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But there is still much unfinished business: Artemis Fowl Sr. disappeared when a daring escapade designed to free his family from their criminal--not to mention deeply lucrative--past and move the family's assets into legitimate enterprises went horribly wrong. Held captive by the Mafiya (the Russian organized crime syndicate) for over two years, he has been declared officially dead, but Artemis Jr. knows in his heart (yes, he does have one) that his beloved father is still alive, and he is determined to find him. Meanwhile Captain Short is temporarily on assignment to Customs and Excise as punishment for letting Fowl separate her and 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 considerable skills, and before long they are on track for an adventure that will ultimately have 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 is certainly a tad unnerving at first (particularly as one of the things that made him such an unusual character was the fact that there was something distinctly unlikable about him), but once the sparks between Holly and Artemis begin to fly, 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-style storyline will keep even the most reluctant reader enthralled. Add to the mix a fair dollop of humor, the occasional sprinkling of right-on commentary about the state of the planet, and enough hooks in the story to ensure you will be clamoring for the next book. This chilling, thrilling adventure is a seriously cool (in more ways than one!) must-read for anyone age 9 and older. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Great adaptation of one of my favourite young adult books. The artists did a fantastic job of rendering the fairy world, and while the images didn't necessarily match what I'd... Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Snets
While I enjoyed both the illustrations and the story, reading on my ipad mini with the kindle ap didnt allow me to zoom as much as I would have liked.Published 8 months ago by SJ
What a great story! Caulfer has kept his momentum going from the first book in the series and has hammered out yet another epic tale of a too-smart-for-his-own-good kid-villain (I... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2011 by book cruncher
A couple of years ago I read the first Artemis Fowl book and was not impressed at all. I've been told the books get better after the first so I thought I'd see for myself. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2008 by Nicola Mansfield
This is the second book in the "Artemis Fowl" series, and it starts a little after all the things that happened in the first book in the series, that is a kidnapping and general... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2007 by B. Alcat
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 morePublished on Dec 14 2005 by Ranjan Mukerjee
I read the first book in the Artemis Fowl series last summer and sometimes wonder why it took me so long to read the second installment. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by RCM
Artemis Fowl, thirteen year old master criminal, runs away from his oppressive boarding school when he receives a cryptic message suggesting his father is still alive and being... Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Maeri