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Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel by [Evanovich, Janet]
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Praise for Janet Evanovich
“No less than her plotting, Evanovich’s characterizations are models of screwball artistry. . . . The intricate plot machinery of her comic capers is fueled by inventive twists.”—The New York Times
“[Evanovich’s novels are] among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction.”—GQ

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's The Heist.

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.
Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.
Only one other person has seen the missing photo—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.
Over at the bail bonds agency things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?
Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii.  And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3204 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (Nov. 22 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UI0NVE
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Like many of the other reviews on the web, I was disappointed again. Not with the book by itself. But at the series. I am tired of Stephanie not learning how to charge her damn stun gun. Seriously, even a moron would have figured this out by now, and Stephanie is not a moron, but we just keep reading the same bungles time after time. And really, Ranger and Morellie, used to be interesting about 5 novels ago, but I am so apathetic that I can barely care less. Even the characters themselves seen apathetic, as I read in someone else's review. It almost like Janet can't be bothered to write some real interest into the characters. Come on. Morellie finds her in Hawaii with Ranger, knows shes been banging both of them, and is satisfied to punch Ranger and then go home and still and have make up sex because she brought some corned beef over? Pathetic. And then Stephanie can ask about rumors Morelli hooked up with someone else? I think i actually strained my eyeballs from ridiculous rolling.

So Janet, I hope you are reading actual former fan reviews, because many many people are echoing these same sentiments. Stop reading the same tired and copied critic reviews and listen to you fans and soon to be exfans who are tired of the plot and characters never moving forward. Plug in your own stun gun and give this series a boost before its dead dead dead.
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Stephanie Plum has plenty of FTA's to catch after returning from her trip, but her capture ratio is low! While this should be a top priority since rent needs to be paid, Steph's far more concerned with all the interested parties wanting to question her about a missing photograph. Yet, all her family and friends seem to care about is what exactly happened on her Hawaiian vacation. And that's one thing she does not want to talk about! Meanwhile a problem with the bonds bus forces Vincent Plum Bail Bonds to seek yet another location. Now Steph has to sort out this photo mess without getting killed and still earn enough money to make ends meet.

Picking up shortly after the (small) cliff-hanger at the end of Smokin' Seventeen, Explosive Eighteen changes things up a bit by having two fun mysteries that don't even involve the bonds office. And those are on top of Steph and Lula's hilarious adventures in Bounty Hunting! I personally found this deviation from the normal formula to be fun and refreshing. I also really liked that we got a direct continuation of the story from the last installment. Often the Plum books are fairly self-contained, but I'm a fan of the continuing arc.

I've read complaints about Steph's back and forth between Morelli and Ranger, and the fact that she hasn't improved much as a Bounty Hunter in all these years. While both these issues are still present, what was different in book 18 is that Stephanie seems to have realized that it's time to make a choice and some improvements. Yay for progress! And it wouldn't be a Plum novel without the many laugh-out-loud moments, which were in full supply in Explosive Eighteen. I found Lula was especially hilarious this time around.

With some fun mysteries and hilarious antics, Explosive Eighteen is one of my favourite Plum adventures in quite a few numbers!

BONUS! The hardcover edition of Explosive Eighteen contains the cutest tear-out 2012 Plum calendar!
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I was dissappointed... We've had this dynamic situation between Stephanie and Ranger since the first few books and here we are 18 books later. Morelli just found out she been with them both and doesn't say anything, come on.... he's gonna blow...and it won't be good, he's been keeping his jealousy, possessiveness and need to control her just below the surface for so long but now she broke his trust...he'll never be able to trust her again!!! Not the Italian Stallion. He would never marry her anyway unless she changes who she is.... impossible...that would be a 10 minute marriage, even shorter than her first one!!! and she goes gives him pity sex after Hawaii to saveguard her position in case the neighbour is a contender for Morelli affection... come on...she been lying for so long(mostly to herself) she thinks she can lie herself out of this jam.
Stephanie and Morelli love each other, they have a long history, but she's in love with the black knight....yeesh.scary fun.. and she did exactly what she wanted to do! She's been holding Ranger back for a long time and just couldn't resist anymore.Will she take responsability for her actions.Can she stop her bed hopping now? She has a lot of growing up to do, jealous of everyone in Morelli's and Ranger's life(Jeanne Ellen), what is she emotionally arrested at 14? And it's not my fault is getting old!! Unless she takes her life seriously(nobody else can do it for her) and decides to do what needs to be done the kind of work she really enjoys(she's really good at investigating, (better than Morelli)and find a way to get paid for it, she will remain unsatisfied and living hand to mouth(what's this, she thirty something still living hand to mouth) Jeez... I found that the best books were the ones where Ranger and Stephanie were working together.
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"That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun." -- Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NKJV)

I was hoping for something new in this book . . . and yes, it has new elements . . . but ones that are just sort of sad . . . rather than funny.

So what happens? Stephanie returns early from a trip to Hawaii and won't talk about why . . . or what the untanned spot on her ring finger means. Along the way, a seatmate headed for Trenton disappears . . . and later turns up dead. Stephanie discovers she has acquired a photograph and throws it away. Pretty soon, a lot of people want that photograph.

There are the usual bail skips to pick up . . . with the predictable complications.

Stephanie has a lot of people to get out of her hair . . . and she ends up feeding a lot of them out of pity.

She has reached the point where she shoots first (with stun gun or Glock) and asks questions later.

If her heels got to be any rounder, she wouldn't be able to stand up. Whatever happened to the Stephanie who tried to resist sexual temptation?

It's heavier handed . . . and not very funny . . . humor (?) (I guess that's what it's supposed to be).

In the alternative, you can watch a rerun of an old sitcom. You'll probably laugh more that way.

It's time to seriously consider giving up on reading this series. It's on the skids.
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