Title: The Fall
Author: Robert Muchamore
Series: CHERUB #7
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Crime, Easy reading, Spy novels
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Books
5th sentence, 74th page: An elderly man was crossing the road, but he wasn’t going to be any kind of problem.
When an MI5 operation goes disastrously wrong, James Adams needs all of his skills to get out of Russia alive.
Meanwhile, his sister Lauren is on her first solo mission, trying to uncover a brutal human-trafficking operation.
And when James does get home, he finds that his nightmare is just beginning…
CHERUB agents have one crucial advantage: adults never suspect that children are spying on them.
The Fall was a drastic change of pace from the rest of the CHERUB books. Instead of investigating the ethics, and potential impacts of terrorism, drugs and any number of criminal acts, this story looks at what can happen when a mission goes drastically wrong. The lack of mission is balanced by Lauren’s assignment, but primarily focuses on James’ state of mind and what happens when things go bad.
Lauren’s task in this book is to delve into the world of child prostitution. Although it is an area that we would all rather believe didn’t exist in first world countries, Muchamore’s unabashed mentioning of this is one of the reasons that I have enjoyed his work so much. Although it is not a pleasant topic, he still wakes us up to the realities and difficulties of such a terrifying truth.
Kerry and James’ relationship up to this point has been incredibly dramatic – full of ups and downs and frustrations. This story reminds us that whilst opposites can (and often do) attract, sometimes they really don’t work out. In the case of Kerry and James, their different priorities and approaches to life bring things to a head and eventually leads to the removal of their romantic entanglement. However, as the following books show, this isn’t a bad thing and I found this change very refreshing.
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