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Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon Paperback – May 27, 2008
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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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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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