Retribution Falls

Retribution Falls

Tale of the Ketty Jay Series, Book 1

eBook - 2011
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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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
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 CoalitionNavy. 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 theheist 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 ...

Publisher: New York : Spectra, 2011
ISBN: 9780345522580

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Sep 17, 2019

The writing style is unquestionably evocative. Chris has a way of pulling you in with promising descriptions of settings and characters. Yet the actual story and characters end up being dull, unlikeable, and cliche beyond belief. I kept reading, hoping it would get better, but it remained persistently generic. I lost interest halfway through.

Apr 28, 2017

Love sci fi/Fantasy but this story was too slow to get going. I lost interest after reading the first few chapters and couldnt force myself to read anymore. The first 2 main characters in the story Frey and Crake are both unlikeable and boring, but I hung in until a more interesting character Jez came on board. However, by then I didnt really care what happened to any of them.

May 04, 2015

Fans of Firefly will have a lot of fun with this airship caper. Wooding does a great job building a fun and compelling world, and a motley cast of characters to learn to love. The first of a four book series, readers will find this book to be a broader introduction to a new world, with a lot of fast paced action and a healthy dose of character building. Highly recommended to fans of authors like Cherie Priest and Scott Lynch.

Apr 21, 2014

It's got a bunch of everything fun.. steampunk, action/adventure, sci-fi, witty humor, a bit or gore and a severely dysfunctional crew.. Highly recommend all the books in this series!

Apr 11, 2012

A good read. Some nice Steam Punk themes with lots of airships interspersed with guns, jet fighters & electricity without wasting time explaining the technology. Only downside is that a lot of the plot reads like an alternate setting for Firefly/ Serenity. That aside, I enjoyed it enough I am going to read the next Ketty Jay book.

Mar 23, 2012

Very interesting, highly recommended. Read it. Period.

Some minor plot holes and loose ends, but still a great read.

Jan 25, 2012

An enjoyable story. It builds nicely, although I never really felt as if the main characters were in any real danger. For the most part I was following the story to find out why the crew were together and if they could remain together. It also has an interesting technological and political background which I wanted to know more about.

Overall a worthwhile read.


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