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Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel | [Janet Evanovich]

Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. 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. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.
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Publisher's Summary

Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. 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. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

Only one other person has seen the missing photo: 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, things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip 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.

Jersey girl: listen to more in the Stephanie Plum series.

©2011 Janet Evanovich (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    reasonable critic United States 01-14-12
    reasonable critic United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun diversion; not one of the best in the series"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes if you are already a fan. You will want to keep up with the storyline. If not a fan, no.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Janet Evanovich? Why or why not?

    Yes. I read or listen to her books for light hearted diversion.


    Could you see Explosive Eighteen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    One for Money is coming out as a movie. These novels could serve as basis for good tv series. Casting would be critical to success.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephanie Plum's vacillation between her two main lovers has become stale and almost irritating. Probably time for the series to end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-21-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Explosive Eighteen"

    Lorelei King does a great job narrating this series. This book and series is good for laugh and a few hours of easy listening. Lulu was her usual hilarious self but I felt Grandma was not up to her usual outrageous behaviour. Kept waiting for Stephanie to get into more of a mess but she seems a bit more normal in this book. This is okay for a funny light read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Springfield, TN, United States 12-21-11
    Corinne Springfield, TN, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Stephanie Scores on Vacation"

    The Explosive Eighteen is indeed an extra treat for this year - two Stephanie Plums thrilled me. The suspense concerning how Stephanie had to return early from her vacation was perfect. Adding to the drama, the gentlemen in Stephanie's life finally show their immature side and that was good for Stephanie and her constant thoughts about her life plan. Anything missing? For me there is never enough Lula. She is a perfect foil for Stephanie and speaks such street wisdom. Long live their partnership no matter what male Stephanie ends up with.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Union City, CA, United States 12-11-11
    Amy Union City, CA, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Evanovich Bounces Back"
    What made the experience of listening to Explosive Eighteen the most enjoyable?

    After


    What other book might you compare Explosive Eighteen to and why?

    Characters like Elmore Leonard's farcical Chili Palmer have a similar comic punch. You can find Chili in Leonard's


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    King has great skill at affecting changes of voice and inflection. She uses this skill quite effectively in order to create a baffling array of distinctly separate characters. Love her over-the-top


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Groton, CT, United States 12-17-11
    Carol Groton, CT, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2011

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    What disappointed you about Explosive Eighteen?

    With the number 17 book, I declared I would not read the next installment. Being the curious yet fickle reader I am, I could not resist giving Explosive Eighteen a chance. After just finishing this installment of the Stephanie Plum novels, I realize I should have buried my curiosity with energies devoted to other books. I had been enamored with all the characters of this series. As the episodic installments of this series continued, the characters have not evolved, but rather there has been devolution of these once rich, full of potential characters. The initial installments of this once potentially multi-layered series were full of whacky humor, suspense, drama, and excitement. As each installment rolled off the press into my hands, I was in anticipation of what adventures Stephanie Plum would encounter. But as I progressed with each book, I grew more disenchanted progressing to this installment of being gravely disappointed. The book begins disjointed and as it continues only grows more disjointed to the conclusion that really left me empty, wondering where Janet Evanovich's talent for story telling disappeared. The obvious lack of suspense and absence of whacky humor usually intertwined within Stephanie and Lula's adventures was blatantly absent. I grew more anticipatory that there would have been some humor surrounding the other ancillary character of Stephanie's grandmother, only to be even more disappointed. Alas I suppose it will only be my last resort to read any more of the Stephanie Plum novels and if I may be so bold to recommend Janet Evanovich that she put this series to bed...as in my eyes, it is stale, cold, and concluded.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    April 11-24-11
    April 11-24-11 Member Since 2006

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    "Just another prequel to the next book"

    It appears that Evanovich has succumbed to pressure from her publishers - as have so many others NYT Bestseller writers.

    Smokin' Seventeen was part one, Explosive Eighteen is part two, and whatever Nineteen is called, let's hope it is the last and final part of what should have been a single book.

    Don't get me wrong, this is classic Stephanie Plum - funny with olenty of Lulu and Grandma. I loved it and I'm not sorry I bought it.

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    Rugbysmom Valencia, CA 02-18-12
    Rugbysmom Valencia, CA 02-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "This series still holds up."

    There are still laugh out loud moments and great characters in this ongoing series. Lorelei King is Stepahnie and keeps it interesting. I just don't know how much longer the whole back and forth romance situation between Moreli and Ranger can go on.

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    Catherine Decatur, IL, United States 12-26-11
    Catherine Decatur, IL, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2010

    60-year-old retired library worker, some college , married 30 years, husband retired railroad yardman. one son, 18 years old. God does have a sense of humor!

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    "Loving Janet and Stephanie"

    Better than some of her recent offerings; the story is good, the plot decent, and, as always, Lorelei King is a joy to listen to.
    (Spoiler Alert!) It leaves open the possibility that Steph is pregnant!

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    Ellen Columbia, MO, United States 12-19-11
    Ellen Columbia, MO, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2009

    Love Romance, Suspense, strong character development a must. Authors I go to: Erik Larson (NF), Stephen King, Suzanne Brockmann, Susan Elizabeth Phillips,

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    "Trenton's Most Gullible Cop!"

    Truly, is Morelli as naive as he acts or is he so in love with our Stephanie that he doesn't see the heat wave Ranger and Stephanie generate whenever they are in the same state? Great, fast read like all of this series. Diehard Plum Series fans will love it. Lorelei King does an amazing job with the characters and makes me laugh out loud. But really, is Steph ever going to have to choose?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 12-17-11
    Sylvia CULLMAN, AL, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2010

    Looking for something that works!

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    "Stephanie's fans will like this!"
    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    LK was as much on her game in 18 as in any of her other Plum narrations.


    Any additional comments?

    Some one gave this audiobook a review that was less than favorable. I felt I had to write one and tell everyone that this IS a fun book! The plot is not developed with quite as much intensity as, say 16, but it is acceptable. I really enjoyed it that Stephanie has finally loosened up some. As with the other books, there were places where I laughed out loud. I smiled a lot. While it did not keep me on the edge of my (car) seat, I did listen to it whenever I got into the car. I made myself not listen in the house because it is such a lovely distraction while in the car. Even though this story is not as involved or as intense as some of the others, if you like Stephanie, you will enjoy it. It's like hearing news about a friend. I would recommend it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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