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Published:October 8th, 2009 12:57 EST
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Rick Riordan

By Tony Graff


Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief is currently being filmed and prepared to enter theaters. Rick Riordan, writer of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, has created a wonder in the five books. The book features a lot of Greek mythology, for which I am naturally grateful; but, Mr. Riordan has such a grasp of the ancient gods that he can fit their characters beautifully in the 21st century. All of the books were hard to put down, full of action and truth of the Greek Gods. 

The protagonist, Percy Jackson, discovers during his first year of high school that he is a demigod, with Poseidon as his father and a mortal for a mother. This knowledge breaks open a new world for him, filled with environmentalist satyrs-- most environmentalists are, according to his best friend, Grover,-- other demigods, and a plethora of ancient monster wanting to see them all die. On that pleasant note, Percy, or Perseus for his full name, journeys to camp half-blood, a sanctuary for the demigod. 

Among the cast of characters Percy meets in the first book include his father, Poseidon, who wears a floppy fishing hat, Bermuda shorts and a Hawaiian print shirt. He sends his son on a quest to retrieve the Master bolt, the strongest of Zeus`s weapons believed to be stolen by the God of the Ocean himself. Along the way, he is fed by Ares, who asks him to do a favor for him. Ares, of course, rides a large Harley Davidson and simply being around him inspires people to fight. All of the Gods have an amazing character depth, and the attributes they possess as gods are fitted beautifully with aspects of our modern Western culture. 

If the movie The Lightning Thief follows the usual pattern for books made into movies, then it will be one to look forward to. Rick Riordan has created a masterpiece definitely worth reading.