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    Friday, January 12, 2007

    CHERUB: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
    CHERUB is a division of MI5 -- orphaned or abandoned children and teens trained in espionage, charged with the responsibility to hack computers, bug homes, download documents, infiltrate the enemy. James is new on the CHERUB compound; his mother recently died and he's been suspended from a number of schools. Now he's been recruited by CHERUB. He survives basic training, barely, and is sent out on his first mission -- to befriend and gain the trust of members of a hippy camp suspected of threatening and plotting against members of a gas & oil convention. It's an unpleasant and dangerous assignment, and it nearly ends in his death.
    Another teen spy novel coming out of England (see also the Alex Rider series and Young James Bond) with lots of action. The writing isn't superb, and for all the discussed danger, the plot wasn't all that extreme. But for lovers of adventure and spies, this may be a promising series.
    Y PB M

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