Double Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #4)
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AN INEXPERIENCED OFFICER. A DYSFUNCTIONAL SHIP. LIFE IN THE DEEP DARK JUST GOT A LOT HARDER.
In his first assignment as an officer, Ishmael Horatio Wang finds himself fresh out of school, wet behind the ears, and way out of his depth. Aboard the William Tinker the senior officers are derelict and abusive, the crew demoralized and undisciplined, and change unwelcomed and dan...more
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Estara
Feb 07, 2014 Estara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gary Stu lovers
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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StickyP
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Norman Miller
Double Share is the first book where Ish is without his safety net and for the first time since QUARTER SHARE alone in the Deep Dark without a shoulder to lean on and have to survive on his own wits and Lessons learned from both the academy and the Lois. Ish's new Ship the Tinker is a ship of lost souls. Ish comes on and tries to Save them and finds that the Spacer's Handbook doesn't exactly cover his situation. The Tinker has a colorful crew to say the least and when Ish discovers what exactly...more
Ann Schwader
Not sure why I haven't done a text review for this series yet, but it's past time -- because Golden Age of the Solar Clipper is a remarkable immersive experience (in Podiobook form, anyhow) for those of us who enjoy space opera.

The premise is simple: follow a POV character (the improbably named Ishmael Wang) through his career in a spacefaring version of the merchant marine. Lowell's world-building -- or universe-building -- is detailed, & his characters have depth. This series has gotten me...more
Mark
Nathan Lowell's Solar Clipper series continues to defy my expectations. The first three volumes of Ishmael Wang's rise through the ranks of an interstellar merchant marine were almost drama free -- hippy, feel-good stories where nothing (well, almost nothing) really goes wrong.

In Double Share, Ishmael has completed the Academy and is a freshly-minted officer en route to his first assignment. But this time, he finds himself in a truly grim situation -- a filthy, slack ship; enlisted women sexuall...more
Betsy
This is the fourth installment of the tales of Ishmael Wang and his adventures in interstellar commerce. Ish has graduated from the Academy and gets his first assignment as a junior officer on a trader. He is introduced to the dark side of shipboard life, where the top officers have absolute power and the inclination to use it to exploit those under their command. As usual, Ish works to find unexpected solutions. For a while I thought ... come on, he's young and inexperienced, how can we believe...more
Mike
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Barry


If I could issue 6 stars I would. The Solar Clipper books just keep getting better and better. These books are wonderful character studies that are labelled as science fiction because they occur in space. The locale could just as well be Earth's oceans and the stories would be equally as great. Excellent books by a fantastic author. I am almost tempted to wish I had found the series later, when all the books had been published. Then I would have had the pure joy of reading them one after the ot...more
D.w.
My feeling for this book, and for the entire series is that we have one story that has been chopped up amongst all the work of Mr. Lowell. Then stretched with inconsequential filler to try and make a tale book length.

I think that Lowell has reached a crisis point in his writing, and that is to understand that conflict involves making his hero have some skin in the game. His hero, Wang, never seems to be bothered about the circumstances that set him on the road he is on, so there is no growth the...more
Andreas
After graduating from the merchant marine officer's academy, Ishmael Wang starts work as a "boot" Third Mate on the cargo ship William Tinker. He soon discovers that the ship has serious problems, with crew morale dangerously low. The Captain is a recluse who almost never comes out of his cabin, the First Mate is a sociopathic sexual predator and the crew is subject to daily humiliation and assault.

While the first three books of the series are mildly enjoyable, this one ups the ante considerably...more
James
Wow. The enjoyment I've been getting from this series derives almost entirely from the low-conflict, light-hearted nature of the books. Double Share takes that and throws it out the window. My first reaction was positive. This could be something new, something great. Then reality set in.

Rather than the Lois McKendrick, our protaganists' home in the Deep Dark for the past few books, we now move the setting to a new ship, the William Tinker. This ship is gross. It's filthy, smells, everyone is nas...more
Wm Carroll sr.
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...more
Scott Jucha
Ishmael Horatio Wang is an officer, fresh out of school, aboard the William Tinker in this fourth novel in the six-part series. Ishmael faces his greatest challenge with a ship that has gone to hell in a hand basket.

If you’ve read this far in the series, then you, like me, anxiously anticipated what transformation Ishmael will perform on the crew… the power of transformation creates a compelling story. Nathan Lowell continues to superbly weave the character-driven story of a Merchant Spacer, cli...more
Melissa Hayden
Ishmael has graduated from the Academy and is taking his first job as 3rd Mate at the Diernia Salvation & Transport company. Upon the ship the William Tinker where the 1st Mate and crew seem to be laxed on formality and cruel to each other, even degrading to woman and others. Maybe the sneakiness Ish learned on the Lois will help him with this crew, or maybe he'll abandon ship before his first three months of trial period are up.

We see Pip and Bev at the very beginning, but they go their own...more
Mikael Kuoppala
The ”Golden Age of the Solar Clipper” series is all about ambience and building a sci-fi microcosm aboard a future spaceship that feels real due to its everyday focus on minutiae. The approach has made these books enjoyable- with the exception of “Half Share”- but I at least have been left craving for more.

With “Double Share” Nathan Lowell finally takes a bit more of an ambitious approach. We see our annoyingly heroic protagonist Ishmael begin his first tour as an officer on board a new ship. Un...more
Joe Young
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Randy
The Golden Age of The Solar Clipper series takes a turn with this fourth volume. Ishmael Horatio Wang has just graduated after four years at the academy and has applied for a position posted on the bulletin board: third mate for a small outfit called Diurnia Salvage and Transport, a company with only a dozen ships.

He's hired and passage to Diurnia is sent by the company. He arrives and learns his assignment: the William Tinker.

From his two years aboard the Lois McKendrick and the training missio...more
Pruitt
"Double Share" is the 4th book in Nathan Lowell's fantastic "Golden Age of the Solar Clipper" series. I've read the previous 3 books too, which were all excellent. This series is unlike most other "Space Opera" style SciFi books. There are no great battles in a war, no grand political intrigue, just life onboard space-going freighters moving their shipments around the known galaxy for the main character, Ishmael Wang.

This 4th book takes place several years after the 3rd book, which ended with Is...more
Geoffrey
Perhaps the wait for the latest release in this series built up my expectations but this one just isn't as fun as the first books in the series. I liked it but not as much as I felt I would.

The previous book, Full Share, ended with Ishmael arriving at the Academy to start his officer training. This on picks up 4 years later with him leaving the academy to start his new career as a merchant ship officer. His new ship is just dysfunctional beyond belief, but he jumps right in and starts winning pe...more
Tommy Howell
4 books into the series, we finally have a villain with some fairly nasty things happening. Young Ishmael's first job out of the Academy as a newly commissioned officer is aboard a disreputable trader with a mostly unseen Captain and a sadistic first officer. Ishmael is able to work his considerable charm and find allies, but doesn't really have time for "personal trading." We get brief updates on the main characters from the previous books, but mostly, we're jumping forward 4 years to a new shi...more
Ryan
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D.C. Musgrove
I completed Double Share some time back and am just now getting to the review. I opted for the full version after reading the sample I downloaded.

Nathan Lowell is pretty good at creating interesting characters in real-life roles of mundanity. There are no "attack ships off the shoulder of Orion", or anything even bordering "space opera" here. Instead, we are left to walk in the shoes of a new graduate from a trade academy, who gets an entry level job aboard a pretty average space freighter. I'm...more
Teresa Carrigan
I'm "reading" the podiobook version of this one, because it's not available in other formats yet. Book 3 ended with Ishmael leaving for the officer academy. Book 4 (this one) starts 4 years later with him leaving the academy. There are a few paragraphs mentioning things that happened while at the academy, but I feel rather short changed. Oh well.

I'd enjoy this better if I were reading it. I can't get immersed in a story when I'm listening. Still worth listening to, particularly since I loved the...more
Craig a.k.a Meatstack
The strongest yet in the series.

Finally everything isn't Biscuits and spicy beefalo for the hero, and there's some drama, intrigue, and conflict.

In a way, this book reminded me more of books I have read about leadership than a science fiction novel. It is an excellent microcosm of what happens with a group of people when leadership is lacking. Turf wars, improper conduct, poor working habits, and lack of pride are all hallmarks of those conditions, and the author nails the situation perfectly....more
BigJohn
Boy, Ishmael Wang, fresh from the officer's Academy, gets his rookie assignment on a troubled ship. This story is so much the opposite of the first, that it'd be comical if it wasn't so sickening. My problem with the first book is that everything was so perfect. Well, this story proves that the circumstances of the first book were certainly not the norm. I'm not sure how Lowell does it, but he does a great job making a non-adventure very exciting. With all that happens in the confines of a small...more
Cygnwulf
So I just finished listening to Double Share, and I have to say this was a very different experience from Mr. Lowell’s earlier books. While the “McKendrick trilogy” books were beautifully written and very entertaining to listen too, I didn’t even realize what was missing until I listened to Double Share. A significant antagonist or obstacle to overcome. I mean, sure, Full Share had the concern about Ishmael getting to stay on the Lois, finding out what happened to them, and his decision to make...more
Juanfra Valero
El mejor de la serie hasta el momento.
Ojo, algunos spoilers de los libros anteriores.
Después de dos años en la Lois McKendrick, Ish va a la academia de oficiales y consigue un trabajo en una pequeña empresa llamada DST. La nave a la que la asignan no se parece en nada a la Lois McKendrick, la comida es mediocre, el olor de la nave es malo, todo está sucio, y lo peor, el primer oficial abusa de las mujeres abordo con el permiso del Capitán, que no sale de su cabina para nada. Ish se enfrenta al m...more
Ryan Burt
1) Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

2) Genre: Science Fiction

3) Synopsis: Ishmael Horatio Wang has gone to the academy. He knows all about book stuff but will that work in real life? He is assigned to the William Tinker, which is certainly a hostile work environment. Can he change it? Can he survive?

4) Feelings: Kind of fun to see how Ishmael Horatio Wang applies his knowledge and skills to this new environment. It is certainly a challenging situation but I trust in Ishmael Horatio Wang.

5) Final recommen...more
Katharine
I really have some issues with this installation. How a series that was so enjoyable can fall so low :/

Other reviews explain why much more eloquently. I'm just disappointed with the writer.
Angela Austin
Ishmael's struggle to get his new crew in order was unexpectedly engaging. As someone working in an office, I felt a lot of empathy towards him, especially when combating toxic elements in his work/job. This series as a whole has been very surprising in its ability to both be very down to earth and keep me from putting it down . I have to give Nathan Lowell a tremendous amount of credit for creating essentially "Horatio Hornblower in space" and being able to make it equal parts realistic in its...more
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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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