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Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

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Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl is up to his old tricks again in his third adventure, which finds him taking advantage of stolen fairy technology to develop a revolutionary miniature device called a C Cube that can hack into any computer and threatens to render all existing technology obsolete.

Although Artemis Fowl Senior, recovering from a near-death experience at the hands of kidnappers, has resolved to take the Fowl family legitimate, his son can't resist one last criminal coup while his father is recuperating. But his plan to strike a deal for the C Cube with evil Chicago industrialist Jon Spiro goes horribly awry after Spiro escapes with the Cube and Artemis barely escapes with his life. His faithful bodyguard Butler is not so lucky, and it is only through some fairy intervention that he has a chance of being revived.

The fairies are none too happy to get involved with human matters, but given that fairy technology used in making the Cube would unleash disastrous consequences in the wrong hands and lead to exposure of their underground world, they don't have much choice. Artemis plans an ingenious but potentially deadly retrieval mission in Chicago with the aid of Captain Holly Short; Mulch Diggums, the dwarf; and Juliet, Butler's bodyguard-in-training sister.

Turning the tables on the double-crossing businessman, Artemis convinces him that the cube is useless without the code that unlocks it, which only he possesses and which could take another human years to decipher. Spiro takes the bait and brings Artemis into his fortress-like headquarters where the heavily guarded C Cube is located. Once inside, Artemis and his allies set his plan in motion, facing several close calls from Spiro's clever tricks and traps.

THE ETERNITY CODE contains plenty of the high-tech wizardry, magic and humor that make the series so entertaining. And just as in Book Two, the characters continue to evolve and grow, particularly Artemis, who actually seems to be developing a conscience. In fact, the book ends with doubt in sight about the very continuation of his criminal enterprises.

In exchange for the fairies' help, Artemis had agreed to be "mindwiped," which will render him, Butler and Juliet without any recollection of the fairy people and their experiences of the past few years. But one can only imagine what clever tricks Artemis has up his sleeve to prevent this from happening, which won't be revealed until Book Four.

Reviewed by Joni Rendon on April 20, 2012

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code
(Artemis Fowl #3)
by Eoin Colfer