Airman by Eoin Colfer

2008
05.10

airmanIn a fictional island kingdom off the Irish coast in the 1880’s, young Conor Broekhart leads a charmed life. As the beloved son of the head of King Nicholas’s sharpshooters, Conor is treated like royalty himself. He plays and plots with Princess Isabella, and learns self-defense and aeronautical design at the knee of the king’s best friend and Parisian scientist Victor Vigny. Together, they dream of creating the first heavier-than-air flying machine that will catapult man into the heavens. But all those dreams come to an abrupt end the day teenage Conor accidentally witnesses the double murder of his king and his adored tutor. Framed for the murders by the traitorous commander of the king’s army, Hugo Bonvilain, Conor is condemned to rot in an inescapable prison while his parents and Isabella are led to believe he is dead. At first, Conor wishes that were the case. But slowly, his resolve to escape grows until he fashions an outrageous plan that will either win his freedom or take his life. It is impossible to dig or swim your way off the prison island of Little Saltee. But if Conor’s plan works, he’ll just take to the air and fly…this historically flavored fantasy is pure white-knuckled pleasure from start to finish. Full swash-buckling swordplay, dizzying rescues from great heights and breathtaking escapes, Airman takes off quickly and lands with a satisfying thump. If you enjoy the adventures of Alex Rider, Matt Cruse, or even the clever machinations of Andy Dufresne, the brilliant hero of Stephen King’s Shawshank Redemption, then you’re going to want to book a flight with Conor Broekhart.

3 Responses to “Airman by Eoin Colfer”

  1. Lauren says:

    well i know im not a boy
    but i do like to the more exciting books
    my cousin basically forced me to read the alex rider series when i was visiting him im Ireland,
    but i ended up loving the series
    when i was reading this review, i kept thinking of how much it sounded like the alex rider books
    and when you compared the two, i got a bit excited
    haha
    i think i’ll take your advice and read this one
    thanks ;]

  2. Jill says:

    This is one of my favorite books. It reads like an alternate history, which, i suppose it is, but the action and suspense make it well worthwhile. Colfer’s one of my favorites anyway, but I found I had more trouble putting this one down than the Artemis Fowl books. Thanks for the review.

  3. Jen Hubert says:

    Hi Jill,

    Yes, I like this title much better than the Artemis Fowl books because it does seem like it could really happen!

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