Title: Divine Madness
Author: Robert Muchamore
Series: CHERUB #5
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Crime, Easy reading, Spy novels
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Books
5th sentence, 74th page: According to the books, the truth was different.
CHERUB exists for the simplest of reasons: even a master criminal doesn’t suspect that the kid next door is a spy.
When CHERUB uncovers a link between eco-terrorist group Help Earth and a wealthy religious cult known as The Survivors, James Adams is sent to Australia on an infiltration mission.
It’s his toughest job so far. The Survivors’ outback headquarters are completely isolated, and the cult’s brainwashing techniques mean James is under massive pressure to conform.
This time he’s not just fighting terrorists.
He’s got to battle to keep control of his own mind.
The idea of cult life is fascinating. I think because it is always connected to so many horror stories; people being raped and killed, torn from their families, and having their life savings squandered away. The idea that it is incredibly easy to fall into and that perfectly ‘normal’ people are bought into this reality, just makes it all the more frightening.
Divine Madness also introduces a far mellower and more tolerable James. He is still flawed, but his attitude and actions in the past two books had begun to become tedious. Although he is still a hormonally-driven fool and can be a bit of an ass, he has less anger issues and thinks more before he acts than in the past.
I also loved that this book was set in Australia – basically anything Australian is going to peak my interest really. I loved Muchamore’s description of the countryside, however, there was very little mention of the heat. And, although I know it is often talked about, I can’t think of anybody from the UK who would not comment on the heat when they arrived here.
As with the rest of the CHERUB books thus far, the ending to Divine Madness was completely unpredictable.
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