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An old friend. A new course. A deadly ship with a secret cargo.

Ishmael Wang returns to Port Newmar, but ghosts from his past have followed him. His old shipmate, Phillip Carstairs, offers him the opportunity to track down the man who killed his lover. The catch? He must take command of the Chernyakova, a ship that still stinks of death and haunts Ishmael's nightmares.

Together Phillip and Ismael begin a journey into unknown reaches of the Deep Dark to bring back the man who killed Greta.

©2015 Nathan Lowell (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Great book. Looking forward to more!

I began listening to Nathan's books when he was reading them himself. I loved the way he narrated and knew exactly how each character would be feeling at the time. I wasn't sure if I'd like the new reader and I didn't at first. Given time I've grown to accept him and I'll say he did a great job with the book. All I request now is...... more books, Mr. Lowell!

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Good as usual, but....

Nathan Lowell is a great inspirational writer, but I liked the series read by him. This guy just didn't do justice to the characters, especially Ishmael.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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On the fence

After listening to Nathan Lowell narrate his other books, I was excited about the story, but this narrator did not do it justice. He mispronounced many words, and sounds like he's narrating a old crime story.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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love the story

Love the story the voice talent not so much. Its the perfect continuation to the trader's tales.

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Great Listen!

Gosh now I want the next one. I was afraid of being disappointed by the narrator as I'm used to listening to the author but that wasn't the case at all. What a great book!

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Strong new beginning

The traders tails series was fantastic all the way through. This series has a bit more action to it (so far), but maintains the overall feeling of the other.

Ish is back with Pip, and only fun will follow... for us readers, at least.

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As good as previous books, but........

As good as all his previous books. But....while I continue to marvel at the authors story telling acumen and the narrators dulcet tones......this one is a little thin in story line....hope the author fills up the next one a lil better......looking forward to it/them...

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Listened twice in 1 day when released!

What made the experience of listening to In Ashes Born the most enjoyable?

Love the characters, callbacks, humor and tears.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In Ashes Born?

Reunion with first mate. (no spoilers)

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to choose from.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed frequently, cried a few times.

Any additional comments?

My favorite ship was in Owner's Share, but it's always fun to visualize them all.

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So Sad

I read the book way before I decided to give the audio version a listen. Since I knew Nathan wasn't narrating, I wanted to hear how the "new guy," Jeffery Kafer, was gonna handle things. His performance was one of the worst things I've ever heard, lacking soul and fire, and with characterizations that sound more at home in some Dragnet-era detective story than one of the better space operas written today.

I could have done better and I know nothing about voice acting or narrating.

While I'd highly recommend the book, I cannot and will not recommend the audiobook version to anyone. You see, if you're gonna read to me, I expect to be read a story and one complete with enough nuances to immerse me into the story being told... and Mr. Kafer just failed across the board. I don't compare his reading to what Nathan Lowell did with his podcasts - that would be unfair... but you can tell that Mr. Kafer wasn't invested in bringing the characters to life - he was just reading and in an unimaginative, monotonous way.

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Story is great. Don't care for the narrator...

Overall it's a great story. I've followed Nathan's work for years and have come to love his style of narration. This narrator, however, doesn't come close to capturing the emotion of the story and truly sounds like he should be narrating movie trailers with his overly dramatic and growling voice. If the story wasn't written by Nathan Lowell, I would have returned the book after the first chapter. When Nathan narrates you find yourself drawn in and absorbed in the story. With Kafer as the narrator I find his over dramatization takes me away from the experience more often than drawing me in.

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  • Rosemary White
  • 01-06-17

Ishmael Wong sails on.

I have, years ago, had the very great pleasure of listening to the author, Nathan Lowell, reading the preceding Trader Tale stories himself when they were podcast. He is a wonderful narrator and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing his caramel voice. Jeffery Kafer is a fine narrator and I almost got used to his "black coffee" tones, he certainly has a great range of voices and his female characters sound very good. But for me, Nathan is the voice of Captsin Wong.
Having got that off my chest let's consider the Tale. At the end of the previous book; "Owner's Share", tragedy had visited our erstwhile Captain and left him bereft just when we all thought he was happy. Thank goodness Audible have released this book and put me out of my misery! It's clearly the start of a new phase of life for Ishmael Wong and I, for one, am cheering him on and look forward to seeing what happens next.
If you haven't already, do listen to the preceedung books, this is a stand-alone story but it will be better appreciated heard in sequence. Narhan Lowell has a fine gift for making a future of Solar Clippers and interstellar travel so very plausible, its a pleasure for me to slip forward in time to this reality. There are no aliens, but tbe author describes real humans with familiar quirks and foibles, machinations and sneakiness, all set in a possible future. Our hero is very likeable and innocently wise, and his story is not yet over.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-17-17

Catharsis after Owners Share

This was the therapy Ishmael and I needed after the ending to Owners Share. Building to another great story.

After the author's narration of Traders Tales this performance jars. In particular the female voices didn't feel natural, undermining what in Traders Tales were very strong characters.

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  • Peter Germany
  • 09-24-18

Another Fantastic Chapter of the Life of Ishmael Wong

I’ve listened to all six preceding stories of the life of our protagonist Ishmael Wong and I have pretty much loved each one.
With Nathan Lowell’s handling of these books I know I’m getting a quality story. What makes them really stunningly crafted is the fact that rarely does something hugely dramatic happen. In Ashes Born is no different. It’s just the next part of Ishmael Wong’s life and I was hanging on every word! In another writers hands none of these stories would work. Lowell keeps the same pace, tone, and quality of the previous six novels.

This is a solid continuation of this story, and I am looking forward to the next chapter in the life of Ishmael Wong.

I will just say I was worried about having someone other than Nathan Lowell narrate this universe, but Jeffrey Kafer got it absolutely bang on perfect!

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  • Ollie
  • 09-23-18

I wish Nathan was the narrator

The story is great, but this series isn't the same without Nathan as the narrator. I found someone else narrating completely changed the dynamic of the book.

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  • Gareth
  • 07-30-18

Fantastic series - Nathan Lowell is brilliant!

An excellent story, full of humanity and every spectrum of it. I hope there will be more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-18

happy

Narration was good. but missed Mr lowell voice. wangs feels like an old friend, looking forward to the next book

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  • Alan C
  • 02-27-18

Struggling with Narrator

To me it just wasn't as enjoyable all the previous audio books I've listened to from Nathon Lowell . The narrator just wasn't very good . Sorry! ☹️🤷 but unable to finish.

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  • chris1975
  • 02-15-18

In the deep dark no-one can hear you clean.

Ishmael Horatio Wang (pronounced Wong) is back.

After the tragic events of Owners Share Ish finds himself at a crossroads in life, he has sold his company and become a wealthy man.

A visit to Port Numar leads to old friends and new adventures.

I don't want to get too spoilery but lets just say if your Scifi fandom consists of slimey aliens and big guns then this is not the science fiction for you.

But if character, story and the progression of both mean more to you than the above then Nathan Lowells stories will not disappoint, he has a way of turning what seems to be (in his universe anyway) the banality of space travel and making it more interesting than a phaser blast.

Thank you again Mr Lowell for unfurling the sails on yet more adventures for Ish and Crew.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-23-18

Golden age just gets better

Loved the book keeps the story going in a good way can’t wait to see what happens . Love it 👍🏻

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-17

i love this series the story and the autor

great developments of the captains story plus the autors constant care of the community that his universe has created 😄😄😄

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-18

Another winner for Nathan Lowell

I find these books almost compelling & while the new narrator doesn't quite have the same skill at differentiating the characters, it's still the perfect story to listen to again & again.

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  • JAMIE
  • 02-23-18

Missing Charm

The charm I found in the original books is missing with this new narrator but it’s good to be back in Ishmael’s universe .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-17

I love this universe and can't get enough

Really awesome and enthralling. Riveting and developed characters and scenarios. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • A C Bennett
  • 03-22-17

Great audio

An unforgettable start to what feels like a excellent new journey for Captain Ishmael Wang, I look forward too traveling along with captain and crew into the Dark Side of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper Chemyakova.

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  • Brian Howard
  • 02-03-17

Excellent book by Nat

Loved it! A great extension to Nathan's solar clipper books. A little trouble getting used to a different voice reading the book, but I can't wait for the next book in the series.