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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: 0747597219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747597216
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,762 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

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

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28 of 28 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
Welcome to Hogwarts for bad guys, minus the magic.

H.I.V.E. is a school set on a deserted island where brilliant young adults who have come from criminal families or have taken part in criminal projects are taught to become the worst that they can be.

Otto Malpense remembers nothing about how he came to be on the H.I.V.E. island, and neither does him Asian friend, Wing. The H.I.V.E. staff explains to the young criminals that their parents agreed to let them join the school - and that they are under the highest security and scrutiny.

Otto, being an extremely smart Alpha, wonders if they were kidnapped and are being held hostage until they graduate. Throughout their time at H.I.V.E., Otto and his friends are enrolled in a number of courses you will not find in your average school. Subjects such as Tactical Education, Stealth and Evasion, Villainy Studies, and many other classes (meant for other students, such as Henchmen).

Wanting to be off the island, Otto and his friends, Wing (a martial arts fighter), Shelby (a jewelry store sleuth), and Laura (a technological genius) devise a plan that has never been pulled off before - escaping H.I.V.E. This is a feat that no student has ever accomplished.

H.I.V.E. is a great book and the ending leaves it open for a sequel, which i will be more than happy to buy. Although some parts were scattered, it all led to a great, courageous ending.

Reviewed by: Jeremey
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frenchie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 May 2013
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Just as I like it. I bought it for my son aged 12 quite a while back and bought all the other books in the series too. Higher Institute of Villainous Education is just over the top and it is great.
Do not think that the author condones crime. To the contrary, the Institute is the brainchild of Dr Nero (yes, you read right) to preserve the old fashion type of villains (you know , the refined, highly intelligent ones, the ones who will never grab an old lady's handbag but are most ruthless and devious and think of the most evil plots in the world) as the world was taken over by really bad mannered villains.
It is funny but there is also the underlying theme of camaraderie and loyalty. Well, imagine Harry Potter and his side kicks, and you have the essence of the brightest student in HIVE, Otto Malpense. (But far from me to compare the two, no way, totally different books and plots). You have the blundering Nigel Darkdoom, the always starving Franz, ninja wannabe Wing, Laura the hacker and Shelby the Barbie doll.
You have all the ingredients you need to have the perfect ''book'' boarding school.
And of course, you have Raven. The most feared assassin in the world, who now acts as Dr Nero's bodyguard and ''problem solver''. And Raven is a ''she''. Which is good, because in HIVE, Mark Walden has made a good balance between girls and boys power.
I recommend it to girls and boys alike. Teens and adults alike.
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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Saorsa Donaldson on 18 Feb. 2013
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It was an excellent book, thrilling and devious, with each page my heart leap and I am deeply looking forward to the next novel in the series, Mark Walden is an extremely good author.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Dew on 3 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the start of what promises to be a great new series. Fans of Harry Potter will like the basic idea - a school for evil geniuses - but this book is not a Potter wanabee. The plot is simple and the characters genuine which all combines to make a good adventure style plot with exciting twists and turns. Look out for more from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Roberts on 27 Feb. 2013
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Got to read the next book! A must book for any future evil genius - even my mum enjoyed it! Interesting plot and great characters.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RiccNew on 26 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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