The Red Zeppelin : Hilary Manningham-Butler

  • by Jack Treby
  • Narrated by Angela Dawe
  • Series: Hilary Manningham-Butler
  • 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"You'll never get me up in one of those things. They're absolutely lethal."
Seville, 1931. Six months after the loss of the British airship the R101, a German Zeppelin is coming in to land in Southern Spain.
Hilary Manningham-Butler is an MI5 operative eking out a pitiful existence on the Rock of Gibraltar. The offer of a job in the Americas provides a potential life line, but there are strings attached. First she must prove her mettle to her masters in London, and that means stepping on board the Richthofen before the airship leaves Seville.
A cache of secret documents has been stolen from Scotland Yard, and the files must be recovered if British security is not to be severely compromised. Hilary must put her life on the line to discover the identity of the thief. But as the airship makes its way across the Atlantic toward Brazil, it becomes clear that nobody on board is quite what they seem. And there is no guarantee that any of them will reach Rio de Janeiro alive....

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Fun detective novel

I really enjoyed this detective novel. I listened to the Audible version, and the narrator did a good job with pacing, excitement, and character differentiation. This is a second novel in a series, and though I didn't read the previous book, that did not hamper my enjoyment of this one. I actually plan to go back at some point and read the first one in the series. This book reminds me a bit of "The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire" series by Rod Duncan, of which I was a fan. Though "The Red Zeppelin" is not a steampunk story like the others, it has a similar premise. Overall, this book was fun, exciting, and definitely worth the read.
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- Leslie F.

Winner of Most Annoying Protagonist Ever

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The continuing travails of Hilary Manningham-Butler, the most annoying protagonist ever. Though this book is self-contained, and it's not necessary to read the first book first, Hilary's character is slightly less annoying if you know why he's (she's) suffering the inconveniences set upon him (her) in this installment. (The first book is much better constructed too.) Experienced mystery readers will rumble the villain smartish, and some players in the drama are cardboard stereotypes, but I did keep listening to the end, primarily because of Angela Dawe's top drawer performance. Emotional import, pace, accents, timbre, pitch, etc, etc; here is excellence in audio book performance. The plot of The Red Zeppelin is thin, and motivations are vague or unexplained or obvious. The final jeopardy scene is so implausible that it must be a not-funny joke on the reader. But really, listen yourself to decide if you've ever met a more annoying protagonist.

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- R. Thyme

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2016
  • Publisher: Carter & Allan