Tuesday, April 3, 2012

If You Love Villains...

Specifically, James Bond-type villains, then you too might love the H.I.V.E. series by Mark Walden.  This series features several nods, nudges, and winks to Bond movies and books, but is told from the villain's side of the story.  Well, the villain-in-training's side, anyway. 

The series begins when the Higher Institute of Villianous Education abducts Otto Malpense to begin his training as a criminal mastermind - in a school hidden underneath a volcano!  Otto is less than pleased.  He'd prefer to be a criminal mastermind on his own terms, thank you very much.  So he plots an escape with the help of his new friends: a hacker, a cat-burglar, and a martial arts fighter.  Of course, things don't turn out as planned.

Personally, I'm crazy about any books that feature robots, lasers, science experiments gone wrong, shadowy overlords, kid geniuses, epic battles, computer masterminds, thrilling chase sequences, invisible jets, joy-riding in cars with rocket launchers, and a good dose of humor.  And the H.I.V.E. series has all of these and more.  I just can't tell you about the other cool stuff because of spoilers - and it's killing me, by the way, absolutely killing me.  But I can tell you that there are no sharks with lasers or butlers with killer hats, which would make me sad, except the series isn't over yet!  I have hope.

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