Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Alfed Kropp: The Seal of Solomon by Rick Yancey

The book started with Alfred Kropp coming home from school to his foster home and learning that he’s about to inherit four hundred million dollars. He then learns that his foster parents are planning to adopt him so he decides to run away. Unfortunately for him, he is kidnapped by Mike, an ex-agent of OIPEP. OIPEP rescues Alfred from Mike. Alfred joins OIPEP’s special team to retrieve two very important stolen artifacts. Alfred’s team fails to get the artifacts because Mike gets to them first. Alfred goes to interrogate Mike’s mom but she is away on a cruise. Alfred has two days to find the missing artifact before the world is doomed. Alfred tracks down Mike and recovers the vessel. Then Alfred fights the demon and is able to get the “seal of Solomon” ring. The demon tempts Alfred with popularity, a family of his own, and a girlfriend but Alfred turned them down and sent the demons back into the vessel. OIPEP wants the seal back but Alfred is going to keep it.

I thought this book was awesome. The plot was exciting and fast moving. A true page turner, with a little humor thrown in on the side. It reminded me a lot of the Alex Rider series. Both books have a teenage boy who has lost his parents and is recruited to be a secret agent. This book is a little different because this talks about the bible more and has demons. Alfred Kropp is also a little older and has taken some Driver’s Ed classes so he can drive. I first thought he was kind of a nerd but after I read more of the book my opinion changed very quickly. I’m looking forward to the sequel.

Content: Some of the demon encounters were gory. When Alfred got blisters and maggots on his skin it was gross but added to the story.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9

Reviewer Age: 13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Hamilton, OH USA

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