Retribution Falls

Retribution Falls

Book - 2011
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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 ...
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2011]
Edition: Spectra trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780345522511
0345522516
Branch Call Number: FIC/WOODING
Characteristics: 461 p. ; 21 cm.

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droou
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.

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Glokta
Jun 04, 2015

This proved a surprisingly fun read. It takes places in a steampunk world so there are airships and clockwork mechanisms and the society is pseudo Victorian era. The airship "Ketty Jay" is home to a band of misfits and dysfunctional people each running away from their past. The TV show "Firefly" and the Locke Lamora books by Scott Lynch seem to be definite influences. There is that whole Firefly feel of people from widely differing backgrounds forced together by circumstance having to survive together and that Locke Lamora sense of banter and living at the edges of the law, although these characters have a good deal less "expertise" then the characters in the Lamora books and instead get by via stubbornness and force of personality. It's a good fast paced adventure that's easy to get into and has an enjoyable cast of rogue characters who are well developed. Worthy light summer reading for sure. And there are 3 more books in the series so far if you like this one.

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MPHPL_Chris
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.

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bhambrowns
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!

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jpmm
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.

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Faelith
Mar 23, 2012

Very interesting, highly recommended. Read it. Period.

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

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fathertaylor
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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tgabriel_0
Apr 05, 2017

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