Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon
by Rick Yancey
Alfred Kropp thought that things would improve after he saved the world. But his life has only gotten worse: the only people he cared about are dead, he’s stuck in a foster home, the kids at school torment him, and most people think he’s either crazy or a criminal. But things are about to change. Two powerful artifacts have been stolen from the vaults of the secret organization OIPEP, artifacts that will allow the bearer to command the forces of the fallen angels of heaven. Alfred is once again drawn into the conflict, finding his life in peril at every turn. But it would be a lot easier to save the world if someone would tell him what’s going on!
Get this book into the hands of your reluctant readers! Who can resist a story with both fast cars and demons from hell – and one with a teen driving a fast car at 250 MPH while being pursued by the demons from hell is even better!
Alfred Kropp is a fast paced, exciting book, but it also has a healthy dose of humor. I also like that Alfred doesn’t have any special abilities. He’s just an ordinary teen, who happens to be descended from Lancelot, but who is mostly just trying to do the best that he can in the situations in which he finds himself. He’s a likable character, with courage and values but also a healthy dose of skepticism, which is understandable given the way people in his life have of using him.
This isn’t a book for sensitive readers; there are a couple of gruesome and intense scenes, which is to be expected in a book about demons – they don’t play fair, after all. But anyone else who likes an exciting fantasy set in the modern world will enjoy this book.
My only complaint about this book is that the cover is ugly! (I thought the same about the first book, as well.) I like the UK cover better.