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.

Good Mystery! I will listen to others in the serie

I have to admit, I really enjoyed listening to this short mystery. It took me several days due to other commitments. I didn't have much time to get on the computer this week, and when I was in bed I had three other books to read, two of them dead tree books, but overall it was very enjoyable. I like that it kept me guessing right up until the end. There were a few surprise twists that I was not expecting. That was good.

I enjoyed the narrator, but if I had one complaint it was that she did not do male voices that well. I would have thought that would have been a necessity since the main character was supposed to be a male. Oops! Did I give something away? Probably not since this is actually book two in a series. If you have read book one you would know that our protagonist masquerades as male, but is, in fact, a woman. Still there were other characters that were actually male, and she did not do them justice either. I don't think she can do an Irish accent either because early in the book there is a character that the author describes as Irish, yet Dawe doesn't even try to do an Irish accent for him. Her German accent is pretty good, though, at least inasmuch as it sounded like what I thought it should have sounded like.

I will give this one 4 stars for the story, 4 stars for the narrator and 4 stars overall.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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- Barry Owens "I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday."

Book Details

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