Tuesday, August 6, 2013

H.I.V.E. #2: The Overlord Protocol by Mark Walden

The Overlord Protocol (H.I.V.E., #2)This book is the second in the series, and I gave it a rating of five out of five. Otto is allowed to leave the island to attend the funeral of Wing's father. However, Wing is shot in the chest by an evil member of G.L.O.V.E. named Cypher, but Otto manages to escape death with Raven. Cypher's soldiers are actually advanced ninja robots, so they cannot be defeated using normal weapons. Meanwhile, Laura and Shelby discover that one of the teachers is sending secret messages from the island and there is trouble brewing at the school. If Cypher is able to initiate The Overlord Protocol, it may mean the end of the world.

I've found the first two books enjoyable. I originally started posting these books under my adventure titles, but this book shows that they better fit with science fiction. The plot of this book had a lot of action, and the setting moved off of the island. I'm glad that happened, because it added more possibilities to the plot. There was the attack in Tokyo, a secret base in a remote jungle, and then some time on Cypher's cruiser. The author was still able to include entertaining interactions between characters. With Wing missing from the plot, the author put a lot more focus on Laura and Shelby, and little bit more attention was given to Nigel and Franz. An interesting characteristic of this book is how the main characters and the teachers were almost enemies in book one, but they work together to fight an enemy in book two.

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