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The Lois McKendrick runs headlong into trouble when a routine in-system transit goes bad. Ishmael and the rest of the crew must scramble to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it in order to keep the ship alive.

Learn more about the officers and crew of the Lois McKendrick as they struggle to keep their ship and discover how Ishmael finds out how wrong he's been about what it means to be a spacer in this latest Trader's Tale.

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  • Ishmael Horatio Wang begins to recover from the last port of call and takes the test for Spec 2 (Environmental) with surprising results. (Chapter 1, 2)

  • Ishmael gets pressure to attend the Confederation Merchant Officer Academy and learns why there are no old spacers. (Chapter 3, 4, 5)

  • On a routine jump to Betrus, the Lois McKendrick runs into trouble. (Chapter 6)

  • Ishmael and the crew struggle to save the ship as carbon dioxide levels rise. (Chapter 7, 8)

  • Ishmael transfers to the Deck Division and meets his replacement in Environmental. (Chapter 9, 10)

  • Ishmael shares his experiences on the bridge with Bril and meets the mysterious and alluring Cassandra. (Chapter 11)

  • Cassandra returns in an unexpected place and CC learns more about the Lois. (Chapter 12, 13)

  • The clock ticks down for Ishmael and disturbing signs about CC begin to surface. (Chapter 14, 15)

  • At the last minute Ishmael gets a reprieve and stays on the Lois. The investigation into shipboard failures turns up some confusing anomolies. (Chapter 16, 17)

  • Ishmael and Mr. von Ickles start tearing apart the data logs to determine what happened to the ship. Ishmael recruits Lois to help deal with CC. (Chapter 18, 19)

  • Ishmael and Mr. von Ickles continue to unravel the mystery of the systems failures and CC meets Lois. (Chapter 20, 21)

  • The search for the cause of the systems failures continues and Pip has a family reunion. (Chapter 22, 23)

  • Ishmael learns a lot more about spacer families and what life in the Deep Dark is really all about. (Chapter 24, 25, 26)

  • Ishmael finally digs deep enough into the logs to discover the system failure and finds that he needs to apply to the Academy much sooner than he'd planned. (Chapter 27. 28)

  • Ishmael works on the astrogation systems and earns a final rating. Ishmael and Pip begin a final all out attempt to earn as much as possible. (Chapter 29, 30)

  • Lois finally finishes with Ishmael and he leaves the ship. Ishmael pays one last visit to Henri Roubaille and says good-bye to Bev and Bril. Pip and Ishmael embark on the Bad Penny and get underway for Port Newmar. [Caution: PG-13 episode] (Chapter 31, 32, 33, 34)

Best one of the four I've listened to so far. So many feelings happening! For a first-person, single-perspective, linear plot story this book has so many emotional rollercoaster parts. Great job, Nathan. I started out with book four by accident, so I'll be starting book five now. :)
These books were recently recommended on John Scalzi's website (Whatever), which led me here. Great stuff! I realise I'm late to the party, but you may want to know that there is an unedited fluff in this episode (roughly 3/4 of the way in, the scene where Pip is about ...
Thanks, Mat. :D
As with the others in this series, this was brilliant. You really understand what makes good sci-fi drama.
Don't forget the boat only holds a dozen people or so. And their emergency shipsuits only holds an hour of air. They said it would take 10 hours to get the scrubbers back up to speed.
Excess author head-space. That makes SO much more sense and I didn't think of it until I was halfway thru Double Share. I suspect we'll address that in the print version.
Nathan, I don't understand....why didn't all crew not required for the emergency fixes just go hang out in the ships boat and use the scrubbers in there to slow the rise of co2 in the main ship untill the scrubber start scrubbing again? just a thought. Love the work you ...
I really love these books!! I was reluctant for awhile, I thought, what do I care about space sailors? But, turns out I care.....a lot!!! I got completely sucked into quarter share and I've been hungrily listening to the rest. Thanks for reading to me, sir! ;)
Yeah, there was a rationale for it's being on the ship.But I just can't remember what it was. :) You're right that should have been "stans" ...altho the term is slang for "standard hour" so i'll hold up the fig leaf :) There's probably more sirs ... some places (like ...
It's not the *where*, it's the *why*. Obviously the CaOH is extremely useful if/when the scrubbers go down, but ... New topic: when Ish and Wendy are ... busy ... he says something like "three *hours* later". Should be "stans". :-) Also, there are a few "sirs" mixed in with ...

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