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The Recruit: Book 1 (CHERUB) Paperback – 15 Apr 2004
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[A] pacey spy thriller... taut writing and powerful descriptions (Time Out)
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)
CHERUB: the number one bestselling spy thriller series for kids.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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
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)
The story starts with James (the main character) and his life. He is one of those bright kids who could do well, but doesnt want to and consequently begins to get into trouble with the police.
After his mum dies, James eneds up in a childrens home and from there is recruited into cherub where james has to conquer in greatest fear (swimming) and make his self ready for basic training. And that is where the fun starts.
I have to say that this series should be commended. It is streetwise for children of today and aswell as dealing with some - with what could be called - very contrevercial issues to be placed in childrens books: ie, this books explores the relms of bio-terrorism, and in the following books, class a drugs, the arizona penal system, murder, brain washing religious cults, animal rights, but to name some of it.
The books explores James as a person shows how he grows and develops and as the book says "These kids may be CHERUB's, but they're still kids" and is written and as well as being an undercover spy, james has to deal with school, girls and other issues that you face as you grow up.
THIS IS A MUST!!!!!!!!!!!
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Loved this book. One of my fastest reads because of how good it was. Got to be my most favourite book so far.Published 13 days ago by Ecstatic Nerd
Brilliant book, thrilling, good characters,excellent storyline.... All I could want in a bookPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Really recommend the book easy to read and great listen to !!!
Can't wait to read more. Read it NOW !!!
Arrived quickly and in good condition, but i was expecting to have the book with the new cover and it came with the old one. Not a big deal but slightly dissapointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jerry
When i first heard of Robert Muchamore's series i wasn't too sure about reading them but with the recruit i've got to say...... what a great way to start! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer