Twelve-year-old Artemis is a millionaire, a genius-and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of the bedtime stories-they're dangerous! eBook also includes author video.
Colfer's (Benny and Omar) crime caper fantasy, the first in a series, starts off with a slam-bang premise: anti-hero Artemis Fowl is a boy-genius last in line of a legendary crime family teetering on the brink of destruction. With the assistance of his bodyguard, Butler, he masterminds his plan to regain the Fowls' former glory: capture a fairy and hold her ransom for the legendary fairy gold. However, his feisty mark, Holly, turns out to be a member of the "LEPrecon, an elite branch of the Lower Elements Police," so a wisecracking team of satyrs, trolls, dwarfs and fellow fairies set out to rescue her. Despite numerous clever gadgets and an innovative take on traditional fairy lore, the author falls short of the bar. The rapid-fire dialogue may work as a screenplay with the aid of visual effects (a film is due out from Talk/Miramax in 2002) but, on the page, it often falls flat. The narrative hops from character to character, so readers intrigued by Artemis's wily, autocratic personality have to kill a good deal of time with the relatively bland Holly and her cohorts, and the villain/hero anticlimactically achieves his final escape by popping some sleeping pills (it renders him invulnerable to the fairy time-stop). Technology buffs may appreciate the imaginative fairy-world inventions and action-lovers will get some kicks, but the series is no classic in the making. Ages 12-up.
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This book was great. An intense, action packed book that will have you never wanting to stop reading it. Absolutly wonderful! You will love this book, and the rest of the series, too.
One of the best Series I’ve read
When I started to become a book worm, I stumbled upon this series in a book store and fell absolutely in love! Then when I wanted to reread them I ended up buying them all again on my iPad too. Definitely a can’t put down story. And if you like book Series, then this is definitely up your ally. Now with the movie finally coming out I’m about to reread them for a 3rd time! I recommend this book series to everyone!
LOVED IT!!! IT ALMOST REACHS HARRY POTTER STANDARDS ABD THATS SAYING ALOT!!!😎😁