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The Killing (CHERUB #4)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  11,213 Ratings  ·  275 Reviews
CHERUB agents are all seventeen and under. They wear skate tees and hemp, and look like regular kids. But they're not. They are trained professionals who are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists and international drug dealers. CHERUB agents hack into computers, bug entire houses, and download crucial documents. It is a highly dangerous job. For their safety, these age ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Simon Pulse (first published October 1st 2005)
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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. Howev ...more
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Logan Barnett
May 06, 2014 Logan Barnett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Adam Towers
Jul 26, 2013 Adam Towers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 liter ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Mriveravelez4 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nels Paulson
Mar 24, 2011 Nels Paulson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Yaroslav Mikhnevich

This book is called CHERUB: The Killing, and it is written by Robert Muchamore. It is a fiction adventure-action book, and it has been released in 2005, on October 13-th. This book talks about a young CHERUB agent called James, who used to live with his mother, until she died. He than was taken care of by CHERUB, and he has been completing anti-terrorist missions for them ever since that moment. And in this particular book, he is being sent on a mission into the urban areas of England,
Jaysyn Gonzalez
The author of this book is Robert Muchamore. This book was about James going in another mission. Since his last mission this one was supposed to be easy. He was teamed up with Dave again his mission was to get some information about a small time crook who has lots of money by becoming friends with the thief's son. While James was on the mission he discovered something even more about the thief. James found out that the thief actually might be apart of a murder and a huge casino heist. As James ...more
Cherub : The Killing

Currently I read a book named Cherub: The Killing by Robert Muchamore. This is the fourth book of the cherub series and it is a great to just sit down with and read. It's always going to keep you at the edge of you seat. This series is based around children acting as secret agents and in this book James has to go on a mission to investigate a "suicide".
In this mission James has go it hard. His friends have gone for vacation his girlfriend broke up with him, and all his frie
Morgan Gao
Apr 05, 2014 Morgan Gao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great, Great, Great. I love it. The blog for the book was awesome so I knew that it was going to be great. The plot was great because that Will Clarke fell of the roof and he might if been the only one that new about the Golden Sun Casino robbery. Michael Patel is a sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Department and is well known to be a "good cop" but it turns out he is accused of the murder of Will Clarke and robbery of the casino. Leon Tarasov is a small time crook who has been hiding his luc ...more
Aug 16, 2014 Ally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I'm going to tell you that the synopsis tells you more than what the plot tells you. And that is the truth. I didn't know about Will (the eighteen year old boy who is also dead) until Will was brought up somewhere in 1/3 or 1/2 mark of The Killing.

James is an angry kid. He has anger issues. Truthfully, I didn't really care about that even though he is immature, overconfident, arrogant, and swag fourteen year old. Well, he is almost fourteen years old. Anyway, his "anger issues" wer
Dec 11, 2008 Henri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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...
Jack O'Reilly
Jun 13, 2015 Jack O'Reilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Astrid 1998
May 25, 2013 Astrid 1998 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ari G
Nov 01, 2015 Ari G rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Killing by Robert Muchamore is about Cherub getting information about a casino robbery. James works with another agent named Dave. Dave got information by working at a rip off car dealership. James just hung out with the other kids to get information. But a little investigation goes on off mission.

I thought the book was on the slower side. Especially when they were having a meeting. I did like how they made a twist by adding a side investigation. It only had one scene I really liked when Jam
Pete Grimm
Jan 27, 2015 Pete Grimm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would you like to be a secret agent? Would you like to make new friends every three months then just leave like that and no one ever know you existed? Well then you would like the book The Killing by Robert Muchamore. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This book was a good exciting book but at the beginning the story it was a little slow it dragged on about James and his love life for too long. Other than that this book was great. I really liked how much detail the missions go into. For exampl ...more
Griffin Widrick
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 involv ...more
Really good book but Dana was just plain old wierd
Adam Ruder
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
Apr 07, 2014 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great for those who like action/adventure books. It's about a 12 year old British boy named James who gets sent out on covert missions by the MI5 group called CHERUB. This mission had James stalk a man who robbed a casino and a man who threw a teenager off the roof of a building. Muchamore gives great details in the book about how the inner workings of CHERUB were able to track down these criminals. He keeps the characters in a fast paced mood throughout most of the book, though som ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Jules rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gr8-semester-1
I think that this book was a very interesting part of the C.H.E.R.U.B series because James started to unravel his true colors and we get to see how James has been impacted by all of these missions and you see how it takes the toll on him. But overall I think that this was a good addition to the series not the best C.H.E.R.U.B book that I have read. I say this because I think that this book was well put and it used really short and concise words and Muchamore really does do an amazing job of divi ...more
Chase Maher
Jan 26, 2016 Chase Maher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read is CHERUB The killing and the author of this book is Robert Muchamore. The genre of this book is fiction and the setting takes place in present day London. The main character is a kid named James who was in a foster home and was taken in by CHERUB, a secret spy agency for kids. This book is about James going on a mission to try and get evidence on a shady car dealer and a low life crook. In the book James stumbles upon a possible murder and the book gets better from there. I rate ...more
Mr. Pol
Oct 24, 2015 Mr. Pol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary: the book is about James and his friend Dave (main characters + protagonists) who go to live in Palm Hills Estate to find out about a robbery. After a bit of investigation, they realize that their small-time mission unfolds into something huge.

The kid who has all the info they need is Will, a computer genius. The only thing is, he fell to his death not so long ago. The question is: was it murder or suicide?

Review: this book has tons of action, which I enjoyed. The main character, James,
Oct 09, 2015 Josh.S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the fourth Cherub book that I had read at the time and I really enjoyed it, although I thought it was a step down from maximum security it still left me wanting more even though I am not much of a reader.

The story without spoilers is about James going undercover into a family but realises that the only person who knows what he is looking for as a boy who "fell" to his death months before.

I would recommend this book to everyone and I would also recommended picking up all of the cherub bo
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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)
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  • Man vs. Beast (Cherub, #6)
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