- File Size: 2343 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1940575087
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Durandus (September 30, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 30, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0160RR194
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In Ashes Born, the spark, and many of his old crew, are back. Owner's Share left him wealthy, but rudderless, nursing the loss of the love he'd just found and without a clue as to what to do next. If home is where you go to heal, that would be the Academy for Ishmael, and when he arrives he finds that it's not unusual for Captains to come back to lick their wounds and heal for a bit. His first pleasant surprise is that the Commandant is none other than Alys McKendrick Giggone, his first captain and mentor, and the person who was responsible for his going to the Academy. And Aly's isn't alone, no Sar. She's brought a few of the crew along to her new posting, and for a few chapters it's old home week.
The most notable presence lacking in the later books was Ishmael's partner in escapades, Philip "Pip" Carstairs, and Ish is as delighted as the readers will be when it turns out that all that scheming and calculating he did in the first few books has paid off, not in wealth like our captain, but in the trader's community of economic analysts, Pip's a rock star...and Ish has arrived just in time for the concert...er symposium he's keynote speaker at.
That's all great fun, but it's only stage setting. Pip has a plan, but if you've read the earlier books you probably guessed that already. What he needs is somebody to captain a ship and test out his theories, and what Ish needs is something to do.
Nathan Lowell could spin the knd of yarn that will keep you up till it's done on just that alone, but when Pip and Ishmael head out into the deep dark this time, they'll be facing greater dangers than the cold between the stars...and best of all, we can come along to share the adventure.
"Better trades in the afternoon, Mates!"
The author is a master storyteller of the old school, who creates worlds of the imagination that can gently mesmerize without a single shot fired, drop of blood spilled or blow struck unless it serves the story, and even then it's rare enough in hos books compared to perhaps too many others in the science fiction genre. He creates characters who are real people, who put their pants on one leg at a time in the morning be they good or bad and work for a living if they can, just like us, not superheroes and monsters. Would that there were more like him.
I was a sailor in my time and so I know something of ships and ports on this planet. But I would be able to see the spaceships' compartments and space station docks, bars, eateries and other settings in my minds eye with such ease that I could have been there myself even if I'd never served because Nathan Lowell writes of ordinary things with extraordinary insight that paints his stories and the life itself in a future merchant space fleet in vivid detail.
As you may have figured: Ish is back, which should be a big clue that there are other books out there with these same characters. and this book does a good job of bringing these same characters back with little change in their personality. The story is solid and looks to be building to a decent plot. Note: I said "building". Unlike he books in the first series (Quartershare -> Owner's Share), this book leaves the reader at a definable placeholder in the full story. Rather than being book1, it felt more like part 1.
I'm hoping this is because the interweaving release of the upcoming "Smuggler's Tales" series, makes this a good stopping point to now start looking at the "other" perspective.
If you are a good Ish fan, yeah, give this a read, you'll enjoy it.
If new to Ishmael, you could start here and do just fine, but you would probably be better served to start Quarter share instead.
I'm looking forward to the next release, I have a feeling this will be a case of the sum being greater than all of its parts.