Sunday, 18 July 2010

Captains Share by Nathan Lowell

Official Blurb

A shuffling of cabins puts Ishmael Horatio Wang in command of the worst ship in the fleet. He learns that being Captain doesn't make you infallible and that life in the Captain's Cabin is filled with new kinds of challenge as he tries to keep the ship moving, the crew out of trouble, and turn a profit to earn his Captain's Share. In a ship where the officers outnumber the crew, how can he manage to keep everybody happy? Welcome to the SC Agamemnon.

My Review

This is the fifth book in the series, and follows on from where Double Share left off. The protagonist becomes a Captain, but as the blurb says he unfortunately finds himself Captain of the worst ship in the fleet. It's quite a cast of characters on his new ship it's a small crew where nearly all of them are officers of their division with only a few crew hands to fill up the numbers.

Captain Wang take his usual approach to these things dealing out respect and understanding in equal doses as he wrestles the crew into shape.

Like the previous book, this one does have things happening which makes it even more appealing.

I have a strange relationship with this series. As I've mentioned in my previous reviews of these audio books, the author/reader is so good that he doesn't actually need events in his stories! So I go into the stories not expecting anything to happen, so when they do I'm somewhat amazed and pleased.

As well as wrestling with his crew problems, Wang has to turn the ship around from a profit point of view, and on top of that there are double jumps which we've not been introduced to before, and rescues, muggings and relationship problems. This book is a delight!

The reader has such a smooth voice that listening to this book is a real pleasure. If you've listened to the others in the series, you will not be disapointed with this one, in fact you'll love it.

Reading 3/3
Production 2/3
Story 3/3

Total Score 8/9

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