The Recruit

The Recruit

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The first title in the number one bestselling CHERUB series! James hits rock bottom before he's offered a new start in an intriguing organisation ...

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 one of these kids has bugged every room in her house, made copies of all her computer files and stolen her address book. The kid works for CHERUB.

CHERUB agents are aged between ten and seventeen. They live in the real world, slipping under adult radar and getting information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail.

For official purposes, these children do not exist.

Praise for 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

Visit cherubcampus.com - the essential internet destination, packed with exclusive content and with in-depth biographies of CHERUB characters, out-takes and bonus stories.

ISBN: 9780340881538
0340881534
9781416999409
9781424255030
Characteristics: 329 pages ;,20 cm.

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Orange1Monkey
Nov 09, 2020

I liked reading this book because of how action-packed it is, and also because of how realistically it portrays James. Instead of presenting him as an ideal person, the author shows that James has his own struggles and issues to face. In conclusion, I loved this book, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action-packed thrillers, with main characters who are teenagers.

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

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blurfus73
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!

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Karatebomber005
Jan 16, 2018

loved it!

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FionaZHu
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.

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dylankemp
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.

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.

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cathy2001
Dec 22, 2014

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

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grater
Nov 09, 2014

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

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Orange1Monkey
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Orange1Monkey thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 18

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JonahKC
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blue_lion_1876 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 13

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gretafieweger
Jun 19, 2015

gretafieweger thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 17

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Jun 01, 2015

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Jul 12, 2014

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Apr 17, 2014

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jion99
Apr 14, 2014

Violence: mild

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jion99
Apr 14, 2014

Coarse Language: Some

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jion99
Apr 14, 2014

Sexual Content: Not much

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jion99
Apr 14, 2014

Other: Amazing

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freddieuk
Aug 17, 2013

Sexual Content: not much

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freddieuk
Aug 17, 2013

Violence: alot but mild

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freddieuk
Aug 17, 2013

Coarse Language: some

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freddieuk
Aug 17, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: little

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JihadiConservative
Apr 20, 2013

Violence: mild violence

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JihadiConservative
Apr 20, 2013

Other: baaaaa

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Orange1Monkey
Nov 09, 2020

James Choke is a young teenager living in London, with a mother who runs a thieving business, and an abusive stepfather. When his mother dies of an overdose, James is forced to go to the Nebraska Children’s Home, while his step sister lives with his stepdad. James gets into more trouble here, before he is shocked when he is suddenly taken to the campus of CHERUB, a secret British Intelligence program designed to use teenagers as spies, and asked to join. Read this book to find out about James’s adventures as he struggles to fit in on campus, pass the extreme 100 day survival training course, and succeed on his first mission!

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ilovhorses
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

don't give up.

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