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

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Length: 340 pages Age Level: 12 and up Grade Level: 7 and up

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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; 1 edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004INH3YQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miz Black on June 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
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 By TeensReadToo on May 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Ramthun on January 9, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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 By Amazon Customer on November 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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 By Nancy J. Durkee on May 30, 2009
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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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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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