Explosive Eighteen

Evanovich, Janet

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Explosive Eighteen
Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she is knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she is flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he is 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 is the target, and she does not 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 will need to watch her back.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0345527712
Branch Call Number: M F Eva
Alternate Title: Explosive 18


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Aug 23, 2014
  • robhoma rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

When asked if she got married in Hawaii, Stephanie replied, 'Not exactly.' When asked to clarify, Stephanie said, 'It's complicated.' Her philosophy, inherited from her family, is that if you do not talk about a problem it might go away. This problem, as we learn, was a doozy.

'18' is a great story with many of the regular characters involved in the Plum series, and all of the staples – men breaking into Steph's apartment, viewing at Stivas, love triangle, goons like Slasher and Lancer, etc. Evanovich also added a little Razzle Dazzle to the story.

Jan 15, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Another wonderful addition to the series!! Laughed Out Loud through the whole book!

At some point I'd really like Lula to be good for something rather than her typical worthless attitude and her need to constantly eat. A little character development would be nice.

Nov 26, 2013
  • eleanorthomas rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Vintage Stephanie Plum.

Oct 27, 2012
  • bridge1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You don't look for a lot of substance with this series; however, there's a lot of laughs!

Aug 06, 2012

Who reads this stuff!!! New York Times best selling author!!! Obviously, I did! Picked the book up from the one week read list to fill in inbetween books. I just can't believe that someone can make a living writing such stuff.

Aug 04, 2012
  • NGarcias rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This was my first Evanovich read, and I was not impressed at all. I loved the main character and her mysterious men, however the writing was too simple and corny to say the least. I know that this is a part of a series so will try another.

Jul 18, 2012

Stephanie seems to be getting dumber, wimpier and shallower with each book. She makes the same stupid mistakes with the same predictable results. The fun and somewhat naive girl from the earlier books is a dolt that has lost much of her endearing qualities. I have lost respect for her character.

Jul 17, 2012
  • LeslieP9 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Another fun romp of a book by Janet Evanovich. The main character Stephanie Plum finds herself in the most ridiculous situations--generally very funny ones. This is a fast an easy but satisfying read.

Jun 16, 2012
  • aplumpe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stephanie Plum - always a winner! I love that she sleeps with both men in this book - a little slutty but they are the only two over 18 books. I can't decide if I want her to decide on the one she wants to be with. Laugh out loud, funny.

May 21, 2012
  • 22950004615357 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Evanovich continues to phone it in. At least in this one Stephanie is self-aware enough to comment that stringing along both Morelli and Ranger makes her not such a nice person. How long can Evanovich continue to substitute that dead relationship horse for character development, before Stephanie and her long suffering fans can move on to something that goes somewhere? I guess I'll go re-read the first few Plum novels and remind myself why I kept with her this long.

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