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Iron Man: The Gauntlet

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Tony Stark is known throughout the world as many things: billionaire, inventor, Avenger. But mainly for being the Invincible Iron Man.

Just when Tony is about to add his pizzazz to an international eco-summit in Ireland, someone close to him forces him to question his role in making the world a more dangerous place with his high-tech weaponry. But Stark doesn't have much ti
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Marvel Press
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Jerome It's after Iron Man 3. Not sure, what movie the story takes place before, though, since it mentions the Friday AI.

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May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than I though I would. Yes it is aimed at younger readers but that is ok, as usually this just mean there is less swearing in the book. As Eoin Colfer's says he see himself as a bit of a wise guy, and Tony Stark is definitely a wise guy, so this works very well for him writing the character. He also sets the story in Ireland, and the other main characters are Irish. So he plays to his strengths nothing wrong with that at all.

Even though this is an Iron Man story Tony Sta
Stephanie (Bookfever)
Honestly, I don't know how to review this book. First of all, since Eoin Colfer is my favorite author ever I should've read this book ages ago but other books kept coming in between. And then it took me ages to post this review. I know, shame on me! Second, it was so very awesome. Just like I had hoped.

I don't want to get too much into the story because then I'd be giving too much away for sure but I can say that it's partly set on Little Saltee, which is obviously is very familiar (fans of his
Jul 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
In recent years, I've seen various movies and television shows featuring Tony Stark as Iron Man, ranging from The Avengers on the big screen to the old-school 1994 animated series on DVD. I've also read various Marvel comics, both in issue and omnibus format.

This pales in comparison to those.

I've enjoyed print novels featuring comic book superheroes before, but, this one lacks the magic of the other ones I've read. If you want to see how a Marvel print novel should be done, read Peter David's ad
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)

I should probably start this off by admitting that I have never really watched any of the Marvel movies (including the Iron Man ones and the ones that have Iron Man in them) nor have I read any of the comics or books or all that stuff...

In short, I am more or less an Iron Man noob with very limited knowledge about the guy. It is not to say that I am totally ignorant about the character and have no idea about his personality or anything, I do. I have been in the room while my husband has watched
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed seeing the more vulnerable side of Tony Stark in this book because I love that about Iron Man, but the plot itself didn't always manage to capture my attention.
Jordan Finch
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, childrens-mg
This book was actually pretty fun, and I enjoyed seeing Tony get himself into new shenanigans. Colfer gets Tony's snark and pompous attitude just right, and I liked getting to see Tony rely on his brains rather than just on the Iron Man suit.

This book doesn't really fit neatly into the MCU timeline, but it would clearly take place sometime after the events of Iron Man II, what with (view spoiler) being the villain. I actually liked the crew of bad guys he round
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Nobody
I lost intrest in this book quite fast. And I LOVE Iron Man. But this book, no, just no.

Before I start with the negatives, which there are more of, I will start with the positive.
- Some other people will maybe disagree, but I loved how Eoin wrote "Z" in front of thing that the french man, who I can't remember what was called, said. It reminded me of me and my friend when we dont remember what things are in french in french class.

But now the negatives.
- I felt like the book was jumping. It may h
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Colfer has captured the snarky genius of Tony Stark and lets him interact with some fun new characters, both real and AI. And there's an overall comic book superhero flavor to the text and the story.'s hard to connect with anyone, and the book reads rather like one long chase scene where technology, boosted by coincidences, keeps everyone from really having to think, ponder, and outwit.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At first glance, It appears to be a childish superhero book, but it is actually much better.
Written by the renowned author, this book has smooth and flowing, great word choice. I highly recommend this awesome iron man novel.
Awwwwww, 😯, so short!

This was a light fun read. We knew Tony probably wouldn't really die, or come to much permanent harm, sigh, that's the popular super hero genre for you, but, damn, he really went through a lot in this one.
Colfer humour; top notch as usual. There were actual times that I actually LOLed. He does this thing where he shows us a perspective that is ultimately unrelated to the whole story, but is as funny as hell.

I did NOT see the twists coming, damn. Well played, Mr Colfer. Your
Nathan Usher
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about Tony Stark, who is known worldwide as an inventor, a billionaire and most importantly, Iron Man. Tony is going to somewhere in Dublin when he sees something going on. There is people there when he comes and they take his suit. Can Tony get out alive?

I like this book and I would recommend it for kids who like adventure. I would recommend this book to kids who like the Artemis Fowl series. I like this book because it took somethings from the movie Iron Man and also made up a few
Reetta Saine
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Colferin kannattaisi olla varovainen näissä muiden teosten kirjoittamisissa, sillä mopo alkaa karata käsistä pahemman kerran.

Humoristista toimintaa, joka varmasti löytää lukijakuntansa. Voi ottaa mukaan vinkkauksiin juurikaan puhumatta mitään.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
An entertaining Y/A story.
It was an okay book. I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but it was definitely not the best Marvel novel ever written. The quality of the novels that Marvel has been printing has been pretty hit-and-miss for me, but I have still enjoyed reading most of them. This one had some decent character development for some of the characters. I am not so sure about Tony Stark, though. It has action in it, and it gives a brief glimpse into what could be considered a "turning point" in Tony St ...more
I love the Artemis Fowl series, for all its flaws. This book seemed a good marriage of two of my favorite things: an Eoin Colfer book and Iron Man. I actually really liked how the book started, with Iron Man being tricked and kidnapped and needing to depend on his brains instead of his suit. But, the book veered steeply into silliness to resolve, including classic bathroom humor from Colfer (with several references to constipation) that made it too juvenile for my taste. And the development of t ...more
This could have been a shallow, shoot 'em up type of adventure story, but it wasn't. Colfer took the readers deeper into who Tony Stark is and why he feels compelled to be Iron Man. The book was much more about Tony than Iron Man. The person inside the suit is more complicated than the image he likes to give off, even to himself. It was an enjoyable read. Colfer is a good writer and showed it again in this book. I especially liked the circularity with which the book began and ended.

I received a
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stopped
I wanted to like this book, if simply as a quick read between more substantial picks, but I couldn't get through it. As a fan of Tony Stark in most renditions, this book traded proper characterization for uninspired, immature humor, and poorly developed prose. It reads mostly as a cash grab, with a disappointing entry by Colfer, known for more energy in his own series. Ultimately, it's redundant in a way even comic media can avoid, and written by a Name that could peddle the book just long enoug ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
4.5 stars

Marvel fans of all ages will love reading Eoin Colfer's THE GAUNTLET. Written true to the iconic Iron Man, Colfer effortlessly brings the snark, the ego, and the brains of Tony Stark to life within the pages of his new middle grade book.

Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Eoin Colfer has a great handle on the character of Tony Stark, and the book was a fun between movies adventure.

Check out my full review on Forever Young Adult.
Captherine ✪
Oct 25, 2016 marked it as to-read
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
The Gauntlet is a new young adult novel featuring Tony Stark and Iron Man. Tony is off to speak to environmental leaders from all over the world. He orders his AI companion, Friday to take him and his Iron Man suit to his yacht where his decoy, known as Prototony, is making the world think that he is partying with a young supermodel. When Friday starts malfunctioning, Tony reluctantly realizes that his Iron Man suit has been hacked. Friday turns out to be a young Irish girl named Saoirse Tory, a ...more
Chelsea Gouin
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. Who would have thought an Iron Man story could be so boring? Scratch that...who could have thought an Iron Man story penned by Eoin Colfer could be so boring? This is the man who wrote Artemis Fowl that won over the hearts of millions...yet failed so epically when it came to this avenger. It's guessed this takes place more in the comic universe than the movie verse as the introduction to the Mandarin varies from the screen adaptation. Eoin Colfer did nail Tony Stark, however. The character ...more
Lyndsey L.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The first twist was fantastic.

My initial thought when I saw this was surprise that the author of Artemis Fowl wrote an Iron Man book. There are some problems with the book, but as a whole, I thought it was pretty enjoyable. You really get into Tony's head. I did feel like a few scenes were missing and one or two people occasionally acted out of character for the sake of plot. (After one of the first scenes I expected a specific character to bail Tony out of a jam, very petulantly but also provi
Edoardo Albert
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Disappointing. Sad to reduce a 60,000 word book to a one-word review, but 'disappointing' sums it up. Not that The Gauntlet is bad. Eoin Colfer is too practised a writer for it to be bad. He maintains, the pace, the wisecracks and the plot twists as only someone who's managed to wring eight novels and a movie adaptation out of the premise of the bad boy genius could. But that's about it: in the end, it feels like a thoroughbred writer, going through his paces and showing off his tricks, and noth ...more
A great romp through the Marvel universe.

A fun, well-paced adventure with a quick timeline, high tension, and that perfect dash of Tony Stark SNARK. There were just enough mentions of familiar characters to create a sense of the broader universe, but not so much riding on a prior understanding of those characters to make not knowing them a detriment.

My favorite part is that it's not an origin, or pre-origin / kid-fic. It's a full on Tony-Stark-IS-Iron-Man adventure, he's even already established
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5

This is my first Marvel super hero novel, and I'm a little disappointed. While the author did a good job of capturing the voice of Stark, (I enjoyed the scenes from his PoV). I was kind of annoyed that the majority of the book takes place with the suit out of reach. I mean... Ironman... The suit.... When I pick up a book about Ironman I want to read about him using the suit, not being a prisoner to some villain and running away. It's not until the last 1/7th of the book that th
Rhoda  Crowell
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was initially worried when I saw this book. The Marvel's Iron Man story is well known by young and old. Tony Stark's brilliant yet snarky character, as seen in the movies and comics, has been indelibly etched into our minds. Could someone possible make a book for kids that can give and original story and portray the Tony Stark character effectively. And then I saw who the author was; Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series. I have admired Mr. Colfer's action/adventure series as well as ...more
Jacquelyn Pace
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I am a self-described Marvel Fangirl, especially when it comes to the MCU. I have to admit: if Marvel stamps their name on it, I'm probably going to get behind it and be super excited to watch it or read it. Unfortunately, that has not been the case for either of the YA novels that Marvel has put their name on. I was more than excited when I heard that Marvel was going to start publishing YA novels and that they were going to start with Black Widow. I read Black Widow: Forever Red last year and ...more
Luchia Houghton
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I've only just got round to reading this book after it's been sat on my shelf for a while, which is surprising I guess as I love superheroes and comic books. But the start really didn't grip me as much as I was hoping, by the time the villain shows up it's a lot more interesting and fast paced which I preferred but then towards the end a completely new, yet interesting, character is introduced and that part felt rushed, like he'd been put in at the last minute to fill a part. There was also a lo ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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entreteinin 1 2 Nov 01, 2016 07:45PM  
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
“The universe has certain rules. Among them are:
He who owns a sharp tool will eventually cut himself.
Laboratory accidents never result in super-hero-type powers.
And most applicable in this case:
He who laughs first gets caught.
The first rule could be, at a stretch, applied to Tony Stark and the Iron Man suit, considering recent events.
One notable exception to the second rule was currently swinging around New York City on a spider web, which did not bear thinking about.”
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