Just before christmas a mate lent me the entire series of cherub books , they're the same sort of thing as the Young Bond and Alex Rider books but that's no bad thing because those series are both brilliant.
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.
The recruit starts with James Choke , who following beating up a girl in his class and being thrown out of school also ahs to cope with the death of his mother . He ends up in a sort of care home where he is befreinded by Kyle who unkown to James is working as a sort of talent scout for CHERUB - an organisation that hires and trains young kids to act as spies and gather information in places where adult agents would stick out like Jack Reacher in a room full of midgets .
We follow James through basic training at chereb as well as a trip to Malaysia and then it's on to the first mission where James paired up with older agent Amy must pretend to be traveller kids in order to stop a chemical attack on an oil industry conference .
Will they manage it ? Well you'll have to read the book to find out .
The Recruit is a bit slow to start with but then that does give you time to get to know James and the other characters before turning up the wick on the action before the end .
Verdict : Good.
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