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The Lab (Agent Six of Hearts #1)

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The start of a fantastic new action/adventure series from a 20-yr-old author who knows how to thrill

In a near-future world run by an evil corporation, the only justice comes from an organization called the Deck. Each agent in the deck belongs to a suit -- the Hearts and Diamonds are the operatives, the Clubs do the training, and the Spades monitor internal affairs. The her
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press (first published 2006)
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Jubilation Lee
I am so, so sad to have to give up on this, because it is the ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BOOK of one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE TEENAGE PATRONS here at the library. She raves about it every time I see her, as though it is her job, and I really was looking forward to a spirited discussion of The Lab's relative merits.

But I can't.

I just. No.

I got thirty pages in and... have been thirty pages in for three weeks now. So I am officially giving up and popping this on my Abandoned shelf.

The Lab was apparently wri
Jan 12, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
It's very easy to say that bad scifi is both painful and abundant. To be honest, when I first saw the cover of The Lab, I thought it was going to be terrible. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful, just a bit too reminiscent of another (absolutely awful) scifi book that I will not name for the sake of being kind.

Anyway, I read the blurb and was mildly intrigued. Since I've been on a scifi binge recently, I decided to go for it.

Now, allow me to start flailing like a fangirl.

I adored Six's characte
Oct 28, 2015 BrianP rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It has plenty of action and suspense for people who like those type of books.

In this story there is an Agent who is the best of the best, but is not human. He does plenty of difficult tasks but finding out where he is from may be his biggest one yet. In the government he leaves in it is very different from today because a bad event happened. During his task he meets different types of people and needs to learn how to "work" with them. Will he finish his task?
I wanted to read this book because I thought it was really awesome that a teenager wrote it! That aside, the book massively surprised me. I usually don’t read action stories and initially I was at once impressed and put off by it. Put off by it because of too much description and impressed since I liked the detailed logical thought process of the main character during those action sequences. And that was the biggest winning factor for me –the protagonist Agent Six of Hearts …who, erm, won my hea ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
It was entertaining, mostly – not particularly engrossing or ... well ... smart, but something light and exciting to pass the time. I thought the plot showed some potential; it was creative, but a little Maximum Ride-esque, what w/"The Lab" being a lot like "The School", in that it combined humans with animals to enhance them. Also, the whole thing was just a string of action sequences; it didn't leave much room for character development. The main character's lack of imperfections made it sorta ...more
Nov 28, 2014 Adelaide rated it really liked it
My brother read this book when he was about thirteen, and raved and raved about it for years. He's 20 now, and I finally was bored enough to pick it up... and boy, am I glad I did.
From reading the other reviews, it seems that a lot of people don't enjoy this series, finding it droll and slow; I completely disagree. I find it intriguing, intelligent and sharp. It's not often I find a protagonist who I can relate to, but Six is certainly that rare find. Admittedly, not many people can relate with
David Bernstein
Oct 22, 2014 David Bernstein rated it liked it

The Lab by Jack Heath is a great read. It is a science fiction book set in the future in a city taken over by a company called Chaosonic. The main character in this book is Agent Six of Hearts, Six for short.
The book starts out with Six going through someone's office to find a USB that contains certain information. The security in the facility was alerted, and Six escapes the facility. Six later goes back to the deck, the company he works for, and meets up with his boss, King. He gives
Dec 16, 2014 Nikki rated it it was ok
Lots of action... but not much else. There isn't a single character who I really cared about. There is a pretty good set up of a futuristic city controlled by a corporation, but unfortunately, the followup isn't there. It seems like a bunch of action scenes strung together for the most part. There isn't much character development, so this book is probably best suited to people who just want to read about a dude doing impossible stuff and fighting a bunch of bad guys.

Heath has said in interviews
Aug 01, 2014 Sara rated it liked it
I picked tis book out of the library on a whim. (My local lirary has a limited selection, and this book was one I hadn't seen before) While the storyline is promising, the writing didn't exactly do it for me. I'm not saying the book is bad, personally, I just didn't enjoy the way it was written. In fact, I give the author serious props for writing this book in high school, then got it published. Definitely a huge feat. I'm sure the auther has improved as a writer since this was writtem, so I'm d ...more
Aug 01, 2016 Jazmin rated it it was amazing
author:Jack Heath

The lab was where he was created,the lab is where he shall return...

That is his deadly secret,he was created by an illegal experiment.He is a superhuman the strongest, the smartest.After escaping the lab after a fire just barely being a baby,then found by King and raised by him.At 13 he began working for the Deck.The Deck is a law enforcement a organization trying to fight crime or ChaoSonic an evil organization.

King of Hearts the one that saved him and also his boss, only k

Feb 27, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
The book that I’m doing for this next book review is called, “The Lab”. By Jack Heath, this book is about a teenager who at first didn’t know he was just created by mad scientists when he was a baby and also he realize that he has these powers that allow him to be more advance than a normal human being. By the time he was born, he’d escaped and manage to be free roaming around the streets. Since he was just a clone with feelings that he doesn’t have like the people around him does, he was putted ...more
James Hargest Library
Mar 09, 2014 James Hargest Library rated it it was amazing
The Deck is the only justice organization in the near-future world. Each agent in The Deck belongs to a suit – the Hearts and the Diamonds are the operatives, the Clubs do the training and the Spades monitor internal affairs. There is a King, in every suit whose job is to assign and monitor mission progress. There are also the two jokers, the main source of information that produce mission briefings but are anonymous to the operatives of The Deck except to the King’s. The protagonist is 16 year ...more
Harrison Kim
Jan 23, 2014 Harrison Kim rated it really liked it
As a book that captured my interest from the moment I saw it from the cover and the title, I can happily say that this book lived up to my expectations! I love action sequences and fighting scenes in books, especially since many novels and books out there can never make sense of anything in their action scenes and it all rushes so fast. This book is the perfect blend of espionage and drama, never having to deal with those confusing plot twists or those scenes where everything is a blur.

I love th
Deborah Takahashi
Mar 29, 2013 Deborah Takahashi rated it really liked it
Six is different then the rest of the agents in The Deck. Not only is he super strong, he can heal faster than the average human, he has perfect vision, and he is lethal. More importantly, Six is only sixteen years old. What most people don't know about six, is that he was the product of an illegal experiment at the Lab, which burned down sixteen years ago. Furthermore, if anyone at the Deck found out that he isn't a true human being, he could be hunted and destroyed. In the world that Six lives ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Chandra rated it liked it
I have one primary problem with this book: It feels like the story its telling is being portrayed in the wrong medium. Namely, this should be a graphic novel.
This is mostly because the story contains copious amounts of action sequences, which I feel really would have worked better in a visual medium. More than that, though, the setting seems interesting enough that it would have been nice to actually see. We don't really get a lot of descriptions of it, which tends to be what I prefer when readi
Dec 06, 2013 Jonathon rated it really liked it
This is the book I have been looking for! While it's not perfect I can honestly say its the best thing I've read in a long time. The action scenes are fantastic, just the kind I would love to write. Completely calm and collected while describing feats impossible to any normal human.
However, Agent Six is no normal human. His character is freakishly cool and stable even in the face of imminent death. Other than him and maybe two other people, every other character is a waste of time. And there are
Jan 08, 2010 Rachael rated it really liked it
Meet Agent Six of Hearts. He’s the strongest, fastest, most clever, and most effective member of a special group of field agents working in the Deck, a vigilante organization intent on establishing justice in a dangerous and corrupt world. Six is the best of the Deck’s agents—and he’s only sixteen. What the people at the Deck don’t know, and can’t find out, is that Six is the product of a genetic experiment by the Lab to create superhumans, the very kind of thing the Deck fights to prevent. When ...more
Dec 14, 2015 Ryan rated it really liked it
Although not the best written, it is very good after you learn that it was written by a seventeen-year-old. Bursts of fast paced story with breaks to bring together the details. Some scenes are a little too detailed, but altogether a good read. Would recommend to young readers, especially those who dream of becoming a writer themselves. A page turner, simply for the fact that the truth is kept just out of reach until the very end. Little, yet visible development in character.
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Agent Six of Hearts works to save innocent people and uncover the truth. He participates in many dangerous missions, often getting himself nearly killed. But Agent Six has never failed a mission -- and he's only sixteen years old.

But that isn't why Agent Six seems to be so perfect. The truth is that Agent Six was made to have almost super-human powers, to be a killing machine. And now Agent Six must save his country and also hide from the corrupted governmen
Agent Six works for a secret organization called the Deck. They are fighting the oppressive control of the powerful corporation ChaoSonic. In the dystopian future world he lives in they are one of the few groups who can try to stop some of the potentially dangerous work being done by the corporation. Each of the missions he is being sent on is more critical and hazardous, if he is able to survive. He is their top agent though and has been unbeatable until he runs into someone as strong and talen ...more
Jun 04, 2010 Hussein rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes spies and action
Recommended to Hussein by: My brother
The Lab is a great novel by Jack Heath . It's about a little organzation trying to save a city from injustice . The organzation is called the Deck . Their plans are to save the city by destroying the main cause of injustice ,ChoaSonic . Also the Deck is an ageceny fill of agents . Their most effective agent is agent Sixs of Hearts . Just one problem is that he is a part of an illegal project of The Lab ,a project fill of superhuman .The Lab is part of ChoaSonic which are injustice .Now in order ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Owenshs12 rated it liked it
Possibly the best action writing I have ever seen. The author is in his element as he narrates the superhuman powers of the young hero. In writing it is very hard to describe fight scenes without the monotonous he hit him, he hit him back style, but Heath manages it. However in plot the book is severely lacking. I do not mean that the book does not have a plot, but the sequencing, (though not the action) is very predictable and boring. If the author wasn't so good at the action scenes I would ha ...more
Jun 10, 2009 Raina rated it liked it
This is an Action book. An Action book with a heavy dose of sci-fi. Personally, I get a little bored with the detailed depictions of fights, but our character in this book is intriguing. He's genetically designed part cheetah, peregrine falcon, bloodhound, shark, elephant, etc., made to be a fighting machine. He's currently living in The City, a landmass surrounded by a high fence and ocean controlled by a corporation called ChaoSonic. He works for an underground organization called The Deck whi ...more
Leslie Barberie Blount
This book was full of action from cover to cover but I think it could have been better. Some of the descriptions are very detailed, but then they skip the details when it comes to the characters. This is good for action oriented boys, but others may not enjoy it as much.
David Arko
Mar 10, 2015 David Arko rated it it was amazing
The lab was an action packed page turner. The book is split into four daredevil missions that all make you stand on your heels. It really expressed itself in different ways. And the plot really helped you picture the corrupted world there living in. I'm nothing like agent six. He's so strong and tough basically a super human. At some points, the writing was a bit difficult, but I was able to get through it.I don't see any weaknesses in the book, but through are many strengths. An example would b ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Kate rated it it was ok
This book had a lot of potential- I loved the Deck. I loved the premise. But the book was mostly action and not enough relationships/ dialogue. The first and last three chapters were the best part. I might read the next one, but it's just okay.
Nov 15, 2008 Andreea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys :P
Shelves: reviewed, 10th-grade
This book is the very definition of "action". Agent Six of Hearts is not quite human. He is the result of an elaborate experiment, and he is the best agent that the Deck has. In a world where the very air people breath is poison, causing them to barely be able to live past 40, Agent Six is hunted by ChaoSonic. He regards the very people he works with and for as inferior, until he meets Kyntak, a boy his age who matches him in skill and abilities. However, unlike Six, Kyntak acts human, joking ar ...more
Daniel M
Oct 13, 2014 Daniel M rated it liked it
This has a lot of action in this it is a sci fi. So I recommend this book to people that likes action packed books. This is also kind of related to what we are studying in science which is cloning.
Sean Randall
Jul 27, 2016 Sean Randall rated it liked it
Even though this seems to be your typical YA action hero story, it lacked a little something for me. perhaps it'd pick up in future works; and there wasn't anything wrong with the writing.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Katharine is a judge for the Sara Douglass 'Book Series' Award. This entry is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team.

I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the AA are over.
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Jack Heath is the award-winning author of The Cut Out, the Scream series, Replica and many other action-packed thrillers for young people, published in several languages around the world. In the course of his research he has trained with firearms, performed street magic, visited morgues and prisons, traveled through Russia and read only books by women for a year.
Jack is a proud member of the ACT
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“Jump!" Kyntak yelled.
"What?" Six shouted incredulously. It was hundreds of meters to the concrete below.
"Just jump!" Kyntak howled, and he leaped off the fire escape.
With only a split second of hesitation, Six followed him. If all else fails, he thought, I can always land on Kyntak to break my fall.
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