Opération Opale (Artemis Fowl, #4)
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Opération Opale (Artemis Fowl #4)

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Lorsqu'Artémis a subit un effacement de mémoire, à la fin du précédent volume de ses aventures, il avait pris ses précautions pour ne pas tout oublier. C'est pour cela qu'au moment où Holly Short, une elfe pas comme les autres, vient chercher son secours, tout l'univers des fées va lui revenir à l'esprit, ainsi que les diverses actions menées par le passé. Cette fois-ci, l...more
Paperback, 435 pages
Published 2007 by Folio Junior (first published April 30th 2005)
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the code on the bottom of the pages says the following:

A recruitment letter from the centaur Foaly, technical consultant, to the lower elements police.
Trsuted ally,
If you have decoded this gnommish message, then you are a deputy officer in the lower elements police. You will not be aware of this fact because it is the custom of the LEP to mindwipe oour human allies. We do this so they cannot remember being recruited. If you cannot remember the fairy people or our underground city, then you can...more
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
By Eoin Colfer
342 pp. New York, New York
Hyperion Books for Children
ISBN 0-7868-5289-5
The boy genius is back at it again. With two years of fairy memories erased from his mind, Artemis Fowl is back to his criminal mastermind self. This time he has his eyes set on a painting that sits in a very secure German bank vault. But this theft is only the first of many adventures that Artemis takes in the Opal Deception. With trolls, gunfire, and a plot to expose the fa...more

The Opal Deception was definitely my favourite in the Artemis Fowl series back in the day. It comes off the back of a huge cliffhanger in the previous book, the stakes are higher than ever, and this book definitely continues the trend established in The Eternity Code of taking a dark turn. The previous book had serious consequences for our characters, but they were ultimately rescued from those consequences, with admittedly a large cost paid. The Opal Deception goes even darker, with consequence...more
Mark O'Neill
Remember what happened last time? The LEP decide that Fowl is a security risk to the Fairies and so Foaly wipes the minds of Fowl and Butler. Then they rest easy thinking that is the last of Artemis and his schemes. But in this book disaster strikes. Opal Koboi has come out of her coma and she is vowing revenge on those who foiled her plans before. So that's bad news for Short, Root, Foaly, Mulch and of course Artemis and Butler.[return][return]Koboi frames Short for murder and Short therefore h...more
Shea Taylor
The reason why I chose Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception, is because it was one of the few books in the series that I have not read yet and it seemed interesting from the title. Other than the last two books I have not read yet, this one caught my attention for the fact that I skipped it and I needed to read it to understand the story better. Not much more reason why I picked this one, the book cover does have some interesting art on it, but nothing that would catch my attention.
The book itself w...more
Sarah's Reviews
When an enemy from his supposed past resurfaces, Artemis must come to terms with what he doesn't remember in order to have a chance at saving his life, friends, human civilization and the fairy world at large from certain destruction.

The Opal Deception takes a more serious tone than its predecessors, with some truly life threatening peril and death.
Artemis' continued personal growth makes the book an enjoyable and worthy installment. Readers should be aware that the story contains descriptive bo...more
The Artemis Fowl books are very good when you need a break from heavy 'grown-up' books. They're fun little adventure stories, and this book isn't an exception. It's not totally light: there is substance -- death happens, the characters are in real danger, actions have consequences, the friendships formed between the characters are real...

But it's easy to read, a quick read, and it's a lot of fun. In this book, I could've done with a bit more weight given to the death of a main character, but I l...more
Opal Koboi is back and set on getting her revenge on everyone who foiled her evil plan to destroy the LEP. Artemis has reverted to his old life of crime. He has become the same hard-hearted, criminal mastermind that we knew from the first book. Opal goes after Holly and Root. And after taking care of them, goes after Artemis. Will he be able to outsmart the evil but admittedly brilliant pixie? Or will this be Artemis' downfall?

Very good and completely worth it. Character development is astoundi...more
As a late-comer to the Artemis Fowl phenomenon, I'm glad I did eventually pick it up. These books are really fun and highly entertaining. The Opal Deception didn't disappoint.

Here we are, all mind-wiped and uncertain, everything under and above ground going crazy all at once, but still the heroic group pulls together to fight yet another battle. And quite the group at that: 14-year-old Artemis, his behemoth bodyguard Butler, the dwarf-thief Mulch Diggums, and the ever-fiesty fairy, Holly Short.

Janne Varvára
The fact that Eoin Colfer makes you care so passionately about his characters, makes this book both painful and engaging.

Having only read this book once before, years and years ago, I'd totally forgotten how it went. Which made it even scarier.
Especially seeing Commander Root suffer, and losing him like that is utterly heartbreaking; I love his bad-tempered self so much! What a waste.

This book is also a little different from the other three in the sense that our dynamic duos are split up. Follow...more
In the beginning Artemis and Butler have been mind-swept, their memories of the fairy world and their adventures have gone. Since it has been a couple of years since I read the last AF book I was a little fuzzy myself. How they regained their memories was ingenious and believable. The idea that selected memories can be completely erased from the human brain and never recovered has struck me as bogus. That some bits and pieces can survive even if significant sections are gone makes more sense.

Aug 30, 2014 Catherine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Shelves: reviewed
Once again, another five-star book. A three-star being the average and four being quite good, I believe that this book is truly amazing and certainly deserves to be rated as such.

I enjoyed Opal's escape scene and felt that it was suitably explained. Although it might seem like a slow beginning, I like the updated progress on Opal's condition. The fact she's been in a "coma" for about a year is amusing because in the second book she had seemed somewhat like an unstable character. In this, she see...more

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I like this cover, mostly because I think it gives a good idea of how the pixies look like, especially the eyes. You can also see Artemis and Holly against a troll, which they face in the book. The troll looks more beast-like than what I imagined, but it suits their description and behavior better than what I had in mind.

The writing was quirky and humorous (especially the dialogue) and never once treated the readers lik...more

Criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl is back…and so is his cunning enemy from Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident, Opal Koboi. At the start of the fourth adventure, Artemis has returned to his unlawful ways. He's in Berlin, preparing to steal a famous impressionist painting from a German bank. He has no idea that his old rival, Opal, has escaped from prison by cloning herself. She's left her double behind in jail and, now free, is exacting her revenge on all those who put her there, including Artemis

The book that I chose to read was Artemis Fowl, The Opal Deception, by Eoin Colfer, a foreign author from Ireland. This book falls under the genre of fantasy, blending realistic elements with an underground society of creatures such as centaurs and fairies. This book is an installment in a multi part series, all of which revolving around Artemis, a young criminal mastermind, with this story revolving around his experiences with the evil fairy Opal.
The story begins with what would be expected...more
I was glad that this book was able to not concern itself too much on the Fowl parents. Instead, it focused on Artemis's own transformation from criminal to hero as an independent decision based on his concern for others who are important to him.

Actually, there isn't all that much of Artemis in this story, but that's okay, too, as the nemesis from The Arctic Incident, Opal Koboi, is after everyone who helped thwart her last series of dastardly deeds. Not only does Artemis need saving (and remindi...more
Review pendingI'm not sure what more to write about these books than I already have! I love them - obviously, as I'm on book four an plan to listen to the fifth very soon. I love the worlds, both Artemis's and the Fairies'. And the way Colfer writes is so ingenious. So fun, so witty, and so touching. But best of all is that I adore the characters. And Colfer has managed to keep them consistent and true, but has also let them grow.

My concern after the end of the last book was that we'd just "star...more
Colfer, Eoin – 4th in series
Miramax Books, 2005, Hardcover
Artemis had his mind wiped of his memory of the fairie world and has returned to his criminal ways. He and his man Butler are in Berlin to steal a famous oft-stolen painting so that Artemis can be the youngest person to ever have stolen it. Meanwhile, Opal Koboi, that evil pixie who has been in a self-induced coma, has foiled authorities and is out for revenge on enemies, particularly Artemis...more
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Rebecca Carlsen
"Artemis Fowl and The Opal Deception", the 4th book in Eoin Colfer's brilliant "Artemis Fowl" series was, as expected, excellent! For those of you who haven't come across these books, Artemis Fowl is a young criminal genius, from a long line of Irish criminals, who discovers an underground world of fairies (literally - they live underground!). I enjoyed this book immensely, the perfect antidote to the horrendous rubbish I exposed my poor brain to earlier this week (The Strain), and my faith in a...more
For a race of superior beings most of them sure are stupid. Also they're pretty prejudice towards women you'd think they'd be a little above things like women can't be police officers.

Artemis should have stayed mind wiped for the entire book if not longer, but it was obvious he'd remember everything at some point during the Opal Deception.

Too much Opal, wasn't a fan of this book.
Julie Decker
Villain Opal Koboi rises again from her apparent year-long coma, determined first to punish her enemies and second to take over the world. She focuses first on the LEP officers Holly and Root, managing to make most of the fairy world believe Holly is a bad guy before pointing her weapons at Artemis and Butler as they "innocently" try to steal a painting. In the last book, both the humans had their minds wiped by the LEP, but now of course they are again ensnared in a fairy mission beneath the ea...more
Jun 20, 2014 Natasha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any sci-fi/fantasy fan
Recommended to Natasha by: my brother, who happens to have very good taste in books

freaking out
Just when I thought it couldn't get any better... IT DID.

Anyway. The Opal Deception is the revenge of Opal Koboi. That's right, she's back, and she plans to kill Artemis Fowl, Holly Short, Foaly, Butler, Commander Root - pretty much everybody who played a role in her downfall. And chances of Artemis Fowl remembering his past are almost zero... right? (A little suspense there for you guys. Mwa ha ha ha :) )

Here's a few previews:

A certain character is alive.

Someone else is dead.

Our favorite tw...more
Here is my partner and I 's discussion of the book- (might spoil the book)
Trenton and Ben A.- Artimes Fowl the Opal Deception
Small group reading club

Trenton- May, 13 pages 0-31. The main characters are the opal and Artemis fowl. The Opal started off faking a coma so that she is not prosecuted but she has people on the inside of the hospital that replaced her with a clone of her body and nobody would know since she is in a coma. But before this she meditated in her hospital bed for about a year....more
Carrie Slager
As I’ve mentioned before, I was a victim of moderate bullying for about five years and the memories of those incidents haunt me to this day. If you had offered to wipe all those painful memories from my mind only a year ago, I would have said yes without a second thought. Now, however, I’m not so sure because as a human, I am nothing more than the sum of my memories. Like it or not, those memories are a part of who I am today and I would be a much worse person without them. So with that in mind,...more
Another great book in the Artemis Foul series. I really liked the reader, his accent gives a nice European touch to all of the distinctly Irish, French, and American characters.

Artemis' smarts never fail to impress. The plot always progresses at a steady pace, and character change has been done well, even if it took a mind-wipe, travel through time, and meditation. While I might be more satisfied with character development in Artemis if the entire series of change happened in one or two books,...more
Chris W
Summary- THe dangerous pixie Opal Koboi has escaped from the sych wards. Without anyone knowing, she is attempting to take over the world. The surface and Lower Elements. THe only one left to stop her is the notorious Artemis Fowl and his teamates. Holly, Butler, and Mulch.

Manin Characters-

Artemis Fowl- Criminal mastermind and boy genuis. First human to uncover the fairies.

Holly Short- Captain of the Lower Elements Police.

Domovoi Butler- Artemis's bodygaurd and the 3rd deadliest man in the worl...more
This review is also posted at http://readingnookandcranny.blogspot....

Artemis Fowl is back, though his last adventure with Holly & crew has left him with no recollections of any fairy business. Never to fear, however, as Artemis's and Bulter's mind wipes don't last forever (and how could you ever have expected to, when the whole series revolves around Artemis's interactions and doings with the People.

The young Fowl, while no longer trying to steal fairy gold, has not completely washed himsel...more
Apr 28, 2008 Mel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mel by: j n t
now i can't stop until i am done with the series! maybe when i reach the end i will re-enter theworld of adult books...maybe.

i'm finally done, and def. not ready to read adult books yet. liked this installment but didn't get obsessed as i did with the others - maybe i am just in artemis overload. i think it's time to return to harry potter for a little pick me up...
My Rating Scale:
1 Star - Horrible book, It was so bad I stopped reading it. I have not read the whole book and wont
2 Star - Bad book, I forced myself to finish it and do NOT recommend. I can't believe I read it once
3 Star - Average book, Was entertaining but nothing special. No plans to ever re-read
4 Star - Good Book, Was a really good book and I would recommend. I am Likely to re-read this book
5 Star - GREAT book, A great story and well written. I can't wait for the next book. I Will Re-Read th...more
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A...more
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