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H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education (Hive) Paperback – 1 Sep 2008


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747598959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747598954
  • ASIN: 0747597219
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Walden spent ten years producing video games before finally deciding to that perhaps it was time to do some real work! With the bitter taste of his rejection from the NASA astronaut training programme still in his mouth he decided that maybe he should try to write a book instead. Inspired by his friend's cat, Mark wrote the first H.I.V.E. novel and his love of all things villainous was born. The H.I.V.E. series will extend to six books in 2010 and will prove to be darker than the inside of a baddie's lair. He lives with his wife and young daughter in Hampshire and is continually plotting ways to take over the world!

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`A comedy thriller, full of baddies, action and lashings of humour' -- Sunday Express

`Devious adventure with a humorous core' -- Radio Times

`Girls and Boys will both like it as it has cool male and female characters ... This book is exciting, clever and all in all brilliant' -- Sunday Telegraph

`Imaginative twists and turns and a nice dry humour guarantee it won't be put down' -- Independent

`Written with a tightly plotted and pacey style that keep the pages turning compulsively' -- Books for Keeps

About the Author

Mark Walden's first book, H.I.V.E., was selected a winner in Richard and Judy's 'Best Kids' Books Ever'. Paramount has optioned the film rights, and it was chosen as one of ten titles for Booktrust's Booked Up scheme, which gives every secondary school student a free book. Mark has followed this success with two further titles in the extraordnarily brilliant H.I.V.E. series and was been selected as a WBD author for 2009. He is happily married (as is his wife, he hopes) and is the proud father of Megan.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. Williams on 12 April 2009
Format: Paperback
If you're a fan of Cherub, Alex Rider and Artemis Fowl you should like this series. Like Artemis the characters are technically anti-heroes as they use their skills for criminal gain. Also like Artemis,they're lovable rogues, who do things for the right motives and stick by their friends when trouble strikes. There is a good mix of male and female characters who have a variety of skills from martial arts and gymnastic prowess to computer hacking and scientific genius. There is a lot of mystery and questions left hanging which are explored in the following books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben Peyton on 19 Jan. 2012
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"Borrowing" from Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl and even James Bond, book one of the H.I.V.E series is a highly entertaining romp drawing from all of the previously mentioned books.

Mark Walden has created likeable villains and manages to make the reader care about people who break the law. Pretty impressive.

Focusing on a group of extremely talented children, Walden has introduced a school for criminals complete with Hogwarts style teachers. Seriously, JK Rowling will probably be calling her solicitors about this! The book follows a small group of these kids as they try to escape from the seemingly inescapable establishment.

Imitation is a form of flattery, and a good story is a good story. Read this book, enjoy the similarities to others and immerse yourself in a highly entertaining page turner.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RiccNew on 26 Dec. 2009
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This series has such a clever concept - a school where kids with potential are taken to learn to be VILLIANS! And with such a strong concept, the books do not disappoint. This first book, especially, is a thrilling and fun read, very inventive, and you'll want to devour it in one sitting.

Perfect choice for any kids who are otherwise reluctant to read, or kids who like things like James Bond but want something a bit lighter for some fun reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BookWorm on 17 Dec. 2010
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This book was one of the best i have ever read otto is a character who practically comes alive. While reading the book I practically saw the book coming to life in front of me it was thrilling and exiting. Otto and his friends take on one adventure after the other in this series. This book shows the world from a very different perspective, instead of the good guys winning and saving the day we see the bad guys' life and how they live. Its a completely new insight. The main line of the story goes like this Otto gets kidnapped and taken to a school for junior villains where he makes fome friend and the all decide to escape from the school. But they get caught and right at that moment one of the biolab experiments goes very wrong and the school's security guards and students are forced to fight a giant genetically engineered flesh eating plant. They manage to save the school just on time but the plant came very close to destroying all of it. I liked this book a lot and recommend it to people of all ages who like adventure and action books. the next book are very interesting and capturing too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cupcake on 9 Jan. 2010
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Bought this for my 9 year old son who has been struggling to find something to read after finishing the Harry Potter series Alot of books pale into insignificance next to Harry Potter. However the H.I.V.E. series has really hit the mark and I would recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Merrill on 22 July 2011
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With an intriguing host of anti heroes and gripping plot, this is an action packed and humorous book. Classy and stylish. I most certainly would have given this novel 5 stars if it weren't for a lack of originality. Mark Walden has done for villains pretty much what J.K Rowling did for wizards. For instance, despite having an entirely different back ground in the book from Hermoine, Laura is very studious and ofcourse extremely intelligent. The connection is unmistakable. But overall this is a clever and darkly comic novel and a crazily adictive read.This book may rival the Young Bonds by Charlie Higson and perhaps even Cherub: The Recruit, who dares to read it. However Alex Rider still come out on top and is far better than H.I.V.E. Unfortunately none of H.I.V.E's sequels ever live up to the original.
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