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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
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Podiobook, 308 pages
Published 2008 by Podiobooks
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Estara
Feb 07, 2014 Estara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gary Stu lovers
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
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StickyP
Dec 24, 2012 StickyP rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lizzie
Jun 19, 2016 Lizzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 2nd book in this series really bothered me and disappointed me. (For the why, see my review of Half Share.) The 3rd book and this one redeemed the series enough that I am willing to read the rest.

Ish has completed the academy and taken his first contract position as 3rd mate. The ship is sick. By being the person he is, from teaching the galley crew to make good coffee to protecting a woman from abuse, to physically cleaning the bridge, he helps most of the crew find some self-respect and c
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Norman Miller
Jan 02, 2011 Norman Miller rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2013 Ann Schwader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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Mark
Jun 10, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
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
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Betsy
May 13, 2016 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[5/15/12]
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 w
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Mike
Jan 19, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
Shelves: podiobooks, indie
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Wm Carroll Sr.
Aug 08, 2014 Wm Carroll Sr. rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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Barbara
Sep 17, 2013 Barbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
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Cst
Feb 25, 2016 Cst rated it liked it
They changed it and now I don‘t like it as much.

After reading the first three books I was looking forward to the next book, the first one that actually promised development for the characters and a new perspective from which to look at the universe. Unfortunately it doesn't really work.
Moving the characters on was necessary and I can understand why that was done. I cannot understand the way that happened: the supporting (and in some regards leading) cast is completely discarded - as an incredibl
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ElDani
Nov 15, 2015 ElDani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first three books of this series were natural continuations of each other, where the author managed to start and continue the tale of Ishmael Wong after he lost not only his mother but also the only home he ever knew. Space being the place he ultimately chose for himself, he continued to improve not only himself but also his circle of friends and shipmates.

In this fourth book we see the protagonist take on a very different role. Just finished with the naval academy and having become an offic
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D.w.
Feb 22, 2014 D.w. rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
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
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Andreas
Feb 18, 2014 Andreas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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James
Sep 14, 2014 James rated it did not like it
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
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Roger Ball
Jul 25, 2016 Roger Ball rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I loved this series. Read through all 6 in no time and thoroughly enjoyed Nathan Lowell's easy writing style and the humor he imparts to his characters. If you think every sci fi story must have scary aliens or space battles to be interesting and captivating, this series disproves that big time.

About 16 years ago, I picked up and read a book someone left on a plane I was flying on. It was the first book in a series of nautical books about a fictional character named Richard Bolitho w
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Harry Lane
Nov 13, 2015 Harry Lane rated it really liked it
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 is now an academy graduate and has his first job as an officer. In this installment, the series has a bit of conflict, as Ish is thrown into a bille
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Angela
Oct 03, 2015 Angela rated it it was ok
In this story line, the main character Ishmael had lost his mother, his only family. Over the course of three book he and had built relationships with supporting characters and they had become his family. He refers to them as family over and over and then we pop over to book 4 they are all gone. Where is the transition? This felt completely unrealistic and disconnected from the entire story and the main characters personality.

The story spends several chapters with Ishmael setting up surveillanc
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Robin
Apr 23, 2016 Robin rated it liked it
3 stars.
After the 3rd book in the series I wasn't sure if I was gonna continue this or not, but taking a break from some more serious books I figured this would be a nice/quick read.
I liked it better than the last book.

It skips ahead a few years after the last book ended which I didn't expect because every other book followed directly.

I definitely had some complaints about the book but it was easy and quick to read and didn't require much thinking at all. The main complaint is that it you have
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A.F. Grappin
Feb 14, 2016 A.F. Grappin rated it it was amazing
This was both unlike and exactly like the other books in the Trader Tales. We still have Ishmael, though there has been a few years' time between books. He's grown, matured (if that were possible), and is no longer aboard the Lois. The new enviroment of the William Tinker is a whole new world for both Ish and the reader, and now we get to see how Ish REALLY performs under extreme conditions. This book had me gritting my teeth in anger, shouting in frustration, and clamoring to know how things co ...more
Val Booklover
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S.H. Jucha
Jun 14, 2014 S.H. Jucha rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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Mikael Kuoppala
Mar 25, 2014 Mikael Kuoppala rated it liked it
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
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Joe Young
Jun 22, 2012 Joe Young rated it really liked it
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Randy
Aug 09, 2012 Randy rated it it was amazing
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
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Pruitt
Aug 06, 2012 Pruitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Geoffrey
Nov 07, 2015 Geoffrey rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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Tommy Howell
Nov 20, 2012 Tommy Howell rated it really liked it
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
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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)
  • Full Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #3)
  • Captain's Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #5)
  • Owner's Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #6)

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