- Series: Stephanie Plum Novels (Book 18)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (November 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780345527714
- ISBN-13: 978-0345527714
- ASIN: 0345527712
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,931 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel (Stephanie Plum Novels) Hardcover – November 22, 2011
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Top customer reviews
Ranger and Morelli finally come to blows. I knew it would happen eventually and who knows, maybe it will again. Grandma Mazur was uncharacteristically well behaved considering. Stephanie gets sucked into some cloak and dagger mystery on her way home from Hawaii. It gets her some stalkers and one crazy dude that wants to "kill her good". In this book, we find that when she feels threatened she can definitely put a hurtin' on someone. Go Steph!
I still find it amusing that so many reviewers complain about the series being stagnant, but still continue to read. Nothing is going to change. If it does, I can only imagine the series will be over. I must admit, I would like to see Stephanie become a bit more adept (i.e. lock picking, gun handling). With that perpetual black cloud hanging over her head, her apprehensions and her life in general would still be hilarious.
My own life is full of stress and pain and though I love to read heavier, more thoughtful classics, I am attracted to stories like this for my emotional retreat. I will never have to get too attached to any of these characters (except for Rex) because they don't demand it! While reading these stories, I never have to solve the world's problems or feel guilty because I haven't done enough, in my lifetime, to clean up ALL the messes humankind has left behind . . . instead I can rejoice in glee every time Stephanie fails at a capture and marvel at Lula and her brand of wisdom or her latest "diet" . . . I can be secretly attracted to Ranger and adore the bizarre Grandma Mazur . . . and I always expect a spectacular vehicle explosion. There is always a bit of a mystery but not one that breaks my brain at the end of a hot day at work . . . I can read and go along with the flow of the story . . . and when the end comes all too soon, I am satisfied and ready for the next installment.
I hope that Stephanie never makes a choice between one or the other of her guys . . . I think she should be free to be herself . . . never becoming like her mother . . . barefoot in the kitchen . . . eyeing the cupboard with the hidden bottle of whiskey, but remaining a character with hidden dreams of walking from one day to the next while maintaining a personal integrity of freedom.
I appreciate this style of entertainment . . . simple and funny with no surprises . . . yet charged with a certain measure of hope that it will all work out in the end. . . because it always does.
No car explosions in this one, but you really won't miss them - there are plenty of other "explosions" to keep you reading and laughing your way through the "burb."
Not as entertaining as some of them, but still a darned good read.