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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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Hope this isn't the end

A great finish to the Ishmael stories, let down by Mr Kafer's inability to put the emphasis on the right part of the sentence. Even the very last line of the book was just dropped there as if there was nothing special about it at all. Also, he referred to 'Al' as 'A I' a number of times... I prefer Mr Lowell's original narration.

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Where is book four?

I have to say that I have now listened to all six of the tales from the clipper series and have really enjoyed them. I really hope that there is a book four,five and six after Darkness Forged as I feel the story could really go on.

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Please sir can I have more?

Nathan Lowell writes believable characters that grab your attention and have me waiting with bated breath for the next book in the series. I really love that the characters are as flawed as we are, but I really wish I could sign the articles and sail of into the universe with them.

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Brilliant series!

Having read the first series & Ishmael’s start to owner I was throughly hooked. This series did not disappoint. I am now following the girls & their story!

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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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  • CRussel
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cristian Spuza
  • 01-08-2021

The 9th book in the series

I listen to all 9 books in a month or so - loved it. Maybe I am nuts but I could not stop. And taking Wang from 18 years to like 42 (my age) was an amazing journey. Book 2 and 3 can be a little sexual loaded - make sense in the life of the character. Anyhow - good listen for around 100 hours of running.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-07-2021

Not Captain Kirk or Picard in a very good way

I have gotten to know Ishmael Wang since his days on the Solar Clipper. So take my 5 stars with a grain of salt. Are these the best books ever written? No. Do I like the characters and want to see where there story goes. Absolutely yes. Do I like Nathan Lowel's specific writing style. Absolutely yes. This is also not a story about Captain Kirk or Picard. This is an earther turned spacer just trying to live his life and do his job to the best of his ability. I love every minute of it.

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  • stephen wheeler
  • 12-07-2021

excellent read


fantastic finish to a series excellent reading only wish there was more in the future

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  • Louise Postlethwaite
  • 03-10-2020

Journeying out of Depression

Captain Ishmael Wong and his journey out of depression, while surrounded by a colourful collection of characters waiting for him to start living again. In the last book I got the feeling that Ish was struggling with just the day to day effort of living, but here we get to see him returning to his thoughtful consideration of others.

Ish has been improving the lives of his shipmates since half share, and it's wonderful to see him picking up that habit again.

It's easy to get swept up in, he's only doing what he thinks anyone else would do, forgetting the dangers he's putting himself in, but the rest of the crew is quick to point it out once they get a chance. I felt that the point was a little belaboured, but that's probably an aspect of Ish having a really low opinion of himself.

I hope this isn't the last I see of Ishmael Wong, but I'm sure I'll be back to reread his stories again and again.

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  • elogden
  • 13-07-2020

Love it, love the whole series

Have listened so many times now to the whole series, if it were a paperback it would be dog eared by now!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-2020

great stuff 👌

loved it ♥️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ 💙 ♥️ ❤️ 😍 looking forward to the next one

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  • morningstarmadness
  • 16-03-2020

love nathan lowell but not this narrator

why can’t nathan lowell narrate his own stuff?
had to return this i’m an absolute fan
thought i would get used to the narration
but just couldn’t .
so back to print for me till they develop a nathan lowell emulator button

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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.

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