Friday, August 28, 2009

Airman by Eoin Colfer

Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Puffin Books
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: (audio)
Challenges: read your own books,
New-to-me author? Yes
Author's website

Simple Description
Conor Broekhart is a very intelligent boy. He is interested in flying and creating a flying machine. (oh yes..I'll mention that this book takes place at the end of the 19th century, so flying machines have not been invented yet. He is also very good friends with the princess and her father. The father has a French man come to their area to teach his daughter and Conor fighting techniques and schooling. One night, Conor sees Hugo, he is the marshal and a very bad man. He see's Hugo sneaking up some stairs to the King's chambers, so he follows. He witnesses Hugo killing the King and his teacher. When Conor is noticed, Hugo captures him. Hugo puts Conor on Little Salty Island and tells his parents and the princess that Conor is dead. For two years Conor is a prisoner on Little Salty Island. Here he has to dig for diamonds, figure out how to get in good with the Battering Rams so they don't beat him up and possibly kill him, and how to escape.

If he does escape, does he find his parents and explain that he didn't participate in the assassination of the King like they think? Or does he go to America and start life over?

Now what you really want to know…my thoughts:
First, I'll say that I don't think my description does the book justice, but I'm having an off day, so it's the best I can do right now. The book was really really good. I listened to it and the guy reading it does a great job. The story kept my interest, to the point that I didn't mind being stuck in traffic a couple of days because that meant I got to listen to the story longer. There were several times that I smiled and laughed too. You can't help but love Conor. He's a great character. You can't help but want him to escape and then confront Hugo and be re-united with his parents. This is definitely a story that I recommend to young adults and adults.

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Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by……Kris

1 comment:

Beth F said...

I've been curious about this series because I read the Artemis Fowl books. Your positive take on the audios has me convinced to give this one a try.