Alfred Kropp: The Thirteenth Skull [NOOK Book]

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First Alfred Kropp lost-and found-the legendary sword Excalibur. Then he defeated King Paimon, arguably the nastiest of the demons to escape when the Seals of Solomon were stolen. What could be left? Plenty, it turns out. Not only is someone out to kill Alfred, but the very people who have sworn to protect him are now trying to use him for deadly means: creating a superhuman army. Trust and betrayal will clash in terrifying ways as Alfred struggles to hold his enemies at bay, even as he learns the full scope of ...
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Overview

First Alfred Kropp lost-and found-the legendary sword Excalibur. Then he defeated King Paimon, arguably the nastiest of the demons to escape when the Seals of Solomon were stolen. What could be left? Plenty, it turns out. Not only is someone out to kill Alfred, but the very people who have sworn to protect him are now trying to use him for deadly means: creating a superhuman army. Trust and betrayal will clash in terrifying ways as Alfred struggles to hold his enemies at bay, even as he learns the full scope of OIPEPs plans for him.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Sixteen-year-old Alfred Kropp leads an exciting and dangerous life. As an agent of OIPEP, he drives fancy sports cars, carries a gun, and is regularly in danger of being blown up. The novel begins with an explosion and car chase comparable to the opening scene of a James Bond movie, and the action never really stops. Alfred is the last living direct descendant of Sir Lancelot. Alfred's father and the descendants of the eleven other Knights of the Round Table have all been killed, and it appears that Alfred may be the thirteenth to die. Alfred's blood has special healing powers, so operatives of the opposing forces plan to use it to create an immortal army. The final confrontation occurs in Tintagel, Cornwall, in the ruins of Camelot. This action-packed fantasy will appeal to male teens who enjoy action-adventure stories. Alfred's powers are somewhat confusing, as is his connection to the Archangel Michael who intervenes on his behalf. Since this is the third in the "Alfred Kropp" series, reading the others should fill in the gaps. The novel contains quite a bit of violence, making it inappropriate for younger children or classroom use. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
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Gr 7-10

The teenage descendant of Sir Lancelot featured in The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (2005) and Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon (2007, both Bloomsbury) returns for another adventure. Alfred has died and been restored to life, is looked after by Archangel Michael, and can heal others with his blood. He is trying to live a normal life with his legal guardian, the former Operative Nine (top agent) of OIPEP (Office of Inter-dimensional Paradoxes and Extraordinary Phenomenon). When Samuel is shot in a surprise attack, Alfred pursues the perpetrator and an intense chase leads to the death of several police officers. The teen is arrested and placed in a psych ward. He is soon offered a deal by OIPEP's new Op-Nine, Nueve: they will help him escape if he gives them the Seal of Solomon. Can Alfred trust OIPEP? Who is trying to kill him? And what is the thirteenth skull? Fast paced from start to finish, with numerous chase scenes (by car, horse, and other means), flying bullets, betrayals, and more, this is a great book for action fans and reluctant readers. However, though Alfred briefly summarizes previous events, kids will want to read the other titles first to best follow the plot.-Samantha Larsen Hastings, West Jordan Public Library, UT

Kirkus Reviews
Alfred Kropp, the intrepid descendent of Lancelot, is caught up in his third mission to save the world. Alfred's magical blood can heal victims' wounds, a talent targeting him for abduction and use as a government experiment. Yancey (Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon, 2007, etc.) crowds his story with over-the-top chase scenes. He puts his hero on a galloping horse pursued by roaring motorcycles, dangles him by a cable under a soaring helicopter and pushes him down a mountain on an inverted garbage-can lid. The work is soaked with action but characters are cutouts: Jourdain Garmot seeks revenge because Alfred killed his father; Nueve, the new Op Nine (the Office of Interdimensional Paradoxes and Extraordinary Phenomena's top agent), is suspiciously creepy; blue-eyed Ashley seems too good to be true. Surviving back-to-back-to-back escapes, Alfred realizes he can trust nobody while racing against time to locate Merlin's 13th crystal skull, an item with the power to destroy the universe. This action novel delivers its advertised thrills, but familiarity with prior titles in the series is helpful. (Fiction. YA)
James Patterson

The Thirteenth Skull brings new meaning to the idea of a life-and-death adventure. The action is fast, furious, and nonstop--and so is the fun.
Rick Riordan

Part James Bond thriller, part King Arthur fantasy, The Thirteenth Skull is a rousing adventure with nonstop action. Perfect!
Ridley Pearson

One of those unforgettable tales, both humorous and poignant, visceral and scary, that stays with you long after you are drained breathless by a captivating read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599906850
  • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Alfred Kropp Series, #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 229,080
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.59 (d)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Rick Yancey
RICK YANCEY is the author of two other Alfred Kropp adventures, plus several books for adults. He is also a produced playwright and former theater critic. He lives in Gainesville, Florida with his wife and three sons.
www.rickyancey.com
Rick Yancey is also the author of a novel and a memoir, Confessions of a Tax Collector. A produced playwright and former theater critic, he lives in Gainesville, Florida, with his family.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    Wonderfull book

    I loved this book. I had never read one of these books. I had to read it for school and i was not very happy. It did not instently pull me in, but once i read a cupple chapters or so i was hooked. Some day i might read the first two, but for now this is enuff. Every one should read it is one of the best books i have read. If you do not beleave me or if you do you should read it. You wont be sorry and you'll want to keep on reading it. Hoping you can stay in all day and read. Yes it is that good and im not a big science fiction fan. But i just love this wonderfull book

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    I gave The Thirteenth Skull 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book w

    I gave The Thirteenth Skull 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book was full of action and it would keep you at the edge of your seat at the end of each chapter. The book also had good description and a great plot.
    In this book there is a 15 year old teen named Alfred Kropp who has extraordinary powers from heaven to heal people. He murders the father of Jourdain Garmot, the head of a powerful company called Tintagel International and Alfred is now being pursued by them. He acquires the safety of another company called OIPEP who want to keep him safe for an “experiment” and they put Alfred in a secure location in the Canadian Rockies. Alfred escapes the facility and is now being pursued by two companies. Alfred has to use cunning and help from a few people to escape this situation.
    I would recommend this book to guys who like a lot of action. I get this because on pages 17 to 22 there is a very action-packed car chase that has explosions, gunfire, and deaths. Also, on pages 91 to 102, there is a rescue that includes smoke, tear gas, explosions, and another chase with just as much action as the other one. I don’t believe girls would like a book full of blood and gunfire as much as guys would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Next book!!!

    Next book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Ok

    It is ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Windimar loves dis book

    Hey im sort of in it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2009

    Greatest Trilogy

    I loved all of them and this one is the BEST one.Edge of your seat action.The story starts out in a BANG and ends in a BANG!

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

    Meeting Alfred Kropp in THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ALFRED KROPP really was extraordinary! Then I eagerly read THE SEAL OF SOLOMON, wondering what could surpass the thrill of Alfred first stealing, then losing, and then recovering Excalibur, King Arthur's sword. The author, Rick Yancey, didn't let the reader down. Alfred was forced to fight demons! So, naturally, I couldn't wait to read THE THIRTEENTH SKULL!<BR/><BR/>I've rated this book Grades 6+, as I have his first two titles, but with a caveat. Mr. Yancey pulls no punches when describing the violence and clear danger Alfred faces. I do not doubt that younger readers will devour the Alfred Kropp books, but parents will want to use their discretion. <BR/><BR/>Mr. Yancey doesn't even let the reader get good and comfy in their favorite reading chair before relentlessly yanking them to the proverbial edge of their seat. The first chapter starts with a bang - literally. A truck blows up beneath Alfred's new penthouse suite window, on the 30th floor of Samson Towers. In short order, one man is shot and Alfred is fighting for his life with his attacker. Soon the two are racing to the ground floor, one by express elevator, the other by parachute. And Mr. Yancey's not done yet. There's still a police car to commandeer, complete with the surprised officer at the wheel, a car chase through city streets, and yet another explosion. <BR/><BR/>Once again Alfred is sucked back into the OIPEP. But can he trust the new Operative Nine? What about the beautiful new field agent? And who is trying to kill Alfred, and more importantly, why? <BR/><BR/>First it was Excalibur, then the Seal of Solomon. Both times he nearly lost his life. Now it's the Thirteenth Skull. Alfred knows that this time it will be different. Samuel, the former Operative Nine and now Alfred's guardian, is not reassuring. Alfred must find out what the Thirteenth Skull is. The clock is ticking and Alfred knows his time is about up.<BR/><BR/>I absolutely will not tell you more. You MUST, MUST, MUST go buy THE THIRTEENTH SKULL. But only after you buy and read his first two titles, as this series is best read in order. Mr. Yancey has created a cast of characters equal to the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. I can't wait to see Alfred Kropp's adventures on the big screen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    It's Awsome!

    It is the best book I will ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2008

    This book is great!!!!

    I read this book, and wow...Best book ive ever read. It made me cry twice, made me laugh a few times, and made me mad. Expect alot of betrayals and the such. BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2008

    Best Book Ever!

    This book is the best book I ever read in a long time. I strongly recomend this book.

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