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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

From the Cassette edition. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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 mayhem. "The Artic Incident" just gives us the opportunity of getting to know better quite a few of the characters we already like, and lets us participate in another adventure that curiously enough involves another hostage (of another species this time, though), high-tech gadgets and more mayhem :)

Artemis has changed, but only a little: he still is a willful 12-year-old criminal, intelligent, very rich and intent on having his way no matter what. Despite his opposition, his mother sent him to a boarding school, and he is there when he receives a message telling him that his supposedly dead father is very much alive, and held for ransom by the Russian Mafia. Ironically enough, this time Artemis will need the help of the fairyfolk to rescue his father. The problem is that most of them detest him, especially his former hostage Captain Holly Short. How will Artemis solve this "little" inconvenient?.

As if that problem weren't big enough, there is also another little matter that must be taken into account: the goblin attempt to dominate the fairyworld, with human help. Throw in a lot of deceit, some violence and a certain amount of espionage, stir, and you will have an explosive situation that Artemis must worry about because... how can the fairies help him, even if they wanted to, if they face an overthrow of their government by violent means?.

All in all, I think your kids are highly likely to love this book (that's essential), and you won't die of boredom if you read it to them (hey, that's very important too). Recommended!!!

Belen Alcat
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5.0 out of 5 stars Double, Double Fowl and Trouble July 10 2004
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. Through the very first pages of "The Arctic Incident" I was instantly transported into Colfer's imaginative world, and underworld, peopled with fairies, goblins, and an evil boy genius, who seems to have matured. I was pleased to discover that the second book lived up to the impression that the first one made.
"The Arctic Incident" begins with a look at the young Artemis Fowl stuck in a dreadful boarding school, "killing off" counselor after counselor that tries to asses what is wrong with him. Meanwhile, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon police force has to deal with a smuggling problem that involves humans and the intelligence-challenged goblins. Believing Artemis to be the culprit, she kidnaps him and his mountain of a bodyguard Butler, to little avail. They are not the suppliers but they make a deal with Holly. They will help her discover who the smugglers are if she will help Artemis find his father, who is being held hostage in the Arctic Circle. Holly is not looking forward to helping Artemis after their encounter in Book One, but she has no other choice. Their journey to fulfill both of their missions is filled with tension and humor and further explores the inner-workings of these two fascinating characters.
Colfer has created an imaginative world that is peopled with rich and vivid characters, and witty asides to the reader. Artemis is a boy genius trying to surpress his evil ways in order to find his father and turn over a new leaf; his struggle is that of any teenager's angst. But the best characters are those who inhabit the lower elements; Foaly the centaur, Captain Short, Commander Root, and best of all, the returning Mulch Diggums, the thief dwarf. And while the Artemis Fowl books may be labeled as children's books, you don't have to be a child to enjoy the wry humor that Colfer dishes out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bundle Up, Artemis! July 2 2004
By Maeri
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 held for ransom by the Russian Mafiya. The fact that Artemis is so anxious to rescue his missing dad shows us that underneath his emotionally detached exterior, there's a lost boy wishing for a semblance of a normal family life. At the same time, Artemis's old enemies the elves have their own problems. There's evidence of human interference in their world and of course, Artemis is their prime suspect. For once Artemis is actually innocent, but he and elves join forces to defeat their mutual enemies. Again, elf Captain Holly Short is Artemis's spunky and self-reliant equal. Artemis is pinning a lot of hopes in his reuniting with his father, but this book suggests that Artemis may have already found his true family in his elf counterparts. They share with Artemis a quick wit and a savvy sense of technology. And they're marginalized in the same way Artemis's brilliance is unseen or misunderstood by the adult world. This is an absorbing second novel that shows us more of Artemis's complicated and intriguing character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Artemis on a Mission of Mercy May 19 2004
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Artemis, the child genius criminal, is back in his second book. His mother has been restored to health (in the first book) and now he learns that his father might still be alive and a hostage of the Russian Mafiya.
Artemis puts his brains to work to rescue his father but is interrupted when he himself is kidnaped by Holly Short for interfering with Fairy business.
Well, Artemis is quickly cleared of the charges and a deal is struck. Artemis will help Holly track down who is really trafficking with the goblins in return for help rescuing his father. Sounds easy enough. But there are plenty of plot complications thrown into the mix before each side manages to square the deal.
This is quite a different book from the first one. When we were first introduced to Artemis, he was a criminal mastermind. But now we see a different side to him as he quests for his father, helps out the underground fairy population and experiences much of life that privilege has shielded from him. He is a much more likeable character now but possibly not as interesting. Still, the plot is tight and the action fast. Four-hundred pages flew by quite quickly. Not quite the same as the first, but I still recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sequel was even better than the first!
I think this is my favourite cover of the series. Why? Because it has Butler on it, of course! Read more
Published on July 15 2012 by Fantasy's Ink
5.0 out of 5 stars Another homerun
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 more
Published on Nov. 23 2011 by book cruncher
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Adaptation!
This is when the Artemis storyline really picks up and as I enjoyed the novel I also enjoyed the graphic adaptation. Read more
Published on Nov. 25 2009 by Nicola Mansfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Much Better than the First
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 more
Published on Nov. 8 2008 by Nicola Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
I didn't discover the delight that is the ARTEMIS FOWL series until a week ago, when I read ARTEMIS FOWL in one day. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2007 by TeensReadToo
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
I didn't discover the delight that is the ARTEMIS FOWL series until a week ago, when I read ARTEMIS FOWL in one day. Read more
Published on March 6 2007 by TeensReadToo
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
Published on Dec 14 2005 by Ranjan Mukerjee
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extremely Good Book
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident is the second book in the Artemis Fowl series. If you didn't read the first Artemis Fowl, I highly recommend reading that one before this. Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by Marcin Shaddix
4.0 out of 5 stars The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, Book 2)
He has done it again! Eoin Colfer has written a entertaining, action-packed book with our favorite characters Artemis Fowl, Butler, Captain Holly Short and Julius Root! Read more
Published on May 18 2004
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