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The General (Cherub)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2008
CHERUB: The General follows the main CHERUB agents to Las Vegas in America, where they take part in one of the biggest war games ever. As always Muchamore is on top form, and the characters are well developed, plots are more action packed, and comical as ever.

We find out more about Kazakov, a Ukrainian training instructor whose brutal tactics and war expertise come right into play when he's asked to head an insurgency against an entire American battalion. As battle begins in the world's largest urban training compound, James Adams and his fellow CHERUB agents are on the front line, deploying Kazakov's tactics against the troops. Kazakov thinks he'll have the troops, on the ground and begging for mercy before day two ends; but will it be so easy?

With CHERUB: The General, Muchamore brings forward a new breed of spy book. A book which doesn't need super-human skills, or stunts which are near impossible. Alex Rider bites the dust with a novel which is more realistic than ever before, a gripping and thrilling read which announces Muchamore's arrival onto the number one bestsellers lists and proves that he is a writer who can make teenagers (especially boys) want to read again!

Please don't think that CHERUB is like any other book. It isn't. It's original, it's realistic and it's my favourite!

Once you've read the book, why not head over to the official CHERUB forums? You can discuss what you thought, and even talk to the author of the books, Robert Muchamore, who visits daily! You can also find out about all the CHERUB events and signings, that are happening around the globe when this series goes totally global!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2008
CHERUB: The General follows the main CHERUB agents to Las Vegas in America, where they take part in one of the biggest war games ever. As always Muchamore is on top form, and the characters are well developed, plots are more action packed, and comical as ever.

We find out more about Kazakov, a Ukrainian training instructor whose brutal tactics and war expertise come right into play when he's asked to head an insurgency against an entire American battalion. As battle begins in the world's largest urban training com, James Adams and his fellow CHERUB agents are on the front line, deploying Kazakov's tactics against the troops. Kazakov thinks he'll have the troops, on the ground and begging for mercy before day two ends; but will it be so easy?

With CHERUB: The General, Muchamore brings forward a new breed of spy book. A book which doesn't need super-human skills, or stunts which are near impossible. Alex Rider bites the dust with a novel which is more realistic than ever before, a gripping and thrilling read which announces Muchamore's arrival onto the number one bestsellers lists and proves that he is a writer who can make teenagers (especially boys) want to read again!

Please don't think that CHERUB is like any other book. It isn't. It's original, it's realistic and it's my favourite!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2012
I haven't read all the CHERUB books, but this is very good. (not as good as the recruit and brigands m.c) It's actually the first CHERUB book I got as it looked the best. It starts off with James in the final stages of a mission. When it's over, he and some other CHERUB agents take part in a war games excersise in America. It keeps you reading and it's hard not to laugh when Kazakov (one of the CHERUB instructers) tells an American soldier what people in his country use the American flag for.
A very good book and undeserving of the bad reviews it's been given.
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on 5 August 2009
The General is the 11th book in the Cherub series. Cherub has appealed to me when no other spy adventure book did - having my hooked from day one!

It's always a challenge for an author to keep a series going for so long whilst maintaining interest, and Muchamore has been doing rather well. I think it was important that not every book ended up like another story of James Adams on a mission whilst he dealt with normal teenage terrors. This book has certainly added something to the series!

At the very beginning we are thrown into a whirlwind of adventure, as he finds himself in a huge protest shambles. After that, his mission ends up being pointless (which infuriated me a bit because it was a really good story line) and to console himself he signs up to a training exercise which promises to be rather fun.

The exercise takes place in Fort Reagan, the largest urban warfare-training compound, too mock the reality of a proper war. Kazakov, (a recently appointed training instructor) uses his ruthless edge, to win the best war game ever using 10 cherub agents - James and his friends. Kazakov's history had been well hidden in previous books, and The General certainly brings this to light.

I wouldn't say this un-put-down-able (because I did quite a few times) but it's certainly a good read. I look forward to reading the next in the series, however I doubt it will live up to it's expectations the way the books earlier in the series did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2013
So far I have read all the books in the series and this was by far the worst. I just never seemed to get going and lacked pace in a lot of places. I have now decided to stop reading the series because I feel that, by book 10, it's had it's time. This book felt like the author did not have anything to write about, so he just dribbled on. I think he may be out of ideas.
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on 5 April 2009
Muchamore's Cherub series are generally well-written and accessible books for teenagers. This one follows the formula pretty well, with the characters growing up and developing, and a couple of separate plots strung together.

The books work best when they are dealing with gritty realistic situations - drug dealing in Class A, rather than some of the more weird and wonderful plots around.

The General is OK, with a pacy start, but loses its way somewhat when the Cherubs get involved in war games in America. Apart from the fact that it seems unlikely that such a top secret unit would be publicly involved in a training exercise, it the book loses that page turning quality.

Not bad, but not his best. If you are new to Cherubs, then don't start here.
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on 11 May 2011
Have read all the books in the series and was particularly impressed with this one as it is probably the funniest one in it's series and it gives you quite a detailed encite into the possibility's of James's future and I think it is linked to the short story Robert Muchamore had published on the CHERUB website called "The Playboy" which tells the story of James in later life as a multi-billionaire who runs many casinos in Las Vegas. The only fault with this book is that it could have been better if the training programme was a real mission for the CHERUB's instead of the very realistic training programme. I recommend you buy this book as it is a magnificent fusion of both comedy and action genres.
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on 11 June 2014
This isn't as enjoyable as the other books in my opinion, I feel it was disjointed, and I found the characters more obnoxious than usual. Each book I keep hoping James will improve his attitude and become a bit more mature. In this one he seemed worse.

Which of course isn't a problem, we don't have to like him, and there are plenty of mice characters, it just seems he doesn't see any consequences for being horrible about girls and women, and in this story, he is quite amoral as well.

Still like all the books it does race along. I will give the next one a try and see if it has some batter ideas. Shame as the previous book, with the plane crash, was amazing.
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on 26 July 2013
The General once again fulfilled everything you need from a Cherub book. Action on a ridiculous scale, slight comedy and in this case some tragedy for James and Gabrielle however; I don't want to give any spoilers. I like the difference between the missions from the previous missions because they are not trying to bring down a criminal gang but help American soldiers. We also learn to like Kazakov for a funny and daring man who forms a friendship with James.

This is all round great book from start to finish and one that I heavily recommend and that is why I give it a 5* rating
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2010
It is one of the better Cherub books but it is visible that the author is losing his touch. There are only a few more to go and the idea is wearing thin.
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