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Captain's Share

(Golden Age of the Solar Clipper #5)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  3,220 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
A good captain protects his crew. Who protects the captain?

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 C
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Durandus
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Nathan Lowell
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. But I'm a bit biased.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is probably my favorite of the series so far. I loved seeing Ishmael as an adult, running his own ship.

Again, the world is populated with interesting characters and interesting problems to solve.

Enjoying the series very much
Craig a.k.a Meatstack
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traderz, 2018
very good!
I am finished. Now what am I going to do with my life?

I still can't put my finger on why I loved this series SO much. Ishmael Wong's journey was utterly indulgent entertainment. And I loved every slow, human bit of it. If you like episode 1 of the first book, you'll love the whole series. Just try it. And you can get the podcast for free at scribl, read (beautifully) by the author.
Ryan Burt
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sotolf Flasskjegg
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book really is the best one in the series for me so far, it's just filled with great moments, and some heardships, but always on the right side. As with the other ones, this time through it was more impactful for me, maybe it is because I'm older, maybe it is because I'm reading it instead of listening to the audiobook. I don't know, but I just really enjoy that these books still are as good as I remembered, if anything they have become even better.
Pia Mogollon
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
What can I say? I absolutely love this series.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read the previous books in the series, you can read this one and it will be okay but I strongly recommend you read them so you can understand the dialogue of the characters and the dynamics of this excellent series. Start off with Quarter Share (Trader's Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper), then progress through the others before reading this one.

Without having a spoiler, let me tell you what I really liked about this one: while I love science fiction, this one is real
Mary B. Grove
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
a light pleasant read with some big issues

My major issue with Mr Lowell's writing is that all the shipmates from Wang's different ships have the exact same sense of humor, so the interchanges repeat from one book to the next. I had high hopes at the start of this book that
Agamemnon's crew would be different people, but no, they talk just the same as the Lois's and Wang too often is the same person as he was earlier in the series too. The subplot around his wife Jen shows he's matured in some wa
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here we are again with Ishmael making captain. This is set many years past the last book where he has moved from third to first mate. The story involves salvage at the start leading to his achieving chaptaincy of a terrible ship. In typical fashion, as can be seen from his past experience and his skills he turns this around in due course of the book and we are along for the ride. There are features here that become important in both his personal and professional life as told in the final chapter ...more
Katherine Hunter
In the 5th book of this series, Ishmael is appointed captain of the worst ship in the fleet. (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sifi
Our beloved Ish makes Captain and gets his own ship. So what if every single crew member is portrayed as a stupid moron and morphs into an outstanding spacer under Ish's guidance - this series is just a feel good read, and as that very well written. Hey - we even had some space action in this one! ;)
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alıştım Lowell'in stiline o yüzden kolay okundu. Muhteşem değiller ama şaşırtıcı bir şekilde kendini okutuyor. Açıkçası içind bir tane savaş sahnesi olmayan ve sadece ticaret üzerine bir serinin beşinci romanını hala heyecanla okuduğuma inanmıyorum.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(See my brief review of the series, on the Quarter Share page.) Never a dull moment in the Deep Dark, with Ishmael now at the helm!
Jeff Rich
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
keeps getting better and better
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
worthy sequel!
Lukas Lovas
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Almost there, just one more... :)
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that he has become captain, he is able to really fulfill all of the promise shown before. Great book!
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have lost count of how many times I've read this entire series. Just great story telling and without being invaded by aliens!
Charles Eugene Anderson
Hey, it's a good story!
mauricio bohmer
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What can I say.....I have read all of Nathan Lowell's books....and truly enjoyed them. Ismael is one of my favorite characters.....all I can say is.....Mr. Lowell....please keep writing. You make my evenings so pleasant and fun.....with just enough adventure to keep me coming back.
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
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 31, 2016 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
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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

Other books in the series

Golden Age of the Solar Clipper (8 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)
  • In Ashes Born (A Seeker's Tale From The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper Book 1)
  • To Fire Called (A Seeker's Tale From The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper Book 2)
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