Thursday, April 12, 2012

Book Review of Eoin Colfer’s “Artemis Fowl” (Book 1)

If you are not familiar with Artemis Fowl, you have been missing out on a high-octane adventure story/secret agent/magical/mystery story all rolled into one. In this story we follow the capers of a master-mind criminal Artemis Fowl (an anti-hero) who schemes every way possible to retain his family’s reputation, fortune and honor. Artemis is only 12 years old, but by all rights is more charming, intelligent and deadly that the most well trained Navy SEAL or CIA secret agent. He always manages to stay two steps ahead of his enemies.


In this particular story Artemis attempts to restore his family fortune by kidnapping a Fairy named Holly Short and holding her for a ransom of 1 ton of 24 karat gold. Of course the fairies are well organized with tactical precision, military technology and cunning. They aren’t about to let that kind of treasure go without a fight. Artemis is well aware of his enemy however. He had done his homework. He practiced the first rule of military engagement – know your enemy.

This book is meant to appeal to the young reader (10+), but is still enjoyable for adults. It’s a rather quick read, and very enjoyable. The predictability in some parts doesn’t detract too much from its entertainment value. I look forward to reading the second installment in the series, “The Arctic Incident”.

(I received this book free from the publisher through Net Galley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.")

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