Ship’s Roster: Agamemnon

Deck Division

Captain Ishmael Wang

First Mate Gwen Thomas

Second Mate William Pall

Watch Standers

  • AS Brandon Hill
  • AS Wendell Schubert
  • OS Zachary Ricks/AS Stacy Arellone

Engineering Division

Chief Engineer Gretchen Gerheart

Cargo Division

Chief Cargoman Avery Wyatt

Steward Division


54 Responses to Ship’s Roster: Agamemnon

  1. Nathan, Well done! This is the best book so far. And good luck on Mur’s Nano challenge. I’ll keep an eye on the word count.


  2. Skoota says:

    I can’t believe I am so addicted to theses solar clipper stories and hero called Ishmael. Nathan has the right voice and the right writing ability. Oh waiting for the next episode and or book is awful.

  3. Feasgar says:

    Thanks for the roster! I never caught the first names Zachary and Wendell… Must try harder!

  4. I finally figured it out. Listening to your books is like coming home on a cold winter’s day. It’s warm and familiar. It’s comforting, like chicken noodle soup or a cup of your favorite tea after being out in the cold, dreary world.

    Keep it up Sar. We’re loving every tick.

  5. Excellent. That’s really all I can say. Well done.

  6. Tom Boyd says:

    I have one major complaint about this novel… I found it difficult to sleep until I finished it. Outstanding work! Thank you! This is an excellent series, and I can’t wait for more of your work.

  7. Nate says:

    Thanks. I try to keep people up nights.

  8. woodie says:

    excellent stories. Can’t wait for the next.

  9. Christine May says:

    I really enjoy your stories. I discovered them on iTunes and spent many hours listening with much enthusiasm. I started listening to your new story yesterday. Your voice really is a big asset in presenting these books. Thank you for your efforts.

  10. Ronnie Standridge says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of stories about the golden age of the solar clipper so far! I can’t wait for the next one to come out. I have even listened to all of them at least twice now!
    Can’t get enough of your work! Your voice is one of the best out there in the podiosphere.
    Keep up the great work you do for all of us.

  11. Erwin Junge says:

    I really enjoyed your stories (just finished captain’s share). I was wondering though (bit of a math geek), if the officers really earn more (share-wise) than the captain does on the Agamemnon.

    Total shares: 100%
    Owner’s share: 20%
    Captain’s share: 10%

    Leaves for the crew: 70%

    Total shares:
    70%/10.5 = 6.67 %/share
    Double share = 13.33%

    Seems a bit odd?


    PS You need a “Donate” button on this page. I really liked the books and would have bought the whole series if these were dead-tree variety only. I’d still buy the books to support you as they come out, but don’t really see the point in killing trees if I could just donate to support you. Or would you like the sales-figures for future publishing contracts?

  12. Nate says:

    The Captain is an officer. He gets officer’s pay on top of the 10%. Captain actually makes more than the owner in terms of profit.

    There’s a donate button on each title’s page at and thank you for your donations Double Share’s donate button

    I’ve refrained from publishing any text version to safeguard the publication rights. Ridan Publishing will be releasing paper and e-book versions of the books, starting with Quarter Share in April (I think).

  13. Erwin Junge says:

    Thanks for the clarification (both on the shares and the donate button).

  14. Steve Coutee says:

    Thank You sar!

  15. Rob says:

    On the question of the Captain’s share, didn’t Ishmael negotiate a 15% share (not 10%) on the Agamemnon?

  16. Nate says:

    No, that “plus fifteen” was to his base salary for seniority, not a fifteen percent share.

    Maloney started it with “How does base plus ten sound?”

  17. Jim Lozano says:

    Nate, Congratulations on a work very well done! As a commuter I have turned to books on audio to help with the monotony. I am about half way done with Captains Share and I’m greatly enjoying it! In my opinion it has some good examples of leadership and it really takes me into the deep black with the crew!

  18. Jeremaih Kaye Jensen says:

    I feel that I hate to sleep when I have one of your books I have not heard yet. Yes I know that the same idea was said before that makes it only more true. your work with other Authors as a reader is outstanding I love your work. I feel like Owners Share will never get to my vains in time.

  19. David says:

    I’m only 1/2 way done, but like this the best of all the *Share series.

  20. Dave says:

    Love the series, and have been listening non stop since discovering them. Any chance you’ll do some more detailed ship descriptions for the Tinker and Agamemnon? I have my minds eye version, and have Googled around looking for something comparable…understand you’re quite busy getting out the print copies and remaining audio tracks. A visual would be really cool though. Although it’ll mean I have to go back through and relisten/read. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Thanks, and keep up the great work!

  21. ken says:

    Love the books. But have one concern. I cannot see them allowing a ship the size of Agamemnon
    to operare with that small of a crew. With all the rules like requireing cargo officers when there is no cargo duties, I cannot see them letting engineering to at least have 3 watch standers. If something happened to Gretchen in the deep dark, there would be no one onboard that had the training to fix even a coffie pot more like the engines or scrubbers.

  22. Nate says:

    That’s a good point. I suspect there’s a hidden clause in the CPJCT Section L on that.

  23. Jeff says:

    I love these books and will be looking for all of them in print. You are a gifted writer sir and I thank you for creating and sharing these great tales with the world.

  24. F Riley says:

    This really seems like too small a crew to cover everything. Engineering is not staffed most of the day, and what if someone is injured or sick?

  25. Nate says:

    It’s a *very* small crew. This is not a very well staffed hull. It was designed that way.

  26. Jon says:

    Great stories, Nathan! Can’t hardly wait for Owner’s share. With regards to engineering staffing questions, I am guessing that the “loop hole” in the requirements for the Agamemnon is that there are no kickers to manage, just the sail generators and burlson drive. I do have a question though about the Chernekova. I am confused about the “physics” going on. If the Chernekova was outbound from Breakall, was its “ballistic trajectory” outbound as well, or was it “falling” backward in-system? (If it is falling inward, how did it lose its “outbound” energy?) Likewise, given when the fire started, I would have thought the ship’s sails would have been unfurled before they had died of the CO2. And if the sails had been unfurled, why were they no longer open when the Tinker arrived on the scene? Thanks for your stories, and keep up the good work.

  27. Nate says:

    The ship was outbound.

    The sails had been taken down automatically by the autopilot when the helm failed to respond to a system event. That *should* have been in there.

    Thanks, and we have more coming 🙂

  28. Jeff says:

    Great job. keep up the great work.

  29. Mark says:

    Is the ships roster going to be updated to reflect the events in Owner’s share or will it remain static? I guess I’m fishing for a clue to the wherabouts of a certain engineer. 🙂

  30. Nate says:

    @mark – keep fishing.

  31. Patrick says:

    I love the books. I try (and fail) to get my friend to listen to them. Please add the ship roster for the ship in Owner’s Share please.

  32. Nate says:

    @patrick – I will — as soon as I get done podcasting the story.

  33. Anthony Downs says:

    In the beginning of Owner’s share around the time of the change of command, you talk about Pall a couple times as though he is a 3rd Mate instead of 2nd Mate. You mention something about him taking the 2nd Mates exam, and when the actual changeover is happening, he reports all crew accounted for and Ms. Thomas states “Third Mate reports…”

  34. Nate says:

    I’ve been having problems with his rank for a long time.

    Astrogation is usually 2nd Mate and I *think* that’s what he’s supposed to be. I need somebody to manage my continuity.

  35. Merritt says:

    Continuity management 101 Start a Wiki Page and let the fans supply the details – with peer review. Lots of big series use this to keep it all straight.

  36. Nate says:

    Right at the moment, I need to focus on getting these episodes out, but I plan on putting up a wiki as soon as I can and you can all bang away at it.

    The challenge will be controlling spam. I’ve had serious problems with spam roaches on wikis in the past and I have enough trouble keeping up with my regular production without adding another level.

  37. Chris says:

    I think you’ll find your fans will edit out spam. If you require registration to edit the wiki that will help. Depending on how bad it gets you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting volunteers to take a more active roll in editing the wiki.

  38. Nate says:

    That’s the only reason I’m even considering it, Chris. Much as I love wikis, they are a pain. I’ve already lost one account because spammers ran the DB over 11gb in bogus edits. :/

  39. Joe 'Novon' says:

    Absolutely love the series, please keep them going. My wife introduced me to your podiobook Quarter Share and I haven’t put down my ipod since. I’ve ordered a dedicated hard copy of Quarter Share and a Trust Lois coffee mug to drink from while I read it. 🙂 Please keep this series alive, it’s rare to find such gems as your books and stories. Thank you!

  40. pissensse says:

    Nate, you are pure evil. I am going to lose my job and my family due to theese podcasts/audiobooks. I am not able to stop listening to them. At work I go to the bathroom like eight times per day to be able to listen to another 5 or 10 minutes.

    Also I loved that one of the ships was called Halldor Laxness!

    Thanks for the great work you are doing. I am just loving it a little bit to much.

  41. pissensse says:

    And Nate, there is also another problem. Every time the jig starts to play, I start to dance a silly parody of an Irish jig. Even in public. Everybody is more and more convinced that I have become totally crazy.

  42. WintyrBourne says:

    @pissensse Good to know I’m not the only one who dances to the jigs. 😉

    I love ur stuff, Nate.

  43. Duncaniowa says:

    On the Aggie, does the Chief Engineer sleep? On the Lois environmental, power and engines required lots of ratings to stand watch. 3 shifts of watchstanders.
    Granted Capt Wong has a smaller ship, but has the AI improved so much that all that monitoring and servicing takes no time?
    Who monitors when Greta is asleep?
    Perhaps one of the Deck ratings looks at more than the Deep Dark while handling the ship.

  44. The Captain says:

    *T-here’s no “engineroom watch” per se on the smaller vessels (under 10mkt).

    The difference has to do with the scale of the power plant and the level of management needed.

    It’s tied up with the regulatory environment as much as anything.

  45. Andrew Maclennan says:

    Awesome book.

  46. Myles Marcovitch says:

    Finished from Quarter Share to Captain’s share in a little over a week. Now I’m ready for owner’s share since I have to find out how Allerone pans out. Since our hero’s going to work his magic on her, she doesn’t have a chance, but I want to read more.

    Also, why did Nathan choose to jump over the four years at the Academy. Surely Ish must have had some experiences worth reading about…Just asking.

  47. Peg Palmer says:

    My husband and I are listening to the series as we travel 2.5 hrs each way per week to care for elderly parents. You have made the trips so enjoyable we can’t wait for the next trip to see what happens. I really can appreciate Ishmael’s people skills. He would have made a great 6th grade teacher.

  48. The Captain says:

    Myles: Because there is no “Cadet’s Share”

    And because we already have “Back to School” and “Bedtime for Bonzo.” I don’t have enough new to say about college that I want to write a novel set there.

  49. Karl-Wilhelm says:

    I just went through of your books in a swap and I will do it again in short time . Tis is an Inspiring story .Your “share” books do have such a high value regarding so may aspects of developing a Team Spirit, as well business, ethical and social leadership capability.
    Even as this is designed as an ongoing success story of some type of person with a natural Emotional Intelligence and Business Sensors in his blood, it focusses very well to very basic and essential Elements of doing and succeeding in solid Business as we in the western world understand it on the more rational side.
    This is, what makes the story so charming. In many cases it kept me at least smiling for a good time of the day and I simply could not wait to find the next Time-slot to continue listening.
    Nathan, you have done an astonishing job and you have my full respect for this masterpeace. Your GoldenClipper tales will for good reasons find their way into my list of Literature / Audioture that I will recommend to the those young managers I will be training in the Future and those that still vistit the place of their own Birth onto Business firsts steps into their own business and leadership future.
    Thanks a lot!

  50. Michael Martin says:

    I have a question for the author and I’m not really sure where to ask it, but here goes.

    In “Owner’s Share,” Mr. Larks and Ishmael are discussing his options. Mr. Larks makes the suggestion that “If you’re serious about sailing about the galaxy, then think about maybe buying a yacht, something in the one ton range.”


    Does anyone else find this size to be just a WEE bit small? Think about it. We are talking about a completely self-sustained environment here. Even if we completely disregard the weight of fuel, water, food, etcetera – a ONE TON ship? Scale down all the items needed for a yacht (controls, filters, scrubbers, air, engines, generators for electricity, and so on) so that it will fit into a ship of this weight and you do NOT have a yacht. You don’t even have a shuttle. You have, maybe, a heavy-duty work-suit, or possibly a station maintenance drone, or something closer to that size – at best.

    Personally, I have to believe that this is some kind of typo and not what you really meant. I think the word “kiloton” would be a better fit than “ton,” but … (or would even that size be a bit on the smaller side?)

    Not bad-mouthing the book(s) (although I hate what you did to the characters in this one), but every now and then something pops up that makes me go “WTF?”

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