Friday 28 August 2009


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 ...

Darian Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay and although he leads a small crew, the ship means more to him than any of them.

When a wealthy man hires him to steal valuables from a freighter called, Ace of Skulls, he thinks his luck is about to change. However, when the freighter explodes and it becomes apparent the freighter wasn't carrying cargo, Frey and his crew become the targets of the Coalition Navy and bounty hunters.

Trying to run for their lives and stay a step ahead to stay alive, they eventually begin to unravel the mystery of why Frey and his crew were framed. As well as uncover several hidden secrets, plots, adventure, and a good dose of danger while they're at it.

Retribution Falls is an interesting and different take on Sci-Fi that introduces the reader to a world of pirates and smugglers. It's fun, well-written, and each character has a past secret that they're running from.

Although I enjoyed this book because I liked the plot and pace in which the story unfolded, there was something that kept me from loving it. I'm not sure what it was, but I just didn't connect with it as much as I'd hoped. Still, it was an enjoyable read and the cover's beautiful!

Retribution Falls, August 2009, ISBN 0575085150, Gollancz Paperback

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