Plugged by Eoin Colfer

I just finished listening to Plugged by the author who is best know for the Artemis Fowl series. I haven’t read any of Artemis but they are YA (young adult) stories. Plugged is not a YA book. Quite the contrary. There were quite a few swear words in this book though only over done a little, perhaps. Most of it was true to the context and the characters. While I was listening, I often wondered if this was Eoin’s way of blowing off steam so to speak – doing something he would never do in a YA book.

The story is about an Irish gentleman, Daniel McEvoy, who currently lives in the states working as a bouncer for a small-time casino (I forget which state if it was even mentioned) but was a soldier in “the Lebanon” in his youth. His usual mild-mannered, humdrum life is somehow turned upside down and sideways one wild week by a crocked lawyer, a one night stand that gets bumped off by someone (someone you don’t find out about until the end), a local gangsters, and an odd and not so reputable plastic surgeon. (John Keating, the narrator, does the surgeons voice in an Indian/India type accent, but I don’t remember the author mentioning that he was of Indian descent.) I would guess the title is related to the hair plugs that this Indian surgeon by the name of Zeb does for Daniel. These hair plugs come up later in the story too, but I won’t give that away.

The story in general was a fun romp but you definitely have to dispel disbelief that all this would happen to one guy in one week. I think the funniest thing was when the author refers to something and as a sidenote says something to the effect ‘If you didn’t get that, you never will.’ Very humorous to me as a writer. I like it when writers play with the status quo of writing etiquette/style.

If you are looking for a fun read/or fun listen and don’t mind swear words, I would recommend this book.


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