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The evil pixie Opal Koboi has spent the last year in a self-induced coma, plotting her revenge on all those who foiled her attempt to destroy the LEPrecon fairy police. And Artemis Fowl is at the top of her list.

After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis had his mind wiped of his memories of the world belowground. But they have not forgotten about him. Once again, he ...

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Overview

The evil pixie Opal Koboi has spent the last year in a self-induced coma, plotting her revenge on all those who foiled her attempt to destroy the LEPrecon fairy police. And Artemis Fowl is at the top of her list.

After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis had his mind wiped of his memories of the world belowground. But they have not forgotten about him. Once again, he must stop the human and fairy worlds from colliding only this time, Artemis faces an enemy who may have finally outsmarted him.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In his fourth adventure, Artemis Fowl's career is in peril because all memory of the fairy people has been erased, and Opal has framed Capt. Short for murder. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
In the fourth installment of the Artemis Fowl fantasy adventure series, the evil pixie, Opal Koboi, escapes from the hospital where she has been faking a coma by cloning herself. Artemis has reverted back to his evil, greedy ways since the mind wipe erased all the good influences that his interaction with the fairy people gave him. Opal is set on getting her ultimate and nasty revenge on Artemis and LEPrechon, while also planning on destroying the whole fairy realm of Haven. Holly Short is framed for a horrible crime but escapes to the surface to try to save Artemis from Opal. As with the previous books, this one is well written with a fast-moving, gripping action adventure plot. All the likeable and lovable characters are back fighting evil and saving the fairy and human worlds. Fans of the series, who are eagerly awaiting the continued adventures of brave Holly and genius Artemis, will not be disappointed. Sadly a major character dies in this story, perhaps making it the last one in the series. It is a must-have for public and school libraries where the series is popular as well as where action adventure and fantasy books are all the rage. A most enjoyable, almost perfect novel, it includes a special message to be decoded from the fairy language that runs along the bottom pages of the novel; however, readers will have to read and use the translation key from The Artemis Fowl Files (Miramax, 2004). VOYA CODES: 4Q 5P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Hyperion, 342p., Ages 11 to 15.
—Karen Sykeny
KLIATT
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, July 2005: Is the world big enough for two child geniuses? This fourth volume in the popular Artemis Fowl series pits the eponymous criminal mastermind, now 14 years old, against his rival, the evil pixie Opal Koboi. Opal has hatched a cunning plan to leave a clone of herself under guard in a coma, while disguising herself as a human child and setting out to destroy the fairy world?—?and destroy Artemis as well. She wants to get revenge on those who had previously foiled her plans to destroy the fairies, and manages to frame Artemis's old colleague, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Fairy Police, for the murder of her commander. Artemis and Holly team up to defeat Opal, but she sets a clever trap for them that almost has them torn apart by trolls. Luckily, Artemis's loyal bodyguard, Butler, and the flatulent dwarf, Mulch, come to their rescue, and the chase is on to capture Opal. The comic book-like action and humor, as well as the wacky characters and clever gadgets, will keep readers turning the pages in this entertaining fantasy adventure, and Artemis continues to show personal growth. He's even developing a conscience, he discovers to his surprise, and he learns to value friendship over gold. Another winner for Colfer, and sure to be popular among Artemis's fans; they'll also enjoy trying to crack the code at the bottom of each page. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Hyperion, Miramax, 342p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Paula Rohrlick
Children's Literature
Artimis has gone back to being a criminal but because he has no memory of the fairy people, he has no idea that his archenemy Opal Kobol is back. Of course, he would not suspect as he knows Opal is actually in jail; however, by cloning herself and leaving her clone in jail, Opal is now free to carry out her plans, which include: doing away with those who were responsible for capturing her and carrying out her ultimate vengeance by killing Artimis. The plot is excellent and moves the reader rapidly through deadly traps. It is only at the end that the reader finds out if Artimis is actually outmaneuvered. The characters are well developed and believable. The author is very adept at weaving humor throughout the story and readers will be hard pressed to put the book down once they have started to read it. I believe that individuals, who do not particularly like this genre, will be won over if they try this book. A secret code is printed at the bottom of each page and the author challenges reader to break the code. I tried, but could not do it. I highly recommend this book. I am sure if readers are already Artimis Fowl fans, they will put his book at the top of the list of favorites. It is a cliffhanger! 2005, Miramax Books, Ages 12 up.
—Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Identity fraud is at the heart of this fourth book in the series. To all appearances, Opal Koboi, pixie and archenemy of the fairies, is under close surveillance as she lies in a coma. Artemis Fowl, the brilliant 14-year-old criminal mastermind, has had his mind wiped clean of all knowledge of fairies, and, therefore, of all prior goodness he has learned. When the real Opal escapes and leaves behind a DNA-perfect clone of herself, her revenge against all those who opposed her commences with deadly fury. Among the barrage of high-tech gadgets and continuous action sequences and plot twists are moments that give even Artemis Fowl pause as he contemplates friendship, responsibility, and death. The prose is clunky and the characters speak in clich s, but those who enjoyed the earlier books won't care. The humor (heavily dosed with flatulence jokes) and creativity carry the narrative through the tight spots and impossible situations.-Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423124559
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 7/14/2009
  • Series: Artemis Fowl Series , #4
  • Edition description: New Cover
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 33,753
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Biography

Eoin Colfer is a former elementary school teacher whose Artemis Fowl series has become an international bestseller. He is also the author of The Legend of Spud Murphy, The Wish List, and the New York Times bestseller The Supernaturalist.He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Author biography courtesy of Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Colfer:

"My original ambition was to be a comic book artist. I would still love to write a comic one day."

"I have a real hatred of queues. If I see a queue of more than four people, I will leave the building and come back another day."

"I have four brothers and they are the inspiration for several of the sprites and gremlins in my books."

"I did a parachute jump recently and loved it. I would definitely take it up as a hobby if we had more clear sky over here in Ireland."

"I am a big theatre fan, and I go as often as possible with my wife. I actually started out in the theatre, writing plays for my actor friends."

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Eoin Colfer (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Wexford Town, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 14, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
    1. Education:
      Bachelor of Education, 1986; Education Diploma, 1987
    2. Website:

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The Opal Deception


By Eoin Colfer

Thorndike Press

Copyright © 2005 Eoin Colfer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780786277544

Chapter One

The Book

Ho Chi Minh City in the summer. Sweltering by anyone's standards. Needless to say, Artemis Fowl would not have been willing to put up with such discomfort if something extremely important had not been at stake. Important to the plan.

Sun did not suit Artemis. He did not look well in it. Long hours indoors in front of a computer screen had bleached the glow from his skin. He was white as a vampire and almost as testy in the light of day.

"I hope this isn't another wild-goose chase, Butler," he said, his voice soft and clipped. "Especially after Cairo."

It was a gentle rebuke. They had traveled to Egypt on the word of Butler's informant.

"No, sir. I'm certain this time. Nguyen is a good man."

"Hmm," droned Artemis, unconvinced.

Passersby would have been amazed to hear the large Eurasian man refer to the boy as sir. This was, after all, the third millennium. But this was no ordinary relationship, and these were no ordinary tourists.

They were sitting outside a curbside cafe on Dong Khai Street, watching the local teenagers circle the square on mopeds.

Nguyen was late, and the pathetic patch of shade provided by the umbrella was doing little to improve Artemis's mood. But this was just his dailypessimism. Beneath the sulk was a spark of hope. Could this trip actually yield results? Would they find the Book? It was too much to hope for.

A waiter scurried to their table.

"More tea, sirs?" he asked, head bobbing furiously.

Artemis sighed. "Spare me the theatrics, and sit down."

The waiter turned instinctively to Butler, who was after all, the adult.

"But, sir, I am the waiter."

Artemis tapped the table for attention.

"You are wearing handmade loafers, a silk shirt, and three gold signet rings. Your English has a tinge of Oxford about it, and your nails have the soft sheen of the recently manicured. You are not a waiter. You are our contact Nguyen Xuan, and you have adopted this pathetic disguise to discreetly check for weaponry."

Nguyen's shoulders sagged. "It is true. Amazing."

"Hardly. A ragged apron does not a waiter make."

Nguyen sat, pouring some mint tea into a tiny china cup.

"Let me fill you in on the weapons status," continued Artemis. "I am unarmed. But Butler here, my ... ah ... butler, has a Sig Sauer in his shoulder holster, two shrike-throwing knives in his boots, a derringer two-shot up his sleeve, garrotte wire in his watch, and three stun grenades concealed in various pockets. Anything else, Butler?"

"The cosh, sir."

"Oh, yes. A good old ball-bearing cosh stuffed down his shirt."

Nguyen brought the cup trembling to his lips.

"Don't be alarmed, Mister Xuan." Artemis smiled. "The weapons will not be used on you."

Nguyen didn't seem reassured.

"No," continued Artemis. "Butler could kill you a hundred different ways without the use of his weapons. Though I'm sure one would be quite sufficient."

Nguyen was by now thoroughly spooked. Artemis generally had that effect on people. A pale adolescent speaking with the authority and vocabulary of a powerful adult. Nguyen had heard the name Fowl before - who hadn't in the international underworld? - but he'd assumed he'd be dealing with Artemis senior, not this boy. Though the word "boy" hardly seemed to do this gaunt individual justice. And the giant, Butler. It was obvious that he could snap a man's backbone like a twig with those mammoth hands. Nguyen was starting to think that no amount of money was worth another minute in this strange company.

"And now to business," said Artemis, placing a micro recorder on the table. "You answered our Web advertisement."

Nguyen nodded, suddenly praying that his information was accurate.

"Yes, Mister ... Master Fowl. What you're looking for ... I know where it is."



Continues...


Excerpted from The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer Copyright © 2005 by Eoin Colfer. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Answer to the r Pre Answer to the previous question

    1 Artemis Fowl
    2 The Artic Incident
    3 The Eternity Code
    4 The Opal Deception
    5 The Lost Colony
    6 The Atlantis One (I forget its name)
    7 The Time Paradox ( 6 & 7 might be mixed up)
    8 The Last Gaurdian

    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the first book in the series that I have read and I fell in LOVE with it!! I think if you are looking for a book to just curl up in bed with, I would recommend this a million times! I also love the series. Also look for the other books in the series, they are
    AWESOME!!!!!!!
    = ) You will love it 100%!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Cant wait to read!

    My class and i are reading the series as a requirement and it is absolutly amazing! Although u might think that faireys and goblins are childish, the series shapes it into a more mature matter. Since i dont want to be ahead of the class,i have decided to not read the opal deception YET. I cant wait to read it along with all the other books that colfer has published. Over all awesome series!
    -Michelle Blow =^^=

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Oh my gosh.....awesome!

    I so did not expect what happened. From Mulch to trolls and chocolate truffles everywhere, this will leave you excited and breathless for the next book, The Lost Colony (which by the way is also awesome). I love Artemis Fowl and this book made me fall in love with the characters even more.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Theyknow

    I read the whole series and this is the best series ever. I was sad when the commander died. Anyways just readbthis book

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    I read them all. AMazing. so cool!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Awesome

    Love Artemis and friends!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Ahhhhhhhh.

    Opal is sooo evil. I hate her an I dont feel a bit bad when shes dies in a later book.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Epic

    I love it some ppl say it sucks but it is epic



    Zal

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Ge

    Beast

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Icey

    Good book

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wickedly awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Artemis fowl

    This is my favorite series EVER!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Good story

    Good story, artemis strikes again

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Opals magic

    Opal will NOT get her magic back through the ritual because
    The Human Growth Hormone made COMPLETELY human!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    From Alexander Minshull

    A book that is wonderful, action-packed... simply amazing.
    Thank you, Eoin Colfer!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

    more from this reviewer

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    VERY entertaining!!

    "Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception" is very entertaining and very enjoyable to read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Kept Me Guessin!! :)

    Artemis Fowl:The Opal Deception was a really exciting book that put pictures in my head in every paragraph.This book has a few different settings that it takes place in.It also has a few different main characters for each chapter.One of these main characters is Artemis Fowl himself.He is trying to become the best and youngest master thief ever.But folling along trying to kill him is Opal Koboi.Opal Koboi is a fairy/pixie thats wants revenge against Artemis,Foaly,and a few other people.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Opal is back!

    Opal Koboi is yet again battling Artemis,with help from her assistants (,not really that much,) from breaking out of jail to trapping Artemis and Holly with hungry trolls. Another must-read from Eoin Colfer!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    This is book 4

    This book is the 4th book.
    I think it was way better than the 3rd one
    They probably can skip book 3 when they make the movies,
    which they've been planing to do for over a decade!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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