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What if we sent freighters instead of frigates?

In a universe run by corporations, where profit matters more than life, how can an orphan with no skills, no money, and no prospects survive?

When Ishmael Wang's mother dies in a senseless accident, he's given a choice. Leave the planet on his own or the company will remove him. To avoid deportation, Ishmael finds work as a mess...

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Overview

What if we sent freighters instead of frigates?

In a universe run by corporations, where profit matters more than life, how can an orphan with no skills, no money, and no prospects survive?

When Ishmael Wang's mother dies in a senseless accident, he's given a choice. Leave the planet on his own or the company will remove him. To avoid deportation, Ishmael finds work as a mess deck attendant on an intersteller freighter.

Find out what Ishmael must do to earn his Quarter Share.

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Editorial Reviews

Cyber mage
"This is a marvelous story, I like coming of age stories and this is a mesmerizing one. It is also a nice change to have an everyday story about a young boy learning the ropes in the mercantile fleet in the 24th century during the golden age of the solar clippers...The characters are at center in story, they are detailed, warm and easy to love. I wouldn t mind at all working on the SC McKendrick it seems a nice place to be in much like the company I work at myself...Quarter Share is a mesmerizin
Michael J. Sullivan
"Incredibly realistic. You would swear Mr. Lowell was writing a personal history of his youth on a deep space cargo ship. Stunningly eloquent and crisp prose takes you on a journey of discovery reminiciant of Dana s classic Two Years Before The Mast. Only Dana had the advantage of taking such a voyage, Lowell will just make you believe he did, and with this book, he invites you to go with him."
J. C. Hutchins
"Quarter Share is a love letter to science fiction, an authentic coming-of-age celebration of blue collar lower decks folk. Nathan Lowell tells a tale so real, you can practically smell the spaceship galley s coffee -- and almost see the engine oil beneath your fingernails. Hero Ishmael is clearly destined for great things. Thankfully for readers, so is Nathan Lowell."
Michael J. Sullivan
"Incredibly realistic. You would swear Mr. Lowell was writing a personal history of his youth on a deep space cargo ship. Stunningly eloquent and crisp prose takes you on a journey of discovery reminiciant of Dana s classic Two Years Before The Mast. Only Dana had the advantage of taking such a voyage, Lowell will just make you believe he did, and with this book, he invites you to go with him."
J. C. Hutchins
"Quarter Share is a love letter to science fiction, an authentic coming-of-age celebration of blue collar lower decks folk. Nathan Lowell tells a tale so real, you can practically smell the spaceship galley s coffee -- and almost see the engine oil beneath your fingernails. Hero Ishmael is clearly destined for great things. Thankfully for readers, so is Nathan Lowell."
Cyber mage
"This is a marvelous story, I like coming of age stories and this is a mesmerizing one. It is also a nice change to have an everyday story about a young boy learning the ropes in the mercantile fleet in the 24th century during the golden age of the solar clippers...The characters are at center in story, they are detailed, warm and easy to love. I wouldn t mind at all working on the SC McKendrick it seems a nice place to be in much like the company I work at myself...Quarter Share is a mesmerizin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982514542
  • Publisher: Ridan Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/31/2010
  • Pages: 250
  • 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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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    A fabulous change of pace for space opera

    This was probably the most enjoyable book I read in 2010. I was so enthralled that I discovered the joy of audio books as well, in order to get access to the rest of the series. Highly recommended, as are the audio versions; Mr. Lowell is a wonderful story teller, no one should miss this or any of his works. I plan on enjoying those presently unavailable in print again when published, having delighted in listening to Sar reading his own marvelous work.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

    I wish there were more books in this series!

    Millions of books are published every year. Many are worth your time. Some are great stories. Few have characters that become a part of you; characters you genuinely care about; characters you wish you knew in real life. Ishmael Horatio Wang (rhymes with gong) is one of those characters.

    The books in this series, by Nathan Lowell--and thankfully there are six, though I still wish there were more--are Quarter Share, Half Share, Full Share, Double Share, Captain's Share, and Owner's Share. A share is just that, a share in the profits of a trading ship. These ships ferry goods between worlds in the not so distant future.

    These are not stories of epic space battles, or alien invasions. These are the stories of a boy becoming a man and facing the sort of personal challenges such a journey entails. He struggles with personal character issues in ways many of us wish we could. He is an imperfect person as are we all. He experiences triumphs, tragedies, love, and loss with a truly unique and endearing style.

    If you are looking to read about epic space battles, these books aren't for you. If, however, you want to go on the journey of a lifetime, with characters you will forever hold dear in your heart, welcome aboard.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

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    Truly Gifted Storytelling

    Nathan Lowell is a truly gifted storyteller. Quarter Share follows the life of young Ishmael Wang, beginning with boyhood tragedy, then follows him as he joins the crew of a deep space freighter. We ride along as Ishmael starts the exiting, and at times intimidating, journey toward manhood. Nathan masterfully weaves a tapestry capturing the essence of life: society, economy, friendship, sorrow, love, fear, conflict: the big and small adventures that are real life. The story will capture you and you'll even see yourself in the characters.

    Nathan brings the spirit and talent of some of classic Science Fiction's storytelling powerhouses back to us, especially Robert Heinlein. An outstanding read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    Great Book

    This book is fantastic. The story follows Ishmael on his quest for work in the stars on a trading ship. Nathan Lowell has quickly become one of my absolute favorite authors. I hope to see more of his books soon on Barnes and Noble. His other works can be found on podiobooks.com

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

    A MUST have!

    I like others first found this book on Podiobooks.com AND LOVED IT. This entire series is a must have both in digital form and print. I cannot give this book higher praise. The story itself is unique and fun, the characters can really strike cords in your heart and it is unusual in the way its not some big epic adventure. Even though it is an adventure! The story is more down to earth and really makes you feel like you could be someone on-board the Lois. So looking forward to more books and stories from this fine author!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    A fun bit of space opera read

    This book launches a series of merchant-marine-in-space novels which celebrate everyday initiative, pluck, and compassion towards one's companions. Ishmael Wang's story has a bit of "coming-of-age" novel about it, but works like a cross between a naval career series and a set of Horatio Alger novels brought into the 21st Century. This is all a good read, with interesting characters--a light entertainment to ease a worried mind. I get a bit bored in life of destructor machines eradicating civilization or sword/sorcery/space cliche work. These books mine instead future history sci-fi, thrift-and-pluck novels and the space navy theme in a light-hearted and entirely non-violent way. A refreshing, light read, told with a sure hand.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Heart of Classic Science Fiction

    I originally "read" Quarter Share, by Nathan Lowell, in the original podiobook format. I, like many of Nathan's fans, are eagerly awaiting the print release of his fantastic story (and the rest of the 'Golden Age of the Solar Clipper' series) so that I (we) can delve into his fantastic story again (and again).

    If I can give you my quick and dirty recommendation: GIVE THIS ONE A TRY NOW!

    It is a fantastic story that will resonate with you long after you have read the last word. It is a refreshing break from mainstream, "shoot-em-up and save the galaxy in time for dinner" science fiction, showing us the real, human side of our potentially bright future. If you like classic Heinlein (such as the Rolling Stones, Farmer in the Sky, Citizen of the Galaxy), then this one is definitely up your alley.


    Here's my longer, more detailed recommendation:

    Quarter Share is not your typical futuristic sci-fi story. It is not a story based on waring nations or individuals bent on conquest or domination, so it does not easily fit into the mold of what many of us have come to expect from the sci-fi genre. Instead, it breaks the mold by concentrating on the life and experiences of what Nathan refers to as the "common man". Truthfully, as I started listening to this, at first I was very sceptical of this type of sci-fi story for the first couple chapters and was very unsure of where it was going. Then without really realizing it, I was fully immersed in the story and found that I was very interested in where Ish (the main character) was going to end up in his life, or at least where he was going to be by the end of the story... and I couldn't stop listening.

    It was a strange transition for me to suddenly be draw so completely into a story about the simple, average, and often repetitive everyday struggles of a common person. By the end of the story, however, I was more invested emotionally and more interested in the small victories that these common characters were able to accomplish throughout the story than I honestly expected I'd be... in fact, I find that the characters in this story have resonated and stuck in my mind more than most of the other sci-fi books I have read (and I've read hundreds of sci-fi books over the last 25 years). Don't get me wrong, I love a good action oriented hero story set in the sci-fi genre as much as anyone else... it's just that this one is so unlike those other storytelling methods that I thoroughly enjoyed Nathan's Quarter Share as much, if not more, than those mainstream offerings... just in a very different, more meaningful manner.

    The story revolves around Ishmael Wang, known as Ish to his friends and intimates, a young man who is growing up on a corporate-owned planet. After his mother dies in a tragic (fateful) flitter crash, Ish lands a job as a low level crew member (with a "quarter share" of the ship's profits) on an interstellar solar clipper called the Lois McKendrick. Ish begins to see a brighter future unfold as he begins to learn the ins and outs of shipboard life. The story conveys the normal trials and tribulations of a young sailor on an interstellar trading vessel as he finds his place in the grand scheme of things and starts planning to have an active role in the development of his future.

    This one is well worth the time! You won't be sorry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    A Lot of Fun. This is a good coming-of-age, space opera. Yo

    A Lot of Fun.

    This is a good coming-of-age, space opera. Young man learns to make his way in the world on a merchant spaceship. I liked it and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

    Note to those reading the Nook e-book version: Must use "Publisher Defaults" text setting to be readable. If you change line spacing, margins, font, or size, lines of text overlap or are missing from top or bottom of page.

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

    A very interesting take on travel in space and trade in a scienc

    A very interesting take on travel in space and trade in a science-fiction setting.

    Very much a change of pace, but I completely enjoyed reading sci-fi that had no aliens, no great space battles, or planet-hopping daring-do. The day-to-day life of a "regular spacer", trying to make his way on a corporate trading ship while grieving the loss of his only family, is surprisingly engaging and interesting. I highly recommend getting this!

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    Posted January 4, 2014

    Mr. Lowell is very good at telling a compelling story built on t

    Mr. Lowell is very good at telling a compelling story built on the small moments in life.  He has created a full wonderfully detailed universe and I grew attached to the characters that populate it.  I'm working my way through the entire series, I'm now on book 4, and I haven't been disappointed yet. 

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

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    I loved this book! I'm tired of simplistic novels with "cho

    I loved this book! I'm tired of simplistic novels with "chosen" or preternaturally "gifted" protagonists and conflicts always framed and driven by destructiveness and war. Lowell's novel was a refreshing change: a coming-of-age tale of a young man finding his gifts and his place in a future where merchant ships ply the star lanes between company planets and other worlds, and where learning to live with and complement others - not fight with and kill them! - is the road to success.

    As soon as I finished this book, I bought all the others currently available in this series. That tells you how much I enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read the rest of the books. 

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    Cheap read

    I got it because it was on discount and sounded intriguing. Unfortunately it was a bit boring. I felt for the characters but it was a bit too two-dimensional for my taste. I like a nice epic, imagination, and plot. Good clean read but not much of a plot development.

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    Posted October 8, 2013

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    very good book and character development. A rich and full story.

    very good book and character development. A rich and full story.

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