Robert Graves, classicist, poet, and unorthodox critic, retells the Greek legends of gods and heroes for a modern audience And, in the two volumes of The Greek Myths, he demonstrates with a dazzling display of relevant knowledge that Greek Mythology is "no more mysterious in content than are modern election cartoons." His work covers, in nearly two hundred sections, the creation myths; the legends of the births and lives of the great Olympians; the Theseus, Oedipus, and Heracles cycles; the Argonaut voyage; the tale of Troy, and much more. All the scattered elements of each myth have been assembled into a harmonious narrative, and many variants are recorded which may help to determine its ritual or historical meaning, Full references to the classical sources, and copious indexes, make the book as valuable to the scholar as to the general reader; and a full commentary on each myth explains and interprets the classical version in the light of today's archaeological and anthropological knowledge.
Jackson "Tres" Navarre and his enchilada-eating cat, Robert Johnson, pull into San Antonio and find nothing waiting but trouble. Ten years ago Navarre left town and the memory of his father's murder behind him. Now he's back, looking for answers. Yet the more Tres digs, trying to put his suspicions to rest, the fresher the decade-old crime looks: Mafia connections, construction site payoffs, and slick politicians' games all conspire to ruin his homecoming. It's obvious Tres has stirred up a hornet's nest of trouble. He gets attacked, shot at, run over by a big blue Thunderbird-and his old girlfriend, the one he wants back, turns up missing. Tres has to rescue the woman, nail his father's murderer, and get the hell out of Dodge before mob-style Texas justice catches up to him. The chances of staying alive looked better for the defenders of the Alamo....
Tres Navarre has just hours of apprenticeship time to serve before he can go for his P.I. license. Staking out a musician suspected of stealing a demo tape should be a piece of pan dulce. But his attention wanders just long enough for fiddle player Julie Kearnes to be gunned down before his eyes. He should just back away and let the cops investigate, but backing away has never been Tres's strong point. The missing demo and Julie's murder are just two of the problems besetting Miranda Daniels, a pint-sized singer with Texas-sized talent. She's the prize in a tug-of-war between two music hotshots who want to manage her career. One has a habit of making bad things happen to people he doesn't like. The other has just vanished without a trace. As Tres looks into the dirty dealings surrounding Miranda, it becomes clear he's stepped into a rattlesnakes' nest of greed, double cross, and murder--and he may be the next to be snakebit.
Tres Navarre has a passion for tequila, a Ph.D. in English literature, and a penchant for trouble. He's the smart-mouthed Texas private eye who raked in the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards. Now acclaimed author Rick Riordan fires up the accelerator in Tres Navarre's hardcover debut--a ninety-mile-an-hour thriller for fans with a taste for Spenser and Elvis Cole, spiced with habanero-hot Tex-Mex flavor. When a controversial English professor is found dead, shot twice in the chest with a .45, Tres Navarre--P.I. and erstwhile Berkeley Ph.D.--is the only local academic crazy enough to accept the emergency opening at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Police assure Tres they already have a suspect, a stone-cold killer who's just returned from a stint in a Mexican jail and is suspected of murdering a Texas amusement-park kingpin years before. While the police wrap up the open-and-shut case, all Tres has to do is teach three classes, grade on a curve...and walk in a dead man's shoes. It should be an easy assignment. But one thing Tres Navarre doesn't do is easy. When the evidence in the case starts looking a little too perfect, when the killing doesn't stop, Tres takes on some extracurricular research into the heart of an assassin. He quickly becomes embroiled in a nasty tangle of family secrets, backstabbing squabbles for control of a million-dollar amusement ride business, and a high-stakes game of gangster honor on the darkest streets of San Antonio's West Side. Behind it all--the specter of a murdered man who once proclaimed himself the King of the South Texas carnivals. As fast-paced as the Texas Tornadoes, as funny as Lyle Lovett crossed with Kinky Friedman, as soulful as Willie Nelson,The Last King of Texas is an unforgettable, impossible-to-put-down whirlwind of suspense...in which everyone is guilty of something. The cops already have a suspect in the murder of Tres's predecessor at the University of Texas at San Antonio--a stone-cold killer who's spent six years in prison for murdering an amusement-park kingpin. Now Tres takes on some extracurricular research into the heart of an assassin. Suddenly he's on a carousel-ride collision course with a killer--a one-way ticket to betrayal and death in a novel of suspense in which everyone is guilty of something. Lean, mean, and completely lovable, Jackson "Tres" Navarre is a worthy successor to Spenser and Elvis Cole; THE LAST KING OF TEXAS is an impossible-to-put-down whirlwind of a book; and Rick Riordan is the hottest new star in the suspense firmament.
Rick Riordan, triple-crown winner of the Edgar, Anthony, and Shamus Awards, has already emblazoned his name on the map of crime fiction with his Tres Navarre novels -- a fast, funny, totally hip series that blends masterful writing with richly drawn characters and nonstop action. Now Riordan brings his P.I. Tres Navarre to the heart of Texas -- Austin -- with a fiercely original thriller that explores family ties as deep and twisted as the waterways of Lake Travis. Tres Navarre, private eye and sometimes English professor, is hoping for a laid-back working vacation when he accepts a teaching gig at the University of Texas at Austin, even if it means shacking up for six weeks with his big brother Garrett, who calls Austin home. Garrett Navarre -- computer programmer extraordinaire, Jimmy Buffett fanatic, and all-around eccentric -- is hoping to retire a multimillionaire thanks to a high-tech start-up company he and two buddies have launched. Garrett has bet everything from his career to the Navarre family ranch that the company will stay alive long enough to make a public stock offering, allowing him to ride the Austin high-tech boom right into the saddle of luxury. Both Tres's and Garrett's hopes are shattered with a single gunshot. Garrett's oldest friend and business partner ends up murdered at his lakefront home -- and Garrett is the only suspect. As Tres delves into Garrett's bizarre world to find the truth behind the murder, he comes face-to-face with the damaged relationships, violent lives, and billion-dollar schemes of a brave new high-tech world. Among the players: a corporate takeover artist with a trail of broken enemies in his wake and an overzealous desire to make Garrett's company his own; the victim's wife, a hard-edged beauty haunted by three generations of family failure; and the head of an oil-rich clan with more power than morals and enough skeletons in the closet to man a ghost ship. Connecting them all -- the beautiful waters of Lake Travis and an unspeakable evil that lies within its depths. A suspense novel of depth and sizzling emotional power,The Devil Went Down to Austin is Rick Riordan's most entertaining work to date.
Chadwick's life was balanced on a knife's edge--his career, his marriage, his relationship with his dangerously troubled daughter. And then one autumn night, the worst possible thing happened....
For Tres Navarre, English professor turned private investigator, business has lately taken a drastic turn south. But if chasing down bail jumpers, adulterous spouses, and workmen's comp cases seemed like the dregs of the PI game, it was at least a living. Not as much could be said for tracking down a man like Will the Ghost Stirman. The stone-cold killer has just staged a bloody escape from the Floresville State Penitentiary with a gang of violent cons as spooked by Stirman as those on the outside who helped put him behind bars. And no one seems more worried than Navarre's boss and mentor, Erainya Manos. It was her husband along with rival PI Sam Barrera who built the case that sent Stirman away. But Erainya's husband is dead and she's certain Stirman won't let that stand in the way of his taking revenge against her and her adopted son. All of Navarre's instincts are screaming that there's more to this case than meets the eye. But Erainya won't tell him and Sam Barrera seems to be escaping into a strange twilight from a truth too terrible to remember. That leaves Tres to dig into a twisted mystery of greed, vigilantism, and murder, where lives are bought and sold and the line between guilt and innocence is razor-thin. Meanwhile, Stirman and his gang are coming, leaving behind them a trail of brutal, unforgiving violence that will end in an area of San Antonio known as Southtown but that may soon just as well be called hell on earth. From the Hardcover edition.
Percy Jackson about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
The triple-crown winner of mystery's most prestigious awards--the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus--Rick Riordan blasted onto the crime scene with one of its freshest and most intriguing protagonists, Tres Navarre. In Mission Road, Navarre returns in a wrenching crime drama in which he must revisit the sins of the past to catch a killer about to get away with murder...again.
Percy Jackson's seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of his friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed. In this fresh, funny, and wildly popular follow-up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family-one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.
Honeymooning detective Tres Navarre goes up against a killer who will do anything to escape an island resort as a hurricane approaches, in this spine-tingler from the king of Texas crime writing ("Denver Post").
When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies, Annabeth and Thalia, at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and... a ride from his mom. The demigods race to the rescue, to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two new powerful half-bloods whose parentage is unknown. But that's not all that awaits them. The Titan lord, Kronos, has set up his most devious trap yet, and the young heroes have just fallen prey. Hilarious and action-packed, this third adventure in the series finds Percy faced with his most dangerous challenge so far: the chilling prophecy of the Titan's curse.
The first book in this groundbreaking multimedia series sends readers around the world on the hunt for the 39 Clues. Written by #1 NYT bestseller Rick Riordan, and backed by $100,000 in prizes!<P> Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: "You have a choice - one million dollars or a clue."<P> Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 Clues hidden around the world will reveal the family's secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what's important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.
Three bestselling novels in one powerpack! Includes Rick Riordan's THE 39 CLUES: THE MAZE OF BONES, James Dashner's INFINITY RING: A MUTINY IN TIME, and Brandon Mull's SPIRIT ANIMALS: WILD BORN! Available together for the first time, three novels that each launched a blockbuster series. This powerpack includes: THE 39 CLUES #1: THE MAZE OF BONES by bestselling author Rick Riordan. Are you ready to save the world? INFINITY RING #1: A MUTINY IN TIME by bestselling author James Dasher. Fix the past. Save the future. SPIRIT ANIMALS #1: WILD BORN by bestselling author Brandon Mull. The legend lives in you. Three unforgettable adventures are waiting for you....
Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse. In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth, a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.
The #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson series--including The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse and The Battle of the Labyrinth--features a 12-year-old dyslexic boy who discovers he is the son of a Greek god, the target of mythical Greek monsters and the center of a prophecy that could change the balance of power in the world forever. <P> In Demigods and Monsters, YA authors take on Greek gods, monsters and prophecy, to add insight and even more fun to Riordan's page-turner series.<P> The book also includes an introduction by Percy Jackson series author Rick Riordan, that gives further insight into the series and its creation, and a glossary of ancient Greek myth, with plenty of information on the places, monsters, gods and heroes that appear in the series.Demigods and Monsters is a collection of essays on Rick Riordan's wildly popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and is not authorized by the author, publisher or any entity associated with the series.
Become an expert on everything in Percy's world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Complete with interviews, puzzles, games, and original short stories by Rick Riordan.
In the conclusion to the New York Times bestselling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's 16th birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy suspects he may be fighting against his own fate.
Cuando Jason despierta, sabe que algo va muy mal. Está en un autobús camino de un campamento para chicos problemáticos. Y le acompañan Piper --una muchacha (bastante guapa, por cierto) que dice que es su novia-- y el que parece ser su mejor amigo, Leo... Pero él no recuerda nada: ni quién es ni cómo ha llegado allí. Pocas horas después, los tres descubrirán no solo que son hijos de dioses del Olimpo, sino además que su destino es cumplir una profecía de locos: liberar a Hera, diosa de la furia, de las garras de un enemigo que lleva mucho tiempo planeando su venganza...From the Trade Paperback edition.
After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own: Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death. Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.
Nos quedan solo unas horas, así que escucha con atención. Si estás oyendo esta historia, ya corres peligro. Mi hermana Sadie y yo podríamos ser tu única esperanza. Todo empezó en Londres, la noche en que nuestro padre hizo explotar el Museo Británico con un extraño conjuro. Fue entonces cuando nos enteramos de que, además de un reconocido arqueólogo, era una especie de mago del Antiguo Egipto. Rodeado de valiosas antigüedades, empezó a entonar extrañas palabras. Algo debió de salir mal porque la sala quedó reducida a escombros; Set, el dios del caos, apareció de la nada envuelto en llamas y a nuestro padre se lo tragó la tierra... No puedo decirte nada más; el resto deberás descubrirlo tú.
Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane.
The Cahills aren't the only family searching for the Clues...<P> The Cahills thought they were the most powerful family the world had ever known. They thought they were the only ones who knew about Gideon Cahill and his Clues. The Cahills were wrong. <P> Powerful enemies --the Vespers-- have been waiting in the shadows. Now it's their time to rise and the world will never be the same. In Vespers Rising, a brand new 39 Clues novel, bestselling authors Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman and Jude Watson take on the hidden history of the Cahills and the Vespers, and the last, terrible legacy Grace Cahill leaves for Amy and Dan.
En El héroe perdido, tres semidioses llamados Jason, Piper y Leo llegaron al Campamento Mestizo, donde les fue revelada una profecía: Siete mestizos responderán a la llamada, El mundo caerá entre tormenta y llamarada. Una promesa para el último aliento, con suerte Para que enemigos porten armas a las Puertas de la Muerte. ¿Quiénes son los otros cuatro semidioses que menciona la profecía? La respuesta podría encontrarse a miles de quilómetros, en otro campamento, el Campamento Júpiter. Allí ha llegado un nuevo chico... que podría ser hijo de Neptuno, el dios romano del mar. Percy está confundido. Cuando despierta de su largo sueño, consigue recordar poco más que su nombre... Y el zumbido en su cerebro persiste incluso después de que la loba Lupa le cuente que él es un semidios y le enseñe a luchar con su bolígrafoespada. Por suerte, y a pesar de que el camino es tan llano como tener que matar monstruos en cada esquina, Percy logra llegar al campamento para mestizos de dioses y humanos que debería despertar en él viejos recuerdos. Sin embargo, lo único que logra recordar es otro nombre: Annabeth. Hazel debería estar muerta. Porque la verdad es que cuando vivió no es que se ganara el cielo... Fue una hija obediente, eso seguro; incluso cuando su madre fue poseída por la codicia. Y ese es, precisamente, el problema: cuando su madre, hechizada por un poder superior, le ordenó que usara su «don» con fines malvados, ella no pudo resistirse. Ahora, a causa de su desliz, el futuro del mundo pende de un hilo. Y ella solo desea poder huir lejos con el caballo que aparece en sus sueños. Frank está gafado. Su abuela le repite que es descendiente de los héroes y que puede llegar a ser todo lo que quiera... pero él no sabe cómo. Por no saber, no sabe ni quién es su padre: aunque guarda la esperanza de que Apolo le reconozca por sus dotes con el arco. Aunque ni siquiera es lo bastante bueno como para ganar el torneo deportivo del campamento... Y cada día se siente más estúpido, especialmente en presencia de Hazel, su única amiga.
In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest: Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death. Who are the other four mentioned in the prophesy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea...