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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1 edition (Oct. 2 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423140603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423140603
  • ASIN: 1423140605
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terrifying dreams and enigmatic prophecies mean danger for seven teen demigods, but also good times for fans of The Heroes of Olympus series. This third volume thrusts Percy, Jason, Annabeth, Hazel, Leo, Frank, and Piper into action once again. Representing both Greek and Roman camps, the seven companions undertake a mission to prevent the imminent destruction of Rome, the awakening of Gaea, and the end of the world. Meanwhile, they help Annabeth in her quest to recover the ancient statue of Athena stolen from the Parthenon. Along the way, they encounter Nemesis in Utah, Bacchus in Kansas, Phorcys in Atlanta, Aphrodite in Charleston, and Hercules at the Strait of Gibraltar. Throughout the novel, the juxtaposition of humor and terror makes both aspects of the writing more vivid. The demigods use their wits and their weapons skillfully in a string of encounters, and their insecurities make the characters all the more appealing. With a true storyteller's sense of pacing, Riordan creates another compelling adventure, right down to the cliff-hanger at the end. Stay tuned for volume four. - Carolyn Phelan—Booklist Online

After waging two separate quests (The Lost Hero, 2010; The Son of Neptune, 2011), the Greek and Roman demigods of Riordan's Heroes of Olympus quintet join forces. With his now-trademark zero-to-60 acceleration, the author engineers a ghostly possession to set Greeks and Romans at odds and initiates the Prophecy of the Seven, hurtling Annabeth, Percy, Piper, Leo, Hazel, Frank and Jason into a pell-mell flight on the magical trireme Argo II. They seek the titular Mark of Athena, which they hope will provide the key to defeating the vengeful Earth mother, Gaea, or at least some of her giant offspring. As the trireme crosses the country, the pace drags while the demigods sort out relationships and work to figure out both cryptic prophecy and nightmare visions. With sweethearts Annabeth and Percy once again united, much of the tension that powered earlier books is gone. Once the Argo II leaves the United States, though, the pace picks up, and the comically instructive set pieces Riordan's so good at emerge. A Luddite god rails against what he calls the "b-book," which displaced the far superior scroll technology; Annabeth gets a crash course in the cult of Mithros far below the streets of Rome. Here, Riordan's infectious love for his subject matter really comes through, even as he takes some real risks with his characters. A literal cliffhanger leaves eager readers hanging; next stop: Greece-and Tartarus. (glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)—Kirkus

About the Author

Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the # 1 New York Times best-selling The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two: The Son of Neptune; The Heroes of Olympus Book Three: The Mark of Athena; the #1 New York Times best-selling The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid; The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: The Throne of Fire; The Kane Chronicles, Book Three: The Serpent's Shadow; as well as the five books in the #1 New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Camilla on Oct. 15 2012
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The writing of these books are amazing, and the cover art is fantastic. This limited edition (that arrived today, much to my excitement) is beautiful and I do not regret paying a little more for this copy! However, I warn the buyer of this product to handle the book inside of the sleeve (decorative case) VERY CAREFULLY. This is not Amazon's fault, but the manufacturers put the jacket of the book on a little askew, causing some minor dents, and when the sleeve was damaged on the inside, causing the taking out and putting in of the book to be a bit snug.

That being said, I would suggest any fan of this series who loves collector's items to snatch this purchase up right away as it won't disappoint!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 13 2012
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"The Mark of Athena" is the third in Rick Riordan's current series, "The Heroes of Olympus," which feature both Greek and Roman demi-gods having to join together to battle the slowly awakening Gaia, who once fully awake will destroy the human and gods' worlds and let the monsters run rampant once again. As the title suggests, this book focuses on Athena's daughter, Annabeth, who is given the task of following the Mark of Athena to recover the long-lost, gigantic and magical statue of Athena Parthenos. A hugely difficult task, but getting the Roman and Greek demi-gods to work together, let alone their respective camps, is perhaps even more impossible. Can Leo, Piper, Hazel, Frank, Jason and Percy really work with Annabeth and save the world(s), as prophecy demands? Or will Gaia's minions destroy the demi-gods and sacrifice two of them to hasten Gaia's wakening?.... I do adore Riordan's fresh YA imaginings about ancient Greek and Roman mythology, and his fast pacing and multiple points of view chapters make this a wonderful read, as usual. Of course it ends in a cliffhanger because there's at least one more book in the series (though I think it'll be two, he's got a penchant for series of five it seems), and of course you have to have read the previous two books ("The Lost Hero" and "The Son of Neptune," respectively) to make sense of this one, but if you meet those requirements, this one doesn't disappoint at all. My one problem with the book (and the series) is that, basically, as a Celtic pagan, I'm really on Gaia's side, but in this series, She's the bad guy {g}....
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My daughter and her friends really enjoyed it. They love the action and learning about the gods of Greek and roman times
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Loved it! I love all of his books! Not just for children. Great sense of humor loveable characters! Can't wait for the new one!
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By Denelle on Aug. 7 2013
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Words can't explain how much I love this series. Rick Riordan is an amazing writing, he takes his readers on wonderful journey!!!
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i got the first book not thinking it would be that good and it took my breath away i love it thank you Rick.
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My 14 year old son could not wait to get his hands on this book and read it on his own within a week.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Winterhalder on Sept. 4 2013
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Sorry - not a review - I'm sure the book is good - I really want to read it!

But for some reason this (and a bunch of other Rick Riordan books) are not available on Kindle in Canada! I'm assuming this is a bug or a defect or something - but I'm leaving this review in hopes that someone at Amazon or Riordan's publishing company sees it!!!

Help! :)
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