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The Seal of Solomon (Alfred Kropp #2)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  1,164 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
Thousands of years ago, King Solomon used a powerful ring, known as the Great Seal, to imprison the fallen angels of heaven in a sacred vessel. Now both the ring and the vessel have been stolen from OIPEP by a double-crossing Mike Arnold. Should Mike choose to wield the demons' power, all hell could break lose . . . literally. Led by the mysterious Op-Nine, OIPEP has a pla ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published January 2007)
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Vane J.
Compared to the first book, this feels underwhelming. Truth be told, the writing is better, but the plot... it just felt loose at plenty of points. Yes, it was more serious, and there were some very gross and disturbing scenes involving garden gnomes, eyeballs and dead cats (I still gag when I think of it), but the unbelievable and convenient moments went too far for me to forgive them. The book's still fun to read because of Alfred's personality and cynical comments, however, he was the only ch ...more
Kat Heckenbach
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Trevor
Jul 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teen readers looking for serious over-the-top action reads
Shelves: teen-lit-read
Fan-bloody-tastic book! I read the first Alfred Kropp book a few years ago and was surprised at how good it was. Alfred is a oversized kid who ends up being the heir to a legendary bloodline. The action in this book focuses on the release of the demon Paimon and the host of hell from the brass vessel they've been imprisoned in for 3000 years. Kropp has sacred blood running through his veins, and the secret organization attempting to fight the legions decides to kidnap him, steal his blood, and d ...more
Jessica
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another great ride with Alfred. This time around, they're facing one of the greater demon princes, fresh from Hell! Alfred has to find the Seal of Solomon (his signet ring, that is to say) and use it to defeat Demon Prince Paimon. More is revealed about Alfred's past, and OIPEP.

These books are amazing just for their intense yet smoothly written mixture of technology, espionage, fantasy and humor. Where else do you find a self-deprecating, awkward teenage boy using high tech weaponry to defeat a
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J-Lynn
I love Alfred Kropp's voice; he is what makes this series so much fun! And Yancey definitely has his self-deprecating wit down in this sequel.

The book is a fast paced action adventure novel that quickly veers into supernatural fantasy. It is a fun book that could appeal to reluctant readers, especially boys, but could also cross over to many other types of readers.

But, what keeps the reader interested is Alfred's journey of self discovery as he learns how to be the knight that he was named.

I hi
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Ariel Acupan
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Read the entire review HERE.

After reading the first one, I immediately grab this so the adventures of Alfred Kropp would not be interrupted :). With this one, I like how the author withholds the information and suddenly drops it to you like a bomb in perfect timing to give the readers the effects he wanted. The consistency was there, which I think is necessary for a series. It should feel and read like the main character from the first is still the character your reading up until the end of the
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Jstotland4
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alfred Kropp has made some costly mistakes, but eventually he comes through. How does he come through? He saved the world from complete annihilation...And he isn't done yet. When Alfred Kropp is faced with another chance to save the world, will he do it? Or will his luck run out?

This book is about fate, friendship, and courage.
Nicholas
Jul 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is better than the first book
Eva
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, e-book
Beberapa bulan setelah Alfred bertempur dengan Mr. Myers alias Mogart, dia kembali ke kehidupan lamanya, kembali jadi objek bulan2an di sekolahnya dan merasa bosan bukan main. Bahkan sekalipun dia adalah keturunan Sir Lancelot du lac, berhasil mengalahkan seorang megalomaniak dalam adu pedang, dan memiliki pedang ksatria yang merupakan pusaka milik para Ksatria Meja Bundar, dia harus menerima fakta bahwa di mata dunia dia hanyalah seorang yatim piatu yang kini dititipkan pada sepasang keluarga T ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Yancey, Rick Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon, 336 p. Bloomsbury –

Alfred Kropp is kidnapped right out of the wretched foster home he is currently existing in. You would think a young man who controls a billion dollar corporation could do better for himself. But being dragged around the world to face demons released from hell is better than listen to his foster father plot to control his money any day. With the best intentions, Albert continues to do right by messing everything and everyone up.
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Frederic
I thought this one was not quite as strong as the first -- it may just be because the characters are already familiar, it may be that the end-of-the-world scenario seems too big to be settled so relatively easily, who knows? But even so a great read, like the first it took me back to being a teenager (in a good way) and it's just a rollicking romp of a tale. Definitely looking forward to the third one!
Ginger
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first, but still enjoyable.
Joshua
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the more interesting things about the Alfred Kropp series is that each book seems to come out of a different genre. This book’s predecessor belongs to the urban fantasy genre; its successor belongs to the espionage genre. And this book belongs to the horror genre. The horror genre is, to be certain, my least favorite genre, mostly because it does a number on my all-too-tenuous psyche. The Seal of Solomon is no different. Yet I enjoy this book nevertheless because Yancey is a tremendously ...more
Nicholas H
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
It began with Alfred Kropp the quiet type kid that doesn’t really fit in and seems to have been getting himself into action packed troubles that are a matter of life and DEATH!

This book was much like the first when Alfred finds out something new and the new things finds himself in a situation which may affect the whole world. The book was written in a fairly easy to read manner with around 250 words per page. There was rarely any suspense in the beginning but when it picks up you have to be on y
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Wendy
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, adventure, ya
In "Alfred Kropp The Seal of Solomon" Rick Yancey weaves a biblical king, extreme extractions and vaults filled with deadly artifacts into a fast-packed, action-packed thriller that begins when gum-smacking, double-dealing Mike Arnold kidnaps Alfred from his home in Tennessee, dragging him into the desert to shoot him. But like all great heroes he escapes on a white horse only to be swept up in an adventure that will have demons unleashed from a sacred vessel and Alfred joining forces with OIPEP ...more
Aelvana
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alfred Kropp wasn't expecting life to go back to normal after he managed to nearly destroy the world and then save it. But the only thing that's really changed is how much everyone else picks on him--Alfred calls it the new school sport. Alfred sinks back into everyday life, but soon the ordinary takes a turn for the interesting when a representative of his father's estate arrives and tells him he's inheriting nearly a billion dollars. And then he gets kidnapped, and kidnapped from the kidnapper ...more
Ji Mei
After reading the first book, I had high hopes for its sequel and I certainly wasn't disappointed. This one follows the first one by a year, I believe (or maybe just a few months). Anyways, whatever the time, it was still a smooth transition to this next one. I like how Alfred acts a little more firm, standing up for himself, and as the book moves on, he just grows into a really extraordinary person. For a kid, often picked on and alone in the world, Alfred Kropp really just shows the reader how ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Cana Rensberger
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it


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 mu
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Adalie
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I went on a huge limb and bought the whole series at once from BookOutlet. Usually that isn't the smartest because you never know of your going to like it or not. But I do and the second book just picks off with Alfred. Alfred is never just a normal tall kid anymore. Not after his extrodinary adventures from before.

Another high stakes adventure for Alfred Kropp. This time he ends up helping the secret agency. Someone has stolen an important artifact from the. They have Stolen a vessel and a ring
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Jacob Lassila
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In a world where your worst fears come alive, an average overweight Alfred Kropp is called in to save the world from total desolation for a cause he doesn't even know or believe in. The Eastern United States sets the stage in a present time utopian society where Alfred doesn't feel like he belongs. "The Seal of Solomon" questions the age-old battle of David and Goliath, putting Alfred against the wrath of hell.

Yancey's writing style is easy to follow, laying out scenes one at time creating a nev
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Tyler Greene
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of "The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp" and lovers of Percy Jackson
"Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon" is the 2nd book in the Alfred Kropp series. In this book Alfred Kropp, Mike Arnold, and OIPEP come back for another action packed, fast-paced adventure. Alfred Kropp is trying to live his life as a normal kid after dieing and saving the world but i s haveing trouble. Mike Arnold, the traitor, comes and kidnaps him. Suddenly Alfred is thrown into the world of supernatural happenings (again) and into OIPEP. The Seal of Solomon has kept the fallen angels of heave ...more
Cathrine Bonham
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a non-stop read. By that I mean that I could not stop reading this book until I finished it. Sadly I was forced to stop often for an inconvenience I call work, but every free moment I was fully engaged in this story.

Alfred Kropp is the cursed with a really pathetic life. He is in foster care but his late father was really rich. Now his foster father is trying to adopt him and steal his inheritance. Kropping the sport of picking on Alfred Kropp is all the rage at school and to top it off
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Steve
Reality is setting in for Alfred Kropp after his life returns to normal after the adventures of the first book, when Alfred's life is again thrust into a world saving adventure. Again Alfred's actions cause unintended trouble, but this time he is unaware of the danger as he is being kept in the dark by all sides. The stakes seem bigger in this book as the enemy is one of literal biblical proportions (fallen angels imprisoned for thousands of years by the Seal of Solomon) and Alfred has to endure ...more
Jared
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I couldn't put this down. I loved the first book and procrastinated reading this one because I have read too many lame sequels. This was not lame.
Rick Yancey has a most amazing talent for letting us enter the mind of a kid who handles unbelievable situations in a very believable way. His simile and description is effortless and the action is fast-paced and intense.
I think what Yancey does best, though, is the characterization of Alfred. You genuinely care about this weird kid. His voice is
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Cheryl
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Alfred is once again embroiled with the super secret international organization OIPEP. He is snatched from his foster home by one agent who drags Alfred off to execute him. He is then recued only to be dragged into the race for the ancient seals of Solomon. A ring has that has the power to control the demons which have been locked up for thousands of years in a sacred vessel in a secret location. Of course the bad guy gets the ring first and releases millions of demons to terrorize mankind. Alfr ...more
Max
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was somewhat interesting and the kind that you would read if you had no other options. It has quite a bit of action, but at some times it rambles on for a little too long. It's the kind of book that would appeal to the target audience of younger teenage boys. The author is slower explaining things and takes his time in getting to the point. It's a large buildup and then all of a sudden it's like a bomb being dropped with all the information and facts. Overall, The book was semi-interes ...more
Sassafras
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Andy K.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
At first i just picked up this book just because I had nothing to read. But the more I read, I more I wanted to read. It was so interesting that they are having an adventure to take bake the seal of solomon. I get to always wonder what will going to happen at the next page.

Now I'm wondering what kind of adventure will the appearing at the next book. I just heard the tittle which is the third scull, and only the tittle still sounds so interesting. I m trying to read the next book but every time i
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Claire Grasse
Jun 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
After Rick Yancey's wonderful first book that was brimful of redemption, hope, and courage, I wanted so much to love this one... I was disappointed to find it so "far out," dark, and just plain bizarre that I simply couldn't love it. I wasn't looking for a feel-good novel, but I didn't want to be driven at knifepoint to the liquor store either. Two stars for Yancey's lovely, skilled use of language, and that's about it. I'll read the next one with great trepidation, but I certainly won't buy it ...more
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Rick is a native Floridian and a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English which he put to use as a field officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Inspired and encouraged by his wife, he decided his degree might also be useful in writing books and in 2004 he began writing full-time.

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“Alfred," Merryweather said. "OIPEP is the only organization of its kind in the world, with practically unlimited resources and an intelligence network that spans every country in the planet. We shall do what any powerful, multinational bureaucracy would do in such a crisis. We shall hold a meeting!” 3 likes
“I prefer not to call them demons. It demeans their nature.

"But isn't that what they are?"

"We should pity them more than fear them Alfred. They were angels once."

"Yea, but didn't you say they rebelled against God? They got what they deserved."

"Perhaps." He sighed. "Yet do we not all hope and pray that we ourselves escape that we truly deserve? None have fallen as far or as irrevocably as the outcasts of heaven. Did you not find them beautiful." "...They have gazed upon the very face of God, the face they will see no more for all eternity-and so I pity them. Even as I envy them for having seen it.”
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