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** spoiler alert ** The cagematch of the ages is brought to life in this third book of the Percy Jackson series. In one corner are the Titans who have been held captive by the Olympian gods and goddesses who are defending their sacred Mt. Olympus. Fighting in the corner of these deities are Zeus, Poseidon, Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena, Ares, Apollo and Dionysus. All of these, vested with super powers are not sufficient enough alone to outwit the vengeful malice of the Titans. The expendable lives of Percy and his half-blood friends Thalia, Bianca, Nico and Annabeth become the pawnish tools that both Titans and Olympians capriciously manipulate to lead their side to victory. "The Titan's Curse" starts off slower than the previous two, but the excitement spirals into a satisfying payoff in the end. The character development richly enables ancient literature to be popularized for the reader to be able to relate to an Apollo as a current adolescent cruising in a red convertible Maserati Spyder, and his twin sister, the mystical Hunter Artemis depicted as a young girl immortalized in the swift unbounded energy of youthfulness with "auburn hair gathered back in a ponytail and strange eyes, silvery yellow like the moon." The characters leap off the page and create a vivid screenplay for the reader's imagination. Ancient marries modern, birthing a chilling child of creative reading fantasy. Spoiler alert*** The genius of the book centers around the idea of sacrifice. The intensity of the battle climaxes with a harmless seacow bull-serpent, named Bessie. Telling of the terrible power unleashed in killing innocence, "The Fates ordained a prophecy eons ago, when this creature was born. They said that whoever killed the Ophiotaurus and sacrificed its entrails to the fire would have the power to destroy the gods." Life blood is always required for righteousness. Whose blood is of holy power? These sacrificial themes point the Christian reader to the Ultimate Sacrifice in the Cross of Christ that disarmed the "god" of this world when Jesus, the son of God was sent into the precise window of the fullness of time to set the world to rights. Coupled with the sense of destiny and the imminent window of doom closing, this book continues to throb with the pathos and power of prophecy. Knowing that someone will die, the good guys are willing to lay down their lives for each other and for the good of the world. The words of the Oracle haunt the reader: "Five shall go west to the goddess in chains, One shall be lost in the land without rain, The house of Olympus shows the trail, Campers and Hunters combined prevail, The Titan's curse must one withstand, And one shall perish by a parent's hand." Pick up a copy of "the Titan's Curse" to find out who dies and who lives. And never never trust a Vice Principal who goes by the name, Dr. Thorn. Thorns are always a sign of the curse.

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I actually tried listening to this one on a road trip and just was not interested in the essay. Maybe if I were in the mood, it would engage me, but it seemed like a list of "interesting facts" which quickly lost me. Maybe it becomes more interesting, but I was not willing to give it the chance.