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Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident - Book #2 [Mass Market Paperback]

Eoin Colfer
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May 1 2004 Artemis Fowl (Mass Market) (Book 2)

Eoin Colfer`s bestselling antihero is back in Artemis Fowl: TheArctic Incident--the superb sequel to the hyper-hyped Artemis Fowl, shortlisted forthe Whitbread Children`s Book of the Year. The Arctic Incident sees theslightly older, perhaps slightly more mellow arch-criminal Artemis recoveredfrom his last adventure, richer now that he has his half of a hoard of fairygold, and happier since the Clarice Starlingesque superfairy Captain Holly Shortof the LEPrecon returned his mother`s ailing mind to full health. But there is still much unfinished business: Artemis Fowl Sr. Disappeared when adaring escapade designed to free his family from their criminal--not to mentiondeeply lucrative--past and move the family`s assets into legitimate enterpriseswent horribly wrong. Held captive by the Mafiya (the Russian organized crimesyndicate) for over two years, he has been declared officially dead, but ArtemisJr. Knows in his heart (yes, he does have one) that his beloved father is stillalive, and he is determined to find him. Meanwhile Captain Short is temporarilyon assignment to Customs and Excise as punishment for letting Fowl separate herand her People from their gold and is finding her stakeout duties a little dull. It soon becomes obvious that the pair have need of each other`s considerableskills, and before long they are on track for an adventure that will ultimatelyhave far-reaching consequences for both of them. If you enjoyed the first book, you won`t be disappointed by the second. Initially the pace is a little slower, and the slightly more mellow Artemis iscertainly a tad unnerving at first (particularly as one of the things that madehim such an unusual character was the fact that there was something distinctlyunlikable about him) , but once the sparks between Holly and Artemis begin tofly, and the adventure that tests their endurance to their emotional, physical,and intellectual limits begins, the pages just keep on turning. The high-tech hocus pocus, the complex underworld, and the James Bond-stylestoryline will keep even the most reluctant reader enthralled. Add to the mix afair dollop of humor, the occasional sprinkling of right-on commentary about thestate of the planet, and enough hooks in the story to ensure you will beclamoring for the next book. This chilling, thrilling adventure is a seriouslycool (in more ways than one! ) Must-read for anyone age 9 and older. --SusanHarrison


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"The world Colfer creates is as vivid and fantastical as any shire, Gotham, or galaxy far, far away in recent memory."--Entertainment Weekly


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"The world Colfer creates is as vivid and fantastical as any shire, Gotham, or galaxy far, far away in recent memory."--Entertainment Weekly


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5.0 out of 5 stars The sequel was even better than the first! July 15 2012
By Fantasy's Ink TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Cover:
I think this is my favourite cover of the series. Why? Because it has Butler on it, of course!

Writing:
As with the first book, Colfer yet again gives us his unique style of writing with witty dialogue, humor, and fast pace without any unnecessary descriptions. This series could never have been made what it is without the writing that gave the story life and character.

Setting:
The book is set between the arctics of Russia and back in the fairy city of Haven. Like the first book, I was fascinated with the world of the fairies and loved seeing more of it. The technology however was still a little hard to grasp, nothing that ruined the book for me though.

Plot:
I love Colfer's narration as the story goes back and forth between our heroes and the antagonists and the clash between them. I loved reading about how Holly and Root work with Artemis and Butler to rescue Artemis' father in exchange for Artemis helping them find whoever leaked the information about the LEP. I'll tell you one thing, although I really enjoyed the first book, it gets even better in The Arctic Incident.

Main Character:
In the beginning, Artemis Fowl II was very much the intelligent and cold boy he was in the first book. But as the book progresses and he has to work with Butler, Holly and Root, he starts softening up and even gains friends. The Arctic Incident really showed character development with him as he slowly starts being more of a hero than a criminal.

Villain:
As opposed to the first book, where Artemis was the villain, in this book Artemis was more of a hero and two others characters were the villains. I'm not going to say much about them as that would be spoiling, but they were pretty good antagonists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice fairy tale Feb. 19 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is better than the first one, maybe is because you know what are you going to read, nevertheless is a fairy tale but better, here you see the love that a boy can have for his father and do whatever he needs to do to save him, I recommend this book to read it when you need some relax, because you won't have to think anything while you read, is a very easy book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice fairy tale Feb. 19 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is better than the first one, maybe is because you know what are you going to read, nevertheless is a fairy tale but better, here you see the love that a boy can have for his father and do whatever he needs to do to save him, I recommend this book to read it when you need some relax, because you won't have to think anything while you read, is a very easy book to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evil Subsides Feb. 17 2004
Format:Paperback
Influenced by the success of the Harry Potter series, Eion Colfer returns with his second book about the anti-hero Artemis Fowl. This book contains dual plots with Artemis trying to rescue his missing father from the Russian Mafia, and helping the fairies save the world. When a mysterious ransom was demanded from the Russian mob, Artemis Fowl must require help from his past adversaries, the faeries, in order to rescue his long lost father from the hands of the Mafia. In exchange of their assistance, Artemis must aid the faeries in stopping an evil scheme that might wipe out the fairies. The second book contains a solid plot; however, it strays away from the kidnapping and evil schemes of the first book and wanders into a more heroic storyline.
A little bit of a disappointment this time, is the revelation of a more sensitive Artemis. Where the first Artemis book established Artemis as an evil criminal mastermind, and boy prodigy, The Artic Incident, has Artemis becoming ¡§friends¡ with the faeries that he once despised and he shows feelings of regret and loss for his father In doing this, Colfer has destroyed one of the ¡§cool¡ personality traits of Artemis Fowl that was established in the first book and distinguished Artemis as truly delicious character and not another Harry Potter ¡¥rip-off.¡ Do we really want Artemis to show these weak and pathetic emotions? What I really enjoyed about this book was the return of the fairies from the first book and this time the fairies are much more in-depth since the first book, where in the first book it focuses more on Artemis Fowl.
Overall, The Artic Incident is a solid sequel to Artemis Fowl. It shows a more sensitive side of Artemis but there is still enough evil to keep loyal fans happy. Hopefully in the next addition to the series, Colfer can return Artemis to his old truly evil self.
This book is recommended for 8 and above or anyone interested in taking over the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Sequel Jan. 16 2004
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Format:Hardcover
I was first introduced to the world of Artimis Fowl in my friends car as he and I drove the long two hours home from Boy Scout's (all right, it was Cub Scouts, but still) camp and this was the first one I happened to pick up. It seemed to have all of the factors for a great book and as I read on (of course, I finished the first one before getting too deep into the story) I began to think that that was just what it was. A good, adolescent charecter, criminal intrigue, a solid beginning, a great deal of suspense, and, of course, magic and high-tech adventure.
I think that the sequel far surpasses the first in the way that Artimis starts to look for his father and, in doing so, takes (or tries to take) revenge on his past while all the time struggling with his growing conscious. The faries take an important role in this novel, however the mood is tense between Artimis ("the Mud Boy") and the fairies, along Holly (that's Captain Short to you!) is starting to become a much more interesting charecter in she starts to see genuine compassion for Artimis yet can't shake the fact that he is human. In short, all of the charecters grow as they age and the pleasent mix of magic, plot, and all new adventure make this a great read... and a great sequel, even by the first's standards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary Magic Shines Again
After reading the first book in the Artemis Fowl series, I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this latest from Eoin Colfer. I wasn't dissappointed. Read more
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