Hero.com follows the exploits of four friends: Toby, Pete, Emily and Lorna. While surfing the internet during a thunderstorm they discover the mysterious Hero.com site. The nameless icons depict stick-figures in a variety of super-poses. When they click on an icon they discover they can temporarily download superpowers from the internet, into the real world...
Villain.net centers around Jake Hunter, a troubled teenager who is a bully, and a restless rebel. He receives a spam email telling him he can rule the world. With nothing to lose he clicks on the email - and is taken to the sinister Villain.net website where he can download temporary powers to rule the world...
|UK||Oxford University Press|
|Australia||Oxford University Press|
|Canada||Oxford University Press|
|South Africa||Oxford University Press|
|Czech Republic||Computer Press|
|English Audio||W.F. Howes|
Hero.com and Villain.net
Rise of the Heroes
Toby, Pete, Lorna, and Emily are just average kids—until they stumble upon a Web site called Hero.com and download powers that turn them into superheroes. At first, flying, teleporting, and shooting lasers from their eyes seems like nothing but fun. But when the supervillain Doc Tempest kidnaps Toby and Lorna’s mom, things take a darker turn.
Now the heroes must band together and use their new skills—from super-strength to invisibility—to rescue their mom, fight evil, and try to save the world from destruction.
Of course, little do they know that Villain.net is out there too, recruiting teens for the other side. . . .
Archfiends Basilisk and the Worm have dreamt up a plan so cunning it will strike fear into the heart of the bravest superhero. Combining their dastardly skills, they will infect HERO.COM with a virus potent enough to cripple it and ultimately end in the destruction of the Hero HQ. Toby, Lorna, Pete and Emily are tasked to stop them. Hard enough at the best of times, but particularly tricky once Hero.com is on the blink and their superhero powers keep fluctuating. And when Pete is kidnapped and cryogenically frozen by the vile villains, things start going from bad to worse . . . Friendships can be torn apart. Another superpowered adventure from a master of pen and plot!
The Hero Foundation is a shadow of its former self and Lord Eon - the most terrible supervillain ever - is still at large. Worse, he has hatched a plan to tear apart time. Toby and his superhero friends should be able to stop him . . . but Pete has woken from his coma a different person and Lorna has disappeared. In the titanic struggle that will follow, friendships will be tested and superhero powers and trusts arestrained to the limit as time runs out for the world . . . literally . . .
Toby just wants to be a hero and stop the fiendish, schizophrenic cyborg, Nanomite, from turning all life into a synthesized world. But life keeps getting in the way. His sister has gone AWOL, his friend is obsessed with correcting his best mate who is a villain and a new, annoying, pair of downloaders are stealing all the limelight. How big or small does a problem have to be for them to take care of it? With civilization on the brink of disaster-which heroes will save the day?
Relationships in Hero.Com Throughout the series the characters of the two series lives have entwined. Lorna has dated Jake Hunter. A love triangle has developed between Emily, Pete and Toby. Emily now seems to be leaning towards Pete. And a new girl called Jen now fancies Toby.
Toby: Fancied Emily but eventually developed a crush on Jen (book 3 & 4)
Pete: Has always had a crush on Emily resulting in conflict between him and Toby, eventually Toby went for someone else leaving Pete and Emily.
Emily: It is unsure weather she preferred Toby or Pete originally but is now leaning towards Pete.
Lorna: Has a crush on and Dates Jake Hunter (from Villain.Net)
Jake Hunter: Has a crush on Lorna, but, is unsure how to react when he discovers that she and her friends are heroes (Book 2)
Council of Evil
School bully Jake Hunter receives a mysterious email inviting him to join a scheme for world domination. With unlimited power and wealth at his fingertips, how can he resist? But to get it he has to become an arch-criminal, entangled in a plan that threatens the planet. And that could just be a step too far . . . 'Council of Evil' is the first book in the action packed new anti-series 'VILLAIN.NET' - the perfect antidote to the series 'HERO.COM', also by screenwriter Andy Briggs. Which side are you on?
Jake Hunter was once an ordinary schoolboy with a computer. Until he discovered Villain.net. Now he is an extraordinary schoolboy with a dark side, a bad attitude and an addiction to the villainous powers he can download from the website. And when Jake Hunter - aka the Hunter - breaks out of prison, he has one thing on his mind: revenge. He is going to get his family back, avenge himself on hero Psych, who has wiped all memory of him from their minds, and then destroy heroes and villains. But both the Hero Foundation and the Council of Evil have other plans for the vilest villain the world has ever seen. Both sides want him. Who will get him?
Schoolboy supervillain, Jake Hunter, has taken his seat on the Council of Evil. Now he will live his dream - exact revenge on the cruel world. But the cruel world has other plans, and they come in the shape of the Hero Foundation. Jake's not scared of the Hero Foundation. He even has a plan to turn it to the dark side. Until it gets a new member - Jake's own sister. Is he really so villainous as try to get her out of the way?
With the mightiest of superpowers almost within his grasp, being betrayed by almost people he knows, Jake Hunter is on the edge of true villainous greatness, defeating most of the Council of Evil with ease. Nobody will be able to stop him from toppling the Foundation and Council of Evil once and for all, except for the possibility of every super plus enforcers ready to rumble. But the Dark Hunter is playing a high-stakes game with the world. He needs it to stop the moon. So, how far will he go to complete his plans? And who will he sacrifice for the ultimate power?
Relationships in Villain.Net Jake: Fancies Lorna, started to fancy Orsina (book 4) but soon pulled away. Lorna: Fancies Jake, dates him, breaks up with him, makes-up with him. (Disappeared from the Hero.com books after Book 2 and started appearing in the Villain. Net books from book 3.) Orsina: First appeared in book 4 and fancied Jake. Chameleon: Jake's nemesis, they are constantly trying to kill each other and their loved ones.
Hero.com is currently being developed as a TV movie for the Cartoon Network.
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