CHERUB: The Recruit

CHERUB: The Recruit : Book 1

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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 TimesVisit - the essential internet destination, packed with exclusive content and with in-depth biographies of CHERUB characters, out-takes and bonus more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 26mm | 260g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0340881534
  • 9780340881538
  • 2,099

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'Fast-moving action ... and cool gadgets!' * The Times * 'Pacy writing, punchy dialogue and a gripping plot, it's got it all.' * Daily Express * 'A really good book that you could re-read over and over again.' * Guardian * 'Crackling tension and high-octane drama.' * Daily Mail * Praise for books in the CHERUB series: 'Punchy, exciting, glamorous and, what's more, you'll completely wish it was true.' * Sunday Express * You can't put this book down ... full of adventure and mischief with just a touch of romance! * Gloucestershire Echo * Exciting and definitely unputdownable! * Essex Chronicle * Packed full of non-stop James Bond style action and is very funny too -- Lewis Fairfax, aged 12 * Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle * I give this book 10 out of 10 because I could never put it down * The Guardian * A thoroughly enjoyable book ... gripping and one that will stay with you for a while -- Oliver Seymour, aged 12 * Surrey Today * Action all the way * Ireland on Sunday * An exciting, swiftly moving tale * School Librarian * A tough, unsentimental and wonderfully imaginative story * Bournemouth Daily Echo * Punchy, exciting, glamorous and, what's more, you'll completely wish it was true * Sunday Express * Fast-paced, all-action, absolutely addictive * Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle * Cracking stuff * Aberdeen Evening Express * This series is easy to get hooked on and will keep you enthralled for days .. a surefire winner * Yorkshire Evening Post * [A] pacey spy thriller... taut writing and powerful descriptions * Time Out *show more

About Robert Muchamore

Robert Muchamore was born in Islington in 1972 and spent thirteen years working as a private investigator. He loves Arsenal and watching people fall down holes. He hates swimming and getting chased by cows. He was inspired to start writing by his nephew's complaints about the lack of anything for him to read! His books are now bestsellers in many countries around the world. For more information, go to more

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[A] pacey spy thriller... taut writing and powerful descriptions Time Outshow more

Rating details

21,490 ratings
4.22 out of 5 stars
5 47% (10,127)
4 34% (7,221)
3 15% (3,152)
2 3% (727)
1 1% (263)

Our customer reviews

cherub are the best books ever i cant stop reading first book read in one sitting love it!!!!!!!show more
by oliver
The recruit was a book which, to me gave a new meaning to the word reading. Instead of being a chore it became something I enjoy doing. I love how Robert Muchamore gives a third person perspective on characters. A great read for all, 10 out of 10!show more
by Alison
This is an incredabke book made for readers with strong minds... I have read the books and they are amazing in every wayshow more
by shmee burger
This book is one of the most amazing and captavating I have ever read. I didn't put it down once. It starts off very well and you know that it is going to be a good book. The main character, James, ends up at CHERUB, and he has to complete hard courses and missions. This book is a must read for kids 12+ for boys and girls!show more
by Daisy Archibald
How do you get boys to read? The answer is in this gritty series by Robert Muchamore. Exploring all of the issues kids go through from the awkward age of 10yrs through to 17 cleverly disguised through the simplistic, egotistic and slightly arrogant eyes of James Adams. Regardless, this series is a refreshing read for all ages. Its punchy, gritty and delivers a flying kick to the stomach spinning you back into your childhood. You will be wishing you were an orphan CHERUB agent, completing basic training, learning russian and earning the ultimate recognition for performance - your black shirt. Suddenly an orphan and facing eight years in the foster care system, James' life is turned upside down. Until he wakes up, in an orange shirt, groggy confused and realises he's been abducted- but could this be an opportunity of a lifetime?show more
by Alison Britton
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