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Maximum Security


4.26  ·  Rating details ·  17,977 ratings  ·  493 reviews
CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented—and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats—all without gadgets or weapons. It is a highly dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: Adults never ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published April 14th 2006 by Hodder Children's Books (first published April 14th 2005)
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Catarina Miranda
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This mission was freaking awesome and intense! It might be my favorite! James handled everything so... incredibly well! Most of the things he had to work on... he did it all by himself! I'm truly amazed! He pissed me off, sometimes... obviously! Specially, when he cheated on Kerry and made it sound like it was nothing... UGH! I HATE WHEN HE DOES THOSE THINGS!! However, despite everything, I think he has been a great character with a big potencial! I hope he grows up and I hope he realises that h ...more
Keith (CHINNY) Chinn
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay a good book, some details I may not needed to have known!! Such as when James went to a US Juvie they not only strip searched him they checked under his !!! Well lets just say he was not Jewish. Not sure why three sentences went on to explain James body search and where they checked. The story was about 3.5 so I gave it 4, It was typical CHERUB. Not as good as Alex Rider or Jason Steed but if you are into teen spy books you should read the series.
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Maximum Security is one of my TOP 5 fav books of the Cherub series. I just love prison settings, ever since I've watched Prison Break.
Speaking of which, similar to Prison Break, Maximum Security continues with the adventures of one of my favorite spies, James Adams, who is now 13. This time James must go to a maximum security prison for minors, befriend Curtis Oxford, son of Jane Oxford - one of the most wanted people in the world. James must then break them out of jail in order to win Janes' t
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I started off the series with this book since there were no copies available of the previous ones.Firstly,I totally liked Alex Rider better.I rated all the Alex Rider books four to five stars.But I don't know whether it's the plot or a thirteen year old tryin' to be all cool and stuff,I didn't get this feeling I usually get when I'm reading a really good book.You know, the suspense and everything ,or in other words, it didn't feel like Alex Rider.It didn't feel different, the way it should feel ...more
William McGinn
Jan 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
0/4 F

Everything in this novel is either phoney, offensive, stupid or agonizing. The polar bear twist-up, a too-simple prison escape that isn't really a real escape with Cherub backup, the helper Paula is given advice to go straight to the cops (ugh!) and the end may be the biggest F.U. in literary history!

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Matt Lamanna
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is book three in the outstanding Cherub series by Robert Muchamoore. This mission was different from the usual type. This organization usually tries to get criminals behind bars but in this case, James Adams has to get himself into jail to befriend a criminal. This isn't just any man behind bars though, this is the son of one of the most wanted weapons smugglers in America.

James is partnered with his sister Lauren, and another Cherub agent named Dave Moss, who poses as his brother. The poin
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
wow. okay, let me just start by stating...this is not my usual read. I started the series as a favour to my younger sister and ended up liking it inspite of the rather gritty feel. So after mediumly enjoying the first I was prepared to have a similar experience with maximum security. what I couldn't have predicted was how much I enjoyed this!
having said that the gritty setting almost made me put the book down nearer the beginning. I confess I know little about prisons but even spending just hrs
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 jail (part of the mission plan) and are put together with a lot of other inmates. Including the son of a illegal drugs supplier, Jane Oxford. Wanting to become close friends with Jane’s son Curtis, they both hang out and chill with his Gang. But during the process a jail fight breaks out and Dave breaks his ribs, making him unfit for the mission. So James then carries on w ...more
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think listening to the audio this time around was the perfect way to do it. Total nostalgia, and it was amazing. I loved diving back into the Cherub spy world, with its action and thrills. I still can't believe the amount of things that happen in such short books.
In terms of James: I hate his attitude and his morals, especially on (view spoiler) and I hate him for it. He's so horrible. He des
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's refreshing to read Muchamore's world and characters. It just feels real, and there's an unpredictability to it, because the main characters are so imperfect. However, the ending was a bit anti-climactic. I can tell that Muchamore is trying to avoid the big action scene ending, probably because his style is different, but there wasn't anything to replace it and it fell a little flat. That said, I really enjoy this series and the characters and will continue for sure.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was good again. I can't wait to read the 4th one.
Matthew Wong
It was awesome.
Jack Ross
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Karen Barber
James is not an appealing young man in many ways. I’m putting it down to his age, because so much of what he does goes way beyond what you’d expect of a boy his age.
This is an action-packed mission, and not one for the faint-hearted.
As part of a plan to track down one of the FBI’s most wanted James ends up in a maximum Security prison in order to befriend her teen son and engineer an escape.
Plenty goes wrong, but it was definitely one I wanted to get through and see what happened.
Once again the
Clare Carter
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yes I read this one too... :D They're SUCH quick reads, and again, just written in a way that's very streamlined and smart. I also love that in different missions we get interactions with different characters (like this book had much more Lauren).

I still haven't loved a book enough to give it above 4 stars, probably because James can be a real ass sometimes. Hopefully he grows out of it. He was 200% better in this book until he did something at the end that made me mad. I know you're out saving
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very exciting book which hooked me with every turn of the page. I really liked how the main characters planned and played out the mission, and how the book took the story to all of these different environments. It did really give you a basic insight into how violent the inside of the prisons can be and how the guards are only there to stop you breaking out, and not to stop what goes on inside such as fights. All in all a really good book, that although it is old, still gave me a fresh sense of ...more
Hadley Fisher
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So amazing.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An exciting book with a good storyline that hooks you in, a good page turner
Ellie Beadle
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Always Reading
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
„Top Secret 03: der Ausbruch“ hat mir bisher am Besten gefallen. Die Geschichte ist um einiges gewalttätiger und ernsthafter. Ich war ein bisschen überrascht wie spannend ich den Knastalltag fand. Außerdem kratzt der Autor auch ganz leicht die psychische Stabilität der Bösen an. Ich finde es wirklich schade dass Robert Muchamore da nicht wirklich in die Tiefe geht und alles (bisher) sehr oberflächlich behandelt.Protagonist James beschäftigt sich zwar mit der Frage, ob man Mitleid haben sollte we ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maximum Security by Robert Muchamore is the story of three child spies on a mission to help escape a major drug dealers so in hopes to get clue on the major drug dealer. Of course when putting children in an actual prison nothing can never go to plan.

James has been put charge in one of the most high risk missions that cherub has ever had to face. They must send a teenage boy into an actual prison and befriend the child of one of the world's most dangerous drug dealers. When there he is immediate
Taylor Marston
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Why I decided to read this book:
Because its the 3rd book in the Cherub series and I had already read the first two, so this book was next

Which category on the bingo board this book completes:
This book completes the non-fiction book category as Cherub is not a real agency and there is no such thing as kid spies

What I liked about this book and why:
I really like all the books in the Cherub series including this one as Robert Muchamore is very good at showing characters emotions and feelings and is
Rohit Topplad
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
The cherub series is one of my favourite series, it is a thrill seeking , action packed adventure series.Cherub is an academy where children are trained to be elite undercover agents, because who suspects children as agents. Learning various different languages to cope with their certain mission and also learning martial arts when in danger.I read the 3rd book in the series which is Maximum Security, the story is pretty good , James and Dave who are some cherubs agents are placed in a Maximum Se ...more
Its an amazing saga to the cherub series with a new twist the main character James(the main character) travels with his sister and another agent to go undercover.
This time they are not with the law but are going against it. Their mission is to break a kid out of jail in the middle of the arizona desert since in america kids who convict crime are sentenced as adults.
Will he be able to accomplish their mission?

Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
James Rose a secret agent for Cherub who wanted to get out of a recruitment mission, but thankfully a man called John Jones came to give him another, and more intense mission. So he had to choose the recruitment mission or the intense one. Then the next day he went with the intense mission in the most high security jail to get someone out. Maximum Security is about strength, courage, and trust.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This Book was recommended to me by my teacher because of the grown up values in book like the vocabulary and the different scenes that occurred in the book, It's a great book about making friends with a the son to arrest the mum.
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: czech
Did you like Prison Break? Then this book is just for you! It is something similar but with few differences. But the tension is there and also the adventure. Who wouldn't like to know how to escape from a prison? :)
Floris Vanbeek
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
i don't really think this is a very good book, the reason I think this is because its very boring a lot of times and then it doesn't really give me the temptation to read on, there are some parts that are very exciting but i think there should be more of the eciting parts
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I like this book because there was action in it and i like books with action.
I also liked this book because the main character was a boy around my age, which was good because i get everything he is talking about.
This book was good because it was mysterious.
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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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