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Chris Wooding BA
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20 Oct 2011

Things are finally looking good for Captain Frey and his crew. The Ketty Jay has been fixed up good as new. They've got their first taste of fortune and fame. And, just for once, nobody is trying to kill them.

Even Trinica Dracken, Frey's ex-fiancée and long-time nemesis, has given up her quest for revenge. In fact, she's offered them a job - one that will take them deep into the desert heart of Samarla, the land of their ancient enemies. To a place where the secrets of the past lie in wait for the unwary.

Secrets that might very well cost Frey everything.

Join the crew of the Ketty Jay on their greatest adventure yet: a story of mayhem and mischief, roof-top chases and death-defying races, murderous daemons, psychopathic golems and a particularly cranky cat.

The first time was to clear his name. The second time was for money. This time, Frey's in a race against the clock for the ultimate prize: to save his own life.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (20 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575098066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575098060
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Wooding grew up in a small town in the Midlands, where nothing very interesting happened. So he started to write. His first book contract was signed at age nineteen. By the time he left university he was working as a full time author and he has been writing professionally all his working life. Only in his early 30s, Chris Wooding is the author of eighteen books that have been translated into twenty languages. His books have won the Nestlé Smarties Silver Award and the Bram Stoker Award, among others, and have been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. He also writes for TV and film, and his first graphic novel is being published in 2012.

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A big slice of non-stop, action-packed, wise-cracking fun from the Ketty Jay, and Captain Darien Frey.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting better and better 26 July 2012
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Enjoyed Book one, loved book two and running out of Stars for book 3. If these keep improving the way they do, god only knows how I am going to put down book 4 when it comes out.

The strength of Woodings writing lies in his character development, as you slowly get to know more about the characters you fall in love with them all even more.

The Crew are starting to gel now, and it is good to see such strong bonds developing. Frey and Crake in particular are building a believable and solid friendship, and the crew as a whole is now one that knows that each member can rely on every other. Silo gets some strong development here, and Jez too grows as a character - starting to explore her Mane side. I am really enjoying seeing where she goes with this, and am intrigued to know how Wooding will continue this without her losing herself and going to far.

Malvery too has grown in this book - looking forward to seeing more of the heroic side of the doc.

The best part is all this character and development happens alongside a cracking story which keeps you hooked from start to finish. All I need now is a time machine so I don't have to wait for the next installment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadens the Horizons 17 Dec 2011
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The Iron Jackal is the third book in Chris Wooding's 'Tales of the Ketty Jay' series, following Retribution Falls: Tales of the Ketty Jay (Tales of the Ketty Jay 1) and The Black Lung Captain: Tales of the Ketty Jay. If you haven't read either of the previous novels I would highly recommend tackling them both before picking up this third adventure. Not only are they both great reads, its also important to understand past events to put those in the Iron Jackal into their proper context.

After the sublime 'Black Lung Captain' I was worried that The Iron Jackal might be a let-down. It turns out those worries were unfounded. Whilst it doesn't quite hit the heights of its predecessor, this is another highly entertaining addition to the series that also succeeds in further broadening out the world in which the Ketty Jay and her crew exist.

The book offers the usual solid mix of character development, world building and an exciting, stand-alone plot. The latter kicks off when the crew of the Ketty Jay are hired to purloin an ancient relic from the Sammies and Captain Frey ends up under the threat of a deathly curse. What follows is a breathless mix of museum robberies, prison breaks, air races, desert chases, subterranean monsters and robot battles as the Ketty Jay crew attempt to lift the curse whilst staying alive.

Along the way we learn more about what makes Silo the taciturn engineer tick, Both Frey's and the daemonist Crake's romantic relationships go through various ups and (mostly) downs, Jez continues to come to terms with what she has become and Doc Malvery considers his future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Iron Jackal 24 Oct 2011
By NickB
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A straight 5 star because it offers exactly what it claims to offer. If you want to spend time in the company of richly developed, likeable characters, trying their best to 'muddle through' a `ripping yarn' in an increasingly interesting world then read the `Tales of the Ketty Jay'.

Having read Retribution Falls and the Black Lung Captain I confess to have been waiting impatiently for the Iron Jackal to be published. If you are familiar with the first two books then this one won't disappoint with a great story, plenty of well-written action and just the right degree of dry humour. To give away more detail would spoil the plot but enough to say this story reveals more about key characters and expands their world in new and interesting directions.

There are some books that people say `you can't put down' and this, for me, is one of them. My only concern is where Chris Wooding goes from here. This book opens up number of potential new directions and it will be interesting to see which get developed in the next novel. I now find myself torn. I really want to see certain plot lines resolved in what I desperately hope will be satisfying ways but that could mean the end of the series and I want to spend a lot more years in the company of these characters.

You keep writing the tales Mr Wooding (hopefully soon!) and I for one will keep reading them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb pulp adventure. 22 Mar 2014
By jess
Format:Kindle Edition
As the continued adventures of the Ketty Jay and her crew, this book doesn't let the series down and now I just can't wait to dive into ace of skulls. Just one thing I'd like to request.....someone please option this for a film or tv series!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kitty Jay Crew do it again! 22 Feb 2014
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I would highly recommend this set of books, the Crew of the Kitty Jay have had me riveted from the first book & I await, with baited breath the others in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great fun 11 Nov 2013
By J. Read
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if you like a bit of light hearted steam punk theses are the books for you go get the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really top notch stroy telling 27 Aug 2013
By Peter Miller VINE VOICE
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I read Retribution Falls, the first of the ketty Jay novels and enjoyed it. As the first book I had to get to know the characters and the world that they lived in and I enjoyed it immensely. With the second book one is already up to speed. and now with the thrid book you are feeling part of the crew.
Once again we are treated to action, adventure and double crossing all pover the place. The ragtag mixture of the Ketty Jay's crew become more of a team and we learn more of their background.
Basically the crew are hired to steal and artifact but then have to return it to the place that it was originally taken from. The resulting mayhem and convoluted chaos leaves one breathless and wanting more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Put the origanal title on the book
This book is misleading, it's was in print under another title, and sold by Amazon, why would I buy the book again???
Published 8 months ago by Ray Hedley
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
item is just what it said it was.good seller will buy again from this seller, very good buy quick delivery met with my expectations couldnt put down till i finnishedshed
Published 13 months ago by DOUGLAS JENKINS
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe this type of cyber punk is not for me
I started this novel and drifted off after a couple of chapters as I did not warm to the jokey type of characters. I may return when I have nothing else to read! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Mark A. Laborda
5.0 out of 5 stars Still going strong
The third book in the series is just as exciting as the previous 2. I look forward to The Ace of Skulls
Published 13 months ago by Smashed Pumpkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It's an adventure book. A Steam Punk book. After the last and more "heavy" Black Lung Captain, I was worried the series would get serious and pretensious. It didn't. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Salvador B. Da Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series I've read
I love this series. The characters are so well drawn and the pace of the books is perfect.

Looking forward to the final book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by pufferfish
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book if this is your thing!
This book was a recommendation and isn't normally the sort of title I would think of. It reminded me a little bit of the Flashman books, although the central character became a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jackie T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining novel!
The Iron Jackal is the third novel following the crew of the Ketty Jay, preceded by Retribution Falls and The Black Lung Captain. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark Chitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Iron jackal
An excellent read,if you liked SERENITY this is the book for you,but do try to read the series in the right order.
Published 19 months ago by Mr. David J. Bryan
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