The Recruit (CHERUB Book #1) – Robert Muchamore

The Recruit by Robert MuchamoreSynopsis

A terrorist doesn’t let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they run all over the place.

The terrorist doesn’t know that a kid has bugged every room in her house, cloned the hard drive on her PC, and copied all the numbers in her phone book.

The kid works for CHERUB.

CHERUB is not James Bond. There are no master criminals or high-tech gadgets. CHERUB kids live in the real world. They slip under adult radar and get information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail. For official purposes, these children do not exist.


A joint winner of the Richard and Judy 12+ “Fluent” category. Terrorists, secret agents and covert missions are the themes in this entertaining book. James Choke who at best is a normal 11 yr old boy with no father – at worst could be described as a cheaky little git, with a bad temper.

Then one day that temper gets the better of him and he gets into serious trouble at school, retuning home to face his mother, he finds his hated and normally absent step-father present, and so avoids speaking to his mother. He never gets the chance as she dies that evening.

From there, his life hurtles out of control, taken into care while his sister Lauren goes to live with her hated father, James gets in with the wrong sort, and is soon in more trouble than he ever thought imaginable.Then one day, he wakes up wearing an orange tee-shirt, disoriented he tries to find out where he is, but nobody will talk to ‘orange.’

Where he is is CHERUB, a secretive arm of MI5. James has a choice to make, join CHERUB and become a spy, leaving his life and for the most part his sister behind, or return to his life, and hope he never ends up in jail.Before he knows it, James Choke is no more, and is replaced by James Adams (named after a favourite Arsenal player Tony Adams), who is thrown into army style basic training, the hardest school work of his life and a dangerous first mission.

James Rider, this aint, there are no gadgets here, just very real knives and guns and an ever present danger, young teenage boys will lap up this streetwise, brutal, tough and always feels real book. The pace shifts into high gear from the very first page and never lifts of until the final page.

The books are labeled ‘Not suitable for younger readers’ and while this is an obvious ploy to appeal to the target market of 11-14 year old boys, I would say if you are thinking of giving this book to a reader younger that this, read it first (you’ll likely enjoy it anyway) but it does deal with some very ‘real’ issues that you may want to check out first.

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