Title: ARTEMIS FOWL: THE ARCTIC INCIDENT - Scarce ...
Publisher: London, England: Puffin/Viking Books, 2002
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 288 pages. Published in 2002. The author's second "Artemis Fowl" novel. One of the most sensational literary Series of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a regular first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Eoin Colfer's "Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident". A triumphant achievement. Artemis Fowl, now a wealthy young boy/man, embarks on a quest for his missing father. Our twelve-year-old anti-hero (just as Harry Potter is our boy-hero) is a pre-pubescent Tom Ripley who is driven by the same deadly sin, greed, but who, in the course of the Series, gradually regains his moral compass (he gets progressively older with each new novel). The Series represents the realization of Eoin (pronounced "Owen") Colfer's brilliant twists on conventional genre narratives. "The Arctic Incident" picks up where the debut novel left off, and apart from its unmistakable twist to the James Bond-cum-John LeCarre genre novel, is Colfer's mesmerizing vision of a world in absolute disarray, as the Soviet Union collapses, Russia is effectively run by its Mafia, and Artemis Fowl is determined to learn what really happened to his father, whom he believes is being held hostage by the Mafia. Although Artemis is never fully described in any of the books, he comes across as an inscrutably handsome and attractive boy/man: Cold, calculating, charismatic. He is also shown to be quite vulnerable and lonely, unmistakably recalling The Talented Mr. Ripley in all of the latter character's amorous amorality. The success of the Series with young readers has made Eoin Colfer one of the world's most popular writers. It has also alarmed politically correct teachers and parents. An absolute "must-have" title for Eoin Colfer collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Eoin Colfer. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest writers of our time. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EOIN COLFER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0670899631. Bookseller Inventory # 13536
Synopsis: After the massive worldwide success of "Artemis Fowl" comes this equally stunning sequel, which finds old enemies Holly Short and Artemis Fowl working together for the first time. A bold and daring plan is necessary to fight the threat to the Lower Elements from the goblin B'wa Kell triad - and to rescue Artemis' father.
Review: 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.
If you enjoyed the first book, you won't be disappointed by the second. Initially the pace is a little slower, and the slightly more mellow Artemis is certainly a tad unnerving at first (particularly as one of the things that made him such an unusual character was the fact that there was something distinctly unlikable about him), but once the sparks between Holly and Artemis begin to fly, and the adventure that tests their endurance to their emotional, physical, and intellectual limits begins, the pages just keep on turning.
The high-tech hocus pocus, the complex underworld, and the James Bond-style storyline will keep even the most reluctant reader enthralled. Add to the mix a fair dollop of humor, the occasional sprinkling of right-on commentary about the state of the planet, and enough hooks in the story to ensure you will be clamoring for the next book. This chilling, thrilling adventure is a seriously cool (in more ways than one!) must-read for anyone age 9 and older. --Susan Harrison
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