Half Share: A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper

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SIX MONTHS IN THE DEEP DARK. FOUR VERY DIFFERENT WOMEN. ONE MAN DISCOVERS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SPACER.
It's a time of change on the Lois McKendrick. Sarah Krugg joins the mess deck and Ishmael Wang moves to the environmental section. Just after getting accustomed to life aboard a solar clipper, Ishmael must learn a whole new set of skills, face his own fears and doubts, and try to balance love and loss in the depths of space.

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SIX MONTHS IN THE DEEP DARK. FOUR VERY DIFFERENT WOMEN. ONE MAN DISCOVERS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SPACER.
It's a time of change on the Lois McKendrick. Sarah Krugg joins the mess deck and Ishmael Wang moves to the environmental section. Just after getting accustomed to life aboard a solar clipper, Ishmael must learn a whole new set of skills, face his own fears and doubts, and try to balance love and loss in the depths of space.

Both Ish and Sarah must learn to live by the mantra, "Trust Lois." For Sarah, there is the hope of escaping a horrifying past. For Ish, he must discover what type of man he wants to become and learn the consequences of his choices.

Return with the crew of the SC Lois McKendrick, as you set sail in the next installment of the Trader Tales of the Solar Clipper Series. All your favorites return: Ish, Pip, Cookie, Brill, Diane, and Big Bad Bev. You might even discover some new friends as you travel among the stars.

BOOKS IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE SOLAR CLIPPER
Trader Tales
Quarter Share
Half Share
Full Share
Double Share
Captain's Share
Owner's Share*

Shaman Tales
South Coast
Cape Grace*
*Forthcoming

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982514597
  • Publisher: Ridan Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/12/2010
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathan Lowell has been a writer for more than forty years, and first entered the literary world by podcasting his novels. His sci-fi series, The Golden Age of the Solar Clipper grew from his long time fascination with space opera and his own experiences shipboard in the United States Coast Guard. Unlike most works which focus on a larger-than-life hero (prophesized savior, charismatic captain, or exiled prince), Nathan centers on the people behind the scenes--ordinary men and women trying to make a living in the depths of space. In his novels, there are no bug-eyed monsters, or galactic space battles, instead he paints a richly vivid and realistic world where the "hero" uses hard work and his own innate talents to improve his station and the lives of those of his community.

Dr. Nathan Lowell holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology with specializations in Distance Education and Instructional Design. He also holds an M.A. in Educational Technology and a BS in Business Administration. He grew up on the south coast of Maine and is strongly rooted in the maritime heritage of the sea-farer. He served in the USCG from 1970 to 1975, seeing duty aboard a cutter on hurricane patrol in the North Atlantic and at a communications station in Kodiak, Alaska. He currently lives in the plains east of the Rocky Mountains with his wife and two daughters.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2008 Parsec Award Finalist for Best Speculative Fiction for Full Share

2008 Podiobooks Founder's Choice Award for Double Share

2008 Parsec Award Finalist for Best Speculative Fiction for South Coast

2009 Podiobooks Founder's Choice Award for Captain's Share

2009 Parsec Award Finalist for Best Speculative Fiction for Double Share

4 out of 10 Books on Podiobooks.com Top Overall Rated by Votes (2. Double Share, 3. Quarter Share, 5. Full Share, 8. Half Share) -- as of Jan 2010

6 out of 10 Books on Podiobooks.com Top Overall Rating (1. Ravenwood, 2. Quarter Share, 3. Double share, 4. Captain's Share, 5. Full Share, 7. South Coast) -- as of Jan 2010

ABOUT THE SERIES

Quarter Share is the first in a six-book series which includes:

Quarter Share

Half Share

Full Share

Double Share

Captain's Share

Owner's Share

*South Coast is based in the Quarter Share universe but is not part of that series.

Nathan has also written a fantasy novel entitled Ravenwood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    Great

    A page turner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    The uncharted territory of adult relationships

    Half Share by Nathan Lowell is the continuation of the story of Ishmael Wang, a young man forced into the merchant space service during the Golden Age of the Solar Clippers. In this installment Ish is moving up in rank and moving away from the cozy confines of the galley, and his comfortable friendship with Pip and Cookie, into the environmental section. There, in the dank underbelly of the Lois McKendrick, stale air and dirty water mix with newfound camaraderie and suppressed passions to keep the great ship, and Ish's journey into manhood, alive.

    In this, the second book of the series, Ish begins to explore the uncharted territory of adult relationships; some sexual, some asexual, and some that inhabit the strange, often dangerous, space between the two. You see, there are no "bunk bunnies, on the Lois and Ish has to learn that sometimes you can desire a woman that you can't possibly have. That can either drive you crazy or drive you into an intimate friendship that falls just short of going all the way.

    Here's a little spoiler. I was a little disappointed to find out that Ish wasn't a virgin. When I first listened to the story I was so put off by this that I stopped the podcast for several days as I mulled this over. However, after this reading I can see where the author actually did us a big favor there. By giving Ish a little history, of teenage romance, he spared us the overdone, and usually overlong, first sex scene with all its associated clumsiness and angst.

    If there is anything here that rubs me wrong, it's that Ish may be a little too smooth, too sophisticated, in his seduction of an older, higher ranking, spacer. A little bit more innocence and awkwardness on the young man's part would have been appreciated by this reader.

    There is one hedonistic scene in a clothing shop that some might see as is a bit over the top. To those people I would remind you that Ish is only eighteen years old, quite male, and a sailor. Having known a few men who fit that general description in my day, I can say with some authority that Ish isn't half the peacock they were. The scene is also quite amusing, so just deal with it.

    On the whole this is a great continuation of the series and a very enjoyable read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

    Highly Recommend this series

    Another GREAT book in this series that just gets better and better! I highly recommend this entire series. Not only is the story engaging, but the writing is excellent and with each book seems to get better and better!

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  • Posted September 1, 2014

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    Continue to follow Ish in the spacer life.

    We start right where Quarter Share ended. It seems the series will follow right through with Ish each step of the way with his life, as he quickly grows with the crew.

    Our boys move up the ladder, well, mostly. Pip is still in the mess hall, but he has acquired a status for his trading. Ish has moved to Environmental, with an increase in his pay share and mass.

    Once again Ish's personality - calm and helping - has earned him trust from the new member taking his spot in the mess hall, Sarah. Sarah is broken and has had a rough life before here. Sarah has really grown on me as a new character, and grew as a character, and I really like her. Ish's personality helps influence her and others around him, bringing them up emotionally as well. The crew seems to be a tight family and growing closer as the days pass. Such a nice crew to be with!

    With the change in Ish's position on the ship comes change. We leave one bunk birth for another, which is kind of like moving houses. We still see those we spent so much time with in Quarter Share, but also spend more time with others we'd meet in the crew. We get to know the crew and their area of expertise which also bringing learning about deep space and planets into a closer view for us.

    That is one thing I enjoy about these books, getting to learn the world(s) Nathan has created in his books through the characters. What they specialize in and how it relates to the job they perform in this specialized world. The trade is how we learn of the different planets. Well related with character centered story.

    Ish is growing as a character, and ready to get new clothes for when they are at dock on planets. He's not sure who he is though, and the clothes make the man. Ish has some thinking to do of who he is and who he wants to be. When they come to the next planet, Ish has his introduction to an amazing tailor all the women are in awe of. While here, trying on clothes, something happens. Ish learns more of himself. And with the three amazing women with him, there is a new connection created. They are crew and crew don't fraternize, so there is a new bond that connects them all.

    We learn more of Ish's past, something we really don't know much about. He's not as innocent as we thought from Quarter Share. Not bad by a long stretch, but not as innocent. I know Ish has known people, not friend-friends, and has a literature reading background from his mother, but he seems rather suave with the women for his innocent background and age.

    Now, after mentioning that, I have to mention the one thing that kind of felt over done to me...Ish's relationships are growing. Ish is flirting with the ladies. He's hanging with the girls and they are acting as they have to protect him. He even "performs" for them with walk and trying on clothes. He gets a bit of a swollen head over the new jeans he buys. He seems to have gone a bit overboard with the Lady Wooing. It's fun, and a few good chuckles over it, but it was growing old for me. He was *too* perfect with his comments and lady wooing.

    We get a look at a Spacers life and the types of relationships they maintain on and off the ship. On the Lois, there might be a lack of a love life, but it is strong with love of a family life feel. Ish sets the relationships to where they need to be, and starts to grow a new one on the outside of the ship as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Katt

    Gtgtb bbt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Katt

    Lays down on ur back and rides

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Leda

    Okay thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Sakura

    Np night

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Jak

    Hi im here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Jiselle

    She walks in quietly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Rollo

    "Sure." He throws off his shirt, showing off a decent physique. He wades in, letting the cool water wash over him. "Ahhh..."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Kiekeh

    Fire shoots up from under the water she gets up and keaves

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Elizia

    She walked down the beach. Step out on the water. Thats what she had to do. She sucked in a deep breath and took a tentive step out. Where her foot touched the water it turned to ice. She took another step and more ice formed. More confident she walked farther out, then as her exictetment built she began to run. Where ever he touched the water it turned. She jumped and the ice folowed her into the sky makeing a jutout ledge. She cricled back to the ledge and stoped to the edge of it holding her arms out to either side. She felt happy and free. She leaned back and laughed. As cold breeze picked up blowing just hard enough to keep her upright. This was amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Abby

    Ok bye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Talia

    Bye!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Elise

    Nite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Andrea

    She jumps off her cloud next to him " it looks cool"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Jared

    Mkay sorry id passsed out......just meet back at cabin we can talk there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Katt

    Nite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Emma to tsubaki

    R u against all of this fighting? Come join us at olympu res 2

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