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The Black Lung Captain (Tales of the Ketty Jay #2)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  2,152 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Chris Wooding, author of the thrilling novel Retribution Falls, returns to a fantastical world of spectacular sky battles and high-flying heroics for another epic adventure.

Deep in the heart of the Kurg rainforest lies a long-forgotten wreck. On board, behind a magically protected door, an elusive treasure awaits. Good thing Darian Frey, captain of the airship Ketty Jay, h
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Paperback, 536 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Spectra (first published July 1st 2010)
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Nataliya
The Black Lung Captain continues the story of a rogue and irresistible to women airship pilot/small-time smuggler, setting out with his crew on the adventures full of fun and debauchery... Sounds familiar?



...and this time, they are chasing a mysterious and powerful artifact that is about to fall in the wrong hands. Again, sounds familiar?


(Do you know how much I love Harrison Ford? Let me give you a hint. My card is a Ford. It has a name. My Ford is named Harrison. Yeah.)

Black Lung Captain, the
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Mimi
Nov 07, 2014 Mimi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes rollicking adventure tales
Still a lot of fun and action-packed, just like thefirst book.

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Mpauli
I read the first book about the crew of the air ship Ketty Jay last year and "Retribution Falls" was a 5 star read for me.
As this book takes all the ingredients the first one had it won't be surprising that I enjoyed the second installment as much as the first one.

For those of you who haven't heard of the series before, imagine the legendary tv show Firely in a Steampunk corsett.
There is a unique secondary world -so no pseudo-victorian scenario- which offers a lot of sense of wonder.

But by far t
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J.M.
Frey and his renegade crew of misfits did such amazing things in RETRIBUTION FALLS, I was wondering just how Wooding was going to top it. Well, he did, and then some, I might add! THE BLACK LUNG CAPTAIN is every bit as good as the first one. Now, I'm a but bummed the third "Ketty Jay" title, THE IRON JACKAL, isn't readily available here in the States just yet (the UK release was last October), because I wanted to sashay right into it (can one sashay while reading?). Unfortunately, that just ain' ...more
Irena
If you loved Retribution Falls, you would love this book too. Chris Wooding can write a great treasure-hunt adventure.

There are so many twists and turns in this story, that it is safe to say you will not catch a break even when you come really close to the end of the book. Make no mistake, this is not only a treasure hunt story. It gets so much depth through its characters and their suffering and growth, and the world with its political and religious intrigues and conspiracies.
While Retribution
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Traci
It took awhile for me to get into this one. It's been awhile since I read Retribution Falls and I was a little confused on who was who and what had happened in the first book. The reminders did come eventually but I do wish they had come a bit sooner.
The plot to this one never really grabbed me. The villain was blah. The Mane were interesting. But mostly this was more of a character driven story. And for the most part I love the characters. Although Crake and Jez are my clear favorites. And thei
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Jason
Wow, for a second novel in a series with many to come, Black Lung Captain did not suffer the normal sophomore blues. Once again, we are taken on a non-stop rollicking space cowboy, steampunk adventure. The whole cast from Retribution Falls is back in another Tale of the Ketty Jay. I felt like I was reading about The Serenity from Firefly, one of my favorite movies and quickly cancelled TV series.

In this novel we get more back story on the captain and his crew, and all the richer it makes this s
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Mark
In reviewing the first book of this series, I wrote that it's fun to read a book that knows what it wants to be and then is exactly that. The Black Lung Captain, book #2 in the series, also knows what it wants to be and is exactly that. It has been a treat.

As a bonus, this second book even has character development, possibly even more than the first book. Most of the crew of the Ketty Jay goes through some kind of growth arc as the book goes along. Often you find that a series kind of gets stati
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
More thrilling twists and turns and character conundrums for the reader to keep up with. Very enjoyable. I didn't always like what happened, but I definitely was hooked and wanted to keep reading. All in all, a successful follow up to Retribution Falls. I recommend it.

Reviewed for Bitten by Books. http://bittenbybooks.com.
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Fun swashbuckling adventure. Should probably be read while drinking a glass of Captain's and Coke for fully immersive enjoyment. The characters grew on me as they went through more tribulations and started to transform with experience, even Frey. One I need to add to my own library, because it deserves a second read.
Algernon
Black Lung Captain is the confirmation that Retribution Falls was no one-hit-wonder. The ragtag band of outsiders and misfits embark here on new adventures that will bring upon them uncounted perils rather than the fame and fortune they were aiming at.

The McGuffin in this caper is a myterious artefact / doom device found and lost again in an abandoned dreadnought. Captain Darian Frey has his work cut out as he struggles to recover the artefact, keep his crew from coming apart under pressure, and
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My Awful Reviews
There's not too much to say about The Black Lung Captain that I haven't already said about Retribution Falls. The main difference between the two novels seems to be that The Black Lung Captain is much deeper and more of a character driven novel than Retribution Falls. This doesn't mean that there's less action, or that there's less humor. All it really means is that Wooding took advantage of the fact that he's got characters that are flawed, and gave them a chance to deal with their problems.

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Nathan
From my blog.

Damn it Mr Wooding, you almost put me in tears again! And with a Golem! How can a writer get so much beauty from a giant metal shell?

Ahem. Anyway, Black Lung Captain picks up after Retribution Falls, following ragtag crew of the Kitty Jay. It is most assuredly a book from a series, you must read RF first(and if you haven't, get on it). The book could be classified as steampunk, though it is not focused on the tech at all, and unlike most steampunk lives on its own world.

It reads li
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colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
3 1/2

This is a book which, for me, may have suffered a bit from heightened expectations. I rather enjoyed the first book, despite its flaws, and was told from a few people that the second one was even better, so I sort of expected to be blown away. However, even though the second is also a good book, I didn't really feel that there was a marked improvement from the first, so I ended up feeling a little let down, overall.

As I said, there are some good things that happen in the book. I particularl
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Sookie
I love the sequel than the first book for how Wooding doesn't ride on coat tails of his first book and does what second sequels are supposed to do: expand the world, grow the characters and give an adventure better than the first time. We meet the characters one year after Retribution falls - they are broke as ever but closer as a crew. Their new job screams of an adventure that's hair breadth away from going south but Frey wants to do it anyway.

With an adventure to look forward to, politics of
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zxvasdf
Funny, steampunkesque, engrossing, and vividly imagined, this adventure of Darien Frey, Captain of the Ketty Jay, doesn't disappoint. From the hilarious beginning to the woeful confessions of painful secrets, and its satisfying conclusion, it is quite a ride, indeed. Chris Wooding has masterfully woven many themes together to create a meaty, fast paced read. Comedy. Love. Pain. You'll get it all.

The crew members of the Ketty Jay have one thing in common. They all have secrets, and they ask no qu
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Sam
The Black Lung Captain
by Chris Wooding
Gollanz Books
ISBN: 978-0-575-08518-3
• Sam Hawksmoor review
Take the cynical qualities of Indian Jones mix it with the movie Serenity and an eclectic gun-toting crew and you have the thrilling mix of Captain Frey and his oddball crew aboard the Ketty Jay. Set in a swashbuckling alien world where pirates have spaceships and the evil enemy are pretty darn similar to the flesh eating Reavers that the crew of Serenity faced, not to mention a female character Jez w
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Alytha
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Laurel
I'd like to give this 4.5 stars! its a marked improvement from the first book - not that the first was bad. Not at all. The reason this is so much better is because the characters we fell for in the first book become fleshed out in startling and pleasing ways. It feels as if the author has hit is stride, become sure of the voice he wishes to convey. All in all, its a wonderful romp with heartfelt characters that you will root for. Can't wait to read the sequel!
Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)

This book, being the 2nd in the Tales Of The Ketty Jay series, is everything that the first one was...Which is really, really, reeeeeeeally, good.

I could ramble on and on about all the wonderful things...about the characters, their interactions with one another, the adventure, the thrill, the setting and the fights...

But I wont.

Just read the bloody books. You'll be glad you did.
Michael Sphar
I liked Retribution Falls, the first book in these tales of the crew of the Ketty Jay, I'd probably even say I really liked it, but I don't think I could say that I loved it. With this follow-up book, Black Lung Captain, Wooding improves on its predecessor considerably.

I'm not sure I can put my finger on what's different. Honestly, it may just be that because now I'm starting out already knowing the characters and understanding the setting, so there's less distraction of me thinking "Wait, they'
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Nicholas
**This is a First Reads winner review.**

This is the second book in the "Tales of the Ketty Jay" series. I started reading this one without having read the first book, Retribution Falls. After getting a little into the book I realized that I should read the first book first. There were some spoilers, and the fact that certain characters were present in the second book detracted from any suspense I would have experienced when reading the first book. So I strongly recommend that anyone reading the
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Neil Pearson
Retribution falls was one of the most entertaining reads I've had in a long while and its sequel, Black Lung Captain, manages to surpass it. While I liked the characters in Falls, the sequel actually made me care about them too. The book has a brisk pace from start to finish and there's never a dull moment with a perfect blend of action, comedy and drama. I was really surprised to see what I thought were going to be two long running character arcs concluded in a surprising yet logical way but I ...more
Franck
Great book! Pure fun from start to finish, with not a single boring or filler chapter to complain about (this was something that bothered me a bit in the first book. I enjoyed it but there were some scenes that I had to force myself to read through).

Chris Wooding's work on character development in this one is absolutely great. He takes a pretty basic cast and in the span of 400 pages manages to make us fall in love with almost all of them (even the ones that are supposed to be the villains).

This
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Marcus Gipps
Sequel to last year's Retribution Falls (http://marcusgipps.livejournal.com/58...), which I enjoyed greatly. It was shortlisted for the Clarke award, as well, so it wasn't just me. A hugely fun, straightforward romp (although straightforward implies a lack of plot twists, which isn't true at all). I was really looking forward to this one - as the previous review says, Wooding has a habit of writing one-off books, and although I've lost track of the number of times I've finished a Gollancz book o ...more
Billthebloody
Sep 16, 2010 Billthebloody rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Firefly / Crimson Skies / Steampunk
Shelves: fantasy
Oh yeah! I loved the first book in this series, (Redemption Falls) and the second builds upon and expands the story and characters further. Again the story is fast, humorous, dark and full of action. Captain Darian Frey is a compelling lead with wisecracks aplenty, his crew still the loveable, damaged reprobates from the first book. This story follows Frey and the crew being hired to recover treasure from a crashed ship in a forsaken, monster and sub-human infested jungle. Of course it's not tha ...more
Jess
All right, I've had enough of Captain Darian Frey. I plan on reading The Iron Jackal eventually, as well as The Ace of Skulls upon its release in September, but Frey can shove his daemon-thralled cutlass up his arse. Why are these books even about him? With such a great character in Grayther Crake, Chris Wooding truly doesn't need to allot quite so many pages to Frey and his warped sense of heroism.

Frey and his crew stood with [the Century Knights]. [...] Maybe it was because he needed to do som
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Rob
The first thing I’d say about The Black Lung Captain is that you MUST go out and read it, but before that, read Retribution Falls. I’ll wait. Good, you’re back. See, wasn’t that good? So, here we are, the second book in what seems like it could be an open-ended series and though it can stand on its own, what makes reading Retribution Falls before this one a good idea is you can appreciate just how great Chris Wooding is at character. The depth, believability, and perhaps most importantly, likeab ...more
William
I enjoyed "Retribution Falls" a lot and the second book in Chris Wooding's "Firefly goes Steampunk" series is even more entertaining than the first. I think the second instalment had better character development than the first, Jez and Crake in particular have interesting story arcs in this one and Darian Frey is a more interesting character in this as he becomes a bit less self-absorbed. The supporting cast is decent as well, although Pinn struggles to be a complex enough character to sustain h ...more
Ogden
The novel is in every way an improvement upon Retribution Falls, except for one: dear captain Darian Frey has become pussy-whipped to the point of ridiculous. His mooning over the long-lost ladylove Trinica Dracken was rather endearing and even somewhat entertaining in Retribution Falls, but in the Black Lung Captain he completely loses it.

However, Darian Frey's idiocy aside, the book is essentially a Firefly + Gentlemen Bastards, and while it's not quite as awesome as either of those two, it's
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Chris Wooding grew up in a small town in Leicestershire, where not much of anything happened. So he started to write novels. He was sixteen when he completed his first. He had an agent by eighteen. By nineteen he had signed his first book deal. When he left university he began to write full-time, and he has been doing it professionally all his adult life.

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