto ...more
Jul 17, 2012 dameolga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm surprised I've gone so far along in this series so quickly. I seem to have more opportunities to listen to someone telling me a story than I do solid blocks of time when I can read uninterrupted. It's also less work on my part just sitting/standing there and sinking into the story without moving my eyes back and forth.

Once again, another book that reinforces my "theory" about third books in series (I should replace "books" with "podiobooks" in this case, but, well, whatever). After having re
Sep 15, 2012 Estara rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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Mar 10, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
These are getting better but they definitely are classed as comfort reading for me. I wouldn't call the pace slow but it is hardly racing either and the scope is small. This series features regular, decent people going about their lives and how they deal with the regular problems and issues that come their way. I love the world they inhabit. The setup of life on a trading ship is well constructed and is really fleshed out in this instalment. I'm looking forward to the next book where the main ch ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Ray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the previous two books in the series, this is just a plain good read. This book has a little more action than the previous two books, with a bona fide ship emergency for our hero to help out in.

This book did a better job than the previous books at world-building, I think, although the science parts of the science fiction tried hard to be believable and for me, just failed in several spots. When it did, it broke my suspension of disbelief, unfortunately. In fairness to the author, I think he
Dec 02, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
Full Share (Solar Clipper Trader Tales) is the third book of this series. The first two books were amazing and kept me completely immersed in them. However, after using those two books to become sucked into the universe of the Solar Clipper Trader series, Full Share took the series up a notch. There was more heart pounding action in this book than the other two combined. And it worked without feeling like a gimmick because of the richness of the story up to this point. And it did this, while kee ...more
Jun 11, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not quite sure how I keep enjoying a series that has no villain. I mean, let's face it, villains are far more interesting than heroes and a rich, believable bad guy (or gal) is one of the most beautiful things in fiction.

Nathan Lowell keeps putting the lie to that belief with each installment of the Solar Clipper series. This continues to be the coming-of-age story of Ishmael Wang whose aw-shucks bonhomie carries him though every crisis and challenge. No villains, no dramatic tension (well,
It was a good book, but of the three I've heard so far, I felt this was the weakest - because the plot's trajectory was so obvious and methodical and plotted that it nearly became tedious. There was no tension where there should have been, no wondering what would happen, what would become of ... anyone, really, because everything was so broadly telegraphed.

That said, the characters are still (generally) strong, their interactions interesting, and since that was the backbone of the first two book
Mar 16, 2016 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm trying to figure out why I'm not liking the books more.
I think it's because nothing really happens, we don't learn much about the universe they are operating in (well very little), and I think I don't like how obvious the events are that happen. We just follow the 'exceptionally smart but dumb in ways that shouldn't really be the case' antagonist work his way up with everyone admiring him.

Perhaps I will continue the series later but for now the full share is where I end the journey.
S.H. Jucha
Jun 14, 2014 S.H. Jucha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third novel in the six-part series, the adventures of Ismael Wang continues aboard the Lois McKendrick, a solar clipper.

One Amazon reviewer, Michael Gallagher, compared Nathan Lowell's work to that of Robert Heinlein and I think that is most appropriate.

The story is character driven and relies on the relationships developed through the story to hold the reader's attention, and does so admirably.
I was correct in my assumption that the sexual elements they seemed to be working toward in the end of book 2 would continue in full force in book 3. Again, not always a bad thing, it just seemed like there was far too much of it in comparison to the trading and working-up-the-crew-ladder elements that I enjoy more. I still enjoyed the story and will be continuing with the series, but I'm not quite as gung-ho about the books as I was when I began reading book 1.
Mark Zodda
May 05, 2016 Mark Zodda rated it liked it
Much like the earlier two books in the series, I also found this book to be interesting and quick to read. However, most of the ending of the book felt like the author was wrapping up the series to be a trilogy and then appended an extra chapter or two to continue to carry the series forward. While I have enjoyed the series so far, not all that sure that I like the way he moved things forward at the end which means that I'm not sure I want to continue to read the next book.
Mar 20, 2012 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book in the series. Ish is now a full share member of the crew and needs to find out why so much of the computer tech was fried by an EMP. As he does this he is pushed toward going to the space academy. He learns more of the lives of his fellow crew mates and realises he is a bit more of an outsider than he thought as most or from Space trader families, despite this he is taken to their hearts and eventually makes plans to attend the academy even though this means leaving the Lois M ...more
Steven Cole
Nov 16, 2013 Steven Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this one --- this series was released first as an author-narrated audio book series.

Full Share continues the story of our protagonist, who's now at the last part of his enlisted-man service. He's competent, respectful, and smart, all qualities I admire. He's the kind of young adult I hope my kids emulate. And the writing style works wonderfully for "listen while driving".

Yeah, the dramatic tension here doesn't seem very high stakes (despite the author's attempts to make it so), and
Feb 09, 2016 Jer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A well paced, simple story with complex characters...

What of lacks in action it more than makes up for in charm. In this third volume in the series, the protagonist, Ishmael Horatio Wang, takes leaps in his growth and becomes even more endearing. The author's running theme of matching each story to a literary classic continues and is executed cleverly. Though there's none of the typical battle action found in the grand majority of space operas, the series, this episode particularly, finds creati
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Nathan Lowell has been a writer for more than forty years, and first entered the literary world by podcasting his novels. His sci-fi series, The Golden Age of the Solar Clipper grew from his long time fascination with space opera and his own experiences shipboard in the United States Coast Guard. Unlike most works which focus on a larger-than-life hero (prophesized savior, charismatic captain, or ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Golden Age of the Solar Clipper (6 books)
  • Quarter Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #1)
  • Half Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #2)
  • Double Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #4)
  • Captain's Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #5)
  • Owner's Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #6)

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