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The Killing (CHERUB #4)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  11,400 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews
Leon is a small time crook who's ridden his luck for three decades. When he starts splashing big money around, the cops are desperate to know where it came from.

James' latest mission looks routine: make friends with Leon's kids, infiltrate his home and dig up some leads.

But the plot James begins to unravel isn't what anyone expected. And the only person who might know the
Paperback, 306 pages
Published October 2005 by Hodder Children's Books
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Llama's rule (not Aaron Francis)
This book was one of the best cherub books. First of all I read this book in 2 days which meant I was totally addicted to it. James Adams is sent in the find enough information to bust some criminals in a robbery. However everything turns out wrong. The police are the bad guys and the criminals are also bad. The only person who might know of the robbery is a 18 year boy called Will. The only problem is that Will had accidentally fell of a roof top and died around a year before the mission. ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Sofs rated it liked it
It was hard for me to stay concentrated while reading this book. Nothing memorable happened...

Once again I'm annoyed by Kerry, she's the most annoying character, hopefully James will get his shit together and dump her for good soon.

I was hoping for something else, the mission wasn't that interesting, and it was mostly dealt by Dave or John and Millie, and then later by Lauren and Kerry, these last two weren't needed at all in my opinion. - annoying little brats
Apr 02, 2011 Grace rated it it was ok
not bad, but didn't produce the sort of adrenaline rush I got form reading maximum security and the nausea of reading about girls from a stereotypical guys p.o.v. further killed the enjoyment factor.
Adam Towers
Jul 26, 2013 Adam Towers rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Aliens
Recommended to Adam by: Aliens
I decided to read The Killing by Robert Muchamore because I read the three books in the series before this one and they were great. My friend said the whole series was awesome so I thought I better read this book.

This book fills in the category on the wide reading bingo board “ YOUR OWN CHOICE!”. I love this category because it is super easy. Also it is something that I will actually like to read. Although it doesn't show much ' wide reading'.

My favourite character is James (main character). He
Catherine Muldoon
Jul 12, 2016 Catherine Muldoon rated it it was amazing
I must have enjoyed this book as this was finished within three days! While I was reading the hours seem to pass very quickly and I was ready whole chunks and more chapters and not feeling slightly tired. I was very hooked on the whole storyline and I could not put the book down.I felt very involved within this book, furthermore it made me question so much about the death and the robbery showing how it meets up to its genre. Moreover, the author has yet again wrote another amazing piece of ...more
Logan Barnett
May 06, 2014 Logan Barnett rated it really liked it
1) I decided to read this book because I started reading the other books in the CHERUB series over the 2013 Christmas holidays and got this book over the school holidays this year. I also read it because it falls under the 'Three Written Responses' column.
2) I really liked the setting in this book at the bottom of the stairs near James's apartment block. I liked it because this is where Will fell to his death a year earlier. It is also where they get some evidence to jail some of the crooks.
Abdullah Faisal Chaudhry
Two boys called Dave and James are sent on a mission, from the child division of the MI5 called Cherub. They are sent off to some place in London, England called Palm Hill. They meet an illegal car dealer called Leon Tarasov, who happens to be one of the most wanted men in England. He is also suspected to be linked to a killing which happened a year ago about a boy called Will. Wanting to find out more info about what actually happened they get real close with his kids and try to fit into their ...more
Joana Aleixo
Okay I really like this books. I got to say that I envy this children a bit (not the the whole orphan thing of course) but I love CHERUB! The campus is amazing and I love all the stuff that they learn there. Self defense, fighting, and the training ... it must be hard but it's so awesome!!! I wish I could learn to do all of those badass things.

The parts in these books that I love the most is not the missions and all those adventures. The apart that I really love is when they are at the CH
Nels Paulson
Mar 24, 2011 Nels Paulson rated it really liked it
Excellent series. Take the time frame that Harry Potter books write in (he ages from 12-18 over the series) and instead of a world of Fantasy make it a world of Spy craft. This Basically is children being James Bond or Jason Borne and based on each book everything seems fairly realistic. The one thing I appreciated over the entirety of the series is the fact that the characters actually grow and deal with puberty. It adds a layer that makes the series more teen appropriate than the Harry potter ...more
Astrid 1998
May 25, 2013 Astrid 1998 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 11, 2008 Henri rated it it was ok
I think that this book isn't as good as the other ones from the Cherub series. On this one, there is much less actions then on the other ones. And James (the main character of the book) has lost all of his friends because of his temper. This time, the mission involves only him and a seventeen years old which is probably more worried about his attractiveness then the mission. But when the mission which is ranked "Low Risk" comes to a murder, the cherubs decide it's time to send backup...
Mar 16, 2015 Mriveravelez4 rated it it was amazing
James who is a agent wanted to win his intense training exercise with his team. But he was going against one of the the best agents in his age group. So he devised a strategy to win and not get a punishment for losing. Then his planned backfired on him and his team almost got demolished. Cherub is about courage, strength , and determination.

I only read 90 pages
Jack O'Reilly
Jun 13, 2015 Jack O'Reilly rated it really liked it
Fantastic, makes you want to read it again and again, and definitely realistic. James Adams, at a rock-bottom point in his life, goes on his fourth mission to uncover a small-time crook for stealing lots of money. After reading these books, you want to be a part of it, and that's when you know that the author has done it right.
Jan 03, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this novel because of the action and suspense that Muchamore created, it was a real page turner and left me wanting to read more. If you are a teenage boy, you will love this book
Really good book but Dana was just plain old wierd
Sep 28, 2013 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mám cherubovské knížky ráda! :3
Griffin Widrick
Oct 14, 2016 Griffin Widrick rated it liked it
The Book I read was mystery novel “The Killing” by Robert Muchamore, this is the fourth book in the Cherub series. “The Killing” is about a secret division of MI5, the british secret service called Cherub. However this is no ordinary organisation; Cherub agents are all seventeen and under. There biggest advantage; adults don’t expect teens to be spying on them. The protagonist James Adams is sent on a minor mission to befriend the son of a man who is thought to be involved in a heist that ...more
Owen WIllcoxon
Oct 31, 2016 Owen WIllcoxon rated it really liked it
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Adam Ruder
Oct 19, 2016 Adam Ruder rated it it was ok
The Killing is a mediocre book in my opinion. While Muchamore gets the action scenes right, and has a generally good start, and captures 'teen spirit.' The book will keep you reading with a great hook, but it's at the climax where the book starts to fall apart. It starts to read a lot like a pedophiles dream, where the character sleeps with loads of 13 year old girls, (I guess it's for teenagers after all) and brings up romance every three seconds to a book that really doesn't need it. If he did ...more
Nov 06, 2016 Poseidonjackson rated it it was amazing
Probably the one of the best books I've ever read.I've read reviews that say that it's stupid but I definitely don't have the same opinion as them. I don't know what anyone can have against this book. I still have to say that it was a little less exciting than the other 3 books. A mission that was supposed to be low risk began t unravel a plot that no one expected. I would not recommend this book to anyone 9 years old or under. As I said, a little less tense.Even so, it hooked me up.
Alex Ritter
Oct 23, 2016 Alex Ritter rated it really liked it
This Book was great and was really intresting and engaging to read. This book is about a kid spy named James he is sent on a mission to find out the culprit of a murder in a bad seaside town with lots of gangs and lots of danger. Must befreind the locals to find out who did the murder. Will he get caught. Read to find out.
Dec 09, 2016 Bryce rated it really liked it
I like this book. It wasn't the best out of the series that i've read so far but it has a lot of twists. There is a lot of action but a lot of talking to.
Catherine Henkel

it was a pretty good book not the best one in the series but not the worst one either rated by (#cool@
Dec 09, 2016 Jamie rated it liked it
I fucking love these books
Nov 10, 2016 Ted rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it's got tension in it
Nov 27, 2016 Ellen rated it really liked it
Awesome, super exciting but kind of predictable
Sammie Ammiesay
Oct 15, 2016 Sammie Ammiesay rated it liked it
Pretty good. James' back-and-forth-ness in regard to girls is a bit... diverting? Non-enhancing.
Apr 26, 2013 Liam rated it it was amazing
my review

James adams: a 13 old with blonde hair. he is confident and outgoing he is extremely good at maths. he is also an aggressive child that responds easily to violence. he is also a little out of of control on his emotions. we like James as he is an interesting person and he is strong a player with girls and he does well on missions and what he does in the missions is interesting.

David moss: a 17 year old thats confident and smart. Dave has a quick temper but a cool head
Peter Henrichsen

(SPOILER! Bøgerne i ‘Cherub’-serien udgør ikke en sammenhængende historie. Det vil sige, at hver bog har sin egen afsluttede historie. Men da det er de samme hovedpersoner, vi følger i alle bøgerne, kan der være enkelte spoilers i resuméet om deres udvikling, hvis du ikke har læst den forrige bog.)

Kerry er blevet træt af James’ dovenskab og bryder deres kæresteforhold. James får overreageret i vrede og puffer hårdt til en 10-årig Cherub, der står på gangen
Nov 27, 2016 Louis rated it it was amazing
Really good action book. I highly recommend it if you want to read an action book
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Robert Muchamore was born in Islington, London in 1972. He still lives there, and worked as a private investigator up until 2005 and the critically-accepted release of Maximum Security.

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CHERUB (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Class A (Cherub, #2)
  • Maximum Security (Cherub, #3)
  • Divine Madness (Cherub, #5)
  • Man vs. Beast (Cherub, #6)
  • The Fall (Cherub, #7)
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