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The Black Lung Captain: Tales of the Ketty Jay: Bk. 2 (Tales of the Ketty Jay 2) by Chris Wooding
Gollancz Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780575085183
Date: 29 July 2010 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Uncorrected Proof Copy: The new novel from the immensely talented Chris Wooding, due from Gollancz later this month. Black Lung Captain is set in the same world as Wooding's Arthur C. Clarke Award nominated Retribution Falls, a book also acclaimed by The Guardian as one of their recommended 2009 Summer Reads and blurbed by Joe Abercrombie as being a novel that "...picks you up, whisks you swiftly and entertainingly along and sets you down with a big smile on your face." I've long been an admirer of Wooding's work and have no doubt this new one will garner equally impressive plaudits.

"Darian Frey is down on his luck. He can barely keep his squabbling crew fed and his rickety aircraft in the sky. Even the simplest robberies seem to go wrong. It's getting so a man can't make a dishonest living any more. Enter Captain Grist. He's heard about a crashed aircraft laden with the treasures of a lost civilisation, and he needs Frey's help to get it. There's only one problem. The craft is lying in the trackless heart of a remote island, populated by giant beasts and subhuman monsters. Dangerous, yes. Suicidal, perhaps. Still, Frey's never let common sense get in the way of a fortune before. But there's something other than treasure on board that aircraft. Something that a lot of important people would kill for. And it's going to take all of Frey's considerable skill at lying, cheating and stealing if he wants to get his hands on it . . . Strap yourself in for another tale of adventure and debauchery, pilots and pirates, golems and daemons, double-crosses and double-double-crosses. The crew of the Ketty Jay are back!"

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