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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Feb. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BJ5TPD8
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Retribution Falls Audio Download – Unabridged
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well that was a lot of fun!
I really enjoyed the story and the way the characters were developed, with their back stories coming throughout the book. Read more
Great old fashioned adventure set against a background of piratical skullduggery and featuring a group of loveable rogues ... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melanie Jane
Simply put (and perhaps predictably from the title of my review), this book and the three equally wonderful reads that follow it are my favourite series of novels. Like, ever. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andy Clark
Took a while to start to enjoy this book as I gradually grew to like the characters the more they are developed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stokie Smith
Really easy to paint a picture in your head of the characters and to world they live in from how it's written. Very captivating throughout and a favourite of mine.Published 5 months ago by James Purnell
Well paced with good characterisation. Reminiscent of Fire Fly. A disparate group of losers who eventually, as a result of their trials and tribulations become a cohesive crew. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Susan Oke
Easy to read retro-futuristic adventure. Good pace and funny stereotypical characters without too many complications.Published 12 months ago by xurde72
A fun and entertaining novel that tears along at a fast pace. Nicely drawn characters and a well crafted world of steampunk and magic. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Top Tec