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CHERUB: The Recruit

CHERUB: The Recruit [Kindle Edition]

Robert Muchamore
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Praise for books in the CHERUB series: 'Punchy, exciting, glamorous and, what's more, you'll completely wish it was true.' (Sunday Express)

'Crackling tension and high-octane drama.' (Daily Mail)

'A really good book that you could re-read over and over again.' (Guardian)

'Pacy writing, punchy dialogue and a gripping plot, it's got it all.' (Daily Express)

'Fast-moving action ... and cool gadgets!' (The Times)

Book Description

A special edition bind-up of THE RECRUIT and CLASS A, that includes a bonus story as well as a detailed, comprehensive map of CHERUB campus. A must for any CHERUB fan!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6702 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 141699940X
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; New Ed edition (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444910442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444910445
  • ASIN: B006HAPX0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert Muchamore was born in Islington in 1972 and spent thirteen years working as a private investigator. He loves Arsenal and watching people fall down holes. He hates swimming and getting chased by cows. He was inspired to create the CHERUB series by his nephews' complaints about the lack of anything for them to read! The CHERUB series has now become a number one bestseller in several countries.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First in an amazing series 1 Aug 2011
I've read every book in the series and although some are better than others I'd highly recommend CHERUB to anyone. This is supposedly a teenage boys series but I am a teenage girl and did really enjoy them. Robert Muchamore's new book (People's Republic) is coming out in four days time I am so excited and I will definitely be buying.

The Recruit is the first in the cherub series and in this book the protagonist, James Adams live changes drastically. At the beginning James Adams is a bored teenager, with excellent capabilities but is far to lazy to reach them, he is rich but living in a council estate because his mum earns her money running a huge shoplifting organization from their living room whilst stuffing herself full of chocolates and alcohol-needless to say she is grossly overweight. Then one day after school after getting tipsy with his half-sister Lauren Onions' father Ron Onions, she dies, leaving James living in a children's home and Lauren at Ron's. James then turns bad, joining a gang, and stealing, this results in James and eventually Lauren being recruited by Cherub, a branch off the secret service that only recruits children. And that's where the adventure begins...

Just in case of any confusion here is the order of the Cherub Series

1. The Recruit
2. Class A
3. Maximum Security
4. The Killing
5. Divine Madness
6. Man Vs Beast
7. The Fall
8. Mad Dogs
9. The Sleepwalker
10. The General
11. Brigands Mc
12. Shadow Wave
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
I have been reading a lot of older children's fiction lately, much of it excellent, but this series is in a class of it's own. I would have given it 10 stars if it was an option. I read the first book and then immediately ordered the other nine in the series and read them back to back and my husband, who is not such a voracious reader, did the same - they are that good. It is worth starting with The Recruit as the characters and the back stories do develop through the series, although the plots stand alone in each book. Any child over the age of 10 ought to love them - I bought them for all my nieces and nephews and even the ones who don't normally read, were totally engrossed by them. I also read some Alex Rider to compare and have to say they are not a patch on Cherub - possibly a good start for the younger readers but Alex Rider felt very one dimensional after reading Robert Muchamore.

The basic premise of the books is that children who are orphaned or abandoned are recruited to a secret service (Cherub)that uses children as spies (because no-one suspects children). They have to be clever with potential but the main characters, James and Lauren, definitely comes from the wrong side of the tracks so not quite so snobby as some novels in a similar vein. However, unlike most orphans in fiction, these children are not to be pitied; they are an elite force and get the best education, the best computers, great bedrooms with en-suite facilities and stuff that all kids aspire to. The plots are gripping and deal with contemporary issues such as drugs, child prostitution, animal rights, religious cults and terrorism in a way that younger readers can understand without ever patronising them.
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102 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot wait for a sequel! 3 Jun 2004
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Cherub: The Recruit is an excellent book based on a secret organization that uses children as spies. The plot is not a James Bond fiction. There are no super-villains, no high-tech gadgets, and no impossible missions that are miraculously completed. It is this realism that is the main attraction of this fantastic book.
In Cherub: The Recruit, a normal boy called James is enrolled in the secret organisation Cherub. In the book he is put through basic training and sent on his first mission. You'll find many interesting characters, including instructors, friends, and terrorists. Every character has a personality that is shown to the highest degree which could not be done by some of the best authors I know.
The plot is a superb. It doesn't just show James going there, taking part in a mission, and returning home. It includes the ethics and emotions of James, the friendships he has with other characters, all with their own personalities being excellently shown. There are different twists that happen every time you think you know what is coming next. This book is the most unique spy story I have ever read, and shows nothing other than truly pure talent from the author. I recommend it to everyone. Even those who don't enjoy spy genres will take pleasure in reading this book. I cannot wait for a sequel! And I'm sure that those that have read it will know what I mean. Peter(13)
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to be a CHERUB!!!!!!!!! 29 Mar 2005
By A Customer
This book is sooo cool. The characters are believable and totally original and the plots are realistic, witty and carismatic.
James Choke is about as normal as an 11 yr old boy can be with no father and a deceased mother. He's taken into care while his sister Lauren goes to live with her hated father. James is recruited by CHERUB, a school where children learn survival skills, combat and weaponary. This school is the child version of the British intelligence.
For the first time in his life James enjoys school and fits in. He makes new friends who each have a tragic story to tell. At CHERUB they are a family and they'll look after their own because they have nobody else.
This book is funny yet full of tension, after reading everyone wants to be a part of CHERUB and I don't blame them. Everyone should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This was a really good book to read with realistic characters it's parts of a successful series and overall is a good read. ~highly recommended~
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laurence.zahn
An excellent gripping book. Unputdownable read it about 4 times and loved it more each time.
Recommended for boys and girls who are interested in action stories
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Muchamore begins the novel with an intriguing opening to which we are introduced to our eleven year old main character, James Choke. Read more
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I have not read this book yet but I have to write a review or else kindle store won't let me move past the contents page bye
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I am 11 years old and I thought this book was amazing. It has a great start to the story that drags you in to the book. My Dad also read this book and enjoyed it
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and adventurous novel!
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This is the 5th time I've read it and it never gets boring. I started a craze n my whole school everyone loves it!!
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