Artemis Fowl The Eternity Code Hardcover – May 6 2003
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The third instalment of high-tech, criminal whiz-kid adventures set in the fairy-magic-filled world of Master Artemis Fowl may be reassuringly familiar but it is also bulging with author Eoin Colfer's trademark wit and thrilling seat-of-the-dwarf-pants adventure. Following on from Artemis's opening encounter with the fairy underworld in Artemis Fowl and its thumping sequel Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Encounter, The Eternity Code takes the books' eponymous young anti-hero, who with each successive adventure turns out to be a little less bad after all, on his most dangerous mission yet.
Artemis and his bodyguard Butler have set up a meeting in Chicago with dangerous international businessman Jon Spiro. In his latest eager attempt to make money, using a priceless futuristic cube of purloined Fairy gadgetry that can do just about anything, Artemis has underestimated Spiro and arrived at the rendezvous under-prepared. Big mistake. It is an ambush, and though Artemis escapes with his life, Butler is mortally wounded.
The cube may be lost but Artemis refuses to accept his friend's demise and quickly deep freezes Butler in the restaurant kitchen. He calls on the only people he knows who might be able to get him back--Holly Short of the subterranean Fairy police and her race's super-advanced technology. Holly and Artemis must find a way to bring Butler back from the dead and retrieve the lost Eternity Cube that could change the balance of power between humans and fairies forever. It is a Herculean task and the price exacted upon Artemis for such assistance is very high indeed.
What Colfer's latest plot may lack in depth or sophistication is more than made up for by the sheer verve and energy of his settings, characters and action. These books are very entertaining indeed and hugely readable, and once you're a Fowl fan you'll be hooked until Artemis decides to go straight. Recommended for ages nine and above. --John McLay
From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Antihero Artemis Fowl, now 13 years old, is back. He has used stolen fairy technology to create a supercomputer known as the "C Cube," which will render all existing technology obsolete. He meets with Jon Spiro, head of "Fission Chips," with a proposition. For a price, he will suppress his cube, and allow Spiro time to sell his potentially worthless stocks and buy into Fowl Industries. Spiro double-crosses Artemis, and in the ensuing melee he steals the C Cube and Artemis's bodyguard, Butler, is murdered. The scene is totally out of James Bond; one fully expects to hear the familiar theme music and to see the credits as it concludes. The action does not let up as Artemis teams with the fairy policewoman Captain Holly Short and other companions to bring Butler back to life, and then to retrieve the Cube from Spiro's Chicago fortress. The plot is filled with crosses and double crosses, unmarked vans, and impenetrable security systems. It's exciting stuff, but the writing is often clichd at worst, and merely workmanlike at best. Butler's death scene is particularly hackneyed, echoing every overly dramatic death scene one can think of. Still, this latest adventure is sure to be popular with fans of the series.
Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ
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Not a big fan of this cover, I'd rather see Holly's design without the helmet.
The writing was quirky and humorous (especially the dialogue) and never once treated the readers like idiots. The narrator had a strong presence in the book and the writing had its own unique style that stood out and brought life and character to the world (I'm basically saying the same thing about the writing as I did with previous books. I'm pretty lazy, but hey, Colfer's writing never loses its touch as the series progresses and is always superb).
As opposed to the previous books, we didn't see much of Haven in The Eternity Code. A big chunk of the book was set in the Spiro Needle (a building owned by Jon Spiro, more on him later). I liked the big shift in setting, though to be fair, it seems like the latter books all had pretty different setting as well. Point is, I loved this setting because Artemis and the gang had to make their way out of the Spiro Needle, and the many incidents that occur in the Spiro Needle and Chicago. Not to say the settings in the beginning was boring though.
Artemis gets his C Cube (something he invented using fairy technology) stolen by an American businessman, and he has to get the cube back before the fairies' existence are revealed. He knows that there is no doubt that Spiro will bring nothing but harm to the fairies. My favourite book in the series so far! Maybe it's because I've finally gotten the hang of the fairy technology, but I think it's also because I really enjoyed the whole idea of Artemis and Co trying to get out of the Spiro Needle. I loved the previous two books, I really did, but The Eternity Code has to be my favourite so far (I hope it gets even better as the series progresses!).Read more ›
What follows is Artemis's desperate plea to the fairies to help heal Butler and rescue the C Cube from evil Spiro, before he becomes aware of the Fairy World and wreaks havoc on the creatures living below ground. As Captain Holly Short is once again drawn into one of Artemis's dangerous schemes, she does so, along with Commander Root, with one condition--when the C Cube is recovered, Artemis, Butler, and Butler's sister, Juliet, will all submit to mind wipes, erasing every trace of the fairies from their memories. Artemis agrees, desperate to save Butler's life, but already he has plans to avoid the erasure of a mind wipe.
THE ETERNITY CODE contains a lot more action-adventure than the two previous books, and a lot less of the world of Fairy. It is, though, still a very fast-paced, enjoyable read, and I'm left wanting to know what will happen next. Thoroughly entertaining, and highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
The problem arises from the fact that despite all the precautions taken by the fairies Artemis managed to steal fairy technology, and to build with it something called the "C Cube", an artefact so revolutionary that could ruin many businessmen. Being certain of that, Artemis tries to blackmail Jon Spiro, saying that he will wait another year to launch the "C Cube" if Spiro gives him a lot of gold. Unfortunately, things go wrong at their meeting: Artemis is almost killed, his bodyguard and friend is fatally wounded, and Spiro steals the "C Cube". What can Artemis do, when all seems lost?. Could he possibly get the help of the fairies, even though he stole from them the technology to make the "C Cube"?. And if so, under which provisions?.
Too many questions, don't you think?. I believe that you should find the answers by yourself. I can tell you something, though. Get prepared for another great adventure of Artemis and his "friends/associates/whatever"!!!. Get hold of "The Eternity Code", and have fun!!! :)
Artemis has used fairy technology to make a mini super computer cube called the "C cube." A multibillionaire, Jon Spiro, steals the cube and finds out that he needs Artemis Fowl to crack the eternity code. Along with cleverness, and fairy technology, Artemis Fowl bands together with Captain Holly Short to devise a plan to retrieve the cube and keep the fairy people safe.
I think anyone should read this book. I can't believe that the author thought up this amazing teenager. He must be a genius to think of a genius for Artemis. It's so great to finish the series and to see the change in Artemis. You have to read this book if you read the other two, to complete the series of Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer
Most recent customer reviews
Just as I was reminiscing, in my afterthoughts, the wonders of The Arctic Incident, Eoin Colfer launches yet another one of his literary geniuses. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2005 by Ranjan Mukerjee
I see that Colfer has left himself a wee opening for an Artemis Fowl #4 and if there were one, I would read it. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Sarah Sammis
In this third Artemis Fowl tale, Artemis gets into a jam when he tries to sell a tricked up piece of hardware cobbled together from technology he's filched from the fairy world. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Maeri
The third book in the Artemis Fowl series seems a little darker than the first two, but still a fun read. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by L. L. Holmes
The Eternity Code is the third book in the Artemis Fowl series and is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seat! Read morePublished on June 5 2004
This book has it all. Includind action, violence, and confusing codes. For action it's got lots of gun fights + bombs. For violence it has burring people alive. Read more
A good read, always interesting, the Eternity Code is very well-written.
Artemis Fowl, thirteen-year-old criminal mastermind, makes the C-Cube, a hybrid of previously acquired... Read more
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