The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl, Book 4)

by Eoin Colfer

Paperback, 2006



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Miramax (2006), Edition: Edition Unstated, 342 pages


After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis Fowl's mind was wiped of memories of the world belowground and any goodness grudgingly learned is now gone with the young genius reverting to his criminal lifestyle.


Colorado Blue Spruce Award (Nominee — 2007)


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342 p.; 5.25 inches

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LibraryThing member Zapatos
It really is a shame that The Opal Deception directly follows The Eternity Code; I'm not sure if this book is the weakest in the series, but it certainly feels like it when directly preceded by Eternity, which I consider to be the best thus far. While it's still an admirable addition, there were a
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number of factors that keep it from being great. For one, the return of Opal is entertaining at the beginning, but she definitely gets a little grating by the end. Also, while Mulch is a great character, the addition of yet even more dwarf skills in this book definitely tests the reader's suspension of disbelief; it's feeling forced at this point.

Still, for all that, it was certainly an enjoyable ride. Artemis' reversion to his old criminal ways, and the subsequent warring in his head between that and his other, more moral side, are great, and Butler is yet again quietly but solidly wonderful. There are a couple scenes that are just brilliant, such as the bank heist at the beginning, and Artemis & Holly's escape from the 11 Wonders, that make me hope that Colfer still has plenty of stories left to tell.

On a final note, I'm constantly amazed by how emotional these books get me, particularly considering that they're written for an audience primarily consisting of 10 to 14 year old boys. One of our protagonists is no longer with us by the end of the novel, and his loss just broke me. Even beyond this, the relationships between characters feel deep and real, and there are plenty of moments between Holly and Artemis that are emotionally lovely...even if they tend to be broken by Mulch's hairy behind.
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LibraryThing member maribs
Captain Holly Short is believed to be a murderer, Artemis and Butler (still mind-wiped) are in danger of being killed and Mulch Diggums is the only one capable of helping them all survive. Can that be right? Kind of, but Mulch would appreciate my synopsis.

Another great book in the Artemis Fowl
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series. The book is a little bit darker and serious than the previous. There is a death and a lot more violence in this one but the drama is balanced with a lot of the usual humor and fun of the three books before it.

I have noticed that the last three books are classified as Young Adult while the first's reading level is shown for Ages 9-12. The change is most evident in this one and in The Eternity Code. The story has gotten better with each book. As Artemis matures so do the stories.
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LibraryThing member IsaacW
Usually I don't like the Artemis Fowl books but this one was suprisingly good. In this book Artemis - a teenage spy tries to steal a famous painting from a well guarded German bank. He runs into some trouble with some leprechauns and pixies. This all sounds very strange and hilarious but that is
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the strange thing about these series. All this is written with a serious face and makes you believe every second of it.
This is an interesting read and actually pretty good.
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LibraryThing member roxy
The fairy people have wiped all knowledge of their world from the brain of the only human they're scared of: criminal genius Artemis Fowl. But now they need him... and fast. Another young adult novel, 4th book in the Artemis Fowl series, the teenage criminal genius is back and so are his fairy
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buddies... If you've liked the previous ones, there's no reason why you shouldn't find this one as engaging and delightful.
The fifth one (The Last Colony) came out on August 2nd and seems very promising.
Anyway, in the fourth book, villain from book 2 (The Artic Incident) wakes up from her coma and is ready to take revenge on both the fairies that put her there and the humans... Artemis and Butler are in for a treat... their major trouble being that since their mind wipe, to them, fairies, pixies, dwarfs and goblins only exist in children's book.
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LibraryThing member Redthing
The Opal Deception is one of my favorite books of the series. Opal Koboi is one tricky little creature!
LibraryThing member readafew
Artemis Fowl, boy (criminal) genius. The fairy folk wiped all knowledge of themselves out of Artemis' memories at the end of the last adventure. Now an enemy he doesn't know he of, has woken from a long coma and is ready for revenge on everyone who foiled her last megalomaniac endevor. Will Holly
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be able to save Artemis and Butler from Opal? Will she be able to save herself?
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LibraryThing member mcilibrary
i really liked this book i read and own the whole series and this was my favorite
LibraryThing member buckeyeaholic
Artemis & company are off on another adventure to stop the evil little fairy Opal from pulling off her dasterdly plan. Another great installment
LibraryThing member sara_k
Eh. I'm not interested in breaking the code and in my opinion the Artemis Fowl stories don't stand up to The Supernaturalist or The Wish List. I just can't care for Artemis Fowl but Cosmo and Meg touched my heart.
LibraryThing member LauraR8
Here's Artemis saving the world again! Is he turning good? Keep reading!
LibraryThing member sdtaylor555
I didn't like this one quite as much as the last one, but it was still wonderful!! Almost all of my favorite characters are back for the ride. This one read like a spy novel.
LibraryThing member craiglucas
A great story, with some real characters. Artemis Fowl the anti-hero is cool, a 14 year old criminal genius! And I particularly liked his nemesis, Opal Kaboi, the psychotic pixie! I know it's aimed at teenagers (or young adults as they seem to be known these days), but it's a lighthearted and
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entertaining read none the less. If you've just finished something heavy going, (such as Ivanhoe in my case), it's a great book to unwind to.
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LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
Another audiobook addition. I keep thinking I want to buy these books, but I can't resist the narrated versions! They are great! This installment has a nice resolution to the events of the last book. I also like the character development of Artemis. He's more likable with every book. Things will be
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changing in the next books, since some characters won't be returning and some characters are making life changes. Looking forward to it!
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LibraryThing member Othemts
Colfer makes an unlikely post-mindwipe reunion of Artemis Fowl with Holly Short a gripping adventure. Of course, once again the fairy world is under attack, and the villain is sprite Opal Koboi. She begins with attempts to humiliate Holly and Julius Root and Artemis and Butler. Root is killed but
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the rest team up (with Mulch Diggums, natch) to put a stop to Koboi's nefarious plans. The ending of course is preordained, but Colfer does a good job of getting our heroes in and out of trouble. A funny comeuppance of Opal involving truffles is a good twist at the climax.
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LibraryThing member kashicat
This is the fourth Artemis Fowl book, and I'm just delighted with these books, even if they're YA and I'm a tad beyond YA. :-)

Colfer makes the fairy world very interesting, and you really get to know and love the recurring characters. this book, we lose one of them, for the first time.
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I was very surprised, not to mention very sad. That event puts these books a little closer to Harry Potter level. Artemis, the main character, is a year or so older in each successive book, as Harry is in the other books. I had noted this, and mused that if the Artemis books were going to be similar, they could conceivably get darker as the later books progressed.

I'd be happy with the books either way. But it was noteworthy, I thought, that this book was elevated just a tiny bit out of the "teenagers' happy ending fairy story." It will be interesting to see how the fifth one goes.
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LibraryThing member quoting_mungo
With no memory of the fairy People, Artemis Fowl returns to his criminal ways with great enthusiasm, plotting to be the youngest ever to steal the painting that has become the trophy of Master Thieves throughout the centuries. At the same time, someone else's dastardly plot is coming into motion,
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someone whose genius is very nearly a match for Artemis's. With Holly Short declared a wanted outlaw and Artemis and Butler completely without memories of all that they had learned of the world under the Earth's core, the key to saving the fairy People may well be a convicted felon with a taste for dirt and insects.
Not quite as fond of this book as the previous ones. Too big part of the book felt like it was merely setting the scene for the action, and at a couple of points I did feel like Colfer was trying to play me for a fool, which is never a good way to treat your readers. Still want to read the next two installments when they get released in paperback.
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LibraryThing member hjjugovic
Colfer keeps the Artemis Fowl series fresh in this latest addition by having Artemis start off fresh - literally. He's had all his fairy memories wiped and is back to his old bad self again. There are great parallels here to the adolescent search for identity, and I love the exploration of the
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extent to which our memories make us who we are. I really appreciate how Colfer infuses environmental values throughout. He also shows how many different talents are necessary to make things work, but his emphasis on the intellectual sends a nice message too. Once again, good for kids and adults, although a death early in the book means it may not be appropriate for the very youngest.

PLOT SPOILERS Artemis is convinced that his Dad's new straight path is misguided. He determines to keep his family in the crime world and is engaged in the theft of a famous painting of fairies when he and Butler are unexpectedly attacked. Opal Koboi has been faking a coma while her pixie accomplies have her clone grown and then switch it with her. With the LEP unaware she has escaped, she frames Holly for Root's death and sends her to rescue Artemis from a Bio-bomb. She arrives too late, but Butler's resourcefulness has saved them, though they are both knocked out. She takes Artemis with her, who awakes and still remembers nothing about fairies. Artemis has them head to Fowl Manor, where he knows Butler will be heading as well. Butler arrives to find that Mulch has escaped LEP custody just prior to being released and is waiting with the disk Artemis had given him prior to the memory wipe in the hopes that it will restore his memory. Butler views it and remembers everything. Fowl and Holly are captured by Opal and put in a death trap with trolls while she helps an earth-loving billionaire send a probe toward the fairy city Haven, which will destroy half of it and bring humanity into contact with fairies. They their deaths delay long enough for Mulch and Butler in a stolen LEP shuttle to arrive and rescue them. Artemis views Mulch's disk and recovers his memories. Holly decides they must take out Opal themselves, as trying to convince the LEP of Opal's escape and plot will take too long. They succeed in locating Opal's stealth shuttle and tricking her into blowing it up herself with the charges she had intended to use to aim the core probe at Haven. Opal's pixies are captured, and Opal, bereft of her fairy magic due to things she had done to make herself human, is caught a week later. Holly and company are cleared of charges by the LEP, but Holly decides she can't work under the new, horrific leadership. She and Mulch start a private investigator partnership. Artemis returns home determined to be a combination of his old and bad selves - he will try to use his schemes and theft to benefit humanity and will accept the embrace of his family again. He and Holly stay in contact.
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LibraryThing member euang
simply brillient, as if by magic: Personally I think Eoin Colfer is a great author but with the Artemis Fowl books he has really out done himself. The first book is defenitely the best it's full of suspense, magic and close encounters. From the very fist paragraph it had me hooked, it is definetly
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a book to read if you like suspense filled action packed, with a little bit of violence, books. It is simply brilliant!!!
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LibraryThing member williampx2014
When I first started reading this book, I thought that this was just one of those books that stalled until the author could come up with a book with a major even in it. I was wrong. In fact, all of Eoin Colfer's (the author) books tell the story of major events. This book was no exepction.

The Opal
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Deception is basically about Artemis Fowl(main character and child prodigy) trying to save the world again. This time, there's a deranged pixie named Opal. Since in the last book, Opal tried to take over the world and was stopped by Artemis Fowl.

Through out the story, there are loads of action. Primarily because this is a action book. The author puts the action in more crucial areas, therefore adding to the suspense. I believe the authors made those kinds of scenes serious and interesting. The final product is like a season finale. Both awesome and serious.

One thing I forgot to mention about the story is the comedy. Most of it comes from the love-hate relationship between the bodyguard Butler and the Dwarf Mulch Diggums. They insult each other and usually get a good laugh out of it. They also have some crude humor in the book. For example, One time, when Mulch was eating soil, he got rid of his waste by directing his bum at Butler and fired. I got a good laugh out of that! =)

To conclude I'll just say this; read all the Artemis Fowl books, because it is very worthwhile.
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LibraryThing member cranbrook
This fourth outing for Eoin Colfer as a teenage criminal mastermind, ArtemisFowl, is--as ever--full of dramatic action, explosions, treachery, high speed chases, windy escapes from Trolls and a generous helping of fairy magic. There are plenty of laughs amidst the action and more new technical
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gizmos than you could fit into James Bond's latest car. Holly, a LEP recon police officer, having been accused of a heinous crime, now needs Fowl’s expertise once more to clear her name and save Fairy kind from oblivion. However keeping to his deal, Artemis was left with his memory erased of all previous dealings with the fairy folk, and any underground realms he may have visited, and even the flatulent, burrowing, kleptomaniac dwarf, Mulch Diggums.
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LibraryThing member 99sheriff
awesome! they don' call it the Opal deception for nothing
LibraryThing member TheLostEntwife
By far the best book of the series. This book had me laughing out loud more than a few times and I loved that Artemis finally had an adversary worthy of him (Opal just is that good). I was relieved not to have so much Juliet in this book as she was getting on my nerves a little bit, and even Holly
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seemed to soften up a bit more.

Fun, filled with action, fantastic scenes (the theft at the start of the book - that whole scene in the bank was perfect) and great characters.
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LibraryThing member heidilove
If you like Artemis, you need this book.
LibraryThing member Rosenstern
Opal's clear cut, unexplained evilness was a bit annoying. But the rest is fun. Plus Artemis always manages to make it out unscathed right? What happens when he fail? If you like reading about spy schemes, technology, recon missions this book is for you.
LibraryThing member maita
Eoin isn't very convincing in killing characters.
As usual, Genius Artemis Fowl prevails. His wit and charms can disarm any fairy, good or bad.

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