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Top Secret 2 - Heiße Ware (original 2004; edition 2006)

by Robert Muchamore, Tanja Ohlsen (Übersetzer)

Series: CHERUB (2)

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Title:Top Secret 2 - Heiße Ware
Authors:Robert Muchamore
Other authors:Tanja Ohlsen (Übersetzer)
Info:cbt (2006), Taschenbuch, 352 pages
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The Dealer (Cherub) by Robert Muchamore (2004)

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CHERUB is an spy agency where the agents are children. Nobody would suspect a child to be dangerous because many adults think children don’t know anything and aren’t able of doing anything. So they are ideal spies. They can enter places and find out things adults wouldn’t be allowed to.

The Recruit is the first book in the CHERUB series, so the first chapters are an introduction to the whole series. We learn who James, the main character, is.

The next few chapters deal with James’ hard training and the last part of the book is his first mission. He has to find out if some people of a community are related to a terrorist group.

James is a young boy who doesn’t pay attention in school and gets frequently in trouble. Shortly after the death of his mother he is contacted by CHERUB with the offer to be trained to become a spy.

When reading all the things the young spies have to do and learn it is easy to forget that the characters are just teenagers if not for their behaviour. Other than his new job, James is a more or less normal boy. He gets in trouble, worries about his little sister and doesn’t know what to do with his life.

After finishing his training we still see that James is a teenage boy. During his first mission he notices he likes a girl and starts to be careless and needs to be reminded of what he should be doing.

I liked this book. Not only because the characters are not perfect, but because they are believable (if you believe that teenagers can be spies). The spies show great maturity for some things, but we can still see how young they really are.

It is interesting to see that the bad people are not all bad. They have families they love and are rather polite and not a danger to those they don’t consider their enemies. This creates an inner conflict for James, as he realizes there are not just good and bad people in the world, but many in-betweens.

The book is aimed at teenagers so some parts are predictable. We know that James will somehow pass the training, because he is the main character and is going to become a spy. We also know that he is not going to be killed and that his mission will have a happy ending. Although happy, like good and bad, depends on the point of view, as we see in the end.

But this doesn’t make this novel less enjoyable. Even though we know that James will pass his training and finish his mission it is nice to see how. And who is guilty of being a terrorist is a mystery until the end.

It was a very entertaining book and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. ( )
  Hellen0 | Jun 22, 2016 |
James must now infiltrate a drug kingpin's operation. Meanwhile he is dealing with having his sister at Cherub about to start training and his feelings for another member of Cherub. Filled with action and suspense, this is a great follow up to the first book in the series. Going to start reading book three today. ( )
  alsparks | Sep 28, 2015 |
Readers should note that this novel has been published under the titles 'Class A', 'The Dealer' and 'The Mission'. As far as I am aware, there are no differences between the text of these books.

This book was certainly more exciting than The Recruit. The story got moving far faster and contained some more exciting sequences (although some did push the boundaries of plausibility a bit further). I really liked the way that the bad guys were all portrayed as completely ordinary (and likable) people as it helped to ground the story in reality and create some decent moral dillemmas for James.

Character development was still a little flimsy. There was still a lot of the novel devoted to kids "hanging out" - parties, petty theft, drinking, drug taking - which seems jarringly out of place when you consider that most of the characters are supposed to be 12-13 years old. None of them really act like 12 year old children - they all seem a bit too fixated on relationships and booze. Some of them (Kerry) even speak more like miniature adults than kids in their own right. This novel also contains a bit of bad language which is possibly something else to consider before giving it to a younger teen.

My biggest issue with the story is still James's morality. He's a member of the secret service yet he seems to lack any sort of moral compass. He views things like shoplifting and joyriding to be cool, flirts with every girl he meets and is almost convinced to take cocaine by someone merely offering him a go. His reaction on discovering that one of his friends is gay is also pretty terrible - he doesn't even really come to fully accept this by the end of the novel. All in all, I just couldn't like him as a protagonist and therefore I struggled to fully enjoy this novel. ( )
  ArkhamReviews | May 24, 2015 |
I thought class A was a great book, it was full of action and humour that suited the whole story. The storyline was about a kid named James who was an orphan, in the previous book, the government organisation called Cherub, recruited James and he then worked for the undercover organisation Cherub. This book was Jamese first mission, he had to work undercover and deliver class A drugs to get closer to his target. Class A was one of my favourite books and I highly reccomend it. ( )
  murratho2018 | Jun 18, 2013 |
I rated this book a 4/5 because it was really interesting and never wanted to put it down. This story was about a boy called James, who is a secret agent at cherub. He is on his second mission dealing with the KMG. I recommend this book for readers aged 10 to 15. ( )
  ekinsluc2018 | Jun 1, 2013 |
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GREAT BOOK!! i have read all the books and they are great, every thing a teen wants. Action love betrayal sex...
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CHERUB is not James Bond. There are no master criminals or high-tech gadgets. CHERUB kids slip under adult radar and get information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail. Keith Moore is Europe's biggest cocaine dealer. The police have been trying to get enough evidence to nail him for more than twenty years. Now, four CHERUB agents are joining the hunt. Can a group of kids successfully infiltrate Keith Moore's organisation, when dozens of attempts by undercover police officers have failed? James Adams has to start at the bottom, making deliveries for small-time drug dealers and getting to know the dangerous underworld they inhabit. He needs to make a big splash if he's going to win the confidence of the man at the top.

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James Adams is on his biggest mission yet, working to nail Europe's most powerful cocaine dealer. He'll need all his specialist training if he's going to bring down the man at the top. Suggested level: intermediate, secondary.

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