Artemis Fowl receives an urgent e-mail from Russia. In it is a plea from a man who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafiya: his father. As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by a familiar nemesis, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. Now, instead of battling the fairies, Artemis must join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves.
About the Author
Hometown:Wexford Town, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
Date of Birth:May 14, 1965
Place of Birth:Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
Education:Bachelor of Education, 1986; Education Diploma, 1987
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Chapter 2By now, you must have guessed just how far Artemis Fowl was prepared to go in order to achieve his goal. But what exactly was this goal? What outlandish scheme would involve the blackmailing of an alcohol-addicted sprite? The answer was gold.
Artemis's search had begun two years previously when he first became interested in surfing the Internet. He quickly found the more arcane sites: alien abduction, UFO sightings, and the supernatural. But most specifically the existence of the People.
Trawling through gigabytes of data, he found hundreds of references to fairies from nearly every country in the world. Each civilization had its own term for the People, but they were undoubtedly members of the same hidden family. Several stories mentioned a Book carried by each fairy. It was their Bible, containing, as it allegedly did, the history of their race and the commandments that governed their extended lives. Of course, this book was written in Gnommish, the fairy language, and would be of no use to any human.
Artemis believed that with today's technology the Book could be translated. And with this translation you could begin to exploit a whole new group of creatures.
Know thine enemy was Artemis's motto, so he immersed himself in the lore of the People until he had compiled a huge database on their characteristics. But it wasn't enough. So Artemis put out a call on the Web: Irish businessman will pay large amount of U.S. dollars to meet a fairy, sprite, leprechaun, pixie. The responses had been mostly fraudulent, but Ho Chi Minh City had finally paid off.
Artemis was perhaps the only person alive who could take full advantage of his recent acquisition. He still retained a childlike belief in magic, tempered by an adult determination to exploit it. If there was anybody capable of relieving the fairies of some of their magical gold, it was Artemis Fowl the Second.
It was early morning before they reached Fowl Manor. Artemis was anxious to bring up the file on his computer, but first he decided to call in on Mother.
Angeline Fowl was bedridden. She had been since her husband's disappearance. Nervous tension, the physicians said. Nothing for it but rest and sleeping pills. That was almost a year ago.
Butler's little sister, Juliet, was sitting at the foot of the stairs. Her gaze was boring a hole in the wall. Even the glitter mascara couldn't soften her expression. Artemis had seen that look already, just before Juliet had suplexed a particularly impudent pizza boy. The suplex, Artemis gathered, was a wrestling move. An unusual obsession for a teenage girl. But then again she was, after all, a Butler.
Juliet straightened hurriedly. "My own fault, Artemis. Apparently I left a gap in the curtains. Mrs. Fowl couldn't sleep."
"Hmm," muttered Artemis, scaling the oak staircase slowly.
He worried about his mother's condition. She hadn't seen the light of day in a long time now. Then again, should she miraculously recover, emerging revitalized from her bedchamber, it would signal the end of Artemis's own extraordinary freedom. It would be back off to school, and no more spearheading criminal enterprises for you, my boy.
He knocked gently on the arched double doors.
"Mother? Are you awake?"
Something smashed against the other side of the door. It sounded expensive.
"Of course I'm awake! How can I sleep in this blinding glare?"
Artemis ventured inside. An antique four-poster bed threw shadowy spires in the darkness, and a pale sliver of light poked through a gap in the velvet curtains. Angeline Fowl sat hunched on the bed, her pale limbs glowing white in the gloom.
"Artemis, darling. Where have you been?"
Artemis sighed. She recognized him. That was a
"School trip, Mother. Skiing in Austria."
"Ah, skiing," crooned Angeline. "How I miss it. Maybe when your father returns."
Artemis felt a lump in his throat. Most uncharacteristic.
"Yes. Perhaps when Father returns."
"Darling, could you close those wretched curtains? The light is intolerable."
"Of course, Mother."
Artemis felt his way across the room, wary of the low-level clothes chests scattered around the floor. Finally his fingers curled around the velvet drapes. For a moment he was tempted to throw them wide open, then he sighed and closed the gap.
"Thank you, darling. By the way, we really have to get rid of that maid. She is good for absolutely nothing."
Artemis held his tongue. Juliet had been a hardworking and loyal member of the Fowl household for the past three years. Time to use Mother's absentmindedness to his advantage.
"You're right of course, Mother. I've been meaning to do it for some time. Butler has a sister I believe would be perfect for the position. I think I've mentioned her. Juliet?"
Angeline frowned. "Juliet? Yes, the name does seem familiar. Well, anyone would be better than that silly girl we have now. When can she start?"
"Straight away. I'll have Butler fetch her from the lodge."
"You're a good boy, Artemis. Now, give Mummy a hug."
Artemis stepped into the shadowy folds of his mother's robe. She smelled perfumed, like petals in water. But her arms were cold and weak.
"Oh, darling," she whispered, and the sound sent goose bumps popping down Artemis's neck. "I hear things. At night. They crawl along the pillows and into my ears."
Artemis felt that lump in his throat again.
"Perhaps we should open the curtains, Mother."
"No," his mother sobbed, releasing him from her grasp. "No. Because then I could see them, too."
But it was no use. Angeline was gone. She crawled to the far corner of the bed, pulling the quilt under her chin.
"Send the new girl."
"Send her with cucumber slices and water."
Angeline glared at him with crafty eyes. "And stop calling me Mother. I don't know who you are, but you're certainly not my little Arty."
Artemis blinked back a few rebellious tears. "Of course. Sorry, Moth - Sorry."
"Hmmm. Don't come back here again, or I'll have my husband take care of you. He's a very important man, you know."
"Very well, Mrs Fowl. This is the last you'll see of me."
"It had better be." Angeline froze suddenly. "Do you hear them?"
Artemis shook his head. "No. I don't hear any - "
"They're coming for me. They're everywhere."
Angeline dived for cover beneath the bedclothes. Artemis could still hear her terrified sobs as he descended the marble staircase.
The Book was proving far more stubborn than Artemis had anticipated. It seemed to be almost actively resisting him. No matter which program he ran it through, the computer came up blank.
Artemis hardcopied every page, tacking them to the walls of his study. Sometimes it helped to have things on paper. The script was like nothing he'd seen before, and yet it was strangely familiar. Obviously a mixture of symbolic and character-based language, the text meandered around the page in no apparent order.
What the program needed was some frame of reference, some central point on which to build. He separated all the characters and ran comparisons with English, Chinese, Greek, Arabic, and with Cyrillic texts, even with Ogham. Nothing.
Moody with frustration, Artemis sent Juliet scurrying when she interrupted with sandwiches, and moved on to symbols. The most frequently recurring pictogram was a small male figure. Male, he presumed, though with the limited knowledge of the fairy anatomy he supposed it could be female. A thought struck him. Artemis opened the ancient languages file on his Power Translator and selected Egyptian.
At last. A hit. The male symbol was remarkably similar to the Anubis god representation on Tutankhamen's inner-chamber hieroglyphics. This was consistent with his other findings. The first written human stories were about fairies, suggesting that their civilization predated man's own. It would seem that the Egyptians had simply adapted an existing scripture to suit their needs.
There were other resemblances. But the characters were just dissimilar enough to slip through the computer's net. This would have to be done manually. Each Gnommish figure had to be enlarged, printed, and then compared with the hieroglyphs.
Artemis felt the excitement of success thumping inside his rib cage. Almost every fairy pictogram or letter had an Egyptian counterpart. Most were universal, such as the sun or birds. But some seemed exclusively supernatural and had to be tailored to fit. The Anubis figure, for example, would make no sense as a dog god, so Artemis altered it to read king of the fairies.
By midnight, Artemis had successfully fed his findings into the Macintosh. All he had to do now was press Decode. He did so. What emerged was a long, intricate string of meaningless gibberish.
A normal child would have abandoned the task long since. The average adult would probably have been reduced to slapping the keyboard. But not Artemis. This book was testing him, and he would not allow it to win.
The letters were right, he was certain of it. It was just the order that was wrong. Rubbing the sleep from his eyes, Artemis glared at the pages again. Each segment was bordered by a solid line. This could represent paragraphs or chapters, but they were not meant to be read in the usual left to right, top to bottom fashion.
Artemis experimented. He tried the Arabic right to left and the Chinese columns. Nothing worked. Then he noticed that each page had one thing in common - a central section. The other pictograms were arranged around this pivotal area. So, a central starting point, perhaps. But where to go from there? Artemis scanned the pages for some other common factor. After several minutes he found it. There was on each page a tiny spearhead in the corner of one section. Could this be an arrow? A direction? Go this way? So the theory would be, start in the middle then follow the arrow. Reading in spirals.
The computer program wasn't built to handle something like this, so Artemis had to improvise. With a craft knife and ruler, he dissected the first page of the Book and reassembled it in the traditional Western languages order - left to right, parallel rows. Then he rescanned the page and fed it through the modified Egyptian translator.
The computer hummed and whirred, converting all the information to binary. Several times it stopped to ask for confirmation of a character or symbol...
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An Exclusive Interview with Eoin Colfer
Barnes & Noble.com: Where did your idea for the character Artemis Fowl come from? Is anything about him based on a real child (or children) you know?
Eoin Colfer: Artemis was inspired by a desire to do something different. He began life as a secondary character, but I found him so fascinating that he soon took over the story. Luckily, I do not know anybody remotely resembling Artemis. I think he is an amalgam of every movie and literary villain that I encountered growing up.
B&N.com: Were you a storyteller and/or writer as a child? Did you always want to be a writer?
EC: I have been writing stories for as long as I can remember. I would write plays as a student and try to persuade my peers to give up their lunch break to perform in them, with mixed success. Writing is a magical experience, and once the creative bug bites, it has you for life.
B&N.com: What are you feelings about the fact that many people/media make comparisons between Artemis and Harry Potter? Are you a Harry Potter fan, yourself?
EC: The Potter comparisons are a mixed blessing. They do draw attention to the book, but some journalists make it sound as though the books have similar plots and characters, which they don't. I hope that as I have carved out my own little niche in the market, Book 2 will be allowed to stand on its own. I have read the first Harry Potter and thought it was a great book.
B&N.com: Do you believe in magic? Does it factor into your life at all?
EC: I believe that there are things in the universe that are unexplained. Doubtless, science will solve these mysteries in time, but for now the writer in me likes to come up with more romantic explanations.
B&N.com: Was it difficult to write the sequel to Artemis Fowl? Did you feel a lot of pressure to make it "as good" as the first book? How many more sequels do you have planned?
EC: Luckily for me, I had already finished half of Artemis 2 before the first one was published, so I did not really feel any pressure. I try to blank out outside influences and simply write the book the way I want to. I plan to finish the trilogy next year and maybe revisit Artemis in two or three years' time for a final episode.
B&N.com: In The Arctic Incident, Artemis Fowl seems to have become a bit less evil...and a bit more "human" -- even displaying some emotions and empathy toward others. Is there any particular reason why you chose to depict him this way in the sequel?
EC: Artemis is on an emotional journey, shaping his moral code as he goes along. By the end of Book 3, he may even have the opportunity to be a hero.
B&N.com: Both Artemis books are packed with descriptions of high-tech gizmos and weapons -- and imaginatively advanced technology. Are you a technology whiz, yourself? A gadget guru? Or, did you have to do a lot of research for these books?
EC: I am not really a gadget guru, although I am a big James Bond fan. The trick with gadgets is to explain how they work so that the reader can believe that they might actually exist. I had to do a lot of Internet research to discover the latest scientific innovations, then I added a millennium.
B&N.com: How has the fame Artemis Fowl has brought you changed your life?
EC: The biggest change is that I am now a full-time author, although it sometimes feels as though I have less time to write now, as I am busy visiting wonderful places worldwide.
B&N.com: Can you name some of your favorite children's books?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I didn't discover the delight that is the Artemis Fowl series until a week ago, when I read ARTEMIS FOWL in one day. So, of course, I had to pick up a copy of THE ARCTIC INCIDENT right away, to see if it was as good as the first. It definitely is, and in my own humble opinion, I think I liked it even better than the first book. There are points throughout the book where Artemis, now thirteen, shows a softer, more vulnerable side that I truly enjoyed. Don't get me wrong, he's still an evil genius, but he's an evil genius with heart, and you can't help but love him.
Now that Angeline Fowl is out of her depression, thanks to some fairy magic from Captain Holly Short, she's sent Artemis back to Saint Bartelby's School for Young Gentlemen in Ireland. Artemis is having quite a large amount of fun flumoxing the school's counselor, Dr. Po, when he gets an urgent message from Butler, his bodyguard/butler/majordomo--it seems that Artemis Fowl the First is alive in Russia, being held for ransom by the Russian Mafiya.
Young Artemis, of course, immediately sets out to devise a scheme to rescue his father. It's been almost two years since Artemis Senior was last heard from, and his son is most eager to bring him home. Before he can work out a devious scheme, though, he's visited by none other than Captain Short and her superior, Commander Root, and brought down to Haven City and into Police Plaza. It seems the goblin triad, the B'Wa Kell, have a human counterpart aiding in their smuggling, and Artemis the Second is, quite justly I believe, suspected of being that human.
The fairies soon realize, however, that this time Artemis Fowl isn't the bad guy in this problem. But now they'd like Artemis and Butler's help in figuring out who is behind the allaince between the goblins and the Mud Men--and Artemis is quite willing to help them out, in exchange for the fairies help in rescuing his father.
What follows is an action-packed story of good versus evil below ground, with deceptions, backstabbing, and revenge taking center stage. As Holly, Root, Butler, and Artemis race to save Haven City from being destroyed, some of the same characters from the first book make appearances--Foaly, Mulch Diggums, Cudgeon, and Captain Trouble. There's also a new foe in THE ARCTIC INCIDENT, Opal Koboi, to be dealt with.
I highly recommend the ARTEMIS FOWL series to anyone and everyone. Highly enjoyable, thoroughly entertaining, and not soon forgotten.
Eoin Colfer has enlightened me with another one of his amazing novels. My heart was pounding with excitement by the 3rd chapter. i highly recommend the entire a.f. series.
A year ago the child protégé Artemis Fowl took on the fairy underworld in a plot to restore his family fortune. This plot put the lives of his mother, his bodyguard, and all that was dear to him. But that was then and this is now. Artemis is a year older and has promise to go on the strait and narrow. He enrolled in one of Ireland's most premier colleges and now uses his talents to drive the psychologist to the brink of insanity. He almost put his greatest secrets behind him. The fairy people. He almost became normal. Well, as normal as a thirteen year old genius can be. But things don't stay the same for long. But one email is all it takes. It acted like a drop of water on a still pond. A simple email sent ripples in the once calm waters of his life. His father had been found. But getting would be no easy task. The Russian Mafia had gotten to him. At the same time the LEP (a fairy police unit) was doing a routine check-up on an abandon tunnel when they were attacked by goblins armed with illegal weapons. But that's not the bad part. They were powered by human batteries. So they naturally assumed that it was the only human who knew about the People's existence, Artemis Fowl. The fairy people capture Artemis and his massive bodyguard named Butler and takes them underground for a typical police integration. They find him innocent but are left with a problem; whose behind this. Artemis decides to help them; but there's a catch. He wants their help getting his father back. After a major break in the case they send Butler to France to investigate a suspect. While Butler is in France they trace the email and get everything ready to go. In Russia everything goes wrong and when they go back underground everything's different. This amazing work of literary art is well written and will capture the imaginations of readers young and old. It is a captivating book for readers of all ages. You will be drawn into the story by the truly unique writing style of The New York Times Best-selling author Eoin Colfer. This book is full of twists and turns from the beginning to end. Even some of the most hard to please and easily board reader will be delighted by this masterpiece. And if you're very lucky you may find some similarities between you and him. Will Artemis save his father; read the book to find out.
Book was amazing. read it twice
This 2nd installment of boy genius Artemis Fowl has more action. And has deeper schemes. Now that Artemis' mother is back to lucidity, he is now adjusting to whbat is supposed to be normal. It was such a laugh when he used his vast knowledge about psychology to threw off his counselor. I think Artemis' teaming up with the LEP is too soon, I imagined that they would have more encounter as enemies first insteadof this. But then again authors have such wit on plotting. And again such big words for the 6th grader, which I think is good, now they'll get to use the dictionary more often while reading this. LOL. Also this hero needs to learn kung-fu or something, too much brain without any combat skills tend to get boring. Now that Artemis' dad has been rescued and fortunate alive, how will Artemis manage? I cannot wait for more of his adventures. And for the maturity of his character, and then I can really call him dangerous.
This book is a fabulous sequel to the first book by Colfer. It is in my opinion that these two books should be continued in a series, not like the Harry Potter ones, that will end with a seventh book for his last year of schooling, but as a continueing series. I feel that if Colfer decided to make thses books into a series, he should continue out the Fowl family name and criminal activities. Though this is my personal opinion, I feel that anyone who has read both of the Artemis Fowl books, which I highly recommend, and truely enjoyed them, would agree with me.
Artemis is a genius criminal mastermind. The way he talks, it's hard sometimes to tell that he's own twelve. However, there are still signs: his single-minded obsessions to restore the Fowl family’s status, his willingness to believe in faeries, and his devotion towards his mother. With his imagination and genius, Artemis possesses the power to do one thing no Mud Man (human) has ever done before: wrangle faeries into parting with some of their precious gold. His greatest obstacle to achieving his goal comes in the unlikely heroine Captain Holly Short. The first female member of Recon, Holly continuously gets into trouble despite being one of Root's best subordinates. To her dismay, he expects much more of her than other members, though she eventually learns that he means the best. She has a colorful nature and will never fail to amuse readers with her smart aleck comments. I was delighted when the two came to work together in book two. Both characters are brilliant and outstanding in their respective fields, and both have charismatic personalities that command attention from those around them, both in their world and outside (the readers). I enjoyed seeing the two reconciliate with each other (over Artemis's schemes from book one). They are formidable as enemies but even more so when they combine their brains and firepower. Artemis Fowl’s dark brilliance and criminal exploits will leave you hankering for the next installment in the series. With his wit and great sense of humor, Colfer brings to readers of all ages a genius antihero, futuristic technology, mind games, and a bit of magic.
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Another great book! I couldn't stop reading it, it was so good! There are new characters,a new plot, and much more Artemis!-Richie age ten
The twelve-year old criminal mastermind is back! Back at school, that is. In Artemis Fowl, the book is jam-packed with adventure, action, and a little gore. Fairies, trolls, centaurs, and radiation and bombs are not generally associated with each other. Fairies, trolls, centaurs, and criminals aren't either. Artemis Fowl is a must read for kids 12+, teens, adults, and elders! No matter your age, Artemis Fowl will please you, make you cringe or cry, all at the same time! You have to read this book!
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This book has quite a plot. Artemis fowl is a must read. I stay up every night till one a.m.reafing a book a day. Warning:once you dtart reafing you get obsessed"!!!!! I lovee it
Better than the first in every way
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Why do some authors have a problem with 'wicked' main characters? The entertainment in the first book was a 12-year old criminal genius. In this book, if Artemis Fowl didn't come right out and say he was a criminal genius, someone who did not read the first book would never know he had ever been one. As a matter of fact, in the evil department, Fowl is right up there with Mother Teresa. This book rightful should be compared with Harry Potter. While writing that series, JRR Dowling had the disipline to be consistent. Ergo, an entertaining series. Coffer succumbs to the temptation to have everything 'nice'. Ergo, this is becoming a dull series. Not bad, just dull. The evil is left to some minor goblin characters, who the author describes as having 'rat brains'. So guess what? You get a rat brain plot with no twists, no excitment, just dull. The sad thing is, it's hard turning back. How you going to re-create Artemis Fowl back into an evil genius for book three? Readers should demand that a series get better with each book, not forgive a weak showing out of 'fan loyalty'. Get with in Eoin, it will be tough, but it's not too late.
Artemis Fowl has grown up a bit since he last escaped with a fortune in gold from the high-tech fairies who live beneath the earth. Now at a boarding school in Ireland, Artemis' criminal genius languishes behind his schoolboy exterior. When a coded message arrives from the Russian gangsters holding his believed-to-be-dead Father, however, Artemis realizes he will have to enlist the help of the very elf he just screwed over in order to stage a rescue. This second volume in the highly lucrative Artemis Fowl series ratchets up the action and violence without skimping on the character development. Holly Short, the LEPRecon agent Artemis kidnapped in book one, is back in a desperate attempt to stop a conspiracy in her world. As she and her erstwhile captor strike a Faustian bargain to achieve their own ends, they realize that they have more in common than they ever thought possible. While its nice to see Artemis play the good guy for once, its very obvious that he's in control of everyone in his life. Holly throws a wrench in the works and makes him evaluate his position--and his legacy--from a much different perspective. How this dynamic changes with the reintroduction of his father remains to be seen. As the series goes on for at least another five books, we can expect to see the relationship played out later in excruciating detail. Colfer's humor and subversive nature show through just as strongly in the Arctic Incident as in book one. Middle School boys will love the return of Mulch, the flatulent burrowing elf, and Foaly, the grumpy centaur IT guy. With convincingly bad villains, a slightly slower pacing, and all sorts of peril, The Arctic Incident readily fulfills the promise of Artemis Fowl. Recommended for grades 6-9.
When Artemis is contacted by the Russian Mafia relative to ransoming his father he is determined to do anything possible to make it happen. Coincidentally Artemis is shanghaied during his plans by LEP operative Holly Short to answers some questions regarding their own issues with a goblin bwakel (I have no clue how to spell this word!) matter. Artemis works out a quid pro quo arrangement with the fairies which turns out to be more dangerous than they could have imagined.I find it quite interesting that the author has been able to take what I feel is a rather adult storyline and twist it into something that tweens and teens can enjoy. I also find the settings which between the first book and this one have ranged over most of Europe, to be absolutely fascinating. There is also quite a bit of commentary on the harm that us "mud people" have done to our environment, but it didn't feel at all preachy or pushy in the context of the story. This is a very cleverly put together story which is understandable to the age it is directed at (my 9 year old son is really enjoying the series) that is completely not dumbed down. There may be some questions asked, but they will be intelligent ones. The characters have certainly grown on me and I really enjoyed the last exchange between Artemis and Holly (complete with jabs by Butler). Although I believe that this is the same reader from the first book who is still quite enjoyable to listen to, the sound quality of the CD itself seemed a little more harsh and I found myself constantly turning it up and down to adequately follow the story. This really has no bearing on my feelings about the book itself, although it was rather annoying.I'm happy to be sharing these with my son and continue to recommend the series thus far!
Good sequel not as good as the first one but still a good book.
Although still a great novel, I liked the first one better.
Another great adventure, forcing Holly Short and Root to enlist the help of Artemis Fowl and in return help him save his father.
The second book in the Artemis Fowl adventures, and we see that he's just a little boy who's lost his father. Through this adventure Artemis shows that he cares more for his family than the money he can aquire.
2nd volume in the Artemis Fowl series. I liked it more than the 1st one. The 1st book really just introduced our heroes. In this one, there's more character development.Artemis is actually a nice (super smart) kid. He has feelings, which is not something I thought was true after reading #1.A very enjoyable read and nice sequel overall.