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Double Share

(Golden Age of the Solar Clipper #4)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  3,947 ratings  ·  173 reviews
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
Podiobook, 308 pages
Published 2008 by Podiobooks
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Sep 15, 2012 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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Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a qualified 3 stars, because it’s very different than the 3 books before. I’m not a big reviewer, but some thoughts.

The other reviews on this book primed me to expect a shift in tone, as well as some ... awkward... handling of a very loaded set of issues.

I’ve read enough in this genre to recognize the trope at work here. Our too-brilliant hero faces his hardest challenge yet— plucked from the safety of the ship that raised him, and confronted with the dysfunction of a ship with poor
Sep 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
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Nov 14, 2015 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
James Tomasino
Sep 10, 2014 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
Norman Miller
Jan 02, 2011 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
Wm Carroll Sr.
Aug 08, 2014 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
Jul 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Plot driver: ongoing rape of female crew. if you think this is a spoiler(idgas), your looking in the wrong place. One stars at book 4 are for people who have read the F-ing book and don't get all the 5 stars.
Tony Hisgett
By the fourth book the day to day running of the spaceship isn’t particularly interesting and unfortunately I really didn’t like the main storyline of physical intimidation and sexual abuse of women.
By the end of the book the problems are solved and ”all is sweetness and light”, but I didn’t enjoy the journey.
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Something different for a change.

Tension, drama, conflict! But still, it's Ishy, we know he'll manage.

Good stuff.
Jun 10, 2012 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
Jun 16, 2016 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
Ann Schwader
Mar 13, 2013 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
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie, podiobooks
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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
Cor Markhart
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
While not necessarily a bad book it is very jarring departure from the previous books that seemingly tries to hit every trope there is in the age of sail (and this is very much an age of sail book, no matter its sci-fi setting) genre. And as much as liked the previous books Lowells writing isn't special enough to overcome how predictable and thus boring this book is.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Story really changed from the first three books in the series but was very satisfying in the end, I'm so glad I found this series, looking forward to the next volume..
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, traderz
2018 re-read: So very enjoyable!
Gray Mouser
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A 4.5, but getting a 5, since this instalement took care of some issues I had in the first three books.

Ishmael continues to be a Jonny-do-good, which is part attraction, part annoyance of the whole series. Likewise, 90% of the characters are still just too basically decent to be realistic. But this is the style of the series and I do not mind reading a book, where people are portrayed nicer than I in general believe them to be.

However, "Double Share" has some real bastards in it, which makes for
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book pretty well but nowhere near as much as the previous books. My favorite part of the previous books was the trading, and that was absent in this book. That stuff was a ton of fun to read about. I also liked that there weren't really any villains in the previous books, and this book had villains unfortunately. They were the basis for a large part of the story, and they felt a bit too obvious as villains to be very good villains. The author is great at writing likable characters ...more
Katherine Hunter
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is the 4th book in this series. Ishmael has graduated from the academy and even though when he went to the academy he was told there would be offers galore (or at least from his old company) of employment only one company offers him a position. (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(See my brief review of the series, on the Quarter Share page.) Our furnace is on the fritz, and winter has not yet become spring. How satisfying to be cozy under my electric blanket, with no boredom in sight due to discovering such a great (free on Amazon Prime kindle page) sci-fi series to read - like a best kept secret! I have settled on Scott Bakula as my reference character for envisioning Ishmael, which is working quite well, as Ishmael and Captain Archer of Star Trek: Enterprise share ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
It wasn't until after finished this installment that I figured out that Ish has the same appeal as Harry Potter. He's an orphan (effectively) who gets thrown into a new world he knows nothing about, but he succeeds on his wits, natural talent, looks, and ethics. This is the book where Ish meets the Death Eaters, and faces them with no tool more dangerous than Expelliarmus., on a mission from an secretive boss who doesn't tell him that he's on a mission.

Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Wasn't impressed with this one, especially the ending. It just felt like Lowell didn't know how to end it so did the equivalent of waving a magic wand and finished with "they lived happily ever after"... Just weak.

Also have issues with many of his choices. If I was in his position it would have been a much shorter book.

The biggest problem is that I don't think I like the main character anymore. I don't know if I want to read any mkre about him.
Larry Peninger
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The last 3 books are among my favorites in the series. We find Ishmael a boot third mate fresh out of the academy. The catch is now there is an arch enemy along with 2 bully boys. The really takes a twist as he finds himself manipulated unwittingly.
He is still carrying of the loss 9f his mother along with everything she taught him. Great story
Tyler Crouch
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An actual plot!
This book has some very dark & adult themes.
Compared to the first three books which felt like PG Disney stories this one is an R rated title.
Really enjoyed this book and the rest of the series also were of a higher relative quality when compared to the first three books.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like it

A bit darker than the previous here books, but still good. I like that it's science fiction without the need for some massive inter-galactic conflict. I enjoy the semi-casual nature and the problem solving.
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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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Golden Age of the Solar Clipper (9 books)
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