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Captain's Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper #5)

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  2,623 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
A shuffling of cabins puts Ishmael Horatio Wang in command of the worst ship in the fleet. He learns that being Captain doesn't make you infallible and that life in the Captain's Cabin is filled with new kinds of challenge as he tries to keep the ship moving, the crew out of trouble, and turn a profit to earn his Captain's Share. In a ship where the officers outnumber the ...more
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Nathan Lowell
Nov 21, 2009 Nathan Lowell rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I liked it. But I'm a bit biased.
Craig a.k.a Meatstack
May 14, 2012 Craig a.k.a Meatstack rated it really liked it
My favorite of the series thus far, and honestly don't see where it goes from here. It's also the saddest of the series, but not in an obvious way.

Just as Ish gets his master's ticket, his marriage falls apart, and so now he's in a situation where he has really no one to turn to to help with the loneliness. It's not really discussed, but that colors the second half of the entire book.

In general these books remind me of the anecdotal stories usually found in leadership books...but set in science
Jul 30, 2011 BigJohn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
Our intrepid Ishmael Wang is back as 1st mate, picking up the story about 7 years after the previous book. Now approximately 38 years old, Ish comes into his own as he prepares to take on command of the ship with the worst reputation in the company. His first captaincy saddles him with a dysfunctional crew, challenging him to use all his naturally charismatic social skills and his years of training and experience as an officer.

Our older and wiser Ishmael is, by now, exactly what we would expect
Ryan Burt
Jun 03, 2011 Ryan Burt rated it it was amazing
1) Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

2) Genre: Science Fiction

3) Synopsis: Finally Ishmael has made Captain. The only problem he was assigned to the worst ship in the fleet. Can Ishmael do it again?

4) Feelings: Think I listened to this book all in one day. Helps having a desk job where I can just push play and listen. Ishmael is growing up but things haven't quite gone how he expected. Good to see him struggle with some aspects of his life. Life never goes just how you plan.

5) Final recommendation: Ishma
Gerard Whitfield
Jun 01, 2011 Gerard Whitfield rated it really liked it
Well, with this one we are back into stride. Ishmael is again chosen for an impossible-seeming task, the odds are stacked against him, but e just know that he will find a solution. It was a nice touch to show Ishmael's character flaws via his marital relationship. Its appearance was a little startling as his wife-to-be only had a walk-on part in the previous book.

All that aside, to fans (of which I am definitely one)this audiobook is tiring me out. I have to finish it to make sure I can get a de
Norman Miller
Jan 02, 2011 Norman Miller rated it it was amazing
Captian's Share Like Double share has Ish continue to lose his Fish out of water status as he finds this time Heavy is the head that wears the crown. While Ish's new ship isn't as bad as the Tinker. Afew of the Characters are just as Colorful. Ish's Laid back attitude still continues this time attempt to win over the crew takes much longer as he has to convince them that they are more than they seem. The story is trademark Nathan Lowell as the tale is a character driven piece with action taking ...more
Pia Mogollon
Jan 18, 2015 Pia Mogollon rated it liked it
Actually did this series as audiobook and it was a fun listen. Kind of like a good tv series. Not like wow, you out of your seat. But engaging enough.
Keith Hughes
Aug 05, 2013 Keith Hughes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
What can I say? I absolutely love this series.
Feb 01, 2017 Milan rated it really liked it
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Jan 29, 2017 Iammrx rated it it was amazing
The culmination of all the previous book is what makes this one stand out. The MC is always thinking forward and succeed and with every success leads people around him to also be more successful.
I continue to enjoy Ishmael and his adventures and non adventures in the Deep Dark.
Melissa Hayden
Ish has been on the William Tinker about thirteen years now. Things are going well in the deep dark space as he sits as First Mate to his Captain Freddie. Until there is an abandoned ship found floating through space. What they find there is one thing that will never leave Ish's mind and a stark reminder of the deep dark space they fly in. Ish's work with this abandoned ship may bring him to the attention of others, having him invited to sit for Captains test. Things are about to change with a n ...more
Jan 02, 2017 Kevin rated it really liked it
I'm going to be so sorry to see this series end, glad I have at least one more novel to go.
Nov 14, 2015 ElDani rated it it was ok
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Jul 01, 2016 Lizzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admire how well Lowell has presented the story of Ishmael. It's not a complex story, but it's a good story and well-told. Except for book no. 2, I would put this series into the young adult category.

Ismael is about to head out on his first trip as the Captain of a ship, but it's the ship with the worst reputation in the company. A much smaller crew than the prior ships in the series, it is a well-mixed motley bunch. Rather than simply being authoritarian, Ish looks at the individuals and asse
Nov 08, 2016 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Another book, another jump forward in time. While I do appreciate Lowell’s realism for how long it should take to gain enough experience to even be considered qualified enough to become a ship Captain, a lot can happen in ten years. Ishmael Wang has certainly matured into the role of Captain, even if some of his decision-making in his personal life is left lacking, especially considering how adept he was in Half Share . At least by the end of this book, some things are “back to normal” for him ...more
Kurt Springs
Oct 07, 2013 Kurt Springs rated it it was amazing
This review first appeared under Kurt's Frontier on Invincible Love of Reading.

Ishmael Horatio Wang returns. In the first three books, Ishmael Wang begins as an orphan who takes a birth on a solar clipper because he has no where else to go. He learns the ropes and develops his instincts. Now he learns what it really feels like at the top of the ship’s hierarchy.

After one last an exciting run as first mate of the William Tinker, where they salvage a ship where the crew has all perished due to ski
Feb 25, 2016 Cst rated it liked it
After the downturn of the last book, this one manages to stabilize the series. It is not as good as it was but it doesn't get worse.

The big problem is, that the series doesn't really do conflict well. While the first books avoided that largely by not having any conflict, the last one focused heavily on it and that made that problem obvious.
This book would like to have a great conflict as well, but in a way it fails successfully. There is a conflict, it has the potential to be of equal dimensions
Tommy Howell
Nov 20, 2012 Tommy Howell rated it really liked it
After getting a bit darker in the last book, Lowell decides to spread it a little more gray this time. It's not always "best possible outcome" with a wink and a grin, but it is pretty close. Ishmael continues to work his charm captaining a new ship, the Agamemnon. While it might be the worst ship in the fleet, it's crew isn't nearly as troubled as in Double Share. There are certainly call backs to Ishmael's earlier ships and he pays those lessons forward with good results.
I was most disappointe
A.F. Grappin
Jan 08, 2016 A.F. Grappin rated it it was amazing
Captain's Share offers more of the delicious, close-quarters intrigue I've come to expect from Lowell's Trader Tales series. It's been some years since we've seen Ishmael, and his life has clearly changed. Now a man in his late thirties, we only see hints of the 18-year old he was when the series first began. He's still the same, but he's become more man than boy, and it shows. His life has taken a bit of a toll on him, but he's still the principled, decisive individual he's always been.

So when
Richard Doggett
Oct 03, 2013 Richard Doggett rated it it was amazing
I have been hooked on this series since first coming across the first book Quarter Share. Nathan lowell writes about the relationships, desires, faults and strengths of the people in this series - Golden Age of the Solar Clipper. They come across as interesting, fully realized characters who just happen to work in space hauling freight from one planet to another. There are occasional periods of action and suspense but the primary attraction of this series is the people and the tension of real re ...more
Aug 05, 2013 Shane rated it it was amazing
I had almost forgotten how much I enjoy reading Nathan Lowell. This series was my introduction to indie authors. It opened a lot of doors for me. I love the characters and have moments I can't put the book down because I worry what will happen next.

There are still some little editing smudges (a dropped letter, improper tense) they are rare fortunately. The universe is so simple, it makes things feel more real. I know many authors spend chapters or even whole books developing their universe, Lowe
Ann Schwader
Apr 29, 2013 Ann Schwader rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Unlike many of my fellow reviewers of this audiobook, I did not find Captain's Share as compelling as most of the previous adventures. I'm not sure why, either. The plot seemed to move more slowly, or at least with more interruptions, than in most of the other books, & I sometimes felt as though I was reading management tips for newly fledged commercial captains!

As ever, though, I did find myself caring deeply about the characters -- sad when Ishmael's marriage finally falls apart, nervous
Roger Ball
Jul 17, 2016 Roger Ball rated it really liked it  ·  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
Feb 17, 2014 Andreas rated it liked it
After a decade on the William Tinker, where he has progressed from third mate to first mate, Ishmael finally sits for Captain and shortly thereafter receives command of the Agamemnon, a small cargo ship with only eight crew. The Aganemnon has a bad reputation. It is crewed by troublemakers and misfits, and profits have been abysmal.

Unlike Double Share, this book goes back to the adventures in normality model. The problems with the crew are swiftly and painlessly resolved through the application
A weaker story than previous books in the series.

The "worst ship in the fleet" was turned around in a week by the new captain. Basically, what they needed was a captain that wasn't an idiot. And so good an idiot that the fleet owner didn't call him up and go "Uhhh...what's going on over there?"

The whole story was Ishmael being awesome, realizing that he wasn't /that/ awesome, and then becoming more awesome because of that realization. Oh, and everyone loves him.

There wasn't any real conflict on
Aug 29, 2013 Glen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not clear why it took four years to get this in EPUB form after the initial audio book publication in 2009, but I was glad to see it. The writing and story line are very engaging, as with its predecessors.

However, the long wait was not the only problem. After a great read, the end of the story arc sputters somewhat. In an unsuccessful attempt to recover, a new story arc begins, but barely gets launched before the book ends. We won't be able to see the completion of the new fragment until th
Mikael Kuoppala
Jan 22, 2014 Mikael Kuoppala rated it liked it
Taking place a bit further along the protagonist’s career “Captain’s Share” sees Ishmael Wong take on a command of his own. A ship branded the worst ship in the trade fleet, Agamemnon will be our hero’s next project.

We’ve seen Ish defeat great odds and turn everything he touches into gold several times already, and there are no real surprises here in that regard. However, Lowell manages to concoct some personal sacrifice and psychological insecurity to make this novel feel a bit more real than h
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?

In this fifth book of the series, Ish has just gotten his Master's rating, and the Captain of the ship he is on retires. Another Captain is up for this
Mar 15, 2010 Ryan rated it really liked it
I made a comment on an earlier book in this series that Horatio tended to not make mistakes. It appears that I may have been mistaken in that pronouncement, because he makes some rather serious ones in this volume. He also, as the title implies, becomes captain of his own ship, and has to try to whip them into the kind of shape he's come to expect of a ship he works on.

The story was interesting as a coda to the Share series. Not something for someone who's never read another Lowell book, but rew
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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 (7 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)
  • Double Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #4)
  • Owner's Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, #6)
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