Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Eoin Colfer
Fiction  Series
For ages 12 and up
Hyperion, 2003   ISBN: 978-0786819140

Now that he has been returned to the bosom of his family, Artemis Fowl Senior is a changed man. His experiences as a captive of the Russian Mafiya have made him want to live the life of a law-abiding family man instead of the power-hungry criminal mastermind that he once was. For his son, Artemis, this is a very uncomfortable situation. On the one had he cannot help liking the idea of being a part of a real family, but on the other hand he is not yet willing to give up his life of crime.

So, Artemis has planned one last tremendous criminal project. Using stolen fairy technology Artemis has built a machine which he calls the C Cube, a computer unlike any other, and he plans to use it to get a sizeable amount of money out of Jon Spiro, an American businessman who has close ties to the criminal underworld. Unfortunately Artemis underestimates Spiro. At their first meeting Spiro and his hoods steal the C Cube, try to kill Artemis, and succeed in killing Artemis' faithful and much loved bodyguard Butler.

Artemis suddenly, and horribly, has to come to terms with the fact that he has a tendency to do what he likes without thinking about the consequences. Because of his latest plan Butler?s life and the very existence of the fairy community is in jeopardy and Artemis is going to have to act quickly if he hopes to be able to save both. With the help, once again, of Captain Holly Short and the irrepressible dwarf, Mulch Diggums, Artemis sets out to defeat Jon Spiro.

Once again Eoin Colfer has created a gripping and often deliciously funny book. The story is packed with fantastic technological innovations, vibrant characters, and it has a beautifully crafted plot which keeps readers guessing right through the book.

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