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This book is the first in the Cherub series, and I gave it a rating of four out of five. James seems to always be getting into trouble, and he's surprised one day to wake up in a camp for young spy trainees. He is paired up with Kerry, and she helps him get through the three-month training program. The last four days of the training find the recruits traveling through the jungles of Malaysia. After gradutating, James is finally sent on his first mission to stop the assassination of the top oil executives in the world. The mission takes him into a rural compound of "hippies", but a few of the inhabitants are scary weird. James doesn't know how dangerous the terrorists can be, and he needs to discover this fact before it costs him his life.
The name CHERUB may stand for something, but no one knows since the creator died. The exposition of the book is mostly about James' home life and all of the trouble he gets into. He doesn't look for trouble, but it seems to find him. The middle of the book deals with his training, and the last third of the book is the mission. I enjoyed the interaction of the characters, and girls will like how Kerry and Amy are able to kick James' butt. Amy is able to help James overcome his fear of water and actually learn to swim. Overall, it was a great book, and I assume the sequels will be able to jump right into the missions and action.