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Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon (Alfred Kropp Adventures Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Rick Yancey
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Book Description

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 doublecrossing Mike Arnold. Should Mike choose to wield the demons' power, all hell could break loose . . . literally. Led by the mysterious Op Nine, OIPEP has a plan to retrieve the artifacts, but their success depends on the least-likely candidate, none other than the last descendant of Lancelot, Alfred Kropp. In this thrilling new adventure, author Rick Yancey proves once again that Alfred's unexpected role as a world-saving hero is definitely no accident.Look out for the other exciting books in this series: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp and The Thirteenth Skull!

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 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. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY
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Alfred Kropp, the hero of The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (2005), returns as the unlikely rescuer who can save the world from certain destruction. At the story's beginning, Alfred is a bullied high-school sophomore, living with indifferent foster parents. Then demons, imprisoned 3,000 years earlier in a vessel by King Solomon, escape and start to spread destruction around the globe. The mysterious organization established to prevent this sort of catastrophe proves ineffective in battling the supernatural foes. Clumsy, awkward Alfred turns out to be a descendant of Sir Lancelot, and he is called upon to battle the forces of darkness in a series of wild, often violent, and surreal confrontations. 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. Morning, Todd
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Product Details

  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1599900459
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004INH3YQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,849 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and exciting! June 16, 2008
I haven't been able to get my hands on the first Alfred Kropp book yet but after having read this book, I definitely will. This book has all the ingredients that makes a book exciting - adventure, danger and even some softer moments like when Alfred thinks of his dead mum or is compassionate towards his treatment of Kenny, the other foster child living at the Tuttles. A good book which I didn't want to put down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, furious, intelligent thriller for everyone. January 9, 2009
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The best fiction being written right now is for young adults. I've read Harry Potter, but only as I have begun to write young adult fiction myself have I started to enjoy the vast array of terrific modern children's literature that is available to adults. We don't even have to have a special library card to get into the kid's section!

Alfred Kropp came to my attention because Rick's third novel, "The Thirteenth Skull" bears the same name as my third novel. This is a lucky coincidence, because Rick Yancy is a great writer and I'm thrilled to add him to my list of "must buy" authors. (When you start pre-ordering the hardcovers, you know you're hooked.)

Start out with "The extraordinary adventures of Alfred Kropp." Kropp is a young hero, insecure, unsure, and not very brave. When he ends up stealing the great sword Excalibur, the action kicks into high gear and never lets up. The Seal of Solomon is the second book and it's better, faster, and even more intense.

There's a lot of heads flying in these novels, and more than the usual share of gore. So your kids will love them. Leave the books lying around and tell them they can't read these, they have too much action and bloody fight scenes. Then pretend you don't notice when they are missing.

Don't forget to read them first, though. Like Harry Potter, these books are for everyone. I highly recommend them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun adventure for a pre to young teen November 17, 2010
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I was encouraged to read this book by my eleven year old son. It is perfect for a pre-teen or young teen who's not big on long involved books. I think these novels are a good gateway into Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings. The writing is straight forward if a little simplistic. The story moves along very quickly and gets to the point without getting bogged down in too much mushy emotion or side stories. I don't think Alfred Kropp will change the literary world, but they're a fun read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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My 13 year old son and I are really enjoying this series. The first book was awesome. This book was good, but not as good as the first. If you are looking for reading material about a young teen struggling through peer acceptance who just happens to be the last living relative of Lancelot (lots of sci-fi/fantasy in these books), you'll enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too May 29, 2008
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!

Reviewed by: Cana Rensberger
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4.0 out of 5 stars fast paced and lots of fun March 20, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
I discovered Rick Yancey through his Monstrumologist series, which is, imho, one of the best YA fiction series and some of the best horror writing I've ever read. When I learned he'd written another series, naturally I wanted to try it. THIS SERIES CAME FIRST. So, as expected, it's not quite up to the level of the Monstrumologist.

That said, I'm very much enjoying this so far. It's the kind of book you read just for fun. Fast-paced, a lot of action, a few over-the-top characters. Exactly the kind of book that would appeal to the target audience of a book with a teen boy protagonist who saves the world over and over.

The first book really ought to be read before this one. It explains how Alfred gets involved with the organization he's fighting alongside in this one, as well as the whole Arthurian legend tie-in that his history is based on. However, this book only uses elements of that, and focuses on Alfred and company fighting demons who get released into the world (I won't say why because of spoilers). I will say, this gets a little darker than the first book--I see hints of Yancey's penchant for horror writing in this one.

Again, this isn't amazing literature, but it's loads of fun and Alfred Kropp is a really likable character. I'll definitely be continuing the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down.
This book was great. It was a real page turner. I can't wait to read the next one. :)
Published 6 months ago by Victoria Small
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect.
My 11 year old loves the Alfred Kropp books, and he's a picky reader. Arrive on time and in perfect shape.
Published 6 months ago by E. HENEGHAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
It was a fun read. Nothing spectacular about it. I prefer the Percy Jackson series over this, but this was refreshing and had some cool concepts. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Icy
1.0 out of 5 stars SCI FI disappointment
Contemporary approach to writing where no one is likeable and the hero is improbable. A very disappointing read with really no redeeming features.
Published 10 months ago by blhawk
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
Really enjoyed this book! Great for middle-schoolers and up. Action and Adventure with morals. Loved it. Looking forward to third book!
Published 11 months ago by Susan L Sweeney
1.0 out of 5 stars Proof that talented writers can write boners too.
Rick Yancey is one of the most talented Young Adult writers telling stories today. His "Monstrumologist" series is a phenomenon and his last book the 5th Wave is good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J.Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
This was given to my nephew as a gift and he told me he loved it and asked for the rest of the series for Christmas. Really glad since it's hard to find good books that engage him.
Published 12 months ago by MommyBookReviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great book
I loved it and I'm only ten. It has a lot of good descriptions. I can not wait to read the next one.
Published 16 months ago by Will live
5.0 out of 5 stars great supplier, item arrived as promised
Item was just as advertised and shipped when promised. Arrived and was well packed for reliable shipment. Excellent supplier and would recommend.
Published 16 months ago by pinemountain918
5.0 out of 5 stars My students are super excited to have this added to our classroom...
We just finished a unit study that had the first Alfred Kropp book included. Now all they want to do is read the rest of the series.
Published 17 months ago by Gabrielle
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Rick Yancey is the author several books for adults, including The Highly Effective Detective. He is also a produced playwright and former theater critic. He lives in Gainesville, Florida with his wife and three sons. Visit him at

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