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Airman | [Eoin Colfer]

Airman

In the 1890s Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boy's idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king.
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Conor Broekhart was born to fly. In fact, legend has it that he was born flying, in a hot air balloon at the Paris World's Fair.

In the 1890s Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boy's idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king. When Conor tries to intervene, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life, as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions.

There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So Conor passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines on the prison walls. The months turn into years; but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.

©2008 Eoin Colfer; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 03-07-08
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 03-07-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Another Eoin Colfer Winner"

    Another Eoin Colfer winner. This one will also appeal to adults versus most of his other works which aim more for young readers to teenagers.

    The story is a type of "Count of Monte Cristo" tale but with some wonderful twists and innovations. The story of early flying makes it real magic.

    The reader is awesome with just a little Irish accent to giving the reading flavor without making it difficult for your typical American, like me, to understand.

    Fun read and think it would make a great movie...

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    elizabeth marblehead, MA, United States 03-02-10
    elizabeth marblehead, MA, United States 03-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "adventure,charming atmosphere, worthy characters"

    The author of the Artemis Fowl series brings this story of an island kingdom from the last century alive with excitement. The requisite princess and hero start as babes and suffer through love, murder, greed, power hungry attacks,a prison like the Chateau D'If, and the imagination to want to fly. There are great characters who support the story throughout.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Donath LaFayette, NY USA 12-05-11
    K. Donath LaFayette, NY USA 12-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Very enjoyable!"

    I really enjoyed this book - not as good as Half-Moon or some of the Artemis books, but still entertaining. Classic Colfer quirky style. John Keating does an outstanding job of reading.

    Takes place in the late 1800's and Conor wants to fly. Actually, you could say he was born flying. Life is good for the young Conor - loving family, the king's favor (and the king's daughter too), and an inspiring tutor. But all is not well on the island when the king's enemy decides that Conor is a threat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen saluda, SC, United States 10-07-11
    Karen saluda, SC, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantasic Read"

    i really enjoyed this one! its SO worth getting and made for a quiet winter evening .

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    Raquel Aceves-Mittman Ramona, CA USA 12-13-10
    Raquel Aceves-Mittman Ramona, CA USA 12-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Super Story!"

    My kids and I couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen to this book! Great story. We were sorry when we were done with it...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Hope, BC, Canada 05-02-14
    Connie Hope, BC, Canada 05-02-14 Member Since 2010

    Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!

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    "interesting but a bit tedious, how can that be?"

    The plot is intriguing, I loved the narrator, but somehow the whole package moved a bit too slowly.

    Palace intrigue, the introduction of new technology…I was hopeful about this book. I did manage to finish it but it was a bit of a chore.

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    Enid McKitrick Gaithersburg, MD 11-03-09
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    "Brilliant"

    This is absolutely delightful. Good technical detail, absorbing plot, masterful narration, pleasurably suspenseful. Great book for family car trips, as both kids and adults loved it.

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    Justin Tallahassee, FL, USA 08-12-09
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    "Fell flat for me..."

    It may be that the Artemis Fowl books were SO amazing that I expected too much. It may have been John Keating's reading. I haven't heard him read before but it wasn't the greatest. The story lacked the adventure of the Artemis Series and the characters felt less developed... I actually got a strong overtone of a children's version of The Count of Monte Cristo, but The Count was better.

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    wildmon az 12-17-08
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    "count of monte cristo remake?"

    story line just reminded me to much of the count of monte cristo. still good in some parts, engaging enough to get through

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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