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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; Unabridged edition (21 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844564061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844564064
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The kid works for CHERUB. For official purposes, these children do not exist.


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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A.Teenager on 1 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Redwood the Younger on 22 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 8 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
The Recruit starts with a normal couch potato kind of person called James Adams and his little sister Lauren Adams. James is always in trouble at school and his mum employs people to shoplift for her while she eats and sleeps all day. Then one day James comes home to find his mother dead and he and his sister are taken to an orphanage. Lauren goes with her stepdad but James stays and gets involved with a gang and they make him try to steal beer from an off- licence but gets caught and ends up at the police station. James is questioned and then let off of all charges, but he gets a general anaesthetic and taken somewhere deep in the English countryside. James wakes up to find himself in a room with a bed and as he looks out of the window he sees a running track: The Cherub Training facility.

This book is an exciting and thrilling book and captures you from the first page. In every book in the Cherub series there is a mission that is always exciting and cool. But to find out what Cherub is you'll have to read this book. Before this book I hardly read at all but once I read The Recruit I can't stop reading them and I'm already on the 7th book. There are 13 books in the series so far, some of these being The Recruit, Class A, Maximum Security, The Killing, Divine Madness, The Fall (the one I'm on now) and many more. I would rate this book 10/10 because of the thrill and excitement on every page. I would definitely recommend this book.
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