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Retribution Falls: 09/10/16

Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding

Every book has its own natural pace for reading. Some can read in an hour. Some in a day. Some over a weekend. Most books I read take about a week to complete. But there are some for one reason or another that need to be taken in slow mode, taking a month or more.

Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding is one of those slow books. I needed four months with it, reading only a few pages a day to soak in the rich mixture of adventure, world building, intrigue, derring-do, and general mayhem. It's the first in the Tales of the Ketty Jay series and I have the second one on hand to spend another four months with (if needed).

Darian Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay with a crew of oddballs with sketchy backgrounds. He'd prefer to make his living taking jobs no one else wants but he hasn't been planning on piracy. That is until their last job goes horribly wrong and he and his crew are wanted men.

The bulk of the book is mad dash of trying to stay ahead of the authorities, trying to sort out what has really happened, and learning the reasons the crew all joined up. It's 461 pages that feel like 900 pages because no word and no phrase is wasted. It's high adventure that requires a close attention to detail.

Three stars

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