Title: Mad Dogs
Author: Robert Muchamore
Series: CHERUB #8
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Crime, Easy reading, Spy novels
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Books
5th sentence, 74th page: ‘I’m only asking for one little favour,’ Mr Large coaxed.
The British underworld is controlled by gangs. When two of them start a turf war, violence explodes on to the streets.
The police need information fast, and James Adams has the contacts to infiltrate the most dangerous gang of all. He works for CHERUB.
Cherubs are trained professionals, aged between ten and seventeen. They exist because criminals never suspect that kids are spying on them.
Although this is a YA book and focuses on the actions and journeys of children, there are some very adult and serious consequences to their actions and work. Mad Dogs beautifully reminds us of the consequences of their actions. These very real penalties left my emotions on a razor blade throughout the book, which is why I read it in just a few days.
James’ talent and skill is beautifully highlighted throughout the story. Although he is more than slightly obnoxious, he is an incredibly talented and skilful secret agent. The CHERUB series definitely honed him, and this is beautifully illustrated by the character of Junior. He indicates exactly what and whom James could have turned into if he didn’t have the rigours of MI5 training at his back. I love this comparison in the story, it reminds us that our choices and actions can all add up to change who we are and where we are going in life. Although these choices are constantly reshaping our lives, sometimes we start walking down paths that are incredibly difficult to walk away from, and Junior illustrates this astoundingly well.
This is the first story in which we get to learn about James and Dana’s new relationship. Where Kerry and James were constantly arguing and unable to get along at the best of times, Dana shows herself to be one of the most understanding and accepting girlfriends. I certainly wouldn’t be able to cope with much of James’ antics and attitudes. This relationship is well-balanced and a much better fit to James’ personality.
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