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The Last Airship

Sam Reilly, Book 1
Narrated by: David Gilmore
Series: Sam Reilly Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
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In 1939, a secret airship departed Nazi Germany in the dark of night filled with some of the most influential people of its time.

Its cargo: a complement of rich Jewish families carrying their most valuable possessions. One such item among them was as dangerous as it was priceless.

The airship never reached its destination.

In 2015, Sam Reilly, a marine biologist and wealthy son of shipping mogul James Reilly, discovers a missing clue about the lost airship, and what follows is a violent treasure hunt kept secret by the most powerful men in the world today, driven by their greed and need for that which all are motivated: the opportunity for unlimited power.

©2014 Christopher Cartwright (P)2018 Christopher Cartwright

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Not my usual thing but it wouldn't let me go.

Do you like complex machinery and action? Typically I wouldn't pick up this kind of book but was recommended by a friend. I finished it in 2 days.

It's similar to the older James Bond films in tone.

Definitely give it a read/listen!

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What a great book.

What a great book. Well thought out and very well written. The characters were interesting and the story line kept my interest. This book kept you me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was next. It pulls you in from the beginning and keeps you wanting more. I recommend this book to all. I can’t wait to read about Sam Reilly next treasure hunt.

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  • cosmitron
  • 12-05-2018

Action.history,mystery,adventure you have it all.

This is a good book with well constructed characters and a very interesting story.
The Narrator is a Pro and helps to keep the listeners interest.

Without giving details the story carries relevance to anyone who has any knowledge
of recent history.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • B. Lane
  • 16-09-2018

A Quest to Find a Missing Piece of History

Christopher Cartwright creates a modern day Indiana Jones called Sam Reilly. Reilly is the son of a wealthy man. A marine biologist by trade, he is wealthy in his own right. A clue leads Sam to search for a lost Zeppelin that fled Germany in 1939 and disappeared. The passengers were Jewish German citizens fleeing for their lives from the Nazis. On board were a wealthy couple with all their gold and jewels, and a man with a secret. He had created a deadly virus that could kill about 80% of the population. Hitler wanted this virus very badly, but the scientist could not let him have it.
Sam's search collides with a group searching for the virus. Along the way, he meets a beautiful woman named Aliana. Little does he know that their meeting was not by chance. She was sent by her father to stop Sam at all costs, but finds herself falling for Sam, and Sam for her. Together they find the ship and discover it's secret. Now they are in a rush to stop the rivals from getting their hands on the deadly virus.
Cartwright's writing is good and the characters are well developed. I can't say much good about the narrator, David Gilmore.
Gilmore has the delivery of an old time radio announcer or narrator of those government "educational films" seen in schools in the 50s and 60s. He has a limited range of voices, so many characters sound the same, or even start with one voice, only to have a different voice later, because he is using the original voice for someone else. He also has a tendency to make the lines sound like Father Knows Best, with a "Fine, everything's just fine" delivery even in dire situations.

Ignore Gilmore and pay attention to the writing and you can enjoy this series.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Luke
  • 25-03-2018

"You got it"

Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Airship to be better than the print version?

N/A - have not read the print edition

What other book might you compare The Last Airship to and why?

This book has the generic action hero of a rich white man saving the day, so it's not all that different from say, Tom Clancy or Clive Cussler. You've got your hero, your girl, your best friend, against a Middle-Eastern warlord controlling German forces that are arrayed against the American hero, Sam Reilly.

What aspect of David Gilmore’s performance would you have changed?

Gilmore did not have strong voicing, most of the characters sounded the same. Only the character with a thick German accent stood out as a unique voice. The review's title has a phrase you will hear very often, almost always with the same inflections despite being supposedly said by different characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not particularly, because this book seemed to force cliffhangers at the end of chapters, by throwing a twist into a situation that just moments ago had survived another twist. I listened to this in 3 sittings the first time through, which felt more natural than when I marathoned this book in one sitting on the second 'listen-through'.

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"I was given this free review copy audiobook through Audiobook Boom, at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • pjsvoice
  • 03-01-2019

Good Story a little convuluted

Well thought out story that tries to do too much. Is it a WWII historical fiction? A spy thriller? A maritime adventure? A rock climbing cliff hanger? IMO it was doing too much throughout so that the listener gets lost. Good performance by David Gilmore although I wish there was more variety in the female voices.

I was provided this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Walter W. Chu
  • 15-07-2019

Problems

Kudos on the concept of the story. Delivery was a bit of a problem. Though not glaring errors there are a number of mistakes in regard to the military that hit a nerve with me. No member of the U.S. Navy will accept being referred to as soldiers, they are seamen. Members of the SEAL teams are operators. And there is no way some one who is a marine chopper pilot can go to BUDS.
The narrator needs work. The German accent of some characters sound oddly Irish.
Still not a bad plot and concept, it just needs to be fine tuned.

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  • Deedra
  • 20-06-2018

The Last Airship

I found this to be well written and really interesting.A thriler in many ways.I can't wait to see when the second one comes or came out! David Gilmore was the perfect narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Claire
  • 11-06-2018

Lots of suspence

Fast paced, crime/conspiracy thriller, I quickly found myself caught up in the story and couldn't press stop.

This book has a James Bond sort of feel to it, lots of guns, some explosions, high stakes, a beautiful girl, and a rich suave guy.

There's lots of intrigue and a few good plot twists, the writing is really well done, the good guys are likable, the bad guys are complicated, there are complicated motivations and this makes the story believable. I'll be adding the other books in this series to my 'to-be-read' pile/list, I want to know what Sam and his friends get up to next.

The narration is excellent, great character voices and the delivery helped enhance the tension in the book.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Jennifer Mulder
  • 08-06-2018

I liked it

The beginning was Amazing! Loved the incorporation of history into it and made it more exiting to think about what if this really happened... Then came introducing the main character. That is where i got a little bored. Ok, things were a bit exciting with a storm and all that but in a lot of ways it was almost too much detail maybe, not really sure, that lost my attention for a little bit. I had trouble following the changes between different characters and where the story was headed because people i thought were actually together were not. Once it got past the storm though it was easier to follow for me and it turned into a really great book. I think that this would make a really awesome movie or tv show just because the details given in the story were hard to follow sometimes because i couldn't picture what was being talked about, where a tv or movie they would just show it to you and i would be like "oh, that!!" Overall worthy read/listen.

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  • Jan M
  • 08-05-2018

Mystery, Intrigue, and Action

Wow! What a book. I loved all of the twists and turns this book had and how it mixed historical elements. Reminiscent of an action movie. I loved the details in this story, the imagery is incredible and I could envision so much. Sam Reilly is truly an incredible character who has the ability to be in the right place at the right time. He is extraordinary in his devotion to serve his country. The spy element that was woven into the book was outstanding. There is so much more to this book than what I can describe. This book is part of a series and a standalone listen. David Gilmore did an awesome performance with his various voices for the numerous characters. Christopher Cartwright wrote a gripping book with some endearing characters. I loved the character of Sam Reilly and will definitely listen to more books by this author. The ending of this particular book was outstanding.

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  • DivaC
  • 25-11-2019

Good mystery

Really good story and the narrator was really good. Held your attention, till the end with the mystery that was going on. Had a unique and interesting setting with equally interesting characters and you'll like Sam.So when you get a chance pick up a copy of either the eBook or the audio and enjoy.

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  • nerak
  • 11-06-2018

Great action adventure introducing Sam Reilly

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

I have to say that this author is going into my favourites pile immediately. His characters are full on action men and women. They have fun, do amazing escapes from danger, come back from situations which should be lethal and still have time to save the world.

If you love action adventure movies and books along the lines of Clive Cussler, Matthew Reilly et al, then you will love Christopher Cartwright. He knows how to write a great plot and bring in characters that you actually like and want to see succeed.

The story itself has some historical references and some interesting side information about mountain climbing for the true adventurer, using genuine places to bring some life to the story.

I love the characters of Sam Reilly and his best friend Tom, they are like every adventurous man you would ever want to meet, conventional and unconventional at the same time.

I'm looking forward to my next instalment.

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  • Neville Townsend
  • 06-11-2019

Good start

A good start to the Sam Reilly series, something's needed to be mentioned so when he gets out of a situation your not surprised otherwise a good story

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  • Gary Rothery
  • 26-10-2019

Non-stop action

I enjoyed listening to this audio book whilst on holiday. It is very much in the mold of Clive Cussler with an action hero who improbably survives many unlikely, but enjoyable, deadly situations. I found the narration to be acceptable, with a genuine attempt to differentiate the people that rarely jarred, although the voicing of the main female character wasn't to my liking.
I took advantage of an offer to get a number of Chris Cartwright's Sam Reilly books for free and enjoyed this first one enough to persist and work my way through the series.
If the adventures of Dirk Pitt have proved to be enjoyable to you then you should consider giving Sam Reilly a chance!

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  • Dennis R Lear
  • 20-10-2019

Can't wait for book 2

I loved the first of the Sam Reilly series from start to finish and I am looking forward to Nook 2. If I were to have any complaint at all it would have nothing to do with the story. Unfortunately the same can't be said for the narrator. He tried his best to intone each character differently but unfortunately when you sound a little like Steve Hawking with an accent on steroids nothing will help. Fortunately the story carried the narrator rather than what is so often the case with the reverse being true.
Definitely recommended.

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  • Julie Ginn
  • 08-10-2019

Can’t wait to listen to book 2

I loved the beginning of this book but then I got a little bit lost. Kept on listening though and got back into the book quite fast. Loved the rest of the book. Action packed and fast paced can’t wait to listen to book 2

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  • Tracey
  • 06-10-2019

The last airship

Got sent a code by an eagle eyed sponsor for this little gem from Audible, and it was FABULOUS. What's not to like about a blue eyed 6ft hero, with good looks and plenty of cash to fund exciting adventures. Well worth a listen. Good steady narrative. The entire story was GREAT.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-2019

enjoyable listen

Once I got into the main characters I really got into the story. could pace well read. looking forward to the next in the series which I m starting right now😁

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  • Lucy C.
  • 30-09-2019

All your heroes in one story

A well-constructed story which contains all the elements of a rollicking adventure. Great fun altogether!

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  • Satyapala
  • 28-09-2019

Great fun

This book was great fun with so much adventure. I look forward to reading book two

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  • Mark Miles
  • 12-09-2019

Excellent Book

Great book. Very much reminiscent of the early Clive Cussler books. Been looking for an author to continue these type of books. We now have one. Great reference to historical facts. Great characters. Great narration. Looking forward to the books developing. Great page turner and highly recommended