Eoin Colfer’s much anticipated IRON MAN novel – The Gauntlet – is now on sale in all good bookshops!
Tony Stark is known throughout the world as many things: billionaire, inventor, Avenger. But mainly for being the Invincible Iron Man.
Just when Tony is about to add his pizzazz to an international eco-summit in Ireland, someone close to him forces him to question his role in making the world a more dangerous place with his high-tech weaponry. But Stark doesn’t have much time to reflect before an old enemy presents him with an even greater challenge: the assassination of all the eco-ministers, and Iron Man himself. Just how invincible Iron Man is when he is stripped of everything remains to be seen in this breathless adventure by the best-selling author of Artemis Fowl.
Read an excerpt:
“The Prototony was not, in fact, a prototype. It was just that the name had stuck from Tony Stark’s first attempt to build a replica of himself several versions previously. Other trial names had included the Tonybot, the Replistark, and the Toborg, which had been Friday’s favorite, as it sounded like an insult somehow. She had even taken to referring to people she didn’t like as “total Toborgs.” In any event, android Tony swanned around the oceans on board the Tanngrisnir, giving the actual Tony a little wiggle room to fly his solo missions to remote and dangerous parts of the world, recovering and retiring stolen weaponry.
Much more difficult was creating the virtual pop star Shoshona Biederbeck and making the world believe that she was a real person. Stark had written a program that analyzed the structures and progressions of all the major chart hits of the past half century, and then he’d churned out his own versions of the tunes, which were amalgamations of previous songs — close enough to sound familiar but removed enough to avoid copyright lawsuits. Shoshona’s last few videos had exploded all over the Internet, and she had hits like “Bang Boom Pow,” “Girls Got the Power,” “Oops, What’d I Do?” and the obligatory message track “You Know You’re Beautiful, Right?”
The trouble was Shoshona had grown so popular that a music label wanted to meet her, so Tony had to build a convincing Shoshona-bot. It was either that or his songstress would have to go into exile due to the pressures of the biz. “There is such a thing as being too smart,” Friday often told him. It would have been far less complicated in every way to construct a hologram of a mysterious beauty, but Tony Stark enjoyed playing with the media, so he went the extra mile with Shoshona.
After dinner, Tony retired to his dressing room for a quick cleanup before the evening’s party. A local rock band was throwing a launch bash in their city-center hotel, and Tony had promised to attend in the suit.”