While searching on Amazon for a new series to start, Amazon recommended me this book by Robert Muchamore and I didn’t know that he had released another CHERUB book as I thought the series had ended. Turns out that this is a totally new series with all new characters and a new adventure so you know I had to go and buy the first book of the series and see what it was like.
What links a drugs smuggler, a corrupt customs official and the illegal immigrant who made your lunchtime sandwich?
Ryan Sharma’s about to find out.
Ryan is the newest recruit to CHERUB. Twelve years old, just out of basic training and as green as grass. He’s got his first mission: befriending Ethan Aramov, a spoilt rich kid living in California whose grandmother just happens to run a billion-dollar criminal empire. Ryan’s got no idea that his routine first mission will turn into one of the biggest in CHERUB history…
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So of course being the start of a new chapter in a series I have loved for a long time, also it was The Recruit which is the first book in the CHERUB series which I first review on this website, this means that this book has got some high expectations to meet. So after spending a few days reading this book I have come to the conclusion that this one blows the first book out of the water.
The reason why I think this is because we have basically got two stories in one book but by the end of the book the two stories meet and turn out to be different parts of the same story. For me this story just seemed to get my attention that much quicker than the original CHERUB series, and it is because we are shoved straight into the action from the very beginning and you have no choice but to carry on reading to find out what is going to happen next. Of course I still love the James Adam character from the first CHERUB series but I have got to admit I am starting too really like Ning and Ryan from this series.
Another reason why I like this book is that it hasn’t been made into child friendly, of course there really aren’t many swear words or a lot of sex scenes but there are some and the descriptions of some of the character such as Amy are not for the younger audience.
The way this is written just reminds me of the Robert Muchamore from the later end of the original CHERUB series, by this he is still writing for the older part of his audience who followed with the CHERUB series from the very beginning and has grown up with the books. With a lot of the cherub books you where able to predict what was coming next and be able to prepare yourself for it, but even I – someone who has read and watched a lot of movies and is starting to see alot of movies and book are really predictable – couldn’t figure what was going to happen to Ning on her way from China to England or with Ryan and his friendship with Ethan.
The only downside to this book is that even though the characters are different and each has a different personality, I think Robert Muchamore has just done a character name switch and made them different. By this I mean that Ryan is James, Ning is Kerry even Amy who helped out James in his first mission is helping Ryan with his, I would of loved something different maybe even made the main character a girl instead of a boy (Ning is a main character but is also joined with Ryan so doesn’t make much difference)
Overall this is a great book and even if you haven’t read the first CHERUB series then you should still give this book a read as it is a great way to introduce yourself to the wonderful world that is CHERUB and the writing of Robert Muchamore.
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