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Airman by Eoin Colfer

Airman (2008)

by Eoin Colfer

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Too much politics & intrigue, not enough about the desire to fly or the workshop, hardly any wit or humor. Didn't feel like a Colfer book at all. [b:The Supernaturalist|45432|The Supernaturalist|Eoin Colfer|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1233460677s/45432.jpg|1019140] was more sophisticated than Artemis Fowl but at least it still had fun bits.
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
This was a fun read. There were heroes and villains doing truly heroic and villainous things in an imaginary setting. The story engaged me from beginning to end. It is listed as teen fiction, but I enjoyed it. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
Irish author Eoin Colfer, creator of the Artemis Fowl series, spins a classic adventure story set in the fin de siècle era on the Saltee Islands off the coast of Ireland. In this story, the Saltees are home to a fictional sovereign kingdom which bases its economy on diamond mining. The protagonist of the story is Conor Broekhart who is friend of the daughter of the island's progressive, American-born king. Conor shows an early proclivity towards science and engineering and when he is 14 he is framed for the murder of the king and sent to prison/mining colony. It's up to young Conor to escape from prison and save the kingdom through his knowledge of flying machines. The outcome is never in doubt but Colfer spins an entertaining yarn with a lot of action and many memorable characters. John Keating does a magnificent job of narrating this escapist story. ( )
  Othemts | Apr 2, 2015 |
I listened to this as an audio book and enjoyed the narrator. This is classified as a kids book and I guess it is... But I like kids book like this especially in audio as the excitement and adventure packed into them remind me of what helped build my love for reading as a youngster.
As an adult some unfolding events are predictable, but the way they play out is quite enjoyable.
Young Connor is brave and smart which ends up getting him into trouble. He lands in a slave prison and spends 2 years planning his escape and return to his family and position. His love of flying, (beginning with his birth in a hydrogen balloon) helps him on his way.
I really liked the story and you can't help but root for Connor and his friends ( )
  jldarden | Oct 24, 2013 |
Conor Broekhart has grown up as the best friend of the princess of the Saltee kingdom (an imaginary kingdom off of Ireland). But when he discovers a conspiracy to kill the king, the real traitor captures him and sends him to a prison camp to mine diamonds in obscurity. Conor must use his genius for flight to escape the prison and rescue the princess. Conor is much like a 19th century steampunk Artemis Fowl. Colfer delivers his usual book - fun, delightful, and humorous. Definitely a treat for fans of non-dystopia non-paranormal-romance YA. (YAY! for something different!) I'd say this book is appropriate for 5th - 8th graders. ( )
  The_Hibernator | May 13, 2013 |
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One dark night on the island of Great Saltee, fourteen-year-old Conor is framed for a terrible crime he didn't commit. Thrown into prison by the dastardly Hugo Bonvilain, Conor is trapped in a sea swept dungeon and branded a traitor. He must escape and clear his name; he wants his old life back - his family, his friends...and his princess. Conor knows there is only one way out. It's an impossible task, which has never been done before. But Conor is determined to do it. He'll have to fly. Swashbuckling new fiction from the amazing Eoin Colfer, ideal for readers aged 11+.

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In the late nineteenth century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds under brutal conditions while he plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine that he must design, build, and, hardest of all, trust to carry him to safety.… (more)

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