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Now a graphic novel, The Recruit is given an entirely new look with illustrations by Ian Edginton and John Aggs A terrorist doesn't let strangers into her apartment because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children can bring their friends home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn't know that one of these kids has bugged every r Now a graphic novel, The Recruit is given an entirely new look with illustrations by Ian Edginton and John Aggs A terrorist doesn't let strangers into her apartment because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children can bring their friends 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 child, James, was recruited from an secret agency and is just a 12-year-old boy from the wrong side of the tracks, sent to an foster-care home when his mother dies and his stepfather disowns him. James was chosen due to his potential, and he finds himself in a secret location—at the training center for all CHERUB agents. He faces extreme hardship while preparing for his first mission—to foil a suspected anthrax attack.


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Now a graphic novel, The Recruit is given an entirely new look with illustrations by Ian Edginton and John Aggs A terrorist doesn't let strangers into her apartment because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children can bring their friends home and they run all over the place. The terrorist doesn't know that one of these kids has bugged every r Now a graphic novel, The Recruit is given an entirely new look with illustrations by Ian Edginton and John Aggs A terrorist doesn't let strangers into her apartment because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children can bring their friends 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 child, James, was recruited from an secret agency and is just a 12-year-old boy from the wrong side of the tracks, sent to an foster-care home when his mother dies and his stepfather disowns him. James was chosen due to his potential, and he finds himself in a secret location—at the training center for all CHERUB agents. He faces extreme hardship while preparing for his first mission—to foil a suspected anthrax attack.

30 review for The Recruit

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Cao

    This is a book about 13-year-old James Choke/Adams (he changes his last name). His mom dies of drug abuse and his step-dad is abusive. So he gets sent to an orphanage and becomes a orphan. A spy spies on him and decides that James is worthy of being a spy. He then goes to the spy HQ and starts his 100 day training. I picked this book up because I liked the novel of this book, so I wanted to see how a different style of book impacts the story. I finished this book because I wanted to see what they This is a book about 13-year-old James Choke/Adams (he changes his last name). His mom dies of drug abuse and his step-dad is abusive. So he gets sent to an orphanage and becomes a orphan. A spy spies on him and decides that James is worthy of being a spy. He then goes to the spy HQ and starts his 100 day training. I picked this book up because I liked the novel of this book, so I wanted to see how a different style of book impacts the story. I finished this book because I wanted to see what they had changed in the graphic novel and what was different from the novel. I would recommend this book to Barath because I think he likes spies and stuff like that.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Victor

    The Recruit by Robert Muchamore is a graphic novel about a boy named James, a boy who has problems controlling his anger and with an exceptional ability in math. After waking up in a school he is recruited to be on the British secret service, but his first mission might be his last. I recommend to those who like books about spies.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steve Fincher

    I had already read the book, but wanted to try a graphic novel. I would not get another, I think if you are too lazy too read or can't read you should get an audio book as that way you get the whole book not just bits cut out. I had already read the book, but wanted to try a graphic novel. I would not get another, I think if you are too lazy too read or can't read you should get an audio book as that way you get the whole book not just bits cut out.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gianni

    This was an unbelievable, amazing book. It is about a boy that has a very hard life, his mom is very fat and she is an alcoholic and smoker. The boy wakes up one morning in a secret spy facility and learns to pick locks and get highly trained. I would definitely recommend this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    félon

    I read the CHERUB series when I was younger, and it was one of those book series where I eagerly awaited each new release. I loved the series back then, and looking back on it now I still think I’d enjoy it enough to re-read it again - though I know my own preferences and views have changed enough that certain aspects no longer appeal to me. I got this graphic novel a while back and finally picked it up to read through it. I usually enjoy the first book in a series more than the ones that come af I read the CHERUB series when I was younger, and it was one of those book series where I eagerly awaited each new release. I loved the series back then, and looking back on it now I still think I’d enjoy it enough to re-read it again - though I know my own preferences and views have changed enough that certain aspects no longer appeal to me. I got this graphic novel a while back and finally picked it up to read through it. I usually enjoy the first book in a series more than the ones that come after it, given that they set the scene and introduce the reader to the setting/situation (or the world, in the case of fantasy). That applies to the CHERUB books too but I’m not the biggest fan of the second half of The Recruit, I didn’t find the mission that interesting. In that sense, I think the later books are better, but given this is a graphic novel I was interested to see how it was portrayed. I’m not a huge fan of the artwork, but that’s more about personal preference. Also, not sure some parts translated well into this format. Some of the most interesting parts from the books - the full Basic Training experience, details about espionage and all the examples of James’ resourcefulness, and also the instances where he messed up and got in trouble and showed he was still very much a 12 year old kid - were left out, probably to keep the book at a manageable length or because it was difficult to convey everything. You only really get to see half of James’ character in the graphic novel because you don’t have any access to his thoughts, but I figure if anyone really was that interested they’d have a reason to give the novels a go. Saying all this, it was interesting to see a visual representation of the original novel, and it sort of made me want to go back and read all the CHERUB and HB books again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Fun, action-packed graphic novel for young adults/older kids. It's a little bloody, but nothing too bad (no real gun violence or bad language). I haven't read the novel, but the reviews seem pretty favorable. I like James; he seems like a good kid who just hasn't had his best chance. His home life is unstable at best, and he has no support, anger issues (understandably), and the worst luck. I don't think the ending/end-mission translated all that well into a graphic novel...everything seemed to ha Fun, action-packed graphic novel for young adults/older kids. It's a little bloody, but nothing too bad (no real gun violence or bad language). I haven't read the novel, but the reviews seem pretty favorable. I like James; he seems like a good kid who just hasn't had his best chance. His home life is unstable at best, and he has no support, anger issues (understandably), and the worst luck. I don't think the ending/end-mission translated all that well into a graphic novel...everything seemed to happen off page, and is explained in text/dialogue to James post-mission. + Points for the post mission debriefing with Dr. McAfferty, where James has to wrestle with possibly supporting Help Earth. I think those four pages at the end are critical for teaching kids complex thinking, and a nice lesson in 'not everything is black and white'.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    The original novels are some of my favourite books from when I was a kid, so a graphic novel? Of a favourite book? I was Excited. The issue is that this is just too short for eveything it needs to include. I can see this format working for later books in the series, but trying to cram James' backstory AND basic training AND his first mission into this short a book just doesn't work for me. It was lovely seeing some iconic characters again, but it made me want to reread the novel just so I wasn't The original novels are some of my favourite books from when I was a kid, so a graphic novel? Of a favourite book? I was Excited. The issue is that this is just too short for eveything it needs to include. I can see this format working for later books in the series, but trying to cram James' backstory AND basic training AND his first mission into this short a book just doesn't work for me. It was lovely seeing some iconic characters again, but it made me want to reread the novel just so I wasn't relying on memories of how this whole world works. The art style is fab though, not something I usually enjoy but it works great! It leans far more comic book than graphic novel, which definitely brings the more action focused scenes to life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Scott Ollar

    First book in the series that I've read. The plot is a little slow moving. I would have preferred less background and more of a CHERUB mission. I'm willing to read another one to see if the action picks up a little. First book in the series that I've read. The plot is a little slow moving. I would have preferred less background and more of a CHERUB mission. I'm willing to read another one to see if the action picks up a little.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Royal

    I'm so happy that they have basically stuck to the story. I love the series and am definitely going to carry on with this. I'm so happy that they have basically stuck to the story. I love the series and am definitely going to carry on with this.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tommy Colombo

    Didn’t excite me, story line is pretty predictable but still good concept and execution...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adam Weiler

    I found out after reading that this is based on a book series. This makes sense, in hindsight.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan Mullen

    Don't normally read graphic novels but as a big fan of The Recruit I gave it a try. It didn't disappoint. Don't normally read graphic novels but as a big fan of The Recruit I gave it a try. It didn't disappoint.

  13. 4 out of 5

    BobFish

    Don't let your kids read this crap, folks. Don't let your kids read this crap, folks.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Donya

    Just read my other rating for this one is the same as the recruit but a graphic novel version

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hayden

    it was a good recap of the frist book in a diffrent type

  16. 5 out of 5

    Izzy Douglas

    I decided to read this book because I really enjoyed the novel. This book fills the graphic novel space on the bingo board. My favourite quote from the book was "“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 one of these kids has bugged every room in her house, made copies of all her computer files and stolen her address book. The I decided to read this book because I really enjoyed the novel. This book fills the graphic novel space on the bingo board. My favourite quote from the book was "“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 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 10 and 17. They live in the real world, slipping under adult radar and getting information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail.” Now this is quite a long quote but it's extremely true no one suspects children and teenagers as undercover agents, do they? I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel but it left out a few key things that happened just like movies sometimes do but overall it was good and it was a nice change from reading another novel. I really enjoyed reading about the character James. He was the main character and had a really exciting personality. He was a really exciting character to read about and encouraged you to keep reading. James had lots of drive and a really interesting background living in London as a young schoolboy. Then he seems to grow up a lot when he becomes a CHERUB agent and he really helps out and saves lots of people and their lives.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tom Eagles-Smith

    Name of text: The Recruit Author: Robert Muchamore Book blog bingo board: A book with a male main character The plot of this story is is a about a boy named James who lives with his 10 year old sister and his mother . When James is at school one day a girl called Samantha was teasing him about how fat his mum is. James pushes Sam over, she cuts her cheek open. When James gets home he sees his mum lying on the couch, she is pale and not moving this is when James relises she is dead. Later James is a Name of text: The Recruit Author: Robert Muchamore Book blog bingo board: A book with a male main character The plot of this story is is a about a boy named James who lives with his 10 year old sister and his mother . When James is at school one day a girl called Samantha was teasing him about how fat his mum is. James pushes Sam over, she cuts her cheek open. When James gets home he sees his mum lying on the couch, she is pale and not moving this is when James relises she is dead. Later James is abducted by CHERUB (children undercover spys). This is a company for kids with no parents and once they a trained they go on missions to save the world. A memorable moment in the text was when James was first abducted by CHERUB. The reason I enjoyed this text was because it was thrilling and inspired me to read on and find out who the kidnappers were. Also a quote I liked was " I'll get your breakfast then take you on a tour " this quote encouraged me to keep reading because I wanted to find out more, about CHERUB.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ivan P.

    Cherub: The Recruit the graphic novel Cherub is a book series written by Robert Muchamore, the book 1CThe Recruit the graphic novel 1D came out on April 30, 2004. This book is a spy fiction comics. I found this book on my own in a library and will continue reading the series. This book was about James and how he is invited to a secret spy agency to spy on criminals. This society invites kids is there is something extraordinary about them. They only invite kids, because a criminal would never e Cherub: The Recruit the graphic novel Cherub is a book series written by Robert Muchamore, the book 1CThe Recruit the graphic novel 1D came out on April 30, 2004. This book is a spy fiction comics. I found this book on my own in a library and will continue reading the series. This book was about James and how he is invited to a secret spy agency to spy on criminals. This society invites kids is there is something extraordinary about them. They only invite kids, because a criminal would never expect that a kid would be a spy from a top secret agency. This is the greatest graphic novel I have read so far, the rest of the series is normal novels. I Would recommend this series to people 12-15 years old who like action, and detective stories. This book is rated 4.2/5 on Goodreads and 4.4/5 on Barnes & Noble, I would give it a 4.8/5, because thats how great of a book it actually is.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Issy Britton

    As a massive fan of the series the graphic novel was based upon, I was excited to read this version of The Recruit. Of course, as a graphic novel, you get less information and some stuff gets missed out which is why I left a star off the rating. The illustrations are awesome and had characters like Ewart and Bungle spot on. Although there were some characters that looked nothing like I imagined them, they still fit the part (apart from Mac which I who I wasn't really feeling). Also the basic tra As a massive fan of the series the graphic novel was based upon, I was excited to read this version of The Recruit. Of course, as a graphic novel, you get less information and some stuff gets missed out which is why I left a star off the rating. The illustrations are awesome and had characters like Ewart and Bungle spot on. Although there were some characters that looked nothing like I imagined them, they still fit the part (apart from Mac which I who I wasn't really feeling). Also the basic training didn't do justice to the struggle they go through in the book but I can see why they missed out a lot of it. Although it missed some good bits, I thought it did justice to the original book and I really did enjoy it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Neville Ridley-smith

    Having not read the books, I thought I'd give this a read to see what the fuss is about. The story is fine - it's a good concept and I can see the attraction of the books. However, the art lets this down in a massive way. It's really quite bad. It's often hard to tell how old the characters are - in one panel a character may look like an older teenager, perhaps 18 and then in other panels they look like a 10 year old. It's quite disconcerting. I'm almost tempted to give this a 2. Read the books Having not read the books, I thought I'd give this a read to see what the fuss is about. The story is fine - it's a good concept and I can see the attraction of the books. However, the art lets this down in a massive way. It's really quite bad. It's often hard to tell how old the characters are - in one panel a character may look like an older teenager, perhaps 18 and then in other panels they look like a 10 year old. It's quite disconcerting. I'm almost tempted to give this a 2. Read the books instead.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    This book is the graphic novel version of the first book inthe CHERUB series "The Recruit". I really liked this graphic novel. The ability to see how they illustrate the characters is very interesting because i have read the whole 1st series of CHERUB so now i am able to visualize the characters in the books how the have portrayed them. The graphic novel is no different to the original book, although missing out a few details. I am very grateful that they released this book because it has made m This book is the graphic novel version of the first book inthe CHERUB series "The Recruit". I really liked this graphic novel. The ability to see how they illustrate the characters is very interesting because i have read the whole 1st series of CHERUB so now i am able to visualize the characters in the books how the have portrayed them. The graphic novel is no different to the original book, although missing out a few details. I am very grateful that they released this book because it has made my CHERUB experience a whole lot better

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Ann

    I read this graphic novel to give me an idea of the story, since the novel version is fairly popular. It's definitely not my cuppa, but I can see the appeal for lovers of gritty action stories. It's definitely a more mature content level than I was expecting with cursing, child-abuse, lots of physical violence and some near-death situations. The characters aren't especially well developed or unique, but they are colorful. The illustrations were fine, though the sharp angels and block-like bodies I read this graphic novel to give me an idea of the story, since the novel version is fairly popular. It's definitely not my cuppa, but I can see the appeal for lovers of gritty action stories. It's definitely a more mature content level than I was expecting with cursing, child-abuse, lots of physical violence and some near-death situations. The characters aren't especially well developed or unique, but they are colorful. The illustrations were fine, though the sharp angels and block-like bodies made everyone look very masculine and a little bit angry.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mac

    I thought this book was a little bit crazy but I liked it because there was a lot of action and adventure.The book is about a kid named James who had a little sister witch looked out for James. James's mum was a thief and was poor so her only chose was to steal to keep the house and James and Loren witch is James's sitter in school.Talking about school James has a girl in his class that makes fun of his mum saying those jokes saying your muma is so fat. You should read this book it is really good I thought this book was a little bit crazy but I liked it because there was a lot of action and adventure.The book is about a kid named James who had a little sister witch looked out for James. James's mum was a thief and was poor so her only chose was to steal to keep the house and James and Loren witch is James's sitter in school.Talking about school James has a girl in his class that makes fun of his mum saying those jokes saying your muma is so fat. You should read this book it is really good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    i like to read the book before i see the movie and i think that also applies for graphic novels. i liked the words and it read as a summary and i didn't pay much attention to the pictures. there was a lot left out from the book and i'm nit sure if it would have made as much sense if i didn't know the story. a lot was skipped over. good for reluctant readers who may want to fill in the gaps by reading the novel i guess. but would it ruin the novel? not sure. i like to read the book before i see the movie and i think that also applies for graphic novels. i liked the words and it read as a summary and i didn't pay much attention to the pictures. there was a lot left out from the book and i'm nit sure if it would have made as much sense if i didn't know the story. a lot was skipped over. good for reluctant readers who may want to fill in the gaps by reading the novel i guess. but would it ruin the novel? not sure.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    As I have read the series and loved it, when I saw there was the first book in graphic novel form I immediately added it to my basket. I really enjoyed the art style and it was super quick and eqsy amd fun to read however there were huge scenes reduced to page spreads and lots of bits missed out and I couldt really connect to the characters except from what id already got from readig the series, nevertheless a good accompaniment to the series once youve read them

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Pedro

    I have read the original novel in the past. This graphic novel was a disappointment. I would say the biggest problem is that it is too short for the content it tries to include. Characters' emotions also get lost between the novel and the graphic novel. I would not recommend this as the first contact with the CHERUB collection but it is a short and fast to read graphic novel for those already in love with it. I have read the original novel in the past. This graphic novel was a disappointment. I would say the biggest problem is that it is too short for the content it tries to include. Characters' emotions also get lost between the novel and the graphic novel. I would not recommend this as the first contact with the CHERUB collection but it is a short and fast to read graphic novel for those already in love with it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tehani

    I had been meaning to read some of the CHERUB series, as they are very popular among the kids my library caters for, so this was a perfect opportunity to see what the fuss is all about really quickly! Nice artwork, an interesting, if not unique, storyline, and characters I really enjoyed. Highly recommended for secondary school libraries!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    Haven't read any of the series before this, and the GN version does feel like an abridged retread, but that said, it was a fun story and great premise. Dynamic art and good pacing make this a good bet for kids looking for another Alex Rider experience in the GN format. I imagine the print books are even better. Haven't read any of the series before this, and the GN version does feel like an abridged retread, but that said, it was a fun story and great premise. Dynamic art and good pacing make this a good bet for kids looking for another Alex Rider experience in the GN format. I imagine the print books are even better.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mikaela

    The book is great if you love "action" and suspense but the story line is basic and easy to predict. After reading the first book you can tell how they made this a big series. The books have really no connection with the other one. Although it would make more sense if you had read the other books as well. The book is great if you love "action" and suspense but the story line is basic and easy to predict. After reading the first book you can tell how they made this a big series. The books have really no connection with the other one. Although it would make more sense if you had read the other books as well.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mac

    This book is awesome!!!!! It's about a boy named James who looses his mother because of drugs. Then one day he wakes up at a campus named Cherub instead of the orphanage. At Cherub they train kids to become part of the British intelligence! But they have to take tests first to join. Will James complete the tests? Find out in THE RECRUIT!!!!! This book is awesome!!!!! It's about a boy named James who looses his mother because of drugs. Then one day he wakes up at a campus named Cherub instead of the orphanage. At Cherub they train kids to become part of the British intelligence! But they have to take tests first to join. Will James complete the tests? Find out in THE RECRUIT!!!!!

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