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Escape Velocity (H.I.V.E. #3)

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Now in paperback, a riveting installment in an action-packed series.

Students and staff at H.I.V.E.—the Higher Institute of Villainous Education—are horrified to discover that Dr. Nero has been captured by the forces of H.O.P.E.—the Hostile Operative Prosecution Executive—the world’s newest and most ruthlessly efficient security force. Otto decides that the only way to find
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Published (first published September 1st 2008)
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Hayden
Yeah, OK. I'm gonna move this book series to my favourite books this year shelf. They're just too good to be ignored. It would be nice if I could find out if they are going to be made into a movie, but the search results keep coming up with a film about bees (not surprisingly).

This is the third book in the H.I.V.E series and I think it's safe to say it has been the best one so far. And I amk quite pleased with myself for guessing that Number One was Otto's father (which he kind of is). I can't r
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Red
Ok, this is the last book for now (Mizan not yet published the fourth) and the novel I really want to read up till now. But, again, not really I hope. Not H.O.P.E. Lol.
Well, Nero has been captured and Raven and Otto have to rescued him. But he is nowhere, so they have to penetrate to that location. Besides that, H.I.V.E being led by betrayer. And threats to that school is very cruel.
Otto knows this is the real enemy.
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Well, one thing for sure, my guess is proven! I guess something about Ott
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Natalie C.
This book was jam-packed with back to back thrilling fights and break ins. Once again, Walden adds a new twist onto the story with good plot developments. I love how you get a perspective from characters besides Otto, like Dr. Nero. I do wish though, that some better scientific explanation be provided about Otto's unique ability because it seems highly improbable for a very technology based book. And I'm not quite sure what's happening with Franz and Nigel, are they main characters or not? And w ...more
Deborah Morgan
Had to order from England, but well worth it. Dr. Nero is being held hostage, Raven is killed, and Otto saves the day. Another great H.I.V.E adventure
Aisha
Nov 30, 2014 Aisha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth
AWESOME!

I really like Otto Malpense's name!
I'm kinda upset that Nigel and Whatshisname (the German guy) aren't a huge part of the series.

H.I.V.E.mind is my favourite character, then Raven, then Dr. Nero.
The main characters are somewhere in-between.

Also I find it unrealistic that the main characters bunked together:
Wing+Otto, Laura+Shelby, Nigel+FatGermanDude.
Unless of course that's why they are friends (besides Wing+Otto, because they met on the helicopter in the first book).

I like the part in s
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Lloyd
A fun adventure, but it's actually a terrible story. Spoilers: (view spoiler) ...more
Maggie
I AM DIEING TO READ THIS BOOK, BUT RIGHT NOW ITS ONLY OUT IN THE UK. :( :( :(
Sarah E. Morin
It’s yr 3 for our favorite students of supervillainry, Otto and the gang of talented mischief-makers. In bk 1 they wanted nothing more than to escape the Higher Institute of Villainous Education. By now they’ve developed a kind of on-edge affectionate for the place and at least some of its dangerous inhabitants: Raven, the super-cool assassin bodyguard, H.I.V.E.mind, the computer with a personality, even Nero, the headmaster and one of the most senior members of the elite villain organization G. ...more
Abe
Hive #3 Escape Velocity by Mark Walden did not disappoint. I keep on expecting it too, like many other book series' I have read, to have a great first one or two books, and then have the rest of the series suck, but with every book in this series that I read I just get more hooked into the plot of Otto Malpense and his friends. This story has exciting developed characters, plot twists, action around every turn, and humor. It is an amazing book that is impossible to put down from beginning to end ...more
Zoë (Toastie)
I would've given this 4 stars like the last book but *drops voice to a conspiratorial whisper* Laura kissed Otto...!!!!!!!! I think that gets 5 stars all by itself.

I think it’s safe to say we’re officially is spy territory now, breaking into to MI6 and all that. I’m loving how much more action we got – yes it is possible to have more! This book was awesome but unfortunately all my worst Otto related nightmares came true, nobody panic, he’s still alive-ish. I think he may be scared for life after
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Brett
This is the third installment in the excellent H.I.V.E. series, & I'm assuming that other fans, like me, are feeling strangely invested in & fond of this group of future villains & bad-guys-in-training. It's a weird concept to be on the bad guys' side, but I think at this point, it's becoming obvious that our cast of characters, while calling themselves villains, aren't really the *actual* bad guys here. Otto Malpense & company are changing things in their lives, & their elit ...more
Sartaj Singh
Like I had told all those H.I.V.E fans before..the books written by Mark Walden are just..simply..freaking..awesome!
This author has actually come up to compete with Harry Potter in sense of a fictitious world building..and he has managed this by keeping it real..you get the sense of feeling that all the things he creates in his..again awesome..book might actually be real.
Otto is a bit of a disappointing book-hero but that's ok because Mark makes up for that with other equally engaging and well b
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Justin Yan

This is probably the first book in the H.I.V.E. series to present such a complicated arrangement of basically who is on whose side. The book takes off after Nero is kidnapped by a new organization, HOPE, and Raven disappears for the time being after falling into the river. Meanwhile, the Contessa relieves Professor Pike of his position as headmaster and brought along the Phalanx to ensure her safety. Otto and his friends have to travel and infiltrate M16, which is a headquarters that has never

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Reg
This is a review of the audio version.

First off - 5 stars for Jack Davenport's performance which is, once again, pure genius.

This is another great fun kiddie read by Mark Walden, perhaps aiming to be a 'Harry Potter' of super villains.

Unfortunately, being an old geek, I am NOT in the target audience bracket of young comic book fan.

So, while this book is great fun and the quality hasn't slipped, I think that because I read and reviewed the first three books in relatively quick succession that I
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Drew Irion
I read "Escape Velocity" and i enjoyed because like the other H.I.V.E. books it was very appealing to me.
The book is about a new organization being formed called HOPE (Hostile Operative Prosecution Executive). The organization was made to defend the world from evil otherwise known as Glove (Global Enterprise of Villainous Evil). The first action to fight evil was capturing Maximilian Nero Head of the Higher Institute of Villainous Education. Otto, Shelby, Wing, and Laura leave Hive to try and re
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Chris
Continuing the story from H.I.V.E. and The Overlord Protocol, Walden provides his readers a fast-paced and entertaining read about the world of supervillains. Fans familiar with the series can expect the same dense plot and detailed action sequences, but readers who have not read the first two books in the series will be lost. Walden doesn't remind his readers about characters and plot point from previous books, he expects them to know the score going into the story-- much like how his anti-hero ...more
Reggie Overton
A very exciting action packed sci fi thriller belonging to a series that attracts a flock of loyal fans understandingly. We are introduced to a story about a special character named Dr. Nero who acquires special powers yet is captured and in need of saving from the main character Otto. The H.I.V.E institute has many pitfalls and surprises of its on. The book is paperback and roughly 400 pages long with futuristic font. A great action thriller.
Yaa
Jul 27, 2012 Yaa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: series
"The wider one makes a circle of conspiracy the more likely it is that that circle will include a traitor"
~The famous words of Nigel Darkdoom


H.I.V.E. Escape Velocity is the fast paced, action packed book of the H.I.V.E series and it is full of pure AWESOMENESS! This book was just brilliant! There were so many plot twists that were so surprising! I mean seriously! Who would have guessed that Number One was (view spoiler)? Seriously!


I highly recommend this series to
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Arsh M
May 01, 2013 Arsh M is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading H.I.V.E. Escape Velocity by Mark Walden. I am at the part where Nero is trapped in a capsule and Raven tries to help him. The character I'm going to talk about is Raven. When Raven tries to help Nero get out of the capsule I would have done the opposite and pretend nothing happened Nero, ignore the situation, and stay safe.I think that Raven is brave, strong, and cares about Nero. Raven reminds me of a friend one day I fell off my bike and my friend help just like Raven he ...more
Jodie
This book is the third book in the H.I.V.E. series, where the principal of H.I.V.E. is captured by an organization called H.O.P.E., and Otto and his friends are going to try and rescue him. Also, Otto discovers he has the ability to unconsciously interface computers. This book is really good and interesting, I definitely recommend it!
Nanci
I thought this was a great addition to the H.I.V.E. ( Higher Institute of Villainous Education ) books. It had a great adventure that was not too predictable.It starts out with Dr. Nero being kidnapped and so you know there has to be a rescue attempt but the twists and turns are surprising and fun. It has great gadgets, great villains who are villains, and great villains who are hero's. It is funny to have the good guys of the bad guys. If you have read the first two, you know that Number One th ...more
PurplyCookie
Students and staff at H.I.V.E.-—the Higher Institute of Villainous Education—-are horrified to discover that Dr. Nero has been captured by the forces of H.O.P.E.—-the Hostile Operative Prosecution Executive—the world’s newest and most ruthlessly efficient security force.

Otto decides that the only way to find Nero and the truth behind the lies is to escape H.I.V.E.

But he’s also struggling with some newfound abilities: Can he really unconsciously interface with computers without physical contact
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Angie
I do enjoy a good thriller and Mark Walden's series never fails to deliver. Otto and Nero and Wing and Raven and HIVE Mind ... they're all such interesting characters.

This is edge of your seat action. Was just refreshing my memory on the author. Part of his background is in film ... and his stories show it. This would be a seriously fun movie series. The cinematic quality of the story shows itself in the pacing and description. How long until number four? It's going to be hard to wait.


Books one
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Wahyu Nurasman
buku ketiga tapi berasa seperti buku terakhir...setidaknya untuk permasalahan pertama :) mudah-mudahan dilanjutin sama penerbitnya...

masih seru dan menegangkan...akan tetapi apabila melihat keseruan duku kedua...yang ini berasa lebih kalem... :D
Jim
For three long years I've been waiting for more of the HIVE books to finally get a stateside release, and Escape Velocity did not disappoint in the slightest. As much as any three-year wait can be, it was worth it, as this is easily the best in the series so far, chock full of action, excitement, twists and turns, suspenseful moments and narrow escapes. I also felt like Mark Walden took a huge step with this book towards breaking his series away from its Harry Potter-inspired roots (the parallel ...more
cindy
ending yg pas buat 3 seri pertama, tp smoga mizan tetep nerbitin seri2 selanjutnya, masih pengin tahu kelanjutan cerita otto dengan overlord-nya... dan cypher yg blm selesai... :)
Niki
Great plot and I can't wait to see what Otto gets up to next!!!



























(And Lotto actually happened it is now a canon!!!)
Jess
Okay, so I love this series... but I had to give this one a 4 star, really even a 3 1/2. (view spoiler) ...more
Stephen
This is a wonderful story filled with action and friendship. Teens and adults alike will find joy with the H.I.V.E. students.
Stephen
This is a wonderful story filled with action and friendship. Teens and adults alike will find joy with the H.I.V.E. students.
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I am the world’s laziest man.

No…really. Not just a bit slack, really, truly, breathtakingly lazy.

Which is why it’s taken me so long to get off my big, lazy rear end and get myself properly on-line.

I’m the author of the HIVE series of books which I hope that some of the people who stumble across this might have read and enjoyed. Or read and hated…

I am fortunate enough to live with the two most beau
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Other Books in the Series

H.I.V.E. (9 books)
  • H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education (H.I.V.E., #1)
  • The Overlord Protocol (H.I.V.E., #2)
  • Dreadnought (H.I.V.E, #4)
  • Rogue (H.I.V.E, #5)
  • Zero Hour (H.I.V.E, #6)
  • Aftershock (H.I.V.E., #7)
  • Deadlock (H.I.V.E., #8)
  • H.I.V.E. #9
H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education (H.I.V.E., #1) The Overlord Protocol (H.I.V.E., #2) Dreadnought (H.I.V.E, #4) Rogue (H.I.V.E, #5) Zero Hour (H.I.V.E, #6)

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“Well, at least we were getting the good night’s sleep,’ Franz said, cheerfully.

‘I’d hardly call being knocked unconscious with sedative gas a good night’s sleep,’ Nigel said, frowning.”
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“So you have put yourself through all of this just so that you can cheat in an exam,’ Wing said with a slight smile. ‘An exam, I might add, that you would almost certainly have passed with flying colours anyway.’

‘Well, it’s the principle of the thing,’ Otto replied with a grin.

‘I am not sure that I approve,’ Wing said, raising an eyebrow. ‘Cheats never prosper.’

‘You know, sometimes I really think that you might not be cut out for this place,’ Otto said. ‘I take it then that you won’t be needing a copy?’

‘Well,’ Wing replied, ‘I perhaps wouldn’t go so far as to say that –”
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