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Fearless Fourteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel (Stephanie Plum Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Janet Evanovich
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (721 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet.

The Crime:  Armed robbery to the tune of nine million dollars

Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn’t be more proud. He always was the smart one. 

The Cousin:  Joe Morelli

Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom’s sister, Loretta, are cousins. Morelli is a cop, Rizzi robs banks, and Loretta is a single mother waiting tables at the firehouse. The all-American family.

The Complications:  Murder, kidnapping, destruction of personal property, and acid reflux

Less than a week after Dom’s release from prison, Joe Morelli has shadowy figures breaking into his house and dying in his basement. He’s getting threatening messages, Loretta is kidnapped, and Dom is missing.

The Catastrophe:  Moonman

Morelli hires Walter “Mooner” Dunphy, stoner and “inventor” turned crime fighter, to protect his house. Morelli can’t afford a lot on a cop’s salary, and Mooner will work for potatoes.

The Cupcake:  Stephanie Plum

Stephanie and Morelli have a long-standing relationship that involves sex, affection, and driving each other nuts. She’s a bond enforcement agent with more luck than talent, and she’s involved in this bank-robbery-gone-bad disaster from day one.

The Crisis:  A favor for Ranger

Security expert Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, has a job for Stephanie that will involve night work. Morelli has his own ideas regarding Stephanie’s evening activities.

The Conclusion:  Only the fearless should read Fourteen.

Thrills, chills, and incontinence may result.

 

 




Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Lorelei King returns to Trenton, N.J., to continue the misadventures of Stephanie Plum, intermittently successful bounty hunter. King is one of many to voice Janet Evanovich's successful series, but her voice can be heard above the crowd, especially when she's bringing the more colorful characters to life. Her former prostitute Lula can tear down walls with the force of her personality, and King gives professional security specialist (read mercenary) Ranger the measured tones of one who is always in control. Stephanie spends much of the book blue from a briefcase dye bomb. King's Plum accepts her blueness and responds to the reactions with indignity, ruefulness and eventually resignation. In addition to established favorites, Evanovich has thrown into the mix a 60-ish singer trying to hang onto fame who gives King plenty of scope for her Southern side. Fearless Fourteen becomes peerless fourteen with narrator King at the helm. A St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, May 19). (June)
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Our heroine, the irrepressible bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, finds herself watching over a goth teen called Zook, who is heavily into gaming, after his mom can’t make bail and disappears (or has been kidnapped). A lot of people think there is stolen money buried in or near Officer Morelli’s little house—that’s Steph’s Morelli, the cop who is her number-one boyfriend most of the time, or at least when the entrancing Ranger isn’t nearby. The money is the reason behind Zook’s mom’s disappearance, and it’s the tie that binds Evanovich’s various plotlines, which carom about endlessly, not always resolving. Questions abound: Are Steph’s sidekick, the plus-size Lula, and Ranger’s man Tank really engaged? Ranger is working security for a fading but brassy pop star: How does Steph manage to get into and out of her reality show? Can Zook and his sidekicks protect Morelli’s house—and Stephanie—with their homegrown weaponry (think potatoes as missiles)? Where else but Evanovich’s fourteenth novel can a line like “it’s raining money and popsicles!” actually make sense? Fans will be delighted, but others, who stumble into the series at this advanced point, may find themselves starved for backstory, so much so that they may need to go all the way back to One for the Money (1994). --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Product Details

  • File Size: 342 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011UGLR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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460 of 537 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sláinte agus Saol Agat! June 18, 2008
Format:Hardcover
I'm not going to give a book synopsis. What I am going to do is say goodbye to one of my all time favorite series. The last couple of books have been horribly silly and ridiculous; this one was no exception.

The characters I once loved and looked forward all year to hearing from are barely visible. The little quirks that used to make them unique and funny are now taking over their entire persona making them slightly moronic. The dialogue that used to be naturally witty seems forced and contrived. Jokes, gags and antics that once made me laugh have been recycled and reused so much, it's sad.

No one in this series is growing or getting anywhere, they are all just going in circles. I want Stephanie to get better at the bounty hunter thing; I want her to grow up. I don't want her or Ranger or Joe to change, but after so many years you expect SOMETHING of substance to happen.

I barely got through this book. Janet has provided hours of entertainment for me in the past with this series and for that I will always be grateful. But I can't for the life of me see myself shelling out the big bucks for these hardcover books filled with drivel anymore.

I hope that Janet rethinks what she has been doing with this series lately and gives it a much needed overhaul. The last couple of books have seemed rushed and phoned in, a huge departure from the earlier books in the series.

My days of rushing to the bookstore on release dates are over. When book 15 comes out I will wait to read reviews, first. If the reviews make the book look promising, maybe I will read it. But from where I sit now, I don't see me opening another `new' Plum adventure. I will reread the older and much better books in the series if I need a Plum fix.

Cherise Everhard, June 2008
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170 of 211 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can I get my money back? June 17, 2008
Format:Hardcover
After plunking down some hard earned cash on this year's installment of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, I raced home to read.

What the? Is there a book return policy? What a waste.

If you love Plum for the edgy writing, great wit, fantastic plot, and wonderful characters, forget Fearless Fourteen. Plum has always been more than just a breezy, silly, summer read for me.

I am invested in the lives of these characters. What I got this year is slapstick, unresolved sub plots, villains with no names, subject matter bordering on the distasteful, recycled plots and my favorite characters very out of character. I even recognized things said by one character in past books, now being uttered by a different character in this book. Bizzare.

No sense rehashing the pitiful storyline. What storyline? This book reads like a major hit on all those that I have grown to love. Morelli's character takes a nosedive as a belching, inept detective with a dead body in his basement and he`s more concerned about the concrete floor or playing softball with his cronies. Stephanie is no longer the gutsy, edgy woman that she was in past books but rather either now babysitting some teenager or flouncing around Trenton in some idiotic reality Bounty Hunter fiasco. Grandma Mazur, dressed in Goth - a master gamer? Lula reduced to sneaky tricks and turning into Bridezilla? Tank fainting and babbling? Mrs. Plum downing a glass of whiskey? And where the heck was Ranger? Reduced to a mere side character?

Speaking of unresolved, and there is a lot unresolved.....like, whose toes were they, anyway?

This book reads like a bad episode of the Three Stooges. The World of Plum in the Twilight Zone. Unrecognizable. A bad dream.
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96 of 119 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best... June 18, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich is the latest in her Stephanie Plum series. I thought much of it was amusing and there was at least one good belly-laugh (where I had tears rolling down my cheeks). But overall, I think Fearless Fourteen is a bit of a stretch--even for Stephanie Plum.

Plum is a bounty hunter from Trenton, NJ and as usual, her life is utter chaos. She ends up babysitting the teenaged son of a skip, Zook. Zook is addicted to an interactive Internet game called Minionfire. He also likes to spray paint everything. Ranger (a fellow bounty hunter and owner of a security firm) hires Stephanie to help babysit an aging singer, Brenda, who acts like a diva and is inclined to get into trouble. Plum also finds herself in the middle of a 10-year-old $9 million unsolved bank robbery, and it appears that the money might be somewhere in boyfriend Joe Morelli's house. Brenda decides to start a reality show and follows Plum around as she's trying to do her job. And when things couldn't get any worse, Lula is engaged to boyfriend, Tank, and is driving Plum crazy with wedding plans. All of these situations play out with the usual Evanovich zaniness. Unfortunately, I think there was just way too much going on here--especially toward the end.

Evanovich is skillful at describing life in Trenton. Of a fast-food restaurant, she writes "Cluck-in-a-Bucket is a zoo on Sunday. It's the lunch of choice for the lazy, the fat, the salt-starved, the emotionally injured, the families on budgets, the cholesterol-deprived and the remaining ten percent of the population who just want a piece of chicken." My favorite character (next to Plum) is Lula, "former `ho, turned bonds office file clerk and wheelman.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
She is one of the few authors that still makes me laugh out loud. Stephanie Plum is the perfect straight man for all the characters.
Published 1 day ago by Barbara M. Farley
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
These books are really so funny, that you need to make sure you are reading without an audience, because the chuckling will annoy your friends!
Published 3 days ago by Liz
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking
Not one of the better books in the series but not the worst. Book 2 so far was the worst. This book lacked the excitement level most of the other ones had. Not as funny either.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fearless Fourteen
Janet Evanovich has written another winning book with Stephanie Plum getting the bad guy with a real twist. Needs more Morelli and Ranger chemistry.
Published 6 days ago by funbeindeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Just keep getting better!
I LOVE this series, I can't get enough of Stephanie and her quirkiness! Between her and Lula I couldn't stop laughing! Great read!
Published 13 days ago by Codi A. Eby
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Stephanie Plum books
The Stephanie Plum series is amazing. She keeps you going and going. The series is long but you will not want it to end. Great books!
Published 16 days ago by Heather Golden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
All of the Evanovich novels are wildly funny in just the right spots. Who laughs aloud when reading all alone? I do, if the book is by this writer.
Published 17 days ago by Ed Wever
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephanie Plum Fearless Fourteen
As with the other thirteen previous books, Stephanie stays true to form an keeps your interest at every turn!!! Love this series!!
Published 20 days ago by Charlene A. Griggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Plum Posse to the Rescue!
I just knew Gary the stalker would be legitimized at some point.
I must say I enjoy the transition of Stephanie into a quasi domesticated
bounty hunter. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Irma
5.0 out of 5 stars Might want to see Newark myself.
Another fun read. Wish there was a Morelli for everyone. Of course, if that were the case...no need to read!
Published 23 days ago by Sheila Sonka
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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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Narrator!! King vs. Critt
Put me in the C.J. Critt column. Her Grandma Mazur is the best. I gave up listening after she was no longer the narrator.
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I sadly would have to agree wholeheartedly with Susan. This book was tired and reeked of Janet not caring about her characters anymore. If she was tired or overworked - take a year off. This book was so disappointing to me. Recycled plots, scenes copied right from her previous books - it's... Read more
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kindle version??
i don't know if it will come out for the kindle, but I sure hope so!
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What do you think about a psychic heroine?
I enjoy psychic heroines as long as I sense that the author understands psychic powers and sounds genuine. I love the Victoria Laurie series with Abby Cooper.
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