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After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.
This first installment of Rick Riordan's best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.
A Note for Amazon Customers from Illustrator John Rocco
Dear Readers,When I was about eight years old I had the great luck of stumbling upon my father’s collection of Classics Illustrated comic books. I instantly fell in love with the stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, and James Fenimore Cooper. Many years later, when I became interested in illustration, I discovered the beautiful hardbound editions of these stories featuring the arresting artwork of incredible artists like N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, and Maxfield Parrish. What I love about their paintings is not just the beautiful draftsmanship, color and composition, but their ability to capture a moment that held the promise of swashbuckling adventure. That promise let me know that if I read the words surrounding that picture, I could unlock the adventure. That promise is what I tried to achieve when creating the pictures for this incredible series. My approach has never been just to describe a scene from the book, but to create an illustration that offers tension and mystery--an image that provides just enough information to leave the viewer wanting to know more. When I was asked to create images for the Deluxe Edition of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief it was a dream come true. It was my chance to illustrate what I consider to be a new classic. The Lightning Thief has so many wonderful moments it was difficult to choose what to paint, but I knew I wanted to create a balance of dramatic scenes and quiet moments and to capture the spirit of Rick’s unforgettable characters. It has been my own great adventure to help bring this book to life in a new way, in color, on the page. I hope you enjoy this Deluxe Edition of The Lightning Thief. Yours, John
Illustrations from Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Deluxe Edition(Click to Enlarge)
|Percy and a Nereid||Percy and Annabelle on their way to Las Vegas||Percy at the Entrance to Mount Olympus|
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I really did not like the book. I objected to the whole idea that Olympian gods and goddesses are still alive and are in North America, doing their nasty tricks. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Freddie Myers
Action-packed and lovable are just 2 of the words that describe this book. This is not a disgrace but real fiction. Unlike other books. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Pippi Longstocking
(No spoilers) Highly recommend! I loved Harry Potter books and I still enjoyed the read of this book. Yes, there are similarities but all stories do if you look close enough. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Annie
This book is a really good book for Greek mythology fantasy readers. I really felt like I was actually there with Percy, Annabeth, and, of course, Grover. Absolutely amazing!Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a good book that keeps your attention. For me it wasn't 5 star because I wasn't really surprised with the twist, I had figured it out long time before the book even started... Read morePublished 4 days ago by ardita
Action Packed but also very.... I don't know.... they could have easily gotten out of several situations and being that they did not, makes the book a little less enjoyable.Published 6 days ago by Logan