An inexperienced officer. A dysfunctional ship. Life in the Deep Dark just got a whole 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 dangerous. Can Ishmael use what he learned aboard the Lois McKendrick to help the crew find the ship's heart? Or will he discover that bucking the system may come at too high a price? Return to the Deep Dark with Ish in this fourth installment of the award-winning Solar Clipper series, as he makes the transition from crew to officer.
©2013 Nathan Lowell (P)2016 Podium Publishing
Ishmael is now adrift from the Academy, on his own, and the action soon takes off.
However, in his inimitable way, Ishmael seems to deal with everything that is thrown at him in the manner of a man twice his age.
I love this series and had been looking forward to having my own copy of this again, it's just a crying shame that the narration is dire. The same voice is used throughout without any hint of inflection - which makes it difficult to pick up character emotion (a key part of the story and character growth). It's not the worst I've ever heard, but it's pretty close, sadly
This is a great story set in the golden age of sail, urm, solar clippers? The protagonist is totally clueless, yet completely brilliant and thrown straight into a terrible situation which looks to be completely out of his control to do anything about. And I'm not just talking about the fact that the coffee tastes just like burnt engine oil...
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
Almost forgot I had this, and then got so excited to listen this week, I was truly sad that it ended.
I still Iadmit I wasn't sure on this one, after the last book had such a sad undertone. And for it being so many years after the academy... but I was pleasantly surprised, this was in fact much better than I'd thought.
I do think you do have to suspend your disbelief a little over the fact that there really was no way to get rid of the Captain of the Tinker in the 5 years he'd been running it into the ground. But, the journey that Ish goes through while asserting his place on the ship and within ranks of the crew is really good, really trying for him, but good for us. He's almost a little bit too good to be true, you know good looks, smart, and just knows everything about everything. I am really waiting for him to come up against something that he really doesn't know how to fix, not just to seemingly do everything right all the time.
Still this novel had a lot of fun, a lot of sad situations though, the fact that the guys on the Tinker thought most of the women were there just to be used, did grate against my skin a lot. Glad it was soon starting to stop though because of Ish and his harem.
Nice work to both Jeffery Kafer and Nathan Lowell and I think as I've said on the other series I'm waiting on hurry up and hit publish on the next :)
The out come where the bullies get there comeuppance, plus I didn't expect the ending.
I can't say that I have read/listened too another story line the same as this, it is a good heartening storey line, because there are no aliens trying to wipeout man kind.
Jeffrey Käfer makes the storey come alive, he is one of the narrators that I look for when purchasing a book, because he never does a bad one.
Sail to the ends of the universe.
Yes, hurry up with the next book please.
I consumed one after another until there was no more. I can't wait for more books in this series. l had to listen to them all before I could make myself write the review.... spend the credit.
"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"
Double Share picks up the story of Ishmael Wang as he leaves four years of officer training. With the ink scarcely dry on his certificate, he is signed on as third mate of the William Tinker. The Lois McKendrick was a nurturing home for those who sailed on her, but the Billy Tinker is an example of how a negligent captain and a bullying first mate can make a dangerous environment for the crew on board. I would recommend this book to anyone who is planning to take a position of responsibility anywhere.
Like many of the books by Nathan Lowell, the plot builds from the beginning. To mention the most memorable moment would involve spoilers. What I will say is that the most poignant moment is the one in which Ishmael and his friends aboard the Tinker realize there are some things beyond their control, but the climactic event pulls them together to correct the dangerous situation on board.
This is the third performance by Jeffrey Kafer to which I have listened. He just keeps getting better -- and he was good in the beginning.
Yes, and some that made me feel angry and then relieved when they were resolved. You'll have to read to find out -- it truly would ruin the book to relate them here.
Check out that ending. Lowell is truly building toward something here, as we learn more about Ishmael's character.
This book is well read and written.
I have listened to it as a podcast before.
Highly recommend it to people that like space
"A joy to read"
This whole series is a joy to listen to. The story moves effortlessly and the narrator is,one of the best...... I,am at the fifth book and haven't slowed down yet....great series....
"Tedious story, imo hardly sci-fi"
This series could just as well have been set in 18th century England or anywhere. There is virtually no science fiction in these books.
Every now and then there are somewhat intriguing personal conflicts & developments but absolutely 0% suspense, 0% tech and 0% space opera.
My wife would like this, she's into greys anatomy and Colleen McCullough.
The narrator is great though
"Great Story, Great Overall, Performance Lacking"
I must say I perfer reading this story or listening to the Nathan Lowell read this story than Jeffery Kafer. I would suggest my friend to get the book, but that is because of my bias of here Nathan Lowell and his story telling quality voice.
The way this is a tale that I feel I could act live, nothing super hero, nothing unrealistic. The story makes me feel I could have lived this life and is written in a way I do not want to stop reading it.
I have listen to the other books in the Trader Tales series. I am starting to get bothered by lack of attention to the author pronunciation of names. I am spoiled because the Author Nathan Lowell has read these stories and know what how he wanted them pronounced. I really find the story compelling and I have listen to the Author read this book many many time. I want to enjoy Jeffrey Kafer but am slow getting jaded and he pronunciation of names is starting to grate on me.
Yes except I have had to take breaks.
"not your normal space novel"
I have to say thos series has me wanting. It is not your normal shootem up space novle. It has a human aspect thak keeps you wanting. I cant wait for the release of book 5
"Much better than the last"
Back to what made this good and growing up some more along the way.
I'm so glad the story here got back to the quality of the first books. I was terribly disappointed by the last book as it meandered through a non-story and left me wondering why even bother with this wimpy wrap up of The Lois and onto new ventures.
This book had a nice meaty story that was a good "read". Thumbs up.
"Love this series"
I absolutely love this entire series. Read it listen to it. It's all supper excellent.
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