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Click Here to Download the Book Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich. Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 from Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, she’s flying back to New Jersey solo, and someone who sounds like Sasquatch is snoring in row 22. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. The FBI, the fake FBI, and guns-for-hire are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying. Only one other person has seen the missing photograph—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back. Over at the Bail Bonds Agency it’s business as usual—until the bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke, Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their “largest” FTA yet, lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment, and everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?! Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii. And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated.
Reviews Okay. So I've been a Plum fan for over a year now, and I will admit, somewhere around number 12/13, my interest in these books did head downhill, but only just a little. I knew, even after reading all the reviews, and the 1 star ratings, that I would read this book, because I love this series and unless a book is completely, unreadably BAD, I usually want to finish a series (even though this one seems to be ever-lasting!). So why the 4 stars? Because I LIKED this book. It felt like coming home. Yes, Stephanie isn't getting to be a much better bounty hunter; yes, Lula still talks about food all the time and wears too tight clothes; and yes, I do realize that there has been very little character development, most frustrating in the area of who will she chose: Ranger or Morelli? No one ever said these books were supposed to be REALISTIC. Of course Rex would be dead by now, most likely, one or both guys would have walked away by now, and I know most car insurance companies would probably not be willing to sign Stephanie Plum no matter what she was willing to pay. But climbing into bed with this book after a long week and reading about Trenton, and Lula, and Grandma, and all the others was a breath of fresh air. There is nothing wrong with this book, it's not any better or worse then the majority of the other 17 books. I
think everyone's expectations were placed too high... but folks... in the 17 books before, nothing really changed... what made you think it would now?
Oh Stephanie - you're becoming rather predictable. I started reading the Plum series this summer and devoured them, one after another including the "between the numbers" books. They made me giggle out loud. But this one, it was just too hard to follow the unraveling mystery. It was a bit far-fetched. A photograph slipped into her bag, people trying to kill her those are typical but then when the photo is from a hacker who is trying to help his mother - but people think it's of him the story line gets a bit confusing. Plus there wasn't enough of Ranger, Morelli and Grandma Mazur. Something happened in Hawaii, yes we find out what it was, but Morelli doesn't and I thought he should be told. The best parts were when Joyce moved in with Stephanie. I laughed at those. In the end, I felt blah. It wasn't the usual Stephanie Plum - no cars were blown up, crushed, or smashed. Oh and I really didn't like the Lulu and Buggy thing - creepy. I hate to think think this, but maybe Stephanie should marry Morelli and settle down in the Burg and raise a bunch of little Morellies. She could chase bad guys with a diaper bag or just get a nice job in a bank.
This is my first Janet Evanovich book, therefore Stephanie Plum. I enjoyed her, as is wasn't too terribly vulgar and easier to read than a lot of the books out there. There is some story, and some people were unfortunately killed. I liked Morelli, Ranger, Lula, Grandma Mazur, Connie, Vinnie, the Burg, and everything and everyone connected to Stephanie's weird, weird world. But the formula still works for me. Having said that, I do think that this book seemed to have a little less meat on the bone than most of the earlier ones. And by the time the "Explosion" finally rolled around, it fell a bit flat to me. I wanted it to be...MORE...I guess, rocket launcher or no. But I still enjoyed every page. Would you WANT to picture that? Not I. He's perfect fantasy material, but husband? Not so much. Morelli, on the other hand, is everything a woman could want in a husband, and Stephanie needs to wake up! Overall, though, these are small complaints for a series of books that still, after all this time, makes me laugh so loudly & so often. And that Laugh Factor alone warrants the 4 stars I'm giving Explosive Eighteen.
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