The Recruit

The Recruit

Book - 2004
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"A terrorist doesn't let strangers into 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." -- Book jacket.
Publisher: London : Hodder Children's, 2004 .
ISBN: 9780340881538
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 20 cm.


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In the CHERUB series, books #1-12 are the original series and books #13-17 form part of the CHERUB 2 series with a new main character.

Cherub Series book order:
#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
#13 - People's Republic
#14 - Guardian Angel
#15 - Black Friday
#16 - Lone Wolf
#17 - New Guard

Jul 09, 2018

I haven't read the series but i was wondering what order do you read the books? I know this 1 but idk what order afterwards! please help!

Jan 16, 2018

loved it!

Aug 28, 2017

I personally would recommend reading the Henderson Boys first. This is because the series gives you a story about how CHERUB even started and how they started training kids.

Sep 06, 2016

As a Librarian, I've heard about Robert Muchamore for a long time, often recommending him to young teens. What surprised me, as an old man of 42, finally getting round to reading one, was how much it appealed to ME. The characters are well drawn, it's action packed, the idea is interesting, the plot moves along swiftly. It's a light and easy read, even though it deals with some big topics. And it's intelligent. I would recommend it for anyone from about 12 up. Great book. I'm sure I'll read some more of his.

BookTsar Apr 10, 2016

This is like a much more (Muchamore :D) interesting version of the book series Alex Rider, with some comedy, as well as a bit of drama. I really loved the series, and re-read each book about 5 times, maybe more. It's a shame that some books in this series are not even showing up on this website, I would have loved them as well.

BostonPL_JordanD Jul 31, 2015

Title/Author: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

Read by: Anna, Teen Librarian at Teen Central

Summary: A young boy finds a way out of his rough life after his mother dies, when he is given the opportunity to train as a spy for the British government.

Series/Standalone: Book one out of twelve.


Diversity: Some of the more minor characters came from different backgrounds.

Relatable characters: Yes, though some of the characters seemed a lot older than their stated ages.

Would I re-read?: Perhaps, though I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

Personal thoughts: This was a very fast read for me, as I couldn’t put it down. It was also something that I wish had been around when I was a teen because I know I would have loved it back then too. The characters were great, and James’ first mission was interesting because it did leave him with a lot of questions about the validity of what the government was doing versus what common civilians were trying to do, and what large companies sometimes get up to. If you enjoy reading about spies, I encourage you to pick up this book, you’ll be glad you did!

ChristchurchKids Dec 28, 2014

James Choke was a normal kid. He went to school, hung out with friends, and did his homework (most of the time). But some members of his family are definitely not normal. Ron (his stepdad) has big anger problems. And for his mum, she runs a massive thieving business. Because of this, James has everything he wants: Playstation 2, big flat screen TV, DVD player, the works.

One day at school, Samantha Jennings ( a mean girl who James hates), continues to taunt him about having an extremely overweight mum. Then, he decides he’s had enough. He violently assaults Samantha and flees the classroom.

At home that night, James’s mum and Ron are drinking wine. While Ron sneakily steals money from her wallet, James reminds his mum that she needs to take her pills and she isn’t supposed to drink without them. Later on, when Ron has left, James tries to wake his mother up. She doesn’t move. He checks her breathing. Nothing.

James’s sister Lauren is taken away from him to live with Ron, while he moves into Nebraska House. He lives there for a few weeks with his roommate, Kyle. But in almost no time, he finds himself on CHERUB Campus, an unofficial branch of the British intelligence. Before he can stop the bad guys and be miniature 007, he has to pass basic training. 100 days of pure torture, lead by stone-hearted, Mr Large.

Dec 22, 2014

ahhh so good! i ship kerry and james so hard... XD

Nov 09, 2014

It's the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BostonPL_JordanD Jul 31, 2015

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Apr 14, 2014

Violence: mild

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Coarse Language: Some

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Sexual Content: Not much

Apr 14, 2014

Other: Amazing

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Aug 17, 2013

Violence: alot but mild

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Coarse Language: some

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: little

Apr 20, 2013

Violence: mild violence

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Other: baaaaa

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Feb 01, 2012

James choke is your typical London school boy. Laid back, hot headed at times and totally cool. Due to unfortunate events, James and his sister Lauren find themselves in the most secret place on earth. CHERUB! From being a lazy school dropout to a world class spy, follow James as he discovers a deadly help earth scheme.


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Jul 12, 2014

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