I just finished “Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian” by Eoin Colfer. I truly enjoyed this book and series. The world Mr. Colfer created was such an original take on the fairy world.
The series takes place in the present. The main premise is Artemis discovers that the fairy world exists. There are elf police officers known as L.E.P. Recon officers, a computer genius centaur, tunneling dwarfs that have explosive gas and glow in the dark saliva, fire breathing goblins, blood thirsty trolls, guns that stun, explosions, and super cool fairy shuttle ships. Throughout the books Artemis and his bodyguard Butler have run ins and eventually develop friendships with these otherworldly characters.
These books are YA fiction for boys. Believe me your sons, grandsons, nephews, and the boy next door will love these books.