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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  13,359 ratings  ·  1,176 reviews
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 brand ...more
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published 2008 by Puffin (first published June 1st 2007)
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How Not to Review a Book: Do not begin your review by jumping off into some big old rant about how you never liked anything the author wrote before, particularly if you are about to praise their newest novel. Do not use phrases like “how did this happen?” and “why now?” and “are they near death?” You may mention how impressed you were with the author’s speaking engagements, mentioning in passing their brilliant encapsulation of, oh say, The Legend of Spud Murphy. Do not then mention how disappo ...more
Michael Ames
Fact: I was a nerd growing up (still am). Theory: Eoin Colfer was, too. Evidence: His books are a total celebration of nerd-dom. Honestly, between Artemis Fowl and now Airman, he's satisfying every daydreaming-during-trigonometry fantasy of every boy out there who's had to struggle with the fact that he has more brains than biceps.

I'll admit that the main character in this book, Conor Broekhart, is tough and good-looking. But that's entirely secondary to the fact that he's a mechanical genius a
Know what I love these days???

Stand alone novels!

No sequels, prequels, trilogies, remakes, rewrites, re-releases, etc. etc. etc.

A single book with a beginning, middle, and end.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I really enjoyed it - the plot, characters, and writing. At first I thought it would be a bit too similar to the Count of Monte Cristo, it even had a dash of Man in the Iron Mask thrown in. Despite that, it was still original and suspenseful and had me vested in the outcome.

I ha
Sara ♥
November 1-3, 2013

Only 42 stars, Past Sara? Really? I know you were trying to be funny with the Hitchhiker's reference there, but you were seriously undervaluing this book!

It's AWESOME. Conor is THE BEST EVAR!!! It's kind of a teenage boy book, as it's about a teenage boy, but whatever! Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books are really great, but this is my favorite of all his books!

The audiobook is really great, too! LOVE IT!!!!!!

August 25-27, 2010

Fabulous the second time around, too! :)

November 9,
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
Airman is a very special book to me. I read it a few times when I was younger and I thought it was high time for a re-read. I'm so glad to find it even better than I remembered. As much as I love Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, I have to say that I think Airman is his best work so far (of the books I have read by him). It's simply a beautiful story. I'd forgotten how beautiful it really was. It also has a lot of adventure, a budding romance that I adored and some the most unique characters I ...more
Conor Broekhart lives on a small island governed by King Nicholas Trudeau. Conor's days are spent with his tudor and playing with princess Isabella. But Conor's real passion is flying. All Conor's life he's dreamed of flying. He spends massive amounts of time and energy pursuing his obsession. That changes when he discovers a plot to overthrow the king and becomes tangled in the mess and branded as a traitor, being sent off to work in the diamond mines on little Saltee.

I decided to read this boo
First of all, let me say that I am a total Eoin Colfer fan. Really. I bought this book without knowing anything about it except that Eoin Colfer wrote it--and I usually don't do that. He is such a skilled writer though. He effortlessly juggles pacing, dialogue, action, internal thought, characterization, description--all of it. He makes it look easy. And in omniscient point of view too.

That said, I had a major problem with this book. One part was totally unbelievable.

*spoiler alert*

Oh, I was wil
Robert Tabb
My wife mentioned the other day that I am "all about the ending" when it comes to books or movies. And that is why I can't bring myself to give Airman 5 stars even though it is one of the most enjoyable books I've read.

A royal romance, a plot to overthrow the government, a prison break, and high-flying (literally - of course everything in a book is literal) adventure, and awesome names (Declan Brokehart is such a cool name) abound in this wonderfully written adventure following Conor Brokehart'

Wow. That's all I can really say. This book, and my feels, took a beating. There were some points when I wanted to throw it across the room and go hurt something. It's that good.
I advise, before you start this book, to invest in a good psychiatrist. The plotting is complex that I could hardly put it down. (Unfortunately, I had to, as I had to see to my life and feed myself.) But, really, Eoin Colfer, I love you dearly. The characters, the plot, the whole world is just fantastic
Nathaniel Westmoure
Wonderful! Amazing! I can still feel the air in my face!
I read this to my step-daughter. We had read Colfer’s previous books all of which we enjoyed, so we were looking forward to this one. It was a disappointment.

None of Eoin Colfer’s books are exactly realistic, in the Artemis Fowl series for instance, fairies, centaurs and wild, impossible schemes abound, but there’s a sense of fun, a playfulness that keeps the reader entertained and engaged. The Airman is serious, bleak even, so that there is nothing to balance the pure comic book evil of the vi
I picked this book up quite a while ago, but never got around to reading it until I decided to give it away. I'm not sure why I never read it, because everything about this seems like it would be to my taste. I really enjoyed the Artemis Fowl series, and laugh like a loon whenever I read them, so I had a pretty good idea that I would like his other books, but still I put this off.

Well I'm glad that I decided to give it away, because it gave me an excuse to read this sooner than later, and I'm h
Penny McGill
We liked this book a lot - drawn to it by Eoin Colfer, of course - but I have to say I am a bit sorry that my 11-year old daughter read it. I know that is a bit crazy because she has done the Hunger Games, Maze Runner and Divergent and they are filled with violence and stress that I hope neither she or any of her friends ever deal with or even think they'll come close to seeing in their lives but the details in those series seem to be on the edge of entertainment, as if there isn't ever a chance ...more
Manni P
Nopeatempionen,hauska,tapahtumarikas ja kaikin puolin mahtava kirja! Minulle tuli tästä kovasti mieleen monte criston kreivi elokuva, jonka katsoin joskus lapsena. Tämä kirja oli kuitenkin paljon enemmän minun mieleeni kuin kyseinen elokuva :D.
❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️
“A monkey glances up and sees a banana, and that's as far as he looks. A visionary looks up and sees the moon.”
― Eoin Colfer, Airman

-> "An average human sees a book as pages and ink. An avid reader looks up for an adventure and knowledge"
- Numey

Airman by Eoin Colfer, about a crisp-sarcastic-determined-soft.from.heart-knighted-flyer aka Conor Broekhart

((Will write later, soon))

My 'soon' never comes :/ Even after my tomorrow goes, my soon never comes, no idea why!
I had to push through this novel because it had the kind of villain I absolutely hate--the kind that's clever and slimy and completely amoral. I knew he was going to be completely awful to the hero, who was a young teenager, and that was almost more than my tender heart could take. But with a little encouragement from the friend who lent it to me and loathed the villain as much as I did, I soldiered on and discovered much to love in the form of Linus Wynter. And the payoff at the end was almost ...more
I liked this. I wanted to scream at Conor near the end. But I liked it a lot more than AF
Amith Cheeran
Airman is a historical novel by The Legend Eoin Colfer and is his first attempt at a historical novel. And by God, he did a really good job. Again I had decided to read this book because it is by Colfer, one of my favorite Authors and wanted to any other book than Artemis Fowl which was written by him.

My favorite character is Conor Broekhart, who is the hero of the novel. I like him for his courage and intelligence. Even though all of his family and lover had shown hate to him on a misunderstand
Truly, this summary doesn't give the book justice. You read it and it's like, "Oh sure, sounds fine." But the book contains so much more.

This takes a young boy and after being thrown into jail is transformed into a hardy, cunning young man with a mind for inventions and flying.

Eoin Colfer once more gives us his brilliance for winding a web of the plot, making you think one thing only to discover you were completely wrong; setting you on the edge of your seat when you're practically begging for
The book’s a bit like The Count Of Monte Cristo but only because of the revenge/betrayal/thrown into jail thing. That’s where the similarity ends. It had a streak of bleakness and hopelessness throughout, but I still found it enjoyable.

It was amazing to see how drastically Connor changed from the naïve, noble boy filled with ideas of honour and romance to a cold blooded survivor with a will to live and a head with no space for non sense in it. Sort of goes to show how people change under circum
Matti Karjalainen
Aug 19, 2013 Matti Karjalainen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Höyrypunkkareille. Vanhan liiton seikkailuista pitäville.
Eoin Colferin "Siipimies" (WSOY, 2008) on steampunkista ammentava vaihtoehtohistoriallinen romaani 1800-luvun loppupuolelta. Tapahtumapaikkana toimivat Irlannin rannikon vieressä todellisuudessakin sijaitsevat Saltee-saaret, joille muinoin perustettua kuningaskuntaa uhkaa vaara vallanhimoisen marsalkka Bonvillainin toimesta. Salaliittolaiset murhaavat hyvän kuninkaan ja uudenaikaisesta lentolaitteesta haaveilevan ranskalaisen keksijän, ja sen seurauksena verityötä todistanut nuori Conor Brockhar ...more
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"Al estilo de historias como Los tres mosqueteros, El conde de Montecristo o Viaje al centro de la tierra, Airman es una novela de aventuras a la más pura usanza. </p><p>Eoin Colfer nos sitúa en las Islas Saltee, en la costa irlandesa en torno a 1890, donde nos presenta a Conor, un joven cuyo sueño es surcar el cielo. Desde bien pequeño, y tras demostrar su coraje salvando a la princesa Isabella de una muerte segura, el dicharachero espadachín y científico Victor Vigly le acoge como ...more

Connor is one lucky kid because, 63% percent of all prison escapees were captured within 24 hours, and 97% of all prison escapees were captured which only makes 3 out of 100 escapes successful. In the book Airman by Eoin Colfer a kid, Connor who designs his escape for weeks to get out of a horrible prison, where the food was rotten and his sleeping quarters were bitter and damp. He was put in prison for a crime he did not commit and was only a witness to the crime itself. His escap
Mar 02, 2010 Fiona rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: action/adventure fans and ambitious young readers
I love Eoin Colfer. I don't know what he looks like, or whether he makes a good cup of tea, but I love him. The Artemis Fowl books are a geeky joy, full of tearaway excitement, fear, dazzling fairy technology and villains so bad they have earned the proud title of 'dastardly'.
I was hoping for the same, I have to confess from Airman. It's certainly exciting. It has a touch of something epic, and lovely, and a little more grown up and soulful than the Artemis books. The relationships the protagon
Much of Airman is very enjoyable. Set when mechanical flight is on the verge of becoming a reality, it's both a Count of Monte Cristo-esque revenge tale and a fictional origin of manned flight. As historical fiction, Colfer does a good job of getting the flavor of the period. As a revenge story, he makes his hero (Conor) sufficiently noble and his villain (Bonvilain) sufficiently ruthless anc calculating. So far, so good.

But the characters are barely more than sketches. Perhaps Isabella, Conor's
This is an amazing story about a king, a princess, a teacher who thinks highly of himself, and a young boy born in the clouds with a dream of flight. One day there is a fire in the castle because the princess left some of her dad's chemicals open. Conor, the boy, had made a kite fit for humans to get them both out of there. Once that happens the king comes to him to inform him he will become Sir Conor for saving the king's daughter. The king gets him an amazing teacher that helps him with his lo ...more
This is one HELL of a book. It had everything I loved: a narrative of adventure mingled with some suspense, a loveable protagonist, dark stuff made bearable by the occasional dry wit, and some surprisingly intriguing history of science. Oh, and the gifted narrator possessed a sexy Irish voice. (I can't recommend listening to it on CD enough.)

This is an "interdisciplinary" book and pulls from several literary genres. It's got some of that steampunk/turn-of-the-century stuff with science and techn
Maddie Meyer
My sister was the one to recommend this book to me, and I am so thankful! This book is absolutely OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZINGLY FANTASTIC. If you couldn't tell, it has become one of my new favorites. The book was GORGEOUSLY WRITTEN by Eoin Colfer, and takes me to a new world. I read some of this book in the early mornings near the ocean, and it made the book come alive more than it already was. Please, everyone read this.
So while it took me a while to read because of life interference, I probably would have zipped through this book if it was summer. The characters were wondeful, and I give Colfer an A+ for an excellent villain. Plus, Conor was a teenage knight and scientist. That is probably the coolest combination ever.
The only thing I wish Colfer had done differently was the amount of time spent on the resolution.
While the climax was admittedly perfect, I wish I'd gotten to see more of the Broekhar
Amanda Northrup
Eoin Colfer does outstanding historical fiction in this thrilling adventure. Set on islands off the coast of Ireland in the late 1880s, Airman follows Conor Broekhart, a boy obsessed with flight. He dreams of designing a flying machine and taking to the skies himself.

But when Conor witnesses a murder, he is imprisoned by the murderer to keep him silent. In prison, Conor faces brutal conditions, but survives with a relentless focus on escape and revenge.

Not only was Airman fast-paced and thorough
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A
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