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Cherub #01: The Recruitby Robert Muchamore
Synopses & Reviews
CHERUB agents are all seventeen and under. They wear skate tees and hemp, and look like regular kids. But they're not. They are trained professionals who are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists and international drug dealers. CHERUB agents hack into computers, bug entire houses, and download crucial documents. It is a highly dangerous job. For their safety, these agents DO NOT EXIST.
James is the latest CHERUB recruit. He and his sister were recently orphaned, and James has been in a lot of trouble. But he is brilliant in math. And CHERUB needs him. After one hundred days, the grueling training period is over. But the adventure has just begun.
"The first book in Muchamore's CHERUB series, a bestselling line in the U.K. since 2004, offers an enjoyable mix of action and teen drama, while avoiding some of the wackiness that can plague teen spy novels. When 11-year-old James is orphaned after his petty criminal mother dies, he comes to the attention of CHERUB, a spy agency that only uses minors as agents, because kids make such unlikely suspects. Much of the novel is standard spy training stuff, including a grueling boot camp (complete with a relentlessly tough and sadistic instructor), bonding sequences with his fellow recruits, and a first mission that goes awry. In this case, that mission involves infiltrating a camp of ex-hippies who are planning to attack oil company executives. If the plot is predictable, Muchamore presents both the spies and the dangers they face realistically, avoiding over-the-top gadgets sand slapstick. Well-fleshed out minor characters — including James's training partner/crush, as well as his sister — help elevate the story above the standard fare. Ages 12 — up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
CHERUB agents are all 17 and under. Because of their age, CHERUB agents have an unparalleled advantage in the realm of espionage. Rigorously trained and exceptionally talented, CHERUB agents will stop at nothing to accomplish their missions.
About the Author
Robert Muchamore was born in Islington, England. He still lives there, and works as a private investigator. These are his first novels.
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