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A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 3
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
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If there was ever a time to "Trust Lois..."

The Lois McKendrick runs headlong into trouble when a routine in-system transit goes bad. Ishmael and the rest of the crew must scramble to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it in order to keep the ship alive.

Learn more about the officers and crew of the Lois McKendrick as they struggle to keep their ship, and discover how Ishmael finds out how wrong he's been about what it means to be a spacer in this latest Trader's Tale.

©2013 Nathan Lowell (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Absorbing

Having now been completely hooked on this series, I’m finding it very difficult to put the book down, as evidenced by getting through 3 books in one week!

This series is a true listening experience and I thoroughly recommend it; it is well worth the one credit.

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Excellent Listen

I was so excited to get back to Ish and the crew. What a fantastic series this has been.

However, this was a great listen. There's so much going on here, with a new crew member coming aboard and the uncertainty of Ish losing his place on the ship. This novel defo has a much sadder undertone, and Jeffery did a fab job as usual, with all the characters and especially the woman, it amazes me how much each person really has their own twist and voice. I am in awe of what narrators do. But the amazing writing, and drinking and food also still makes me want to drink more coffee and find out how to make spicy beefalow :)

I really did enjoy the full journey though, and the fact that Ish and Bev get together is just perfect, I wondered of the three who he actually might end up with if the opportunity arose. At most points through this book, I kept thinking, come on, I'm routing for him... the ship and almost dying, wow, really great writing and really awesome deductive work from Ish and the crew to get to the bottom of that problem. A mystery I Was happy to follow, as I was with the problems they were having with the new crew member CC.

I was looking forward to the next one, but now I'm not so sure. And I have to say, I think the only thing with it that's bothered me is the preview chapters and then subsequent wanting to skip the first few in the next new book. I also got a taster of the next book, (book 4) before I cut the off switch. And I'm sad if there isn't anything really written of his academy days, I mean to skip 4 years of his life... seems a huge switch. Maybe it will work or not, but sigh. I really wanted to see what happened there too.

I am very much still looking forward to hearing the next book and following on with Ish and maybe Pip and Bev.... guess we'll see when I get there.

Thanks for the great entertainment this week already pre ordered the next :)

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  • Chtulhu's Pilot
  • 05-10-18

How does this series get continued 5 star reviews?

The first two books felt as a good introduction to the world building and main characters. Not perfect but enjoyable. This third book was the final straw in my interest in finishing the series. The main issue is the lack of conflict/struggle or that the main character is perfect at everything he touches, without flaw. I don't know why it took 3 books to come to that realization but after watching him flawlessly master more and more jobs/tasks it becomes nauseating. Can he even be allowed to get a 98% on a test? Nope. The test will be wrong and the authorities will insure he gets the full 100% and the test answer will be updated accordingly. Come on!

It's seriously tiring having a character conquer effortlessly everything including a chuck of the women he encounters. Not even a hint of disinterest is offered by a single woman in his sights. The occasional reminder of his age being a mere 18 years old just makes me roll my eyes more. None of this characters expertise comes from years of experiences, he just solves every problem in short order even with the "experts" are left scratching their heads.....again. My one and only complaint about the narrator is his deep and gruff voice makes you forget this is some young kid who you are following and not some seasoned veteran with years behind him.

Just rename the series "A Trader's Tale from the Golden Child" and it would be a better descriptor for the story. I'm not risking another purchase of this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-16

Feel good series

Adventure, not much danger but a story about a young man finding himself through work and building himself a life. Small if any drama. Some romance.
Not for people who want there daring do and fighting, or great drama. This story has a lot of feel good things happening.
I particularly enjoy the decision making and building himself up. I like how everyone seems to want to help everyone else out, with a few rare exceptions. I like how he tries hard and gets rewarded for it.
Others I know wouldn't enjoy this book because of the lack of down and dirty hard luck, bad times and heart wrenching realism making you reevaluate life. I like it because of that lack. Makes me feel happy. Easy listening.

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  • The Bookwyrm Speaks
  • 06-09-16

Ishmael Wang heads to a new chapter in his life.

"Call me Ishmael" is kind of the running joke of this series, which centers on crewman Ishmael Wang of the interstellar trading ship Lois McKendrick. This book is a transition book, as Ish goes through a huge life altering change at the end of the book, moving on to the next phase of his adult life. As with the other books, this is a very charactercentric book, since there are no battles, no aliens, just the characters.doing their duties on a trading ship. There is an emergency onboard that could have caused disaster, but the excellent response by the crew saves the ship from disaster. The characters are what make this series, and they are excelletly drawn out, with snappy dialogue, real human emotion, and a story that draws you in. As always, Jeffrey Kafer's narration is top notch, really bringing the characters to life with his warmth and snark! Any fan of sci fi should enjoy these continuing stories of Ishmael Wang.

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  • Dave Wiersma
  • 19-08-16

One of my favorite authors

To date this is yhe only book i have ever read to make coffee brewing exciting. I love the series and im happy it is coming to audible.

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  • R. Evans
  • 03-12-19

wow !

great story, great chapter. loved it ! Bring on the Deep Dark. New adventures on the way ,!

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  • jennifer mcewen
  • 22-11-18

Love this series

It's relaxing and interesting. I love the entire series. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • D Sawyer Macknet
  • 12-12-17

Awesome Series

Awesome series. Couldn’t put them down. I recommend these to anyone who likes space adventure stories.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-17

Classic Character driven Sci-Fi

More in the musing style of Heinlein than the action / event driven modern vogue, Nathan Lowell's Solar Clipper series starts slow and lets you get to know the characters and setting naturally. Wonderfully engaging, one of the few series I revisit every few years.

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  • Raymond P. Gilchrist
  • 23-04-17

Space opera at it's finest!

The best one in the series so far. Stay tuned for the next installment.

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  • magicmonster
  • 11-02-17

go and listen immediately

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.