This book is extremely well written and funny. This book and series are among my favorite books, and considering all the books I’ve read, that’s a high honor. I especially enjoy the clever plots that Artemis Fowl II concocts to gain knowledge of the Fairy People and their gold. Holly’s daredevil attitude and her excellent ability to handle situations under pressure makes this book breathtaking and exhilarating. I admire Butler’s supreme soldier’s initiative and ability to protect Artemis as well as to go along with his plans to figure out the underworld secrets of the People. Mulch Diggums, too, is clever, but in his own way. His... er... interesting method of transportation and escape is funny to read about. And Artemis! His plans are clever, some parts of it not even the centaur genius Foaly can anticipate. His mother in a state of disrepair, his father gone missing in Russia, he puts his evil ploys together to restore the Fowl family fortune. This book is so witty, funny, serious, suspenseful, and it kept me wondering: What will come next?