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Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay Book 1) (editie 2011)

door Chris Wooding (Auteur)

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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 ...… (meer)
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Titel:Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay Book 1)
Auteurs:Chris Wooding (Auteur)
Info:Spectra (2011), 482 pages
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***Reasons I want to read this book:***
1. the cover.
2. I saw the word heist.
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
It's Steampunk Firefly/Serenity with a little bit of Full Metal Alchemist thrown in. ( )
  richvalle | Jul 11, 2021 |
Not exactly steampunk and not really dieselpunk - Retribution Falls has its own little niche. Excellent expansive world building with a well chosen group of characters that all have their own idiosyncrasies, agendas and stories. It's a ragtag ship with its crew of misfits held together by a freebooter captain who plays hard and fast with the law and the truth. Sound familiar? While the Ketty Jay may invite comparisons to The Serenity there are definite differences. However, the similarity is certainly not one that breeds contempt. If you like Firefly, you should try this but don't expect fan fiction and don't spend your time deciding which character could match to another. You really should enjoy the book for what it is and I think you'll find it pleasantly reminds you of the show. As a bonus Chris is continuing to write in the series. The second book is out with the third one coming this year. ( )
  JefftheYoung | Jun 30, 2021 |
Deze bespreking is geschreven voor LibraryThing Vroege Recensenten.
Full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

At first glance, Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding sounded like a sure bet. Sky pirates? I’m there. Steampunk setting? Count me in. Endless rave reviews from a dozen fantastic authors (Joe Abercrombie in particular) sealed the deal. Unfortunately, the resulting book doesn’t quite live up to those high expectations.

Retribution Falls tells the story of a ship called the Ketty Jay, captained by one Darian Frey and crewed by a collection of misfits and rejects, all of whom are hiding secrets and running from something in their past. Frey is a paranoid, selfish drunk, who seems only to keep a crew so that he can run the jobs that pay for his drink, drugs and card games. Frey only really cares about his ship, and jealously guards the ignition codes from anyone and everyone, even when the life of one of his crew members is at stake in an early scene.

After escaping a close scrape at the start of the book, Frey’s luck seems to be looking up when he’s given a plum job with an assured payout of fifty thousand ducats. He eagerly accepts, and only when the job goes horribly wrong does it become clear that he’s been set up. The rest of the book is spent with Frey and his crew alternately running from the law and trying to unravel the mysterious conspiracy that chose Frey and his crew as its scapegoats. Along the way, Frey slowly learns to trust his crew members, and we begin to uncover some of the events that drove each of them into the outlaw life.

As I read, the book slowly grew on me, but it took a really long time getting there. I read the first one-hundred pages in fits and starts over a month, and only really started to feel invested around the two-hundred page point of the book, when we finally start getting a glimpse into the mysterious backstories of Crake, the ship’s daemonist, and Jez, the apparently immortal navigator.

However, it wasn’t so much that I was starting to like the characters; it was simply that I was curious enough about their backstories to keep reading. As a rule, the characters in Retribution Falls are archetypes that never quite rise above their origins. If you stick around long enough to make it to the end, they do become slightly more interesting and/or sympathetic. Unfortunately, far too much of the book is spent with unlikeable characters who only reveal questionable past actions, or ciphers who hold their mysteries (and personalities) too close to their chests.

One of the most glaring problems this book faces is its striking similarity to a certain late, lamented scifi/western TV series about a band of misfits running from the law in their ramshackle spaceship. You know how Amazon recommends similar products on their pages? Here it doesn’t quite apply. If you liked Firefly, you’ll probably have a hard time escaping unfavorable comparisons when reading this book. With better character development and more detailed world-building, Retribution Falls might have risen above such easy accusations of similarity, but as it is it reads more like a pale imitation of better things.

Strangely enough, despite the tone of this review, when I was done with the book I felt like I might be interested in reading another installment in this series, in the hopes that later volumes would tighten up the storytelling and better develop returning characters. Ultimately, the honest truth is that if this was a library book I probably would have returned it unfinished after reading fifty pages. I really only gave it a chance to redeem itself because it was a review copy. ( )
  unsquare | Feb 16, 2021 |
Think Pirates of the Caribbean but with airships. That's how Retribution Falls, the first book in Chris Wooding's Tales of the Ketty Jay, felt to me.

Captain Frey knows this opportunity is too good to be true. Fifty thousand ducats to steal a chest of gems is unheard of! That's just too much money to pass up though. Even though he knows it's a bad idea, Frey takes the job. He and his crew plan the heist that will make them all very, very rich. Until, that is, the heist goes wrong and the freighter they are targeting blows up leaving the crew of the Ketty Jay as prime suspects.

This book has a lot of things going for it. I liked the concept. The world building is interesting, similar enough to Earth to be familiar while also being completely different. Retribution Falls definitely is Tortuga for airships as an example. I see this book categorized as "steampunk" a lot though I'm not sure that's accurate since nothing is steam powered and nor did it seem to take inspiration from Victorian styles. Retro-futuristic with some magic might be closer.

The Ketty Jay is crewed by an odd mix of misfits. Led by the selfish and cowardly Captain Darian Frey, each crew member's history is gradually revealed throughout the story. Frey is a womanizer and terrible poker player. Jez the navigator doesn't seem to require normal human needs. The doctor is an alcoholic who is refuses to perform surgery. A passenger, who is also a daemonist, has paid his way with an enchanted sword. There are a couple of pilots and the silent but loyal engineer who can fix anything. Also a golem named Bess and the ship's cat, Slag. While their backgrounds are interesting and lay a great foundation for some fun personalities, mostly they didn't live up to their potential and none of them a really that likable other than Bess and Slag. Especially Bess. I was just starting to warm up to the rest of the crew by the end so perhaps it gets better with the rest of the series.

The story takes a while to get going. Once the main plot is set in motion and everything goes sideways, it turns into a fun little romp for the Ketty Jay crew to stay just ahead of the hangman's noose while they figure out what went wrong. It's a fairly standard story of this type, a little predictable in places, but still made for an entertaining tale. ( )
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» Andere auteurs toevoegen (7 mogelijk)

AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Chris Woodingprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Degas, RupertVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Martiniere, StephanArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Pennington-McNeil, DreuOmslagontwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Zucker, Christopher M.OntwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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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 ...

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