Mark Walden

Mark Walden spent ten years designing and producing video games for a living before the Higher Institute of Villainous Education crept into his mind, and he decided to become an author.

The unlikely inspiration behind the top-secret school of villainy was, in fact, a Persian Blue cat named Otto. On noticing Otto's uncanny resemblance to the cat that Blofeld owned in the James Bond films, Mark began to wonder exactly how the world's evil genius's honed their skills and where the nefarious villains of tomorrow were trained ... and so H.I.V.E. was born.

Higher Institute of Villainous Education was Mark's first novel, and since then he has dedicated himself to the school's diabolically talented teens, writing a further three books in the series; The Overlord Protocol, Escape Velocity and Dreadnought; and the bestselling World Book Day exclusive, Interception Point.

Mark is happily married and is the proud father of Megan. He lives in Hampshire.

Mark Walden books reviewed



  • H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education (2006)
  • The Overlord Protocol (2007)
  • Escape Velocity (2008)
  • Interception Point (World Book Day) (2009)
  • Dreadnought (2009)
    The world's most powerful villains have a problem. One of their own is threatening global Armageddon, with himself at the head of a sinister new world order. Meanwhile, Otto, Wing, and other students from H.I.V.E. are en route to a training exercise in the Arctic known as the ninety-three-percenter, owing to the proportion of students who make it back alive. But before they arrive, events take over, and Otto and his most trusted villain-friends find themselves in the sights of the most dangerous man alive, with nowhere to run to....
  • Rogue (2010)

Critical acclaim

... for the H.I.V.E. series

A clever and gripping read. Junior Education Plus magazine