A sign of a good book? Reading it straight through in an evening, pausing only to grab a drink or food. Well, that's what I did with this one because I literally couldn't put it down!
The Henderson's Boys series is pretty much a prequel to the CHERUB series. CHERUB is an organisation that was set up by Charles Henderson during World War II, training youngsters to become secret agents - because no one suspects a kid. The first two books have had Henderson, along with a handful of war orphans, scuppering the Nazi's plans to envade England. they have now made it back to Britain and set up a training facility. Secret Army folllows the first lot of kids through their training and a final test which will enable them to be allowed to be dropped into occupied Europe on actual missions.
Really great plot, combining the exciting adventure I've come to expect from this and the CHERUB books as well as loads of great detail about how the CHERUB organisation came to be.
Great, interesting book find out about the war in a sort of part fiction and fun way with the whole series 'Henderson Boys'. Catch up with all the characters in England finally!Find out about the start of the cherub organisation where basic training and many other features of the cherub series have grown from.Not a great plot because you think the book has just begun when you finish but it's great all the same. Always pulls you in and you can't stop reading you just want to know what happens next behond the the end.
this book was another great book by Robert Muchamore! If you haven't read the others read them first! This book really lets you see what CHERUB was like right at the beginning and it is a definite read for any fan of the CHERUB books!
Well, I've read another Henderson's Boys novel and I must say this one is a brilliant read. The storyline is (like all Robert Muchamore books) very gripping and this book is a huge page turner. I read this book in a couple of days on holiday and I really didn't want to put it down. In this specific HB book, the plot is about the development of CHERUB as an organization.
I won't give away to much but the basic plot is CHERUB is not being taken seriously enough and is fighting for survival. Meanwhile, the kids that Charles Henderson has recruited are taken part in a training and examination exercise. These two little inter-weaving plots make up the plot of this book - it's a truly great read.
The first two Henderson's Boys books didn't entertain me as much as the CHERUB series by the same author. However, Secret Army is on par with a lot of the CHERUB books, and is a lot more entertaining - but be warned, it's pretty violent. And all the while, the book presents a disquieting representation of how war-torn England really was.
The henderson's Boys books were the first of the CHERUB books that i read. I was riveted from start to finish. However there are some obvious mistakes in the series which could have been avoided by some research: Just as an instance:- In the earlier books SS?Gestapo officers were given military not SS ranks (happily in the later books this was rectified) In one book we had a captain, in army uniform visiting the establishment. An army captain is lower in rank than a naval commander, so would not have been called sir or saluted first by Henderson. .The sergeant who was in charge of parachute training was called sir by a lot of people. NO! Maybe the 'kids' would have called him sir but anyone else would have addressed him as sergeant, sarge or sar'nt. The sergeant who trained the 'kids' as snipers was referred to as an Air Force sergeant. He would have been an Army Air Force sergeant.
Little details but as I said - a little research would have avoided this.
I was not keen on the many references to thrashings and to even suggest that Henderson would have authorised a 'birching' of one boy by another just a short time before a mission is kind of ridiculous. The only related issue that I found slightly amusing was when Marc was caned on his bare backside by a tiny nun for fighting.
All in all, though, I really enjoyed the whole HB series, and was sorry when there were no more to read.. .
i really enjoyed this book as i have done with the entire series. this book is more like cherub than the others. you see the first six trainees: luc, marc, pt, joel, rosie and paul go on a training mission to prove the worth of their unit as it is facing the risk of closure. this series is a must read for any cherub and henderson's boys fan. well worth 5 star. highly recommended :)