DREADNOUGHT by Mark Walden


From the "H.I.V.E." series, volume 4
Age Range: 8 - 12
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Those young villains-in-training are back, facing their biggest challenge ever, in this, the fourth in a series that is showing signs of tiring. H.I.V.E. (the Higher Institute of Villainous Education) is doing what all schools do, sending their students on a field trip—but they never anticipate that the kids’ll be kidnapped by a rival faction of villains intent on taking over the world their way. Otto Malpense and his friends must swing into action, outwitting electronic surveillance and out-thinking grown-ups who are well financed, well prepared and totally ready to kill the president and plunge the planet into an entirely new brand of modern warfare. The students’ mentors are also back: Assassin Raven swashbuckles her way past an old enemy, while Doctor Nero and Commander Diabolus Darkdoom must discover and conquer a saboteur, as well as a mysterious new society of criminals known only as “The Disciples.” This time around, readers will find that it’s still fun to root for the bad guys …but perhaps not as much as it used to be. Readers will hope the next outing focuses more on answering questions about how the characters are developing and less on action, action, action—and the more sophisticated among them will be happy to move on to more complex antihero antics when they discover Catherine Jinks' Evil Genius. (Thriller. 8-12)
Pub Date: May 24th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4424-2186
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2011


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