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Retribution Falls: A Tale of the Ketty Jay [Kindle Edition]

Chris Wooding
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Short-listed for the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award "If Robert Louis Stevenson and Patrick O'Brian had teamed up to write a rollicking fantasy, Chris Wooding's Retribution Falls would be the result. Pirates, sky-ships, and golems are just the trappings for a far-flung adventure of stunning imagination and brilliant craftsmanship. I've already booked passage for the next flight of the Ketty Jay...long may she sail!"--James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Altar of Eden "Beautifully crafted prose and some remarkably imaginative scenes ...and Wooding's sprawling, multifaceted world and rough-and-tumble action will delight steampunk fans." -"Publisher's Weekly, starred review """Retribution Falls" picks you up, whisks you swiftly and entertainingly along, and sets you down with a big smile on your face." -Joe Abercrombie, author of "The Last Argument of Kings ""A fast exhilarating read . . . the kind of old fashioned adventure I di

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A fast, furious, tongue-in-cheek SF romp.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1314 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (18 Jun 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575085169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575085169
  • ASIN: B002U3CCGU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 23 Feb 2009
By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Retribution Falls is the first novel in The Tales of the Ketty Jay, which promises to be a series of semi-stand-alone novels set in the same world and focusing on the crew of the airship Ketty Jay and its crew of miscreants and scoundrels. If I had to provide a quick soundbite for this it would be Firefly meets Crimson Skies, with a dash of Locke Lamora sprinkled on top.

Darian Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, a battered old freighter which he keeps running by the skin of his teeth, by accepting jobs on the dubious side of the law and trying not to get into too much trouble. When Frey is offered the chance of a lifetime - an easy theft in return for a massive fortune - he overrides his common sense and accepts the job. When it goes hideously wrong and a lot of people die, Frey realises he has been set up, and must prove his innocence even though he and his crew are now Public Enemy #1. Frey's quest to redeem himself takes him and his crew through multiple aerial dogfights, double-crosses, high society soirees and lowlife gambling dens. At the same time we get to know his crew, from the troubled new navigator harbouring a dark secret to the former aristocrat-turned-demon-summoner to the alcoholic ship's surgeon to the powerful and dangerous metal thing they keep in the hold...

Occasionally a book comes along which takes the concept of fun and turns it up to 11. Retribution Falls is one such book. The story powers along at a relentless, page-turning pace. The characters are a diverse and fascinating bunch and Wooding uses skillful economy in getting into their backstories and motivations quickly and convincingly without bogging the story down in unnecessary detail.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I have a confession to make about this book. 19 Dec 2009
By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
My confession about this book is that I really didn't like it for about the first 100 pages. And I really wanted to like it because a friend had gone to a lot of trouble to send the book to me. He liked it, a lot. So what was wrong? I picked it up and put it down three different times. I didn't like the characters, not a single one of the motley crew of dysfunctional malcontents. My favorite characters so far were Bess the golem and Slag the cat. Not a ringing endorsement there. I didn't see much sense in where the story was headed, mainly because I didn't see WHERE the story was headed. It just seemed to ramble and wobble around, getting the crew in and out of one scrape after another. Then something happened. For me it was that the author made me interested in the captain of the aircraft, Darian Frey, and I began to wonder why he had been set up to take the blame for something he had not done. From then on, the action in this book simply flew. The mishmash of disconnected characters began to come together into a cohesive unit to try to help each other out of the troubles they were constantly landing in. They began to seem like people who deserved to be liked, people who had to clear up this terrible wrong by whatever means was at their disposal.

I ended up absolutely loving this book. The crew went from one disaster after another and yet they were always focused on their final objective, which was to prove their innocence. With their awful luck, success was never a certainty. The author, Chris Wooding, created quite an unusual mixture in his fantasy world. The aircraft in the story, including Frey's Ketty Jay, were the most otherworldly things in the book while the pirates still fought with cutlass, knife, pistol, and shotgun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riproaring adventure in a Steampunk world 2 Oct 2012
By Kevin Trebell TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Retribution falls is the first in the "Tales of the Ketty Jay" series of books, of which there have been three thus far.

It tells the story of Darian Frey, Merchant, Smuggler, Scoundrel, his much loved battered old ship the Ketty Jay and his crew of misfits. The first in the series introduces us to Frey and his world and to his crew and builds the cast and characters, who they are and how they got there setting up the series whilst being an excellent and exciting adventure of betrayal and intrigue.

I decided to give this a go as I was looking for something fresh and new to read in the sci-fi or fantasy genre and saw this was very popular and doing well, and I noted the oft stated appeal to fans of Firefly and ordered it.

At first I was a little surprised. I'd half expected it to be set in space and for the Ketty Kay to be a spaceship (why I expected it to actually be firefly I've no idea) but I quickly got absorbed by the story and the world and in no time was in love with it. No lasers, no spaceships, a steampunk world of airships and guns and swords and utterly compelling for it. The world of Vardia is more than big enough for these adventures and provides a wonderful setting, mixing magic and a steampunk world of airship and dogfighting planes, rapidly moving the story through a host of settings and scenes and evoking a feeling of a vast world with as much variety as our own.

I absolutely loved this and went on to read the whole series in a few weeks, I really couldn't put the Kindle down when I was reading them. As a fan of adventure and Sci-Fi and, yes, Firefly, I couldn't recommend it enough, it's my favourite series of the last few years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... but thank God i did its just a gloriously fun and exciting
I dont know what made me pick up this book but thank God i did its just a gloriously fun and exciting read
Published 27 days ago by wyrdy the gerbil
4.0 out of 5 stars Retribution Falls: Swashbuckling Fun
I’ve read reviews of this novel where it is compared to the TV series “Firefly”. Such comparisons are probably inevitable, given the types of characters created by Chris Wooding... Read more
Published 1 month ago by decco999
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read for a holiday
Enjoyable, fairly lightweight read.
Published 2 months ago by bluebelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best one of the series excellent
Published 3 months ago by paul wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An excellent read. I've now read the first two books in the series and look forward to reading the rest.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as the reviews
Very good read and starts a series well. Looking forward to next book which I trust will be as good as first. Solid characters and a solid plot
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Published 4 months ago by rob watkins
4.0 out of 5 stars A Spiffing Tale
Good old escapism novel containing all the elements of myth; fantasy; humour and ease of read. Thank you, I will now download book 2
Published 6 months ago by US TV Couch Potato
2.0 out of 5 stars One star for effort, and one for the Golem
Trying hard to be a rip-roaring adventure set in a nameless world – this is Steampunk. I never quite got on with steampunk. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Eileen Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars If Firefly's cancellation left a hole in your life....
If Firefly's cancellation left a hole in your life then here is a great steampunk replacement, page turning action with some nice humour too... All with a slightly dark edge
Published 10 months ago by N W MacKenzie
3.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't finish it
No matter how well written or wheel drawn, or well imagined, I can't face a book that has nothing but venal, self centred and self serving characters. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brunneria
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