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Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel [Kindle Edition]

Janet Evanovich
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,412 customer reviews)

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Book Description

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg's The Heist.

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 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.

Editorial Reviews


'Evanovich's series of New Jersey comedy thrillers are among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction...' -- GQ Magazine 'Packed with her familiar wicked ear for dialogue...Plum is not just a smart private eye but a heroine with a sense of humour' -- Daily Mail 'The mere fact that Evanovich has stuck at this formula for 18 books is extraordinary. All feature the hair-brained adventures of the inept but charming NY bounty hunter Stephanie Plum; a New Jersey gal with lots of pluck' -- Manly Daily


'Evanovich's series of New Jersey comedy thrillers are among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction...' -- GQ Magazine 'Packed with her familiar wicked ear for dialogue...Plum is not just a smart private eye but a heroine with a sense of humour' -- Daily Mail 'The mere fact that Evanovich has stuck at this formula for 18 books is extraordinary. All feature the hair-brained adventures of the inept but charming NY bounty hunter Stephanie Plum; a New Jersey gal with lots of pluck' -- Manly Daily

Product Details

  • File Size: 1602 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345527712
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UI0NVE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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389 of 418 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I swear -- I'm really done with this series this time! November 22, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am the eternal optimist so, against my better judgment, I preordered the Kindle version of this book. First a little background -- When I first began this series I was in love with all the main characters and found the side characters amusing enough. Stephanie was quirky and a little flaky, but she was funny, too. I couldn't read the books fast enough. And there were those really sexy scenes in the first few books creating the triangle between Stephanie, Morelli and Ranger. There was some real tension there that made us fans come back for more. Then, after about book #10 or so, the books really became the same old thing over and over again. Stephanie's life was going nowhere. The Great Love Triangle, which was intriguing at first, was going nowhere. Stephanie's relationship with both men was shallow at best and, now (especially in this book), is both shallow and creepy. In fact, one has to wonder why two such gorgeous men would hang around so long putting up with the immature person Stephanie has become. Both men appear to just wait around to respond to some stupid request of Stephanie's without blinking an eye. The above notwithstanding, the last book gave me the impression (mistaken, as it turns out) that the series might get better. It didn't. I realized that I don't like any of these characters anymore. I've always appreciated both men in the stories, but I leaned heavily toward Ranger. I think I'll hang on to the image I have of Ranger in my own imagination from now on and forego any more of JE's books before she further emasculates him and turns him into a total stooge. So sad, I wish the series had ended before without leaving this bitter aftertaste.
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292 of 321 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really Disappointing November 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was really disappointed with this book. After my aunt persuaded me to read the first book in the series last year, I fell in love! I usually enjoy all the craziness Stephanie gets into, but this is getting old. The Morelli/Ranger/Stephanie love triangle has been played out waaaaay to long over the last 6 or 7 books, and we had no details about anything that happened in Hawaii except for half a paragraph. Stephanie used to be able to fumble her way through captures and it was fun to read, but now she just relies on Ranger and Morelli. I liked Lula before, but only as a SIDE character. It just seems like JE is churning out books, and it seems as if she has lost the IT factor the books had earlier.

I'm hoping to come to next week and see an update saying that JE forgot to attach the last 10 chapters to the book, so here's the rest of the story.
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90 of 97 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well, what did we expect? November 28, 2011

I think this pretty much sums up how I feel about the book: I just finished reading it a few hours ago and I can't really remember what happened. In fact, the entire series has become something that I don't really remember. The first books were so good, they drew me in, they made me read nonstop for days to catch up on the series. And now here we are at 18 and I almost had to MAKE myself sit down and read it. I probably wouldn't have finished it at all if I didn't have a friend that was waiting to talk about it with me. It was 300 pages of nothing, or more accurately, 300 pages of the SAME thing, just surprisingly more boring the 18th time around. More Stephanie being outsmarted by idiot criminals (that is one thing I do remember. She let that guy steal her car AT LEAST THREE TIMES, are you kidding me with this? Yes, please bring your bag to the door again, it's not like the purse snatcher is going to snatch it again), more flip-flopping between men (I have nothing against women taking charge of their sex lives and sleeping with who they want but when you're acting like you need to choose one, but continue to string along both? I don't know how they haven't both dumped her yet), even less character development than ever thought possible (although I'm surprised she actually managed to fend off that guy in the parking garage. I literally did not believe it when I first read it. Snaps for you, Ms. Plum) and none of that realness that drew me in in the beginning.

I know that I shouldn't expect literary masterpieces, but the beginning of this series was so good that it set high standards. Standards that are not being met anymore. How long does she honestly think she can drag these on for? I've come across very few positive reviews for the last few books.
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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother November 23, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Pre-ordered and read it cover to cover on the kindle last night. Kept wondering if I had already read this? I checked the release date and realized that there was no way I had. And was the same old, same old story. Come on Janet-have some respect for your readers and expand your story. Sorry I spent the money on this, if I could I'd ask for a refund. I hope she gets the message and has a fix for this. I've read every one in the series. Hope she either kills it off at 18 or gets some new material for 19. Personally, I'll wait and check it out from the library or buy used.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When Readers Mature and Characters Don't November 22, 2011
By LnBen
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Janet Evanovich has given us "Explosive Eighteen" as a second in one year gift. Highly anticipated by her followers, it was hoped to resolve the uncomfortable mess made of the characters in "Smok'in Seventeen". Readers did receive the answer as to who went with Stephanie to Hawaii. But as far as the characters evolving (or in Evanovich's case regressing) into some sort of realistic people; readers were left high and dry again.
True, this series is supposed to be in the "cozy genre" and as such keeps the fluff and humor light and witless. There were so many plots and sub plots in "Eighteen" it was almost advantageous for the reader to keep notes. The use of a truly evil villain showed promise. However that resolution was given almost as an afterthought without Stephanie facing her fear and conquering it.
The love triangle wasn't and shouldn't be resolved. Instead of each of these men encouraging the growth of a more mature and responsible woman; they have been emasculated into supporting her juvenile dependency for sex. The references and (in this reviewer's eyes) demeaning stereotypical depiction of Lula as a 'heavy, black ex-hooker'was over-the-top offensive.
For a reader who doesn't care about character development or intricate plot, this book is a quick, light read. It does have action and many quirky side characters.However for dedicated followers of the series, who have matured through the years, the disappointment and frustration that their beloved characters have not, weighs heavy.
Janet Evanovich cannot please everyone. If she indeed wants to write to a younger crowd, she needs to alert her past followers so that they can be prepared. Or better still branch out and give the interesting characters their own series. Robert Crais did that with the Cole/Pike series quite successfully.
All in all: new readers to the series will probably enjoy "Eighteen" Past followers can see in it that the series is going nowhere. Sadly only 3 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing Representation of Violence
I gave up reading this series several years ago, after #12, for reasons I discuss below. In a moment of weakness occasioned by the prospect of a bookless plane trip, however, I... Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Professor Hermione
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fast read -- fun!
Published 1 day ago by Susan Griswold
4.0 out of 5 stars Always lots of laughs with Evanovich.
This whole series is fun, but is getting a bit predictable.
Published 1 day ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Janet Evanovich - Great stories and such humor along ...
Love Janet Evanovich - Great stories and such humor along with suspense. A together a great read.
Published 2 days ago by bbrech
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a fun and easy read!! Characters are great!
Published 4 days ago by lillianne h. kent
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed.
I have read every one of the "Stephanie" books and I think this is the best. Funny, goofy, and non stop action.
Published 4 days ago by Ronni A Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and funny
Published 7 days ago by Patricia A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stephanie Plum Novel
I always enjoy the Plum series because they are great for easy reading. The story kept me guessing and the plot was always changing. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Linda A. Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read and lots of fun
These characters crack me up! Easy read and lots of fun.
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Jrb
This was one if the best. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Go janet write more like this one
Published 10 days ago by job
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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I got tired of Stephanie Plum novels after about #10. Loved the first ones--very funny! The later ones are a bit predictable and repetitive. I stopped reading them all together.
Aug 25, 2011 by DQmaine |  See all 3 posts
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