The Lab (Agent Six of Hearts, #1)
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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...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press (first published 2006)
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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...more
Jan 12, 2013 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
My friend told me about The Lab and it sounded really interesting, so I started reading it. I loved it. It was awesome. I got so much more out of it than just what my friend described of it, which only served as a bait to pull me in at the start. When I saw the reviews of it on Goodreads, I was a little shocked that some people didn't like this awesome awesome book. But I read on and could see why. I suppose Heath's writing doesn't appeal to some (more like many), but it does to me and I loved t...more
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...more
Jun 04, 2010 Hussein rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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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
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...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
Deborah Takahashi
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
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...more
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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...more
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
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
Nov 15, 2008 Andreea rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Meh. Come back to me in 5-10 years author. I see potential, but you're not there yet.
This young adult action novel moves along at a crisp rate, presenting a 16 year old superhero in a story featuring good action scenes, an interesting setting and one of the most surprising twists/revelations I have read in some time. It may not have been a particularly deep read, but it managed to actually contain some interest questions about control and the ideas of self and identity.

I’m probably not the target audience for this book and some plot elements did stretch the bounds of credibilit...more
This book started off fast, very fast. Personally, I was lost in the first chapter. Still, I loved this book. The pace of it though threw me off a lot and made it a longer read. I loved Six, he was a not perfect hero which made me love him. He did things he wasn't proud of and it talks about that, but he overcame them. I have to respect him for that. Through the whole thing, there was action and adventure and suspense. A little too much suspense for me but it was still good. This was a pretty go...more
Liz Price Patel
Recommended by middle school.
This book is chock full of action and would likely be better adapted into a graphic novel. However, I totally agree with all the reviews saying that this book is a lot of 'tell' and 'no show' ... too many plot holes (likely resolved in later books but in this one they are just annoying more than they are 'I can't wait to see what happens') ... and Six. Six is just a boring character. He has superpowers! - and he's also a pretentious douchebag. I would have liked the book a lot better if the main...more
Jul 03, 2009 Karen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 7th - 8th grade boys
A fast-paced action-adventure story with a bit of science fiction thrown in. If you like the Alex Rider and/or Maxiumum Ride series you'll probably like this one too. The fight scenes reminded me of video game or TV action --- much more plot than character development. The beginning of the story is a bit confusing because the reader doesn't understand who (or what) Agent Six is for awhile. But if you keep reading, it begins to make sense. There's likely to be a sequel; not everything is wrapped...more
If you are in the mood for action, this is your book. VERY fast paced, with a science fiction setting that made it all the more appealing to me. Genetically engineered superhuman Agent Six of Hearts works for the Deck, which is a vigilante organization dedicated to fighting the many crimes of ChaoSonic, the corporation that has essentially taken over what's left of the world. A bit dark, but the breakneck pacing counters that pretty well. Great for teen fans of the Alex Rider series.
Agent Six is super human who was extras capabilities which help him perform his missions with exact care. However when Six is sent on a mission to uncover the his companies counter part, he finds out that there are others like him that are engineered to be more than the average person.
Straight forward with lot's of action and a nice humorous touch, it's hard to believe that this is a first novel for this other. I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter.
4 1\2 stars
Mystika Deshnol
So, how do i put this? I like this book. IN fact, i like it a lot. Now, Six of hearts isnt my favorite series, this isnt my favorite book and not quite my favorite author. Yet somehow i like this book best. I know thta makes little if nay sense but its true. Six is a great character and Kyntak is awesome in the second. It is just a great book and it is really like an actiony movie in book form. Saying that, i still cant figure out why i like it so much...
Another very decent book for boys. Think a young James Bond or maybe Alex Rider if they were genetically enhanced at birth. Then throw them into a future that has 9 billion people living in "the City," while the rest of the world is basically underwater.

It read really fast. Lots of action, not a lot of time spent on the backstory (it was kinda just woven in, well done actually). Think I'll probably read another one if he writes one.
The Lab by Jack Heath, is a book about Agent Six of Hearts, an artificially created superhuman, in the Deck, a police organization in the City, the only place in the world that is above water. Agent Six must keep his identity a secret, even as he learns about it, or he will be killed by the very organization he works for.

The Lab has a sequel, Remote Control. I would recommend this book to action fans under the age of twenty.
Bronson Cole
It is an amazing book that all you sci-fi action people will love. It is about this character "Full name" Agent six of Hearts or six as a lot of people call him. coinsadentally he is the most intersting carracter. He is the one that the book revoles around and he does suicidel stuff that no mere human would ever think of doing. I would love to read the next book in the series if I could just find. That is what I think of the book.
Anthony Zanow
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Mostly because it was about a super human 16 year old kid, who works in a secret agent service, that goes around kicking butt. What isn't to like about this kind of story?
I also enjoyed how this was the author's debut book but it was written well, and was left open at the ending to have the possibility of having a sequel being written. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
It was an amazing book. I got sucked into a world where a company not a government has total control of the continent. Six is an independent sixteen years-old boy that think he isn't part of the human race. As the story develops you see him becoming more and more human. The adventure in this story seems as if you are the character running for your life or doing all of the superhuman things that Six and his "twin" can accomplish.
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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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