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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By Leslie F. on 18-04-16
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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By LilMissMolly on 24-05-16
Excellent old-fashioned detective story!
The Red Zeppelin by Jack Treby is an old fashioned detective novel set in 1931 with a sleuth who is a bit of a mystery herself. The story centers around MI5 operative Hilary Manningham-Butler who poses as a man so she can circulate in areas only where men are allowed (as well as be gainfully employed). Hilary is about to transition into a new position in the United States. But before she is allowed to go, she must first prove herself worthy by recovering secret documents that were stolen from Scotland Yard. All that is known is the documents are now on a German Zeppelin that is soon leaving Seville, Spain headed to Rio de Janeiro. Once Hilary arrives on board, the body count starts piling up, including a possible attempt on Hilary's own life.
The Red Zeppelin is cleverly written, with a few very good plot twists. I had no idea who was the thief and murderer until the big reveal. There are also several great secondary characters, Hilary's butler being one of them. Their relationship is similar to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, with the sidekick doing at least half of the "heavy lifting," but the "star" getting all the credit.
I listened to the Audible version of the story narrated by Angela Dawe who did a great job. She used a variety of accents and gave each character their own distinct voice. She was also able to switch between characters with ease, which helped with the natural flow and pace of the story. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
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