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The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune [Hardcover]

R Riordan
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4 Oct 2011 Heroes of Olympus (Book 2)
Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem—when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially in front of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely—enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

This breathtaking second installment in the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophecy of Seven.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Overseas Editions New (4 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423140591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423140597
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 628,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Riordan is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

His adult fiction has won the top three national awards in the mystery genre -- the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. His short fiction has appeared in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

His Percy Jackson series features a twelve-year-old dyslexic boy who discovers he is the modern-day son of a Greek god. The Lightning Thief was a New York Times Notable Book for 2005. Film rights have been purchased by Twentieth Century Fox and a feature film is in development. The Sea of Monsters was a Child Magazine Best Book for Children for 2006 and a Publishers Weekly and BookSense national bestseller. The third title, The Titan's Curse, made the series a #1 New York Times bestseller, and the fourth title, The Battle of the Labyrinth, had a first printing of one million copies. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller. Film rights for The 39 Clues have been purchased by Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two sons.

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Witty and inspired. Gripping, touching and deliciously satirical (Times)

A fantastic blend of myth and modern (Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl)

Sure to become a classic (Sunday Express)

Vastly entertaining (Independent)

Riordan delivers puns, jokes and subtle wit, alongside a gripping storyline (Sunday Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demigod, was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 5 Oct 2011
By C. Chambers VINE VOICE
Having read all the books before this one and been on the edge of my seat, longing for 4th October and the release date for "Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune," dying to know what happened next after the cliffhanger at the end of the previous book, I have just completed reading it and was not disappointed.

It is pacey, exciting, witty and full of the character flaws, weaknesses, decision making, surprise twists in the story and ultimate heroism I have come to expect from this series. It really is a great read and hard to put down, landing straight into the action from the first paragraph. Already I am wanting to know what happens next and waiting with anticipation for the next book in the Heroes of Olympus series.

The characters are always so engaging, full of secrets that need uncovering and Riordan really is a master storyteller. If you have never read any of the Percy Jackson tales, do start at the beginning and follow the progression from "The Lightning Thief" all the way through to "The Son of Neptune." It's a brilliantly entertaining series of stories that both has you laughing out loud in places and on the edge of your seat in others. Our 10 year old has loved them all and has the added advantage that he is now very knowledgeable about Greek mythology which has stood him in good stead at school! Read the series and enjoy. You won't regret the experience.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I won't deny that I adored the Percy Jackson series, the characters were really engaging, the blend of classical mythology and modern sarcastic humour works brilliantly.
Likewise the prequel to this "The Lost Hero" was fantastic for much the same reason and you should really read them all.
However, I found The Son of Neptune slightly disappointing by comparison. Maybe it's because Percy isn't actually the main character and it's what I've become used to expecting, but Reyna, Frank and Hazel are all much easier to engage with in this book because you are expected to know all about Percy to read this so it feels a little bit like Riordan has undersold Percy.
However that is my greatest criticism, Frank and Hazel (Percy's partners) are fantastic characters and the witty style is still there for the most part.
Regardless it is still a very good book and I encourage anyone who has read the series to follow it, and if you haven't read the series read it all and The Lost Hero, so you can understand many of the little references made about Percy and characters from the Percy Jackson series and The Lost Hero.
One little spoiler though that any fan will understand TYSON's BACK! That should have you sold.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible as always mr riordan 15 Oct 2011
By AWsjw
*Spoilers may occur*
since 'the lightning thief' i have always loved rick riordan's books- they're really cleverly set out with loads of laughs thrown in. Son of Neptune is also addictive and i love how he's brought back Percy. I feel i will explode with anticipation for the next three in the series!! hazel and frank are so cute together too. it's a really good buy and if you're like me you'll prpbably end up reading it several times while waiting for the next book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 14 Oct 2011
By Suzanne
My 14 year old daughter couldn't wait for this book to arrive, she read it in 2 days! She really enjoyed it and is now eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Could not put it down. 11 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a big fan of the Percy Jackson books and the author in general.
This book is excellent! I struggled to put the book down to go to bed, work or listen anyone in the room.
It has humour without being cheesy, suspense, drama and great action.
If you have read any of the Percy Jackson books you will love this, as long as you have read the previous one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - what an experience! 11 Oct 2011
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Another fantastic book by Rick Riordan. As is usual with Rick Riordan books, the scene is set and the characters are developed exceptionally well, allowing you to be quickly immersed. This is an excellent addition to the Heroes of Olympus series - another "can't put it down" book!
The Rick Riordan Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus and Kane Chronicles books really are amazing - they offer an ideal introduction to mythology (Greek, Roman and Egyptian) as well as quite simply being excellent, enthralling stories; the blend of ancient myths and modern day life conjures up incredible storylines and brings the myths and their key players to life. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 10 Oct 2011
Just finished this book. It took me 2 days. It was great. I can't wait. for the next one. So exciting...
7 great demigods are joining for the quest. Percy, Jason, Annabeth, Leo, Piper, Frank en Hazel.... love it. They are all from different high gods..and They are all powerful!!!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Percy Jackson classic 4 Oct 2011
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I am half way through the latest Percy Jackson book and it is a must read for fans of the series. If you have followed the Percy series from The Lightning Thief then you will know what to expect from ths book. It has all the adventure and witty dialogue you expect and a very clever take on Greek/Roman mythology.
This 2nd in the spin off series from the Percy Jackson books expands greatly on the the universe created by the author Rick Riordan and is another winner.
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I'm speechless it was so good :)it was just terrific I can't believe it was that good e-mail archiekb10@aol.com :)
Published 9 days ago by Archie Kelly-Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Son of Neptune
I love the way Rick Riordan writes. I just wish he'd been around when I was growing up and was not into books at all. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mrs. Karen Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read.....for fans
If you are a fan of rick riordan and his hero series you will like this. The story has pace only whinge from me would be about extended fight scenes..... Read more
Published 20 days ago by storyqueen
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay!
Percy's back. It calls for celebration because he is awesome and now coming in with no memory APART from Annabeth mind you and two new friends how can you go wrong? Read more
Published 21 days ago by CheekyChell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
First book I have read by Rick Riordan, great fun, very fast paced lots of action but probably aimed at younger age group than mine! That's not the authors fault it's mine.
Published 23 days ago by gerald blessing
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winning update on the old myths from Rick Riordan
My children, aged ten and seven have been steadily making our way through the Percy Jackson series since last year. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. K. A. Wheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I'm writing on behalf of my son, 11 years old, who came home at half term from school with the first book of this series (having read the first series about a year ago), he read it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Pugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great second book!
Fantastic second book the the new Heroes series and my what a twist in the plot! great to meet some characters and like the first book good to hear from different character points... Read more
Published 1 month ago by NonaPhilippa
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
My 9 year old loved it, moved on to after Percy Jackson and he can't put his kindle down when he has one to read.read all available now Artemas fowl and itch
Published 1 month ago by jayne logan
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously frightening but in the end it turned out to be a happy...
I've read this book and I've bought the rest of them as well. it was amazing. I believe Hero's Of Olympus book: 5 will be even more amazing!!
Published 1 month ago by SteveO
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