Artemis Fowl wants to find his father, held hostage in Russia; Holly Short wants to find who's supplying the goblins with human technology; Foaly wants to find out who's disabled all the LEP Technology and pointed the finger at him.
Artemis has received a ransom demand for his father but is captured by the LEP who suspect him of supplying the goblins with dangerous Human technology (batteries). He convinces them he's innocent and agrees to help them if they help him free his father. Meanwhile, down in the underground world, chaos has arisen. An unknown traitor has stolen forbidden weapons and armed a horde of trolls, setting them loose to wreak havoc on the citizens. Clues lead Captain Holly Short straight to Artemis, and she exacts a small bit of revenge by kidnapping him, just as he once kidnapped her. But soon she learns that Artemis isn't behind the chaos, and if she's to have any hope of stopping it, she will need his help. As a result, these onetime adversaries must now join forces -- a mix that proves to be both charming and volatile.
And just like the first book of the series I devoured this book in one sitting. I couldn't help myself. I was drawn into the story right at the beginning and wouldn't let go until the very end. Good thing it was the weekend.
Artemis really wants his father back and if that means asking help of his nemesis, he will do it. And thus again Captain Holly Short and Artemis are thrown together for another adventure. I love the way the author portrays Artemis as this evil genius but he also has a sweet kindness about him that he doesn't like to show very often, and then there Holly who complains and grumbles about working with the Mud people but does so and has a very strict honour code. Great characters and great story. Can't wait to get my hands on the next book.
Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident by Eion Colfer (4.5/5) Young Adult: Fantasy; Published: Hyperion (5/2002); Series: # 2, Artemis Fowl; Young Readers Challenge (9); 101 Fantasy Reading Challenge (3); 2009 100 + Reading Challenge (136);