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Jest rok 1878. Podczas wystawy światowej w Paryżu rodzi się chłopiec. Nie byłoby w tym nic dziwnego, gdyby nie fakt, że przyszedł na świat w przestrzelonym balonie, który o mały włos nie rozbił się o ziemię. Nie ma wątpliwości – takie dziecko musi być wyjątkowe. I rzeczywiście: dziewięcioletni Conor Broekhart cudem ratuje niewiele starszą księżniczkę Izabelę przed niechybn ...more
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by W.A.B. (first published June 1st 2007)
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Feb 25, 2008 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
"Airman" is the thrilling story of a fourteen year old boy named Conor Broekhart who dreams of flight. Unfortunately, his dreams are dashed when Conor is accused of murdering the king and is sent to the dreaded prison island of Little Saltee. All throughout his stay, Conor draws up his plans of escape, but the only way to escape Little Saltee is to fly.

I loved Conor Broekhart so much. He was this sweet, innocent, and nerdy kid who was obsessed with planes and gliders and such. I loved getting t
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
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
Robert Tabb
Jul 20, 2012 Robert Tabb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'
Sep 04, 2013 Mya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Jun 01, 2012 Nüll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-reads
Wonderful! Amazing! I can still feel the air in my face!
Jamie Dacyczyn
Well, I think I'll go ahead and give this one 4 stars, which is fairy high praise from me. I didn't care for Artemis Fowl when I read it years ago, but still decided to give this stand-alone novel a shot. Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE stand-alone novels compared to fluffed trilogies or endless series?

This book felt a bit like a superhero origin tale. Although it was a bit far fetched in some areas (of course our young protagonist learns fencing, wrestling, AND karate from a master, how c
Aug 05, 2009 Katherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-s-books
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
Apr 20, 2013 Penny McGill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-older-kids
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
Feb 03, 2015 Manni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄
“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!
May 23, 2016 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character in this book is a boy named Conor Broekhart. It is set mostly in Ireland in the 1800s, and people are just beginning aeronautics. The main conflict is that the evil Marshall Bonvolain tricks everyone, creating a huge mess in which many different people have been tricked into thinking many false things.
One thing that I liked was the character of Linus Wynter, who had no eyes, because they had been slashed out, and befriended Conor Broekhart when Conor first arrived at the priso
Jan 19, 2015 Karie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 couldn't get through Artemis Fowl. I liked Half-Moon Investigations ok. THIS story I really enjoyed. Political intrigue and adventure. I cared about the characters. Over all a great read.
Youssef Selim
The book I read is called Airman by Eoin Colfer. This book takes place on an island called Great Saltee. The main character of this story is called Conor. The story is about the main character Conor and he got framed of a crime he didn't do. Since he got framed he got sent to a crappy jail by an evil guy. In the jail he is treated badly and has to do many things in the bad dungeon that he is in. He doesn't like staying there so he tries to escape and clear his name so he can go back to his ordi ...more
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
I LOVED THIS BOOK. It's the kind of story that I could read over and over and over again and never get tired of. Review to come soon.
May 28, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this. I wanted to scream at Conor near the end. But I liked it a lot more than AF
Jul 17, 2016 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is amazing. The epitome of adventure. My favourite Colfer book yet.
Amith Cheeran
Apr 30, 2014 Amith Cheeran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
'Airman', de Eoin Colfer, constituye todo un homenaje a los folletines decimonónicos de aventuras, sobre todo a un autor, Alejandro Dumas, y una novela, 'El conde de Montecristo', con algún ligero toque de 'El hombre de la máscara de hierro'.

La historia trascurre a finales del siglo XIX, en las Islas Saltee (que constituyen un reino en sí mismas), frente a las costas de Irlanda, compuestas de dos islas, Great Saltee, donde residen los habitantes de este principado, y Little Saltee, donde está su
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
May 31, 2012 Maninee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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
Sep 23, 2016 Matti Karjalainen rated it liked it  ·  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
El Templo
"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
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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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