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By Darkness Forged

A Seeker's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 3
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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Profits. Coffee. Extortion. All in a day's work.

When Ishmael takes the Chernyakova back into Toe-Hold space, he finds a lot more than profit. A quick pass through the Telluride system reveals the answer to one question but leaves him docked without a cargo until the owner of Dark Knight Station makes him an offer he can't refuse.

©2018 Nathan Lowell (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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  • Kate Juden
  • 09-04-2019

Love this series

Another good book by Sar Lowell. His characters are all so likable and in this one Ishmael finds what he didn't know he was looking for.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-2019

Oh Captain my Captain

I'm patiently waiting for the next book in the series, Ishmael Huang has become one of my new literary character favorites.

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  • Thomas
  • 06-04-2019

YES!

A beautiful end to a beautiful series
Nathan has a way of sucking you in to the lifes of his characters. You care about them. You want to know what's next. This can't be the end.
Have thoroughly enjoyed everything he has done.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-04-2019

Another Ishmael book

Another wonderful book from Nathan Lowell about Ishmael and Pip (and many other favourites). In this book, several loose ends get tied up, while we have an interesting hint of what might come next for Ishmael. And Pip, for that matter, though I sincerely hope Mr. Lowell allows Pip to grow up some. What was cute and understandable in a quarter-share is just plain annoying in a 30-something Cargo Master and CEO. Really, I know it's a case of arrested development, but enough. Though in listening to this (a re-read for me), I noticed that Mr. Lowell also appears to be getting a bit tired of Pip's childish behaviour, and there are hints that further stories with Pip might allow him to grow up a bit.

Jeffrey Kafer does a good job narrating these books. No, he's not Nathan Lowell, but we have a choice -- have Mr. Lowell narrate all his own books, but write fewer, or have him write more and allow others to read them. I find Mr. Kafer's narrations to be consistent to the spirit of Mr. Lowell's narrations of earlier works in the series, and quite acceptable.

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  • Rod
  • 08-04-2019

i hope it's not the end

Loved it! just like the entire series, Thank you Nathan Lowell
Jeffrey Kafer as always great and very appreciated.
i hope i don't have to wait too long for next one or next series


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  • Ellen
  • 06-04-2019

another great one!

1st half is a bit slow but what can you expect ? Ishmael is Depressed… and for good reason.

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  • william
  • 04-04-2019

Sucj a perfect ending to the series.

I am a fan of all of his books but this book seems to have an amazing way to end the series for.... dam I cannot say without spoilers have fin reading.

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  • brian t
  • 17-04-2019

A fitting end to this chapter of Ish and Pip.

A Quarter share seems so long ago. I hope this isn't the end of the story for the old friends.

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  • Digital Rogue
  • 15-04-2019

One more great book

I love the mundane details that Nathan Lowell puts in his books while building up the suspense and the pay off is always worth it. He really does a great job of portraying the everyday lives of people who do their jobs extraordinarily.

This book is more of the same and Jeffrey Kafer does an amazing job narrating it.

I recommend this book series everytime I see someone looking for a new sci-fi series to read.

I cannot wait to see read what will happen to Ishmael next.

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  • Carol from Texas
  • 15-10-2019

Don't wait, Listen to this Fantastic book!

I've gone through all of the Solar Clipper stories with my husband over a few years now and we both Love Them! Most times we don't want stop listening when we get where we are going or have to get to work. Please give it a go, you won't be sorry!

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  • Poppey
  • 22-09-2019

Sadness

Ishmael is still grieving for the death of his wife, murdered, and is lost within himself, He spends his time on the Bridge or keeping out of the way of everyone and has lost sight of what made him the man and Captain he has become. He is gradually drawn back from the brink by his friends, Lois, Pip, Maggie and the gang when they make him think that, perhaps, the people around him need him.

This has been one of those book series that you do not have to think about. Anyone who has followed Ishmael Wong's journey from the beginning, Quarter Share, when Ishmael joined his first ship at the tender age of 18, will know that when you listen to these books, you just slot back into shipboard life with the crew without a second thought
and feel part of whatever is going on onboard

This book tied up lose ends, including who the real person behind Chief Stevens is. However, now that I have finished it, I feel quite sad because I looked forward to these books so much and the characters who you could relate to, and to learn this might possibly be the last one will leave a gap.

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  • BlindAlley
  • 17-07-2019

Winding down?

When I first discovered this series, years ago, on Podiobooks, I devoured it voraciously. Then the books became infrequent and now they are getting formulaic, old and tired. I'll listen to the next one, if there is a next one, but if it marks time the same way as this one does, then I think I'll give up!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-2019

Another fantastic trip in to the deep dark

Captain Wong and his crew are off on another adventure.

A brilliantly thought provoking book.

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  • Rosemary White
  • 14-04-2019

Ongoing adventures of Captain Wong

Not all authors are the best narrators of their stories. In this case the chosen narrator is definitely not the best choice and Nathan Lowell would have been perfect. Why do I say this? I grew to know and love the characters with the voices Nathan gave them. His gentle humour and style shone brilliantly through his podcasts of the first books in this series (those are not available on Audible, Jeffrey Kafer narrates them). Sadly Jeffrey Kafer, though no doubt a fine narrator, is ill suited to these books. His declamatory style is all wrong and doesn't aid the story-telling at all. However, because I am loyal to Nathan Lowell, I struggle on, trying to recall how he voiced his characters. In my dreams Nathan is asked to narrate his own books on Audible and they are re-released.