The Seal of Solomon (Alfred Kropp Series #2)

The Seal of Solomon (Alfred Kropp Series #2)

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by Rick Yancey
     
 

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Thousands of years ago, King Solomon used a powerful ring, known as the Great Seal, to imprison the fallen angels of heaven in a sacred vessel. Now both the ring and the vessel have been stolen from OIPEP by a double-crossing Mike Arnold. Should Mike choose to wield the demons' power, all hell could break lose . . . literally. Led by the mysterious Op-Nine, OIPEP

Overview

Thousands of years ago, King Solomon used a powerful ring, known as the Great Seal, to imprison the fallen angels of heaven in a sacred vessel. Now both the ring and the vessel have been stolen from OIPEP by a double-crossing Mike Arnold. Should Mike choose to wield the demons' power, all hell could break lose . . . literally. Led by the mysterious Op-Nine, OIPEP has a plan to retrieve the artifacts, and their success depends on the least likely candidate, none other than the last descendent of Lancelot, Alfred Kropp. In this thrilling new adventure, author Rick Yancey proves once again that Alfred Kropp's unlikely role as a world-saving hero is definitely no accident.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

After saving the world in The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, our regular-guy hero is unceremoniously returned to foster care in Knoxville, Tenn. Hounded at school as a freak, living with wretched "professional" foster parents, Alfred is bored and depressed. He believes he's hit bottom until he is kidnapped, first by rogue OIPEP agent Mike Arnold, then by the Office of Interdimensional Paradoxes and Extraordinary Phenomena itself, at which point his classmates' harassment seems idyllic by comparison. For reasons Alfred doesn't immediately understand, his presence is vitally necessary to foil Arnold, who, after being fired by OIPEP, stole two ancient artifacts from the agency's vault: a ring belonging to King Solomon, and a vessel containing thousands of demons that have been locked inside for 3,000 years (and are really pissed off about it). Teamed with Op Nine, OIPEP's top agent, Alfred heads out on a whirlwind mission to recover the artifacts, traveling to the Sahara, Chicago and home again as the planet erupts in his wake. The emotional core of this novel involves likeable Alfred's unresolved issues about the death of his mother at age 12, and his sense of loss is palpably heartbreaking. The villain Arnold's issues remain far murkier, his motivation subsumed by the same Hollywood action-flick pyrotechnics—explosive showdowns, multiple near-brushes with death—that made the first book a hit with kids who might otherwise be playing video games. Ages 12-up. (May)

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Fifteen-year-old orphan Alfred Kropp has barely had time to recover from his Arthurian adventures, barely had time to reintegrate into his usual role as high school loser and favorite scapegoat for his foster family, when all Hell breaks loose. Literally. OIPEP agent Mike Arnold steals the so-called Seal of Solomon and sets free all the archaic demons God and Milton have relegated to the everlasting fires. In short order our hero is extracted from his loving home life to sort out the mess. His only help comes from the stunning agent Ashley and the cyborg-like Op Nine. But can they really be trusted? Rick Yancey follows Alfred's first adventure with another no-holds-barred romp into the fantasy world of adolescent males. James Bond never had as many fast cars and techno toys to play with, but James Bond never had to look into the eyes of a true demon, either. Can our stalwart, plodding Alfred hold himself together long enough to succeed? Can he save the world yet again? Reluctant readers will have a heyday with this page turner.
VOYA - Kim Carter
Alfred Kropp, star of The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (Bloomsbury, 2005/VOYA October 2005), is back. Having survived his own death, the last descendent of Lancelot returns to the ordinary world of everyday high school, where "kropping"-tormenting and humiliating "Crazy Kropp"-is a popular sport. Resigned to mundane regularity, Alfred is again surprised, however, to find himself in the middle of international intrigue, double-crossing agents, metaphysical power, demonic yard gnomes, and fallen angels. With more over-the-edge action, this unlikely hero travels by supersonic plane, sandfoil, skydiving, horse, and broken-down car as he warms up to save the world-again, but this time from a horde of demons loosed from a sacred vessel and controlled by King Solomon's ring. Alfred's unflappably droll humor combines with nonstop, high-powered action as he faces his greatest fears, refuses to be seduced by his fondest dreams, and finds the courage, strength, and willpower to "look . . . away from the demon's eyes," proving why he is, to their chagrin, OIPEP's (Office of Interdimensional Paradoxes and Extraordinary Phenomena) greatest weapon. This series is particularly suited to young teen readers—dare one say boys? —with a penchant for fantasy adventure.
VOYA - Tabby Ball
The Seal of Solomon is a little difficult to get into at first, but once I gained a better understanding about the main character, I started to like it a lot more. It has a lot of action and mystery surrounding the main plot. With unknown identities and family secrets that spill out, you never really know who each character is until it all unravels. Alfred Kropp is an especially enticing character with his wit and sarcastic humor. If I didn't know any better, I would say that people are right to think him completely crazy. I recommend this book for people who like action and surprises or even anybody who likes a good twist.
School Library Journal

Gr 8-10
The Seal of Solomon has been stolen from the Office of Interdimensional Paradoxes and Extraordinary Phenomenon (OIPEP) by one of its own operatives, so once again the services of Alfred Kropp are needed. Alfred is an ordinary 15-year-old boy, slightly overweight, tall, with a big head, who gets bullied in the halls of his local high school. Of course, this same Alfred has blood that can heal, is the last son of Sir Lancelot, and is the sole heir to the Samson fortune. His is a name known by all and his mistakes are the kind that can end the world as we know it. As the Outcasts of heaven are released, readers follow Alfred through many fast-paced adventures, starting when he is kidnapped from his foster home in Tennessee and taken to many parts of the world. The teen hero parachutes out of airplanes, faces demons, and has a plan to save the world, if he can live long enough to carry it through. A great book for boys, as well as reluctant readers, The Seal of Solomon tells a rip-roaring story that teens will love and won't be able to put down.
—June H. KeuhnCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Modern technology meets ancient legend as readers climb aboard Alfred Kropp's thrill ride to save the world. Although the last descendant of Sir Lancelot, Alfred is not an elitist but endures school humiliation and is flunking most of his classes. Rogue agent Mike Arnold has discovered the two Seals of Solomon and has unleashed demons upon the Earth. Alfred, a potential threat to Mike's plan for domination, is targeted for execution. A last-minute rescue saves Alfred from Mike's bullet, and the hero joins unflappable agent Op-Nine, and the gorgeous Ashley, as part of the special-forces team sent to derail the evil plan and retrieve the artifacts. The fast-moving storyline is geared to a male audience, and boys will not be disappointed with the gruesome consequences for those who look into the demon's eyes. The world's fastest car, huge CW3XD guns that use bullets laced with Alfred's blood and a death-defying sky dive are only a few of the other action magnets sure to attract middle-school readers. Fans of the first episode, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (2005), will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 10-14)
best-selling author on The Extraordinary Adventure Ridley Pearson
One of those unforgettable tales . . . that stays with you long after you are drained breathless by a captivating read.
best-selling author on The Extraordinary Adventure Bruce Coville
I read as I used to when I was a kid, totally engrossed and utterly unwilling to leave the world of the story. I want more!
From the Publisher

“*Starred Review* A great book for boys, as well as reluctant readers, The Seal of Solomon tells a rip-roaring story that teens will love and won't be able to put down.” —School Library Journal

“The emotional core of this novel involves likeable Alfred's unresolved issues about the death of his mother at age 12, and his sense of loss is palpably heartbreaking. The villain Arnold's issues remain far murkier, his motivation subsumed by the same Hollywood action-flick pyrotechnics--explosive showdowns, multiple near-brushes with death--that made the first book a hit with kids who might otherwise be playing video games.” —Publishers Weekly

“...[B]oys will not be disappointed with the gruesome consequences for those who look into the demon's eyes. The world's fastest car, huge CW3XD guns that use bullets laced with Alfred's blood and a death-defying sky dive are only a few of the other action magnets sure to attract middle-school readers. Fans of the first episode, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (2005), will not be disappointed.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Readers won't have to have read the first title to enjoy this over-the-top adventure fantasy. Yancey manages a balancing act, blending action-packed scenes with tongue-in-cheek humor and occasional heart-on-sleeve sincerity.” —Booklist

“The cinematic, or rather videogame, quality to Alfred's exploits will appeal to visual learners who can fill in the pictures themselves.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“This story of a ‘big-headed loser' is as funny as it is scary.” —Publishers Weekly, starred reviews on The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

“Yancey has hit one out of the park.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

“With bumbling, lumbering, wisecracking Alfred Kropp by our side, there's never a dull moment on this bumpy ride that proves just how extraordinary ‘ordinary' can be.” —Teenreads.com on The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

“One of those unforgettable tales . . . that stays with you long after you are drained breathless by a captivating read.” —Ridley Pearson, best-selling author on The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

“I read as I used to when I was a kid, totally engrossed and utterly unwilling to leave the world of the story. I want more!” —Bruce Coville, best-selling author on The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599902777
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Series:
Alfred Kropp Series, #2
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Rick Yancey is the author of The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea, the first two books in this series. His debut young-adult novel, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. In 2010, his novel The Monstrumologist received the Michael L. Printz Honor, and the sequel, The Curse of the Wendigo, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. When he isn't writing or thinking about writing or traveling the country talking about writing, Rick is hanging out with his family.

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The Seal Of Solomon (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
After finding, and then losing, his father, Bernard Samson, a billionaire, then discovering himself as the last direct descendant of the famed knight, Sir Lancelot, retrieving King Arthur's sword, Excalibur, and, finally, surviving his own death in THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ALFRED KROPP, Alfred, naturally, now finds life a tad dull.

Except for the new sport at school called "Kropping" -- a practice of daily harassment and humiliation recently adopted by his classmates -- his life has pretty much returned to normal. Boring. It seems his days of saving the world with OIPEP are over.

Until someone ordered his extraction and he is kidnapped. He awakens aboard a ship, foggy and disoriented. In no time, he's forced out of a plane over the Arabian Desert and is preparing to speed across the dunes on sand-foils at 150 miles per hour.

Their target? The Hyena, a terminated OIPEP agent who has stolen the Seals of Solomon. The Great Seal, a ring, and the Lesser Seal, also known as the Holy Vessel, must be intercepted before the Lesser Seal is broken, releasing evil the world has not seen for 3,000 years. But they are too late. They find the Lesser Seal has been compromised and once again Alfred is thrust into the role of unlikely hero.

I guarantee that once you start this book you will be unable to put it down. Rick Yancey is the master of cliffhanger chapter endings. His descriptions are at once gross and fascinating. Alfred is endearing and funny, and epitomizes the hero in all of us. Who doesn't have the childish dream to save the world and be a hero? Through Alfred Kropp, the reader can live that dream.

Rick Yancey has created an engaging character in Alfred. This reader eagerly awaits many more Alfred Kropp adventures!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was amazing and action packed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read first and third butt not this and im looking forerd to it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1)Corn dogs are in all three of these books. Did anyone notice that?2)I am my fave charecter even thigh i am only mentioned once and this book and i are AWSOME!!!!!!!!!:D Me want more!!
Annoying More than 1 year ago
COOL BOOK
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the first alfred kropp book and that one blew me away. In this exciting sequel to the alfred kropp tryliogy you will read about the great adventure alfred kropp now must endure, as he fights demons and the so thought terminated operative mike arnold, in a struggle to lock all the demons that has been released upon the earth back into the great seal. If you enjoy action packed books then get this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book- every bit as good as the first one, if not better! Action-packed 'literally' and suspenseful and totally impossible to put down! An awesome book for ages probably around 12- 15.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am only in 8th grade but when i read this book i loved it i couldnt put it down and even got in troble at school for reading during class. definatly a great read for anyone who enjoys suspence and action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book
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Wow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this and the others and knew they were great. Just wish there was more than three books.
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Elizabeth Turner More than 1 year ago
thi book iz cool i ges first one waayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better and so ya first 1!!
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