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Everything in the universe comes with a price.

When Diurnia Salvage and Transport undergoes a change in management, Captain Ishmael Horatio Wang finds himself adrift in a sea of red ink and intrigue. He dives in only to find that he is over his head in a universe where cutthroat competition takes on an all new meaning. What tragic price will Captain Wang pay for his Owner's Share?

©2014 Nathan Lowell (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Swing and a miss.

It feels like the author was off their antidepressants and took it out on the storyline. Good narration, though.

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Not that much fun

The story of Ishmael Wang got real depressing in this book. Add to that the fact that the preferred method of moving the protagonists story along by this author is to kill off major female figures or to subject female characters to horrible treatment and set the protagonist up as the saviour, the whole things just gets tiresome. And on top of that, if you removed the phrase “Miss Arioni” (sp?) from the book it would likely be shorter by several thousand words (because nearly every exchange between Wang and one of the next most present characters involved restating her name EVERY LINE), and this installment of the series was just not that enjoyable.

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Coffee and Beer an Overlooked Combination

Characters who have certain idiosyncrasies is pleasing but the author’s over exuberant love of both beverages distracts from the story. His knowledge of both coffee and beer is impressive. However, the author has overlooked coffee infused beer. The combination of the flavor and aroma characteristics of coffee with a dark rich malt flavored porter makes an excellent beverage. The story loses believability in the authors neglect of coffee beer.

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A fitting ending

I've devoured all 6 books in about a year's time, taking breaks for other books, but always eager to come back for this one. I don't want to spoil anything, but I've enjoyed the 20-ish year journey with Ishmael Wang.

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CAN'T BELIEVE I GOT 'HOOKED' ON A SPACE OPERA!

There are six books in this series - and I still don't believe I actually read - and enjoyed! - all of them. I've never been a big fan of science fiction. I'm not a Star Wars fan. Blazing laser guns don't 'do it' for me. Alien worlds are just that - 'alien' - even though I delight in 'alien-like' beings in paranormal and 'horror' novels. Maybe it's just a preference for 'earth' vs 'off-world'. But, occasionally, when all other 'just released' book offerings have nothing of interest, I can be persuaded - by a catchy title or an interesting bit of cover art - to check out a book's premise.

I usually pass over 'series' books. I want a book to be the whole story - beginning, middle and end - without having to subject myself to more reading time to satisfy all my questions. I was just going to read 'one' book in the series. I had enjoyed the author's latest book, and thought I'd see how he handled other 'less worldly' topics. It is certainly a compliment to the author's personality, as it carried through to his characters, that enticed me to read this 6-book series.

I had just finished "The Wizard's Butler: The Wizard's Butler, Book 1", by Nathan Lowell - and found it a fun and interesting read. Great characters. The main character's position as butler was well-researched, making the history of the house and his position in it more believable. The premise immediately caught my imagination, as something I hadn't 'seen' before. There was just enough of the paranormal to be 'real world believable', and a few 'fairy' house keepers were added to the mix for good measure.

Throughout all of the 'Share' books, Lowell presented real people in situations that we all have known. His phenomenal research (or perhaps acquired knowledge) of topics from the proper way to make a good cup to coffee, to how to clean the sludge from air filters, kept me believing each adventure, and wanting more. I was amused at the wry humor that often popped up, and fascinated by the 'out of the box' thinking that the main character displayed. Who would imagine that a crew-sponsored 'flea market' booth would prompt a 'cottage industry' aboard ship? These were real people doing real, everyday things that made a 'strange situation' (traveling in space on a freighter, for weeks), much more real for me. But, it wasn't just 'ho-hum everyday life aboard ship'. Character relationships, mysteries and challenges took the stories down unfamiliar paths, even ending in a corporate life or death fight for control.

Throughout the series, the main character maintained his leadership qualities - transforming 'problem crew members' into people worthy of a better life. It was the author's sense of 'right wins over might' that induced me to continue following his fascinating story, and I ended up with a sense of well-being for the trip. I'm not sure if I'll read his other 'spacier' books. But for a person who dislikes sci-fi, I certainly enjoyed these books!

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This is going to be a classic series

While each book got better I was and am appreciative of the way the full story unfolded in such an prepossessing manner, the authors narrative manner made for a simply irresistable tale....and one which I wish would continue for at least another dozen volumes in the manner of RiverWorld......

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Bad Investment

I feel cheated by this book. Sorry for the spoilers, but the ending of this book caught me by surprise. I have followed Mr. Wong through all six books and loved the way the author wrapped up the storyline in each of the previous five with a fairly good positive ending. Throughout this book we struggled with our hero not being able to see that he walked away from his soul mate early in the story when he moved off his old ship to start his "Owner's Share" journey. After a long, slow, series of events they finally reunite for a few chapters only to have her tragically killed off. The story throws in a plot twist to attempt an explanation for this event and ends rather abruptly without bringing closure for any of the characters. I started this series by listening to the first two books from the Plus Catalog then purchasing the next four, so my investment for this series was almost $50. Maybe I am just a sucker for fairy tale type endings, but this book left me feeling depressed and wanting a more positive outcome.

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Worst narrator ever

The narrator reads like movie a wiseguy from the 70's.

I could not finish the book.

His narration is just horrible, and I love Dr. Lowell's books, but this narrator ruins it all.

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next....

I consumed one after another until there was no more. I can't wait for more books in this series.

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Darkest of the series

this series of books my be my favorite of all time. I love these books. I find them very inspiring.

this one has some rough moments, but even the best of lives do.

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  • Dawn
  • 12-19-16

no way... last one!

It's taken me a while to get to writing up some reviews, my bad.

I was excited for this, because I knew it was the last in this series. But also a little worried about the length of it. Most of the other books were a lot shorter.

However, I didn't think at all that it was overly long at all. Each day I listened (about 4 hours a day) there was enough entertainment and interest for me to keep on wanting more and more.

The death of anyone can upset the apple cart, but to lose the main man who he reports to is tough, and the echo from that, and the proposal that comes his way is very intriguing. There are so many hidden depths to the story and you're guessing what is going on, and making wrong calls, because we don't expect things. Ishmael takes on a new ship and crew and amazingly enough seems to do okay.

And this audiobook took us through, okay, anger, heartache, love, heartbreak, and had me totally on the edge of my driving seat. I admit, there were a couple of things I saw coming, but they also had me crying. With one deft twist there too. So be prepared to be emotionally involved a lot with this book, it's gripping to the point you won't want to stop listening. (and in fact after getting home one day from work, I couldn't I had to get to the end) Kudos to Nick for that.

There's a couple of things that grated on me a little more than it did in the other stories, some repetitive word choices that I really think he needs to watch out for in his other works, as well. haha.

but other than those, I was extremely glad to have been on this journey with Ishmael, handled expertly well by the great voice of Jeffery Kafer. Is there going to be more? I hope so, because it's interesting to actually see and witness, the cooking and cleaning and the basic rituals of life on board a ship. Yes it seems to be just that, and stocking and supplying everything on a ship you'd think to be totally boring, some might, but it doesn't come across like that in the novel. It seems just right, and seems to work. :)

I am going to take a look around and see if there's anything else by this fab team. I'm going to miss Ishmael and his life.

Thank you very much for the journey. It's been a pleasure.

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  • Grant
  • 03-16-22

End of an Amazing Series

Truly loved this series. Great characters and stories. Bitter sweet final book. Nathan Lowell has given us a great role model in Ishmael Wong.

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  • P M B L Brookes
  • 01-31-22

Best Sci-fi I have listen to in a very long time.

There are no guns, no space battles and no strange alien encounters! Just incredibly good characters and subtle story lines.
I started listening to the first couple of books on the free audible subscription and had to drop the credits for the rest. I've listened to all 6 books back to back and just wish there were more in this series.
The writing is really good, I mean really, really good. The main character progression is wonderful to listen to and for a story set in the deep dark totally believable.
Narration is extremely good, no stupid character voices or jarring accents.
I'm actually really sad that I've finished them all. Not something I have said in a long time. If you read this Mr Lowell, come on there has to be another story in there??? I know you finished on a logical ending but don't leave me hanging!

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  • Bob
  • 01-17-22

Well performed workaday story of spacefaring folk

Jeffrey Kafer has made Ishmael Wang his own. A good performer.

There are few surprises for followers of Lowell's solar clipper tales. They are not adventurous or even exciting. But they do hold attention with the challenges of the working environment. There is a real feel for the daily routine.

Lowell has a subdued style. Coffee is more important than anything else. Cargo beats the physics of superluminal travel.

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  • Tim Osborne
  • 12-12-21

What a lovely story book 6 of the solar clipper

I’ve never read/heard sci-fi stories so well told, it’s not just the narration, but the dialogue & the flow of the story and the characters in it were like a pod of dolphins darting amongst & through the crest of breaking waves until the story sweeps you to the realisation that it was the journey, the journey which is the crucial thing
Truly lovely sci-fi
Through the series of books my wife has been asking me what’s he been up to now, “oh a bit more buying a bit more selling “ I’ve replied
Lovely work

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  • Isobel
  • 09-23-21

What a brilliant series this is!!

I am devastated to have reached the end of this series! I have been embroiled in the life and loves of Ishmael Wong for several weeks. Loved it! So sad there is no more, but eager to get on to the next series now!!

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  • C and/or A
  • 09-03-21

Brilliant

A view of a way of life to come, as old as the stars and sea. One of the best reads, in this genre, in many a moons. And ne'er a war in sight. Really a breath of fresh air (as long as the scrubber filters are maintained)!

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  • MR S WILKIE
  • 01-22-20

Excellent story and Performance 5 star

Brilliant story excellent Performance from
one of my favourite narrators I look forward to more books in the series

Thanks
Steven Wilkie

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  • Poppey
  • 04-15-17

So Very Sad

This has to be one of the saddest stories I have listened to. I certainly did not see it coming from one direction, ‘gramps’. However, I did see it coming from the other officer involved, which made me wonder how someone who is supposed to be a captain has very little insight into their crew.

That said and, without giving too much away, I certainly did not see the figure behind the conspiracy. Plots within plots. ensure this is a book not to miss.

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  • S. Smith
  • 12-30-16

Wow!

I really loved this audiobook! There are quite a few reviews that say how bad the book Is. Well it's not the book they dislike, it's the choice the author, Nathan Lowell made. I think he was very brave in choosing the path he did. Yes it's not conventional 'happy ending' but the story does continue, in away. This arc has finished but we still follow Captain Wang, in his next adventure, in Ashes Born, A Seeker's Tale From The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper. So the happy ending for Captain Wang may happen.

Going back to this book, it's slightly different to start with, but it doesn't disappoint. I thought we were going to be in port for a long time, but we got back to space quickly. I loved how he became a owner, how he made his choices, how he has grown up over the years.

I really like the length of the chapters how you can listen to one chapter in a break at work or two chapters just before bed (it's hard to listen to just one!) Also the full length of the book was a treat as it was longer than normal. It's the type of book you don't want to end but you also want to know the whole story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-17

terrible ending.

I really enjoyed all the books in this series but the ending was extremely lacking.