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An inexperienced officer. A dysfunctional ship. Life in the Deep Dark just got a whole lot harder.

In his first assignment as an officer, Ishmael Horatio Wang finds himself fresh out of school, wet behind the ears, and way out of his depth. Aboard the William Tinker the senior officers are derelict and abusive, the crew demoralized and undisciplined, and change unwelcomed and dangerous. Can Ishmael use what he learned aboard the Lois McKendrick to help the crew find the ship's heart? Or will he discover that bucking the system may come at too high a price? Return to the Deep Dark with Ish in this fourth installment of the award-winning Solar Clipper series, as he makes the transition from crew to officer.

©2013 Nathan Lowell (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Best so far

I've been listening to this series as background noise - since they had no actual plot to need my attention; just a diary-like descriptions of daily life of a spacer on an utopian ship.
This book, however, had a plot. And a pretty good one at that.
Very nice surprise!
There was a villain, obstacles to overcome, tension and even a satisfying action scene or two😁.
I'll continue the series in hopes of more of the same.

Oh, and the narrator is good.👍

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  • Jörgen
  • 28-10-2016

Tedious story, imo hardly sci-fi

This series could just as well have been set in 18th century England or anywhere. There is virtually no science fiction in these books.
Every now and then there are somewhat intriguing personal conflicts & developments but absolutely 0% suspense, 0% tech and 0% space opera.
My wife would like this, she's into greys anatomy and Colleen McCullough.
The narrator is great though

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  • Linda Luella
  • 20-09-2016

Very Creditworthy

I'm so glad the story here got back to the quality of the first books. I was terribly disappointed by the last book as it meandered through a non-story and left me wondering why even bother with this wimpy wrap up of The Lois and onto new ventures.

This book had a nice meaty story that was a good "read". Thumbs up.

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  • Susan B
  • 14-10-2020

best so far

best in the series up to this point! Story is very engaging and well written.
I had listened to the books through owner share years ago on podcast. after full share I almost stopped. gladly I didn't. this book really revitalized the the story for me. already picked up captains share!

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  • James
  • 02-09-2020

A very disappointing entry in a good series

We have really enjoyed this series thus far, but this installment was a big disappointment.
It was a bit like watching a train wreck -- frustrating, depressing, and predictable.

The use of technology (microphones, cameras, etc.) represented something from 20 years ago, not 300 years in the future.

Now I have to consider whether to read the next in the series or consider his other series.

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  • Upper West Side Person
  • 29-06-2020

Better but...

At least Ishmael encounters some bad people for once but the plot is a slog. Lowell spends literally hours on ish’s efforts to bug the ship, and the mysteries of what the captain was doing holed up in his cabin. But nothing ever comes of the surveillance plot wise (he never uses it, suffers consequences from it, or benefits from it in any way shape or form!) and the mystery of the captain is never resolved. I want to like this series (my family loves it) but I’m done.

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  • Ona
  • 29-01-2017

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Double Share picks up the story of Ishmael Wang as he leaves four years of officer training. With the ink scarcely dry on his certificate, he is signed on as third mate of the William Tinker. The Lois McKendrick was a nurturing home for those who sailed on her, but the Billy Tinker is an example of how a negligent captain and a bullying first mate can make a dangerous environment for the crew on board. I would recommend this book to anyone who is planning to take a position of responsibility anywhere.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Share?

Like many of the books by Nathan Lowell, the plot builds from the beginning. To mention the most memorable moment would involve spoilers. What I will say is that the most poignant moment is the one in which Ishmael and his friends aboard the Tinker realize there are some things beyond their control, but the climactic event pulls them together to correct the dangerous situation on board.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the third performance by Jeffrey Kafer to which I have listened. He just keeps getting better -- and he was good in the beginning.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, and some that made me feel angry and then relieved when they were resolved. You'll have to read to find out -- it truly would ruin the book to relate them here.

Any additional comments?

Check out that ending. Lowell is truly building toward something here, as we learn more about Ishmael's character.

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  • Great Tutu Kona
  • 22-07-2021

Wonderful series!

I have so enjoyed this series from start to finish. Very similar to the Hornblower books.

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  • R. Evans
  • 07-12-2019

one more winner...

loved it. looking forward to tomorrow's adventures. can't wait for my next listen. captains share is next.

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  • magicmonster
  • 11-02-2017

more please

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.

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  • cornelia
  • 10-01-2017

Excellent Book

This book is well read and written.
I have listened to it as a podcast before.
Highly recommend it to people that like space
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  • stig1875
  • 20-09-2016

A really good listen

What made the experience of listening to Double Share the most enjoyable?

The out come where the bullies get there comeuppance, plus I didn't expect the ending.

What other book might you compare Double Share to, and why?

I can't say that I have read/listened too another story line the same as this, it is a good heartening storey line, because there are no aliens trying to wipeout man kind.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Jeffrey Käfer makes the storey come alive, he is one of the narrators that I look for when purchasing a book, because he never does a bad one.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Sail to the ends of the universe.

Any additional comments?

Yes, hurry up with the next book please.

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  • Isobel
  • 05-09-2021

Just excellent in story, delivery and narraration.

Can't wait for the next book. Already downloading.
Read the previous books first though! You will fall in love with the characters.

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  • Poppey
  • 07-04-2017

One of the best series I have listened to

Ishmael is now adrift from the Academy, on his own, and the action soon takes off.

However, in his inimitable way, Ishmael seems to deal with everything that is thrown at him in the manner of a man twice his age.

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  • Helen
  • 03-01-2017

Great story, terrible narration

I love this series and had been looking forward to having my own copy of this again, it's just a crying shame that the narration is dire. The same voice is used throughout without any hint of inflection - which makes it difficult to pick up character emotion (a key part of the story and character growth). It's not the worst I've ever heard, but it's pretty close, sadly

This is a great story set in the golden age of sail, urm, solar clippers? The protagonist is totally clueless, yet completely brilliant and thrown straight into a terrible situation which looks to be completely out of his control to do anything about. And I'm not just talking about the fact that the coffee tastes just like burnt engine oil...

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  • Anno
  • 21-09-2016

Just Awesome.

Almost forgot I had this, and then got so excited to listen this week, I was truly sad that it ended.

I still Iadmit I wasn't sure on this one, after the last book had such a sad undertone. And for it being so many years after the academy... but I was pleasantly surprised, this was in fact much better than I'd thought.

I do think you do have to suspend your disbelief a little over the fact that there really was no way to get rid of the Captain of the Tinker in the 5 years he'd been running it into the ground. But, the journey that Ish goes through while asserting his place on the ship and within ranks of the crew is really good, really trying for him, but good for us. He's almost a little bit too good to be true, you know good looks, smart, and just knows everything about everything. I am really waiting for him to come up against something that he really doesn't know how to fix, not just to seemingly do everything right all the time.

Still this novel had a lot of fun, a lot of sad situations though, the fact that the guys on the Tinker thought most of the women were there just to be used, did grate against my skin a lot. Glad it was soon starting to stop though because of Ish and his harem.

Nice work to both Jeffery Kafer and Nathan Lowell and I think as I've said on the other series I'm waiting on hurry up and hit publish on the next :)

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