Book Brief – Overlord Protocol by Mark Walden
Series: H.I.V.E, Book #2
I sat down with the thought that I would take the full hour to have lunch and get embedded with the new storyline in Book #2: Overlord Protocol. In hindsight, I should have remembered that the writing is ace, the pace punchy and when you get to a certain point, you just have to know what’s going to happen next. It’s unputdownable, resulting in me reading this from beginning to end and coming back from lunch late… Very, very late… But it was all worth it.
Otto and Wing have special permission to leave H.I.V.E.’s secret island location to attend a funeral (all too common in their line of business). But before they reach their destination they are ambushed. Who would risk assassinating Otto Malpense, star pupil of the Higher Institute of Villainous Education and favourite of Number One, the most powerful villain alive? A new power is rising to challenge Number One’s authority, and they need H.I.V.E. and its powerful computer to do so. Otto thought the only thing he wanted was to escape from H.I.V.E., but now he’s desperately trying to save it, and him. Goodreads Blurb
The roommates (Otto and Wing) are still the best of pals and therefore go off together to attend the funeral. It’s clear that the action won’t be limited to the main protagonists, even before they leave there is evidence of nefarious goings-on at HIVE. We get greater opportunity to see peripheral characters likes Franz and Nigel. This is great, as whilst it’s obvious who are the stars in the series, it is also evident even from book #1 that there are many more characters with interesting backgrounds, motivations and stories to tell. Shelby and Laura are another pair of favourites.
Overlord Protocol continues where we left off, Wing is still trying to ascertain why Dr Nero has the half of his necklace which was previously owned by Wing’s deceased mother. Otto is doing his utmost to continue to enjoy being at HIVE. There are twists and turns galore, robots, machinations and comeuppances. Even though this is a relatively old book (almost 10 years), I don’t want to give away any spoilers as it would be so much more enjoyable not to know every single big event or plot twist. What I can say is –
So now we know that there is descension and dissention in GLOVE – just as secrets are cleared up, more are revealed.
Another great read
4 stars – really liked it