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By Rosemary White on 06-01-17
Ishmael Wong sails on.
I have, years ago, had the very great pleasure of listening to the author, Nathan Lowell, reading the preceding Trader Tale stories himself when they were podcast. He is a wonderful narrator and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing his caramel voice. Jeffery Kafer is a fine narrator and I almost got used to his "black coffee" tones, he certainly has a great range of voices and his female characters sound very good. But for me, Nathan is the voice of Captsin Wong.
Having got that off my chest let's consider the Tale. At the end of the previous book; "Owner's Share", tragedy had visited our erstwhile Captain and left him bereft just when we all thought he was happy. Thank goodness Audible have released this book and put me out of my misery! It's clearly the start of a new phase of life for Ishmael Wong and I, for one, am cheering him on and look forward to seeing what happens next.
If you haven't already, do listen to the preceedung books, this is a stand-alone story but it will be better appreciated heard in sequence. Narhan Lowell has a fine gift for making a future of Solar Clippers and interstellar travel so very plausible, its a pleasure for me to slip forward in time to this reality. There are no aliens, but tbe author describes real humans with familiar quirks and foibles, machinations and sneakiness, all set in a possible future. Our hero is very likeable and innocently wise, and his story is not yet over.
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By Amazon Customer on 17-10-17
Catharsis after Owners Share
This was the therapy Ishmael and I needed after the ending to Owners Share. Building to another great story.
After the author's narration of Traders Tales this performance jars. In particular the female voices didn't feel natural, undermining what in Traders Tales were very strong characters.
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By chris1975 on 15-02-18
In the deep dark no-one can hear you clean.
Ishmael Horatio Wang (pronounced Wong) is back.
After the tragic events of Owners Share Ish finds himself at a crossroads in life, he has sold his company and become a wealthy man.
A visit to Port Numar leads to old friends and new adventures.
I don't want to get too spoilery but lets just say if your Scifi fandom consists of slimey aliens and big guns then this is not the science fiction for you.
But if character, story and the progression of both mean more to you than the above then Nathan Lowells stories will not disappoint, he has a way of turning what seems to be (in his universe anyway) the banality of space travel and making it more interesting than a phaser blast.
Thank you again Mr Lowell for unfurling the sails on yet more adventures for Ish and Crew.