Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead

Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead

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by Jason Henderson
     
 

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Now that Alex is in the know about the deadly vampires that live—and hunt—around his boarding school, everything is different. Putting his talents to use, Alex is training with the Polidorium to become a vampire hunter, just like his Van Helsing ancestors. Sure, he’s only fourteen, but c’mon: This runs in his blood.

But Alex is

Overview

Now that Alex is in the know about the deadly vampires that live—and hunt—around his boarding school, everything is different. Putting his talents to use, Alex is training with the Polidorium to become a vampire hunter, just like his Van Helsing ancestors. Sure, he’s only fourteen, but c’mon: This runs in his blood.

But Alex is wondering if he’ll live long enough to succeed. His archnemesis Elle, a vampire whose youthful appearance and blond hair disguise a rage that’s directed at him, is out to get him before a powerful leader called Ultravox arrives on the scene. Ultravox specializes in assassinations, but who is he targeting? As he dodges Elle’s attacks, Alex is on a mission to uncover Ultravox’s deadly plan before his friends and his school become collateral damage. There’s no time to report back; innocent lives hang in the balance, and it’s on Alex to act now—or else.

Editorial Reviews

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
This eagerly awaited second title in the Alex Van Helsing series continues the story with more compelling action, more character development, more worldbuilding, and more thrilling horror elements that meld together seamlessly. Readers will not be able to put it down. This excellent book is a must-have.
Associated Press Staff
Praise for the Alex Van Helsing series:“Engaging and suspenseful.”
VOYA - Karen Sykeny
This eagerly awaited second title in the Alex Van Helsing series continues the story with more compelling action, more character development, more worldbuilding, and more thrilling horror elements that meld together seamlessly. Alex Van Helsing learns more family secrets and begins his possible new career with the Polidorium, fighting vampires' evil, ever-developing secret plans. Alex learns more about his unique ability that forms as "static" in his head, and his friends start to form a "Scooby-like" gang reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His literature teacher, Sangster, is now his mentor and trainer for the Polidorium. Alex's archenemies in this novel are a mysterious vampire called Ultravox and old enemy Elle from the first novel. Ultravox has the ability to speak and make people do whatever he wants, as well as plant a hidden "virus" in words to slowly brainwash people. This book, like its predecessor, will engage readers easily, and many will not be able to put it down. This excellent book is a must-have purchase for all libraries, especially where horror fiction is hot. Characters and plot continue to be very strong, and the further development of fresh twists on Van Helsing lore mixing with traditional folklore, history, and literature is appealing and refreshing. Readers will eagerly anticipate the next in the series. Reviewer: Karen Sykeny
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Alex Van Helsing not only has a legendary name but also possesses a rare gift that has been absent from past generations. His ability to sense vampires has led to his recruitment by a secret organization of vampire hunters. The Polidorium is on high alert, aware that an assassin called Ultravox is on his way to the vampire stronghold-Scholomance. Alex's special talents are needed to capture Ultravox and reveal his plans but events quickly spin out of control, putting the teen in terrible danger. The situation becomes more complicated when the students at his school begin behaving in a bizarre and hypnotic manner. As he did in Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising (HarperCollins, 2010), Henderson continues to spin a James Bond-type of action adventure story with a supernatural twist. It's an entertaining read that is full of suspense and intrigue, although the ending does seem a bit rushed. Still, fans will eat it up and look forward to the next chapter is this exciting series.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Kirkus Reviews

Wisecracks, gadgets and fast-paced action sequences abound in the second book about Alex Van Helsing, a 14-year-old boy with a supernatural gift for sensing evil.

The evil, in this case, is old-fashioned malevolent vampires, headquartered in the Scholomance, "a school and a research facility and a massive organization all rolled into one," hidden under Lake Geneva. Nearby are Alex's all-boys' boarding school, Glenarvon Academy, and a central office of the Polidorium, an international vampire-fighting agency with which Alex is slowly becoming involved. Action is the main focus here, and Alex's two vampire nemeses pose constant threats. Elle, who menaced Alex and his friends in book one, toys with Alex with the elaborateness (and propensity for being foiled at the last minute) of a Bond villain. Ultravox, the new bad guy, is subtler: His genuinely unsettling powers of persuasion can convince humans to attack others or to harm themselves. Astute readers will figure out the vampires' secret M.O. and notice traps before Alex does, and a few references, like a Polidorium agent's horror that Alex hasn't heard of New Wave music, seem thrown in for adults.

Still, humorous dialogue and harrowing escapes will keep action-oriented readers mostly entertained.(Supernatural action. 12-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061951015
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/26/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,316,700
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 Years

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Meet the Author

Jason Henderson is the author of Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising, which was named Best of 2010 by VOYA, and Alex Van Helsing: Voice Of The Undead. He has written for games and comic books, including the Activision game Wolfenstein, the vampire action comic series Sword of Dracula, and the manga series Psy-Comm.

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Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Angelhire More than 1 year ago
THe first book is a gripping tale of a teenage boy trying to figure out what is going on in his life and the unusual things that keep occuring to him. Alex is a riveting character that sucks you in and makes you root for him to kick some vampire butt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
Truth be told, this novel wasn’t even on my radar. I’d never heard of the series, and I wasn’t looking for another vampire book to read, but a student brought this to me and begged me to read it so s/he would possibly have the opportunity to read it as part of his/her outside reading project fourth quarter. Out of the 200 books I listed as choices, s/he wanted something that wasn’t on the list. Figures. But, my student made a case for the book, and to be quite honest, I’ve never seen this student quite as excited about any reading material this entire year; I mean, s/he was only on page 11 and was gushing about how good it was. And the whole purpose of my outside reading project is to get kids interested in reading, right? So I read it. In one sitting. And it was good. Now I need book one. Yes, this is the second book in the series, and I was a little worried that I’d have no idea what was going on, and in the beginning, I was a little confused–but I read the synopsis for book one and that pretty much put everything in perspective for me, AND, Henderson also does a great job bringing the reader up to speed, rehashing some events from book one without going overboard or info dumping. And I really liked this story. It’s definitely a novel geared towards males, which is great since I tend to gravitate to books with females leads, and it does indeed blend a bit of James Bond with the whole vampire spectrum. While we don’t really see much in terms of vampires in this novel, they’re alluded to, and the mysterious and ever awful Elle does make a play for power in her attempts to end Alex Van Helsing, so there is that. But this novel really revolves around young Alex playing spy while also attempting to attend school with the elite. We’re split between his time in school (which I really could have done without–the spy stuff was so interesting, but, you know) and his time hunting down the elusive vampires and trying to gain a better understanding of his hiss and static powers alerting him of danger… and it’s all very well done, and somewhat reminds me a spy kids–and the action within the first chapter definitely grabbed my attention and kept me interested. I will admit that it took me a few pages to get into the story, again, because this is a sequel and I wasn’t 100% about what was happening (we are definitely dropped right in on the action), and because Alex was thinking to himself about school, which was… eh. But as he’s thinking the vampires make his move, and suddenly he’s in the midst of a death-defying race, forced to play chicken with two speeding Mercedes as he maneuvers his motorcycle and… yeah. It’s good.
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This book was filled with action and suspense. and best of all THEY KILLED FREAKING VAMPIRES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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