Escape Velocity (H.I.V.E. #3)
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 ...more
This was another action packed adventure in this great series about the school for villains. I love th ...more
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 ...more
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.
Well, one thing for sure, my guess is proven! I guess something about Ott ...more
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 ...more
It turns out he's right in the center of everything.
This was a cheerfully surprising teen superspy story. I thought I'd try something entirely different for once, and I could not stop reading the bloody thing. I could easily see it being a Teen Titans or Symbionic Titan style series on the Cartoon ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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)[The OVERLORD (hide spoiler)]? Seriously!
I highly recommend this series to ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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‘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 –”
Otto smiled as he heard the familiar soft Scottish accent of Laura Brand behind him. He turned to face her and returned her wry, lopsided smile.
‘What on earth could you possibly mean?’ he replied with a look of wounded innocence.
‘Well, a full-school assembly usually means that something has gone really horribly wrong and I find it hard to believe that you’re not involved if that’s the case,’ she grinned. ‘So, come on, spill it.”