Spy High

Spy High

Mission One

Book - 2004
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As students at a special high school that trains them to be secret agents, six teenagers struggle to complete the training exercises as a team before being sent out into the field to sink or swim.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2004.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780316737609
Branch Call Number: FIC/BUTCHER
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Spy high mission 1


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black_fox_164 Sep 04, 2014

The beginning of the book was hard to follow, but after the first-second chapter(s) it was easier to understand. I think it was an awesome book from my school library.

Apr 15, 2013

This book was basicly a colection of scenes adapted from other books and movies. For example, near the end of the book, there is a chase though the forest on hovering motorcycles, which was very similar to the speeder bike chase from Return of the Jedi. The 6 main characters seemed very 2-demensional and were not destinct people, which was confusing, especialy as the subplot involved their relationships- relationships invoilving 6 different people are diffincult to follow, but adding in the fact that the only major difference between them are their names makes it even more complicated to follow. As spies they are not always very good, trying to outdo each other constantly instead of working as a team, and cannot even stop competing when it puts their missions at risk.

Nov 10, 2011

If there's a single book on my completed shelf that I hate, it's this one. It's a cliche storm, and that's that. Read it as a guilty pleasure if you enjoy seeing the dysfunctional team of superspies meld together to defeat the power-hungry, megalomaniac of a villain, but if you end up throwing it down in disgust, don't say I didn't warn you.
Still dubious? Here's an example of what I mean: the villain of Spy High's virtual training program, Stromfeld, is supposed to be so notorious that none have ever defeated him on the first try. So you're excited to see what nefarious tricks Stromfeld will play, how manipulative he will be, and just how easily he'll predict the heros every move. Unfortunately, it quickly becomes obvious that Stromfeld has not read a single word of the Evil Overlord List, despite its widespread distribution online. Yes, he captures the heros, but moreso out of their own incompetency than any ploy of his own (they deviate from the plan because of juvenile intercompetition), but then he proceeds to have his guards hold his prisoners in place by hand (!) without doing a proper strip search and confiscating hidden tools (!!) while revealing the intricate elements of his master plan (!!!). Unsurprisingly, the heroes escape from the guard's loose grasp, and, well, the rest is obvious. They immobilize the nutcase Stromfeld, disable the nuke or whatever it is, and tidy up, right? Wrong. They fail to accomplish anything and a missile hits a major city, but once again, not because of Stromfeld, who merely runs away, but because the so-called superspies are the most incompetent, unlikeable bunch you can imagine. But luckily for the world, the whole thing is just a virtual training program.
Are you still unswayed? "That's just the beginning," you say. "The team will learn to be a team and everything will improve and we'll cheer for them and it'll be okay," you rejoin. But no. It does not get better. The actual villain of the book is no closer to being effective than Stromfeld, and what little teamwork the spies show in defeating him could be upstaged by a group of narcissists. It does not get better. Somehow, it gets worse.


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