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Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding

Retribution Falls (2009)

by Chris Wooding

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Series: Tales of the Ketty Jay (1)

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I find myself stuck in the middle of the road about this book. I find that I simply disliked the main character. I'll grant that there was a lot of personal growth throughout the book and a lot of what I disliked about him also made him a much more realistic character than many other such characters in the genre (which is all good), but when it comes right down to it, I didn't enjoy the time I spent with him. Thus, I just didn't much enjoy the book.

It did have a lot of dry wit and humour in it. It did have an interesting crew and a lot of action and adventure. The writing was tight, if occasionally a bit repetitive. So, there is plenty to like here for another reader. But for me it was all overshadowed by my dislike of Frey (and by extension his treatment/the book's representation of women).*

When I checked this book out of the library, I also got the sequel (The Black Lung Captain) but I don't think I'll bother reading it. And that probably tells you as much as anything about where I stand on this book.

*Edit: This review highlights what I mean but am too lazy to pull together a coherent point.

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  SadieSForsythe | Feb 24, 2016 |
Really enjoyable romp. A touch of Firefly, a hint of Dune, some occult elements, and a decent chunk of shiver me timbers piracy. The story takes place on an unnamed and generally lawless planet of wildly varying environments where airships are the favoured means of travel, and the favoured targets of a variety of pirates, smugglers and assorted underworld figures. Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay and its motley crew of misfits, who are given a seemingly juicy target to plunder, but find it is a set-up and need to quickly hunt down whoever framed them before they are hanged for murder. Nothing startlingly original, but the story works well and is deftly handled. The pace is unrelenting, the characters believable and the denouement satisfying. Its not going to strain the intellectual faculties, but well worth a look. ( )
  drmaf | Oct 6, 2015 |
In some ways reminiscent of the space cowboys of "Firefly", these steampunk adventures of Frey and his rag tag crew on the Ketty Jay have something for everyone. Action, adventure, humor, heart - it is all here.
I came upon this book in a roundabout way - a friend of my daughter who has worked with us both recommended it to Becky. As usual, Bex had a 'to be read' list as long as the dead sea scrolls, so Kirsty suggested I read it first. Probably more my sort of book than Becky's to be honest, since she tends to shy away from anything even remotely sci-fi.
I wasn't sure when I took it, but soon got hooked. The fact I have now requested the two sequels speaks for itself! ( )
  Helen_Earl | Aug 6, 2015 |
This is basically steampunk Firefly. One complaint: the women in this novel are either hookers, psycho ex-girlfriends, or a supernatural zombie. I almost deducted another star for that. Otherwise, very much a romp by a bunch of antiheroes through space. ( )
  bug_girl | Jun 4, 2015 |
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Sky piracy is a bit out of Darian Frey’s league. Fate has not been kind to the captain of the airship Ketty Jay—or his motley crew. They are all running from something. Crake is a daemonist in hiding, traveling with an armored golem and burdened by guilt. Jez is the new navigator, desperate to keep her secret from the rest of the crew. Malvery is a disgraced doctor, drinking himself to death. So when an opportunity arises to steal a chest of gems from a vulnerable airship, Frey can’t pass it up. It’s an easy take—and the payoff will finally make him a rich man.

But when the attack goes horribly wrong, Frey suddenly finds himself the most wanted man in Vardia, trailed by bounty hunters, the elite Century Knights, and the dread queen of the skies, Trinica Dracken. Frey realizes that they’ve been set up to take a fall but doesn’t know the endgame. And the ultimate answer for captain and crew may lie in the legendary hidden pirate town of Retribution Falls. That’s if they can get there without getting blown out of the sky.

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Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So a hot tip on a cargo freighter loaded with valuables seems like a great prospect for an easy heist and a fast buck. Until the heist goes wrong, and the freighter explodes. Suddenly Frey isn't just a nuisance anymore - he's public enemy number one, with the Coalition Navy on his tail and contractors hired to take him down. But Frey knows something they don't. That freighter was rigged to blow, and Frey has been framed to take the fall. If he wants to prove it, he's going to have to catch the real culprit. He must face liars and lovers, dogfights and gunfights, Dukes and daemons. It's going to take all his criminal talents to prove he's not the criminal they think he is ...… (more)

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