Reviews for Overlord Protocol

Kirkus Reviews 2007 December #1
H.I.V.E. (The Higher Institute of Villainous Education) is beginning to feel like home to Otto Malpense. He's settled into the routine of classes preparing students to be future supervillains. Therefore, it is somewhat surprising when Otto is offered the opportunity to accompany his friend Wing back to the real world. The rationale is dispiriting: Wing's father has died in an accident, and they are allowed to attend the funeral. But shortly after their arrival in Tokyo, they are attacked and Wing is killed. Pairing up with Raven, H.I.V.E.'s most skilled assassin, and Dr. Nero, H.I.V.E.'s forbidding headmaster, to take on Cypher, the evil mastermind behind it all, Otto sets out to even the score. The second in what promises to be a lively and entertaining series, this book is nonstop action, but still takes the time to fill in details about H.I.V.E. and the evil network behind it, G.L.O.V.E. (Global League of Villainous Enterprises). Well-developed characters take on new dimensions, bringing the reader ever deeper into a world that isn't as far-fetched as one might first surmise. With just the right touch of irreverent humor, this is 007 Bond adventure for teens, and just as exciting as Ian Fleming's books were to adults. What's next? Readers will be waiting for the next installment with bated breath. (Fiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 December #2
Villain-in-training Otto is back in H.I.V.E.: The Overlord Protocol by Mark Walden. When Otto's friend falls prey to a powerful new foe, Otto, his friends and a former enemy join forces to seek vengeance and save the world from imminent destruction. (S&S, $15.99 384p ages 10-14 ISBN 9781-4169-3573-5; Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 March

Gr 5-9-- If Alex Rider attended a school for bad guys, he'd end up at the Higher Institute of Villainous Education. In this follow-up to H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education (S & S, 2007), the action doesn't stop for a moment. The story begins with Otto Malpense falling through the sky at a speed "beyond acceptable parameters." It then flashes back two weeks to an assassination attempt on the life of Dr. Nero, headmaster of H.I.V.E., and the adrenaline keeps pumping from there. The mysterious Cypher is plotting some move against Dr. Nero that begins with the murder of Otto's friend Wing and continues with the mobilization of an army of assassins that is both unbelievably fast and nearly indestructible. Everything is connected somehow to the Overlord Protocol, an AI that went rogue and was then destroyed soon after it was booted up 15 years earlier. Now Otto and his friends, along with Dr. Nero and his staff, must work to counter Cypher and his ninjas. Plot twists and startling revelations continue to the very end. The conclusion suggests that a sequel is inevitable. Just-over-the-horizon technology gives this thriller a bit of a science-fiction flavor, and it's sure to appeal to readers interested in novels that combine action and intrigue.--Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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VOYA Reviews 2008 February
Otto Malpense and friends return in this sequel to H.I.V.E. (The Higher Institute for Villainous Education) (Simon & Schuster, 2007/VOYA June 2007). Otto is allowed to leave H.I.V.E. with his friend Wing in order to attend a funeral for Wing's father. The funeral, however, is actually part of an elaborate plan devised by the rogue villain known only as Cypher. Cypher hopes to seize power of the Overlord Protocol, an artificial intelligence that would allow Cypher to bring the world to its knees. Aided by the assassin Raven, Otto must track down Cypher in order to avenge Wing's apparent death and thwart Cypher's heinous scheme. Walden provides answers to several unsolved mysteries from the first book. Subplots that feature H.I.V.E.'s headmaster, Dr. Nero, and several of Otto's friends are nicely interwoven with the main plot. The action never slows as Otto, Raven, and their allies battle robot ninjas, overcome treacherous double agents, and save the institute from a hostile invasion. Tweens and younger teens will relish the escapism that this book provides. On the down side, several characters, especially the true villains, seem to speak in clichés. "Villains," such as Dr. Nero, Raven, and even Otto, seem much too virtuous, and this impression strains the book's credibility. There is no denying, though, that this book is a quick, enjoyable thrill ride. Although not necessary, reading Walden's first H.I.V.E. novel will enhance the enjoyment of this book. A third installment is needed to answer some lingering questions.-David Goodale 3Q 5P M J Copyright 2008 Voya Reviews.