- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Ridan Publishing; 1 edition (April 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982514549
- ISBN-13: 978-0982514542
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 814 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,611,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quarter Share Paperback – April 20, 2010
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"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." --Michael J. Sullivan, author of The Riyria Revelations
"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." --J.C. Hutchins, author of 7th Son: Descent and Personal Effects: Dark Art
"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 mesmerizing tale of a young man coming of age and finding his place as a crewman aboard a solar clipper...Make sure you have free time and download the book is my recommendation." --Cybermage, Reading & Watching Science Fiction
About 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.
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As some other reviewers have noted, this tale is of the slice of life variety. Other than the opening events of the first 20 pages or so, there is no conflict, little tension, and no suspense. Everything goes splendidly well for the protagonist, and everyone likes him. The only real point of tension is whether the protagonist is going to pass one of his advancement exams - but of course he does, and does so with flying colors.
The author does not expend much energy on descriptive prose. At the end of the book I didn't have much of an idea of what the protagonist looks like, other than that he is rather short and slim. Descriptions of the appearance of other characters are also in short supply, and if you want to get a sense of what the ship looks like, it's best to look at the book's cover.
The author's stronger suit is dialogue, though there is nothing remotely approaching "salty" language, notwithstanding all of the nautical allusions employed in the book. Nary a "damn" is spoken. One gets the sense that this is being written more for a juvenile audience, which is perhaps appropriate given that it is a coming of age story.
So, while this was an enjoyable enough read, and a fairly easy one at that, there's wasn't enough here to tempt me to spend $12 on the next volume.