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The teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl is back -- and better than ever -- in the third installment of Eoin Colfer's bestselling series.
Fowl's father returns from prison a reformed man, and he's made Artemis promise to keep clean. But going straight will have to wait until Artemis can pull off one final scheme: get paid to keep his newly created "C Cube" -- a device that can control all human technology -- off the market for one year. Artemis approaches Jon Spiro, a wealthy (and shady) Chicago entrepreneur, but when Spiro swipes the cube and shoots Artemis's loyal bodyguard, Butler, Fowl contacts his old LEPrecon friends for help. After seeing to Butler (and taking on a new bodyguard, Juliet), Artemis heads to Chicago with Captain Holly Short for a sneak attack against Spiro. The plan is genius, to say the least, and in the end, Butler turns out a different man while Artemis returns to familiar roots.
Colfer has done it again, spinning an Artemis exploit that matches the action and suspense of the first two Artemis Fowl books. Twists and turns get better as Artemis schemes his way into Spiro's lair, and the novel slaps readers with a mind-spinning finale. Like a fine wine, Fowl's brilliance gets better with age. Matt Warner