Double Share by Nathan Lowell (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper 4) a review

Ishmael takes on a troubled ship directly out of the Academy in this engaging fourth installment of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series. This is a change of pace from the previous books more action and suspense.

Title: Double Share
Nathan Lowell
Voice: Nathan Lowell
Series: Golden Age of the Solar Clipper 4
Genre: Mercantile Science Fiction
Publisher:, July 2008
Audiobook: Free Online | iTunes
License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 3.0 United States License

When he graduates from the Academy at Port Newmar, Ishmael Horatio Wang reports for duty in his first assignment as an officer. When he gets to his new ship, he finds things are not exactly the way he’d learned in school. The coffee tastes like used engine oil, the ship has no heart, and the nearest decent tailor is two quadrants away. What’s a new Third Mate to do? Will he be able to trust Billy?

Ishmael Wong signed up on the merchant ship Lois McKendrick when his mother died in a flier crash and found a second family there. The ‘Share’ part of the title refers to what part of the ship’s profit a crewman receives at different levels. Four years have passed since Ishmael left the Mack for the Academy.

Ishmael graduates from the Academy and gets assigned to a ship that is quite the opposite to the Mack. The Billy is a deeply dysfunctional ship run by a sadistic first mate and a paranoid captain with little or no interest in running the ship. It is also one of the ships that takes ‘bunk mates’ further than appropriate. The crew has no coercion. This is what Ishmael has to face straight out school. Ishmael approach it with the ordinary Wang charm and starts to stir things up.

Double share is even better than the books before, and they where good to start with. This is more of a traditional story with a protagonist and an obvious antagonist in the first mate.

An even stronger recommendation than the previous books.

    • Pingback: Ove’s Monthly Journal April 2010 » Cybermage()

    • Brandtdean

      I have enjoyed the Solar Clipper series, but I wish Kindle versions of the newest book (Double Share) version were available. It get frustrating thinking it is available and only finding podcasts.

    • I was frustrated by that too, then I took the time to download and listen to the podcasts. They are well worth the time to listen. It may take a bit longer than reading, but I finished Double Share and Captain’s Share in less than two weeks. I would listen both at home as well as burning a couple of CDs to listen in the car. BTW I’m now listening to Owner’s Share and looking forward to the e-books of all three (Double, Captain’s and Owner’s).