Friday, May 16, 2014

Book #26–Owner’s Share

41srpe -9FL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_The last book in the Solar Clipper series. Owner’s Share starts right after Captain’s Share, with Ismael getting bad news as he comes back home. The owner of the line, Maloney, has died. That throws things in turmoil, but the bad news is tempered with good news.

The ship that was salvaged in Captain’s Share is coming up for auction and as captain, Ismael will be rich. It’s estimated to be in the 10mm credit range. Doesn’t seem a lot with today’s numbers, but it’s a lot.

However it’s not enough to buy a ship, which is usually in the hundred’s of millions. However Ismael has a choice. The company is in a battle, with the heir, Maloney’s daughter. They make a deal. Ismael will get a ship at a discount, a small, hold fast packet, at a discount. 40mm, still more than he can afford, but with some creative financing, he gets it done, hires a crew, including the heir, and starts a business.

It’s an interesting look at Ismael as a captain and owner. There isn’t a lot of finance and business talk, but enough to let us know Ismael’s life is complicated.

The book near the end seems to run into a thriller, but doesn’t resolve it well. I didn’t love the ending, and didn’t think it was great resolution. It left me wanting a bit more, but I don’t think it was as bad as some of the reviews on Amazon.

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