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Airman [Hardcover]

Eoin Colfer
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3 Jan 2008

Conor Broekhart was born to fly. Or, more accurately, he was born flying. Little wonder he became what he became. In an age of discovery and invention, many dreamed of flying, but for Conor flight was more than just a dream, it was his destiny.

In one dark night on the island of Great Saltee, a cruel and cunning betrayal destroyed his life and stole his future. Now Conor must win the race for flight, to save his family and to right a terrible wrong . . .

Swashbuckling new fiction from the amazing Eoin Colfer, ideal for readers aged 10+.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; First Edition edition (3 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141383356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141383354
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.8 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times best-selling author

of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series as well as Airman; Half Moon

Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books;

The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He was born in

Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four

brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher,

historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first

developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with

gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in

school at the time.

Eoin got his degree from Dublin University and qualified as a primary

school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he

and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi

Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published

in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been

translated into many languages; a sequel followed in 1999. In 2001, the

first Artemis Fowl book was published worldwide to much success -

shortly thereafter he left teaching to concentrate fully on his writing.

To this day, Eoin has written 6 Artemis Fowl books which have sold over

12 million copies worldwide.

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Review

Praise for other books by Eoin Colfer:

'Wickedly brilliant' – Independent (on Artemis Fowl)

'Hugely entertaining' – Observer (on Artemis Fowl)

'A dystopian thriller that reads like The Matrix crossed with Oliver Twist'– The Times (on The Supernaturalist)

'A headlong techno fantasy . . . As ever, Colfer's story rattles along at a tremendous pace with a cast of eccentric and explosive characters' – Guardian (on The Supernaturalist)

'Unputdownable' – Irish Times (on Half Moon Investigations)

About the Author

Eoin Colfer was born and raised in Wexford in the south-east of Ireland, where he still lives with his wife and children. He began writing plays at an early age and, as an adult, continued to write. Artemis Fowl, his first book featuring the now world-famous young anti-hero, was an immediate international bestseller and won several prestigious awards. It was followed by four more hugely successful Artemis Fowl adventures, as well as the highly acclaimed The Supernaturalist, The Wish List and Half Moon Investigations, plus a series of books for younger readers.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eoin Colfer reaches new heights! 12 Jan 2008
Format:Hardcover
I have just finished reading Airman, and I must say, what a read! Colfer has proved that he is more than the flippant humour of Artemis Fowl, though he maintains the boyish appeal in this one. It is a thrilling, enjoyable book, with influences of Northern Lights, Jules Verne and Dumas abound; though since this story has an entirely original setting, there is a good smattering of what we might now call "Colfer" within!

Well done to him, and may this book enjoy the success it deserves!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The boy who could fly 15 Feb 2008
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Eoin Colfer is one of my favorite authors when it comes to children's books (make that young adult books) and I love the Artemis Fowl series and Half Moon Investigations. Airman was obviously and instant buy for me no matter what it was about. There's no magic or goblins in this one but there is a lot of fun and invention to be had with an alternate Irish history.

The books takes place in the Saltee Islands, which are actually part of Ireland, but are a separate country in book thanks to independence gained through a diamond mine fortune. The islands are a beacon of modern technology (the book is set in the 1880s) thanks to a benevolent king, a genius scientist and imaginative child named Conor. But when an evil Royal Guard assassinates the king he sets up Conor to take the fall and spend the rest of his life on the island's hellhole prison.

From this point on, the book takes a sort of Count of Monte Cristo twist with Conor assuming a new identity, learning all he can about being a formidable good guy and planning an elaborate escape through the use of manned flight.

It's very fasted-paced and you'll be unable to put the book down. Colfer's love of the Irish countryside and history is obvious once again, I can just imagine him out for a stroll deciding to use some enchanting little place he has discovered. The door is left open for a sequel of sorts, but I think it's just more of a deliberately ambiguous ending since tying up all loose ends would involve too much exposition. My second favorite non-Artemis Fowl book next to Half Moon Investigations.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colfer in history 1 Feb 2008
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The story of Conor Broekhart brings a new twist to the history of flight. Colfer brings the excitement of discovery, the tears of betrayal and hope of redemption to life with this book. I liked Conor's stay on Little Saltee best. I guess it was Conor's ability to keep hoping that impressed me the most.

I've liked all of his books thus far, and this book is no exception to that rule. Colfer's style of writing is highly readable and enjoyable.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rip-roaring lift off for new Dumas 8 May 2008
By A. Craig HALL OF FAME
Format:Hardcover
Much as we love the Artemis Fowl books, this is something finer. Conor Broekhardt is born in the air (readers who love this kind of thing should also look out for Kenneth Oppel's AIRBORN and SKYBREAKER, which have a similar premise)to his proud youg parents. At first sickeningly successful - he's brilliant at everything, including fencing, is made a knight at about 10 after rescuing the Princess of the Saltee Islands where his father is captain of the King's Sharpshooters - it all takes a wonderfully dark turn when the King is assasinated. Conor is set up to take the blame, believed dead and taken in an iron mask to Little Saltee where prisoners spend their lives digging for diamonds.

Here both his scientific mind and his prowess with a blade are life-saving. How he gets even hardened criminals on his side, gathers a fortune and escapes is too good to give away, but there is a wonderful buouyancy and sense of fun about these books which I don't believe any boy of 11+ could resist. We'd like a sequel please Mr Colfer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Put It Down 26 Feb 2009
By Angel
Format:Hardcover
Another brillent book from Eoin Colfer. A fast action book that may appeal to an older audience. A historical based story it holds the reader interested all the time, with lots of twists and turns that will make it hard for you to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a fabulous book! 15 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read Airman immediately after reading the latest Artemis Fowl book. I love Eoin Colfer and was once again amazed by his storytelling ability. The feel of the book is different from Artemis Fowl, as well as his other wonderful book The Wish List - it felt like an old classic - like Treasure Island or The Three Musketeers - although it was also completely accessible to a modern audience. With characters spanning the whole spectrum from very noble to very evil while still being believable, and exciting action and descriptions. I hope they make it into a movie - it think it would translate very well to the big screen
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4.0 out of 5 stars The boy who could fly 15 Feb 2008
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Eoin Colfer is one of my favorite authors when it comes to children's books (make that young adult books) and I love the Artemis Fowl series and Half Moon Investigations. Airman was obviously and instant buy for me no matter what it was about. There's no magic or goblins in this one but there is a lot of fun and invention to be had with an alternate Irish history.

The books takes place in the Saltee Islands, which are actually part of Ireland, but are a separate country in book thanks to independence gained through a diamond mine fortune. The islands are a beacon of modern technology (the book is set in the 1880s) thanks to a benevolent king, a genius scientist and imaginative child named Conor. But when an evil Royal Guard assassinates the king he sets up Conor to take the fall and spend the rest of his life on the island's hellhole prison.

From this point on, the book takes a sort of Count of Monte Cristo twist with Conor assuming a new identity, learning all he can about being a formidable good guy and planning an elaborate escape through the use of manned flight.

It's very fasted-paced and you'll be unable to put the book down. Colfer's love of the Irish countryside and history is obvious once again, I can just imagine him out for a stroll deciding to use some enchanting little place he has discovered. The door is left open for a sequel of sorts, but I think it's just more of a deliberately ambiguous ending since tying up all loose ends would involve too much exposition. My second favorite non-Artemis Fowl book next to Half Moon Investigations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars airman
very good book and really enjoyed it may start slow but is amazing really recommend it to anyone interested in reading
Published 29 days ago by Patrick Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
I got this thinking my son would like to read it, he likes other Colfer books, but he didn't want to even give it a try. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kate Adi
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is a fantastic book, Eoin has yet again produced an exciting and wonderful world to get lost in. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs S Gilbert
4.0 out of 5 stars what a read !!!!
a really read for me, but it did take a while for me to get into it. but it definitely proved worth it. another great book from eoin. Read more
Published 14 months ago by James Bond007
5.0 out of 5 stars very readable
I have read all of the Artemis Foul books to my 9 year old (blind) son and we both loved the series. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Joanne Buchan
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
First, with all reviews I must stress it is in my opinion, of course. I would say this book is brilliant! , with an increcibly brilliant hero as well. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2011 by Alaba
4.0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable yet engaging
There's a strong feeling of familiarity in Airman; the plot following a boy on the run who must learn who he is and whom he can be is a fantasy staple. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2011 by Mr. G. Battle
4.0 out of 5 stars Read this in an Irish Accent
Almost a fairy tale with lots of drama and scary parts, as in all the best fairy tales. There's plenty of justified moral outrage poured over the perfidiousness of power which... Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2009 by Donald Lush
2.0 out of 5 stars Was this written by Eoin Colfer
I have read all Eoin Colfer other books and enjoyed them all but didn't recognise his style in this book. If it was written by Eoin I hope this was only a temporary loss of form.
Published on 15 Jun 2009 by Dcsf M. Arrowsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Just try putting it down
Eoin Colfer has crafted another incredible book. Although this is a work of historical fiction, rather than fantasy, once again he transports you to another world through a set of... Read more
Published on 27 April 2009 by G. Kirkpatrick
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