66 pages 2 hours read

Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2001

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Chapters 5-6

Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Chapter 5 Summary: “Missing in Action”

Commander Root meets with Foaly, who tells him that they’ve lost contact with Holly. Going through the camera footage from her helmet, they hear Holly’s exchange with Artemis and Butler and realize that the humans had been waiting for a fairy. They also realize that Artemis knows about the Ritual.

Foaly zooms in and shows Root the tranquilizer dart, making it clear that Holly has been abducted. They have no idea who the two humans on the video are, but Holly’s locator is still active, and Root springs into action. He plans to go to Ireland along with a rescue team.

Artemis goes through Holly’s equipment and finds the locator just as Root boards the chute to head back up to the surface.

Artemis modifies the locator and inserts a camera. Butler comes in to say that they’re approaching the dock, and Artemis asks him to create a diversion. When they arrive, Butler starts a fight with the dockworkers, which calls the attention of the Customs and Excise officers on stakeout. Butler leaves the scene and the officers descend on the workers he was fighting with. While Butler is fighting the workers, Artemis places the fairy locator on board a whaling ship.