A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper
A shuffling of cabins puts Ishmael Horatio Wang in command of the worst ship in the fleet. He learns that being Captain doesn't make you infallible and that life in the Captain's Cabin is filled with new kinds of challenge as he tries to keep the ship moving, the crew out of trouble, and turn a profit to earn his Captain's Share. In a ship where the officers outnumber the crew, how can he manage to keep everybody happy? Welcome to the SC Agamemnon.
Captains Share 01
First Mate Ishmael Wang fights an all too familiar battle before
heading out into the Deep Dark. On the way to Breakall, the SC William
Tinker finds a mystery. (Chap 1,2,3)
Captains Share 02
The Tinker files a salvage claim on the Chernyakova, but Ishmael and
the crew learn the price of sloppiness in the Deep Dark. (Chap 4, 5, 6)
Captains Share 03
Ishmael gets the Chernyakova to Breakall, but isn't allowed to rest on
his laurels. When they return to Diurnia, he's give some good news but
learns he's about to lose a friend. (Chap 7, 8, 9)
Captains Share 04
Ishmael is faced with a difficult choice and keeps trying to defer his
decision. Events move quickly and he's swept along. (Chap 10, 11)
Captains Share 05
After some surprising responses, Ishmael moves to his new ship and assumes command. (Chap 12, 13, 14)
Captains Share 06
Captain Wang starts straightening out the crew and gets a little scare
about a subject near and dear to his heart -- the food. (Chap 15, 16,
Wonderful tale of spaceship life. Good listening to a clean story of a nice officer.
The pace of book 4 was a little off; but Lowell is back in great form for this volume.
This entire series has provided a wonderful journey. Truly, warm thanks for some mental relaxation during this curves of 2020!
I only wish that the story went in another direction. It’s said to be a tale of the golden age of the clipper trader and definitely starts that way with the first couple books. However it takes a hard left after Ishmael leaves the Lois mckendrick and never gets back to the original story. I still like where the story went but it could have been so much better. Why build up the whole back story of the co-op in the first two books and then go nowhere with that story line. Strange. It’s supposed to be the story of a trader but really it’s the unrealistic story of a guy who apparently did everything right in life and can do no wrong. I do like that he questions himself. That is a sure sign of someone who is intelligent. Unfortunately too often in this world it is the dull who have the confidence and the intelligent who second guess themselves. That’s why I like the main character... he questions himself. I think it would have been a much better story had there been more trials and tribulations. Also why would the two main characters from the first two books not have kept in touch when they were best friends? That seems very unlikely considering how close they were written to be. I know this book is over a decade old and I haven’t finished the story completely yet but I was asked to write a review so I felt compelled to do so. I am almost at the end of book 5 at the time of writing this. After book 1 I honestly thought that Ishmael and Pip would have gone somewhere in life. Maybe I should wait until I finish the story but up until this point I’m slightly disappointed. Also there is way to much emphasis put on coffee. Realistically who drinks that much coffee