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Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 18)
Explosive Eighteen - Stephanie Plum, Bk 18
Author: 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 -- and a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not t...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345527738
ISBN-10: 0345527739
Publication Date: 5/15/2012
Pages: 352
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 183 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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J avatar reviewed Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 18) on
Helpful Score: 11
Janet Evanovich definitely needs to be wrapping up this series. But I did enjoy this one more than the last few, but not by much. Through probably almost the first half of the book, I wanted to stop reading because it was the same story we've heard in all the books. Same old, same old. I never got sucked in or felt like "OMG", but I did feel like Stephanie grew up/acted a tad more mature in this book - not by much, but it was enough that I noticed.

I keep saying I'm not going to read anymore in this series, but heck, I'm 18 books into it now! Might as well go on till the end. She can't go on writing this series much longer.

Luckily all the books in this series are a quick read so you don't have to waste a lot time.
Scooby2 avatar reviewed Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 18) on + 96 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I was hoping this addition would start to wrap things up, but instead it repeated the same story with different characters. I so wanted to enjoy this story, but it seemed to lack something the earlier ones had. I didn't find myself laughing at Stephanie's mishaps or any of the scenarios happening in the story. I hope the next addition is better or that Ms. Evanovich decides to wrap this series up, with Stephanie finding someone who makes her happy and living happy ever after in the burg.
natalexx avatar reviewed Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 18) on + 52 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Like many of the reviewers represented here, I have become frustrated by the sameness of this series, which in its early days was a genuine laugh-out-loud romp through Jersey and Stephanie Plum's enviable love life. I waited to read "Explosive Eighteen" until I got it from the library, and since I read it fully expecting to be disappointed, I have to say it's not as bad as these reviews make it sound. Yes, there are a lot of retreads of old jokes (at the most, this book made me smile, rather than laugh) and personal drama is still never truly resolved. But Stephanie has made some progress in her love life, and the book kept me interested and entertained for the duration of a 3 hour plane ride. Overall, you could do worse. No, that's not high praise, but for this type of book, it's good enough.
AmandaLee avatar reviewed Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 18) on
Helpful Score: 2
I have been a huge fan of the Plum series. The last few books have been crap, but I keep reading in hopes that Evanovich's next book will be better. I am sick of the fact there is no story line progression, and it is time for Stephanie to decide between the men in her life instead of living in limbo. The bumbling bounty hunter idea is still funny, but if the characters do not grow and evolve then it seems like you are reading the same story over and over again. :-(

Although there was one part in the book that did make me stop and think. Stephanie thinks that Ranger just uses her for laughs and that she could really hurt Morelli. I personally think that Stephanie has that all wrong. That Ranger is the one who could get emotionally hurt that is why he keeps her at a distance, and that Morelli is just kind of biding his time with Stephanie until something better comes along!
reviewed Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 18) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Janet does it again in another GREAT story in the Plum series!!! I recommend her books to everyone!!!
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robinmy avatar reviewed Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 18) on + 2044 more book reviews
Stephanie Plum's dream vacation to Hawaii was a bust. She comes back to Trenton to discover that the man she sat next to on the plane was found dead at the airport. Several people are looking for a photograph she once had in her possession. Two men posing as FBI are following her around town. A woman claiming to be the dead man's fiancee wants the picture. And, a Somali hitman named Razzle Dazzle is hot on her trail. Stephanie's biggest problem...her nemesis, Joyce Barnhardt. Joyce is wanted for murder and has moved into Stephanie's apartment and refuses to leave until Stephanie help her.

At eighteen books in the series, there is nothing new going on. Most of this book is a re-hash of Stephanie's previous antics. Stephanie's love life is the same; still choosing between Morelli and Ranger. I used to laugh at this series, but this book barely made me smile. Right now I just read these books out of habit. My rating: 3 Stars.
starlite713 avatar reviewed Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 18) on + 4 more book reviews
An easy read, fun as usual. However, this series is very predictable!
tcrepar avatar reviewed Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 18) on + 3 more book reviews
I absolutely loved this book as with all the rest s full of fun, witty humor.
sfc95 avatar reviewed Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 18) on + 686 more book reviews
Excellent as always. This one is filled with enough suspense and action to read in one day. I just can't put these down. No new characters to deal with this time around (or at least no main characters) many side stories going at once, a truly great read!
reviewed Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 18) on + 141 more book reviews
As I frequently say, reading Stephanie Plum novels is a real guilty pleasure to me and I have read most of them. Maybe it's just me, but I thought this was the weakest story of this series that I have read. I could barely finish it. Evanovich seems to struggle to bring the story to a conclusion. I only gave this book 2 stars, but I know that will not deter rabid Evanovich readers. I think she had a deadline to meet and the book was not as well thought out as most of them are.
reviewed Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 18) on + 1215 more book reviews
Ooooh, well we find out what happened in Hawaii, but it didn't resolve much in Stephanie's love life. The same colorful characters are there to entertain us. I can't help but think (after the 3rd book) that this would make a GREAT tv series - I can even see some of my favorite character actors in some of the parts. Wake up, tv land; this stuff is better than anything on tv!!!!