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--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. Ishmael is an imperfect person, as are we all, and 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.
You can find these wonderful stories in a variety of formats (including free podcasts) at the following locations:
Barnes and Noble
And for more information, other works, podcasts, and info on what Nate is up to visit his site, NathanLowell.com.
I am not a professional critic (though I am rather critical of some things some days, but I digress). I occasionally will post a review of something I have enjoyed that I think is worth your time and/or money. I don't as a general rule put up negative reviews. Not because I love everything I see, hear, or read; but rather because I know how hard people work on these things and I have no intention of being overly critical. I would rather just not say anything than trash someone else's hard work. I usually know the people involved and want to do whatever I can to get their wonderful work out to more people. However, I don't write these because my friends created the work. I write them because I truly enjoyed the work itself. I receive no remuneration of any kind for any review I write.