Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Review of Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer's bestselling antihero is back in Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident--the superb sequel to the hyper-hyped Artemis Fowl, shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. The Arctic Incident sees the slightly older, perhaps slightly more mellow arch-criminal Artemis recovered from his last adventure, richer now that he has his half of a hoard of fairy gold, and happier since the Clarice Starlingesque superfairy Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon returned his mother's ailing mind to full health. 

But there is still much unfinished business: Artemis Fowl Sr. disappeared when a daring escapade designed to free his family from their criminal--not to mention deeply lucrative--past and move the family's assets into legitimate enterprises went horribly wrong. Held captive by the Mafiya (the Russian organized crime syndicate) for over two years, he has been declared officially dead, but Artemis Jr. knows in his heart (yes, he does have one) that his beloved father is still alive, and he is determined to find him. Meanwhile Captain Short is temporarily on assignment to Customs and Excise as punishment for letting Fowl separate her and 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 considerable skills, and before long they are on track for an adventure that will ultimately have far-reaching consequences for both of them.

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                About The Arctic Incident
Available as: NEW Hardcover $6.97 from Amazon.com and lower prices in USED\ NEW Paperback $7.99 from Amazon.com and lower prices in USED, E-book $6.59 from Amazon.com Kindle's Edition , NEW $7.99 Paperback from The Book Depository
                                                        Recommended Ages: 13 and Up
E-book: 277 pgs.
PublishedAugust 10th 2009 by Disney Book Group (first published May 1st 2002)

For This Review: *Self-Provided E-Book Copy*

  Artemis at the start of Artemis Fowl isn't completely happy. Although, he doesn't show it he very much misses his father who has been missing for a long time now.l It seems though the Fowl family is very much criminally inclined, Artemis Senior, who is none other than Artemis Fowl's father hasn had some bad luck with his criminal ventures and in the process has been labeled missing in action. There haven't been any new clues to his whereabouts except that he disappeared in the Arctic Circle. Artemis has beeen searchimng for his father all this time including during the time of Artemis Fowl (the novel). Artemis Fowl sees his dad's eventual return as a way to continue his father and family's legacy which is very wealthy. He feels without his father he can't do it even though he has done pretty good, with stealing the Leprechaun's (Fairy people) gold frm them. Even if, Holly Short got half of it back still. Now Artemis has gained the LepRecon (The Fairy police force) and Holly as enemies but particularly Holly who despices him.

The NEW cover look as of 2009 by Disney Hyperion 
Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide At the start of the Artic Incident, we see that Artemis has gotten into trouble at his school , where a psychologist at school has obtained a way to try to get him to talk about his issues. Some of which are being against participating with others. A lot of this is true but by the end we see Artemis changs we read we see Artemis Fowl as a person that isn't a cynical and cold individual as was previously seen in Artemis Fowl. We see this in part because Artemis teams up with Commander Root and Caprtain Holly Short to try to help then solve the mystery of who is truly responsible for the recent Goblin rebellions. You get to also see the antics of Foaly the centaur genius. In turn, Commander Root and Captain Holly Short will help Artemis find his father. You do get to see Artemis more vulnerable. He isn't a complete rational boy. He can be different and actually care for others besides himself. By the end, Artemis Fowl obviously made some friends to which before he didn't have anyone that he could trust especially when his private school psychologist asked him if there was anyone the highly intelligent Artemis Fowl respected as an equal besides himself to which at the time he didn't. From the beginning of the novel Artemis could really not find someone he remotely respected but towards the end of The Arctic Incident its implied his relationships in life have changed. He looks at Commander Root with respect and especially Holly Short with a high regard of respect.

Another recommended read in the Artemis Fowl series. The next one for the series is Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code!
Overall: Amazing read!
Genre: Fantasy, Faeries, Paranormal 

Contains: Commando/Military terms, Criminal Boy Geniuses with cynical world view, Faeries that care about the Earth's stability 

                             About the Author
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators. 

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the Artemis Fowl novels, Eoin retired from teaching and now writes full time. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children. 

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