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Book Walrus reviews CHERUB:Black Friday, by Robert Muchamore

Book Walrus reviews CHERUB:Black Friday, by Robert Muchamore
Black Friday by Robert Muchamore
Published by Hodder Children's on 5 September 2013
Format: Paperback
Ryan is about to board a plane, knowing that the next twenty-four hours will change everything. His mission is to stop the biggest terrorist attack America's ever seen. Ryan works for CHERUB, a secret organisation with one key advantage: even a trained terrorist won't suspect that a teenager is spying on them. For official purposes, these children do not exist.


Star rating: * * * * * 5 out of 5

The final book in the latest CHERUB series sees the end of Ryan’s 3 year long mission to destroy the Aramov clan. But when things start going wrong and governments on both sides of the Atlantic try and pull the plug, will Ryan finish the mission successfully?

At last, we see the return of James Adams (my favourite character from the series) to CHERUB, who joins forces with Amy Collins and the TFU, having fallen out with Kerry, to try and wipe out Leonid Aramov for good.

This book is the climatic ending that the CHERUB series deserves and, I hope most of you will agree with me, one of the best books within the entire CHERUB collection; mostly because of the clever interweaving of my favourite characters from the main CHERUB series along with the latest recruits, but also for all the laugh-out-loud moments that run rife through the books.

To those of you who haven’t read the rest of the series or the other books connected to CHERUB, I highly recommend that you do. The series is full of action and adventure with masses of humour chucked in.

This book marks the end of the latest CHERUB series, but with CHERUB Campus expanding and James Adams now back working with CHERUB, will we return to CHER for the next generation of teenage spies? We can but hope.

Robert Muchamore has once again thrilled us all with his latest book, a must read, 5*s.

With this marking the end of the CHERUB series’, I have been thinking back over all the books and this is one of my favourite moments in the series:

“I can’t award you a black shirt, it’s only for outstanding performance on more than one mission… I think it’s a stupid rule. However, in you case I did get the ethics committee to approve an extra mission. Specifically, this arduous mission involves a missing green marker pen last seen under your chair. Your mission is to find it.”


Why not tell us your favourite CHERUB moment in the comments section below?




Star rating: * * * * * 5 out of 5


Ryan is back on the most exiting CHERUB mission yet. His aim, to stop the biggest terrorist attack America has ever seen!
The Islamic Department of Justice (IDoJ.) are planning an attack that would leave millions dead if it succeeds, and Ryan and Kazakov however the only people to stop them as the plan goes wrong and the FBI can’t follow them.
 TFU have to shut down the Aramov clan without anyone realising who actually now controls the clan, and James and Bruce are back to teach advanced driving to Leon Sharma, Alfie DuBoisson, Grace Vulliamy and Fu Ning!
Leonid Aramov – who has been exiled for the Aramov clan – needs to be captured before the Aramov clan is shut down as he would just start it up again. So Andre and his mother Tamara have special training with CHERUB and get to Leonid with a backup story hoping TFU will catch Leonid and that Andre and his mum will stay safe.
I really enjoyed the book because it was a long string of missions interlinked with Ryan Sharma, Amy Collins and James Adams. Ever since I first read The Recruit James has been my all time favourite character so when found out he was back I was extremely excited. This is definitely my new favourite book!
 Robert Muchamore: “I’ve always read loads, but when I was about 12/13 I got fed up with all the kids’ books, but I was still a bit young to really get into adult books.So my starting point for CHERUB: The Recruit was to try and write the book that I was searching for when I was thirteen years old.”




  1. I’ve read one of the Robert Muchmore C.H.E.R.U.B. SERIES and I thought it was brilliant, but my mum being my mum, she got me the 2ND BOOK in the series!

    • Book Walrus feels your pain. Book Walrus’s mum is also a little unreliable when it comes to book purchasing. She tends to knock-over the displays when she goes into book stores and her flippers are too floppy to press the correct buttons when ordering on line. What can you do?

  2. There is a new Cherub book coming out in April!

  3. i thought the series was the best and i would recommend them to anyone who hasn’t so please do thnx robert

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