Book Review: CHERUB Mission 1: The Recruit by: Robert Muchamore


Simon Pulse

Publish Date:
April 6, 2010

From Publisher for Review


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Only the strong survive.

CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented - and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into critical documents, and gather intel on global threats - all without gadgets or weapons. It is an extremely dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: Adults never suspect that teens are spying on them.

James is the latest CHERUB recruit. He's a bit of a troublemaker, but he's also brilliant. And CHERUB needs him. James has no idea what to expect, but he's out of options. Before he can start in the field, he must first survive on hundred grueling days of basic training, where even some of the toughest recruits don't make it to the end... 

Review: James Choke doesn’t really fit in anywhere. His mom is probably the fattest woman around and to top it off, she's a black market dealer. He’s got a half-sister, whose father is a piece of work and doesn’t care of anything except money and his next beer. Today, his luck has turned for the worse: he's kicked out of school for injuring a girl, gets his beat up by the girl's brother, has to deal with his sister's dad who's around for another handout, and his mother dies from drinking while on medication.

While in an orphanage, he's recruited for a spy agency that's so secret no one even knows what the initials stand for. After getting choosing to join as a recruit and undergoing a grueling 100-day course, surviving only with the help of his partner, he's sent off to infiltrate a hippie commune that's planning a violent demonstration.

James is a great character whose appeal is being a real-life adolescent, with big problems who is given an unexpected second chance. He still manages to find trouble wherever he goes – but who is going to believe that a kid is spying on them? This is an adventure of epic proportions, clever and edgy, but it does have adult situations and language (so not for younger readers – probably 12 and up is the appropriate age range). I think this is a great action/adventure story that both boys and girls will thoroughly enjoy!

The CHERUB Series: The Recruit (1), Class A (2), Maximum Security (3), The Killing (4), Divine Madness (5), Man vs. Beast (6), The Fall (7), Mad Dogs (8), The Sleepwalker (9), Dark Sun (9.5), The General (10), Brigands MC (11), Shadow Wave (12)


  1. Glad to hear you liked it. I totally agree that it's a bit mature for those under 12 yrs. Nice review. I have the first six books in this series and it's definitely one of my favorite spy series. ^_^

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