James Adams (character)
|Born||James Robert Choke
27 October, 1991
Tufnell Park, London, U.K.
|Other names||James Robert Anthony Adams|
|Parents||Gwen Choke (deceased 2004)|
|Relatives||Lauren Adams (half-sister)|
|Awards||Intelligence Star (Awarded in Maximum Security)|
James Robert Anthony Adams is the main character in the acclaimed book series CHERUB by British author Robert Muchamore. James is a prominent part of all the First Series Cherub books which are, in order: The Recruit, Class A, Maximum Security, The Killing, Divine Madness, Man Vs. Beast, The Fall, Mad Dogs, The Sleepwalker, The General, Brigands MC and Shadow Wave. He ends his CHERUB career wearing a black T-shirt which is the most elite colour granted. Upon joining CHERUB he changed his surname to Adams, which is derived from ex-Arsenal FC defender Tony Adams; this was revealed in the first book.
Background and Early Life
James was born under the name James Robert Choke in Tufnell Park, London on October 27, 1991. He lived with his half-sister Lauren and his mother, Gwen Choke, who ran the largest shoplifting empire in North London from an armchair in their living room. James didn't know who his father was, though it is revealed in a deleted passage from Divine Madness that he was a mathematics professor . This can be found on the CHERUB website as well as at the end of the book Shadow Wave.
When James was two years old, his mother gave birth to his half-sister Lauren Zoe Onions (later known as Lauren Adams, taking on the same crypto-surname as her brother). His mother married Lauren's father, Ronald 'Ron' Onions, who was verbally and physically abusive towards James and described in The Recruit, as being like "a loud, smelly rug". However Ron does not live with them and only sees Lauren occasionally, a dreaded occasion for both Lauren and James.
Early in the first book their mother passes away because of a mix of alcohol and pain mediation, which leaves a person in a deep sleep rarely woken up from. This results in Lauren living with her father and James staying in a children's home called Nebraska House, because Ron didn't want him.
CHERUB Life and Missions
In The Recruit James gets accepted into CHERUB, and after returning from Basic Training (training compulsory for all recruits to complete in order to become agents), he finds out that his sister Lauren has also been accepted, following the arrest of her father Ron Onions on various charges, including possession of drugs, possession of various stolen artefacts, and abusing a minor.
James arrives at CHERUB just after his twelfth birthday, and after learning how to swim under the guidance of Amy Collins goes right into Basic Training. He gets paired with eleven-year-old Kerry Chang, a recruit who has lived at CHERUB since the age of seven, after her parents died when she was three and she was placed in various children's homes. Kerry helps him succeed with her well-honed skills and sheer determination, whilst in return she asks him to help protect her injured knee. Throughout basic training he develops a strong bond with Kerry as well as with the six other recruits, Shakeel Dajani, Mo, Gabrielle O'Brien, Callum Reilly, Connor Reilly and Nicole Eddison.
James' first mission is with Amy Collins, and occurs at Fort Harmony, a Welsh 'hippy' camp, founded by a woman named Gladys Dunn. The CHERUB's are called in to infiltrate and become close to brothers, Fire and World Dunn as well as Brian 'Bungle' Evans, all who are suspected of being connected to an Eco-Terrorist orginisation named 'Help Earth.' With an event named 'Petrocon' (Largest meeting of oil executives) occuring at a near-by place named Green Brooke Conference Center, these three men are suspected of organising an attack. James befriends brothers Clark and Sebastian Dunn, two boys who are frequently described as 'psycho' and develops a relationship with his first girlfriend, Joanna Ribble, despite the disapproval of her father. It is thought that Fire and World are transporting pieces of a bomb into the centre on mini remote controlled cars, but it is revealed that they are actually creating a bio weapon made from anthrax, and it is suspected that James caught the disease while investigating their work shop. It is revealed that the anthrax is a very weak strain and James is completely healthy. during this, Fire, World, and Bungle are arrested, and Fort Harmony is eventually evacuated by police. This mission occurs in The Recruit, and his mission controller was Ewart Asker. James is awarded a navy shirt for his contribution to the mission.
James' goes on his second mission with Kerry Chang, Nicole Eddison and his best friend Kyle Blueman to Luton, North London. He befriends Junior Moore, the son of large-scale drug dealer Keith Moore. After uncovering the factory where the company packages the drugs with the help of Kerry and Lauren, James flies to Miami with Junior and Keith. There he gets attacked by members of the drug cartel Lambayeke and escapes in a Land Rover after shooting a man in order to escape. This mission occurs in Class A, and once again his mission controller is Ewart Asker.
This mission takes place in "Arizona Max", the colloquial name for Arizona State's Maximum Security Prison in Arizona, US. Accompanying James is experienced CHERUB agent David 'Dave' Moss, who is known around campus as a 'stud' because it was rumored that he got a girl pregnant whilst on a mission. James has to complete the segment of the mission inside the prison alone when Dave is extracted because of injuries attained in a fight. After refusing the option of abandoning the mission James successfully escapes with target Curtis Oxford, who as expected leads them to his mother, Jane Oxford, a notorious criminal known to run a large-scale illegal gun business. James' mission controller is John Jones, an ex-MI5 agent who worked with the agents in Class A. After experiencing the amazing work the CHERUBs did, John decided to move jobs. Also working with James was American FBI agents Warren Reise (known as Scott Warren for the purposes of the mission), Theodore Monroe and Marvin Teller. This mission occurs in the book, Maximum Security.
James' fourth mission is with fellow agent David "Dave" Moss, who also accompanied him on his third mission. This mission takes place after a small time crook, Leon Tarasov is mysteriously splashing around large amounts of money, and the local police would love to know where it has come from. Ex cherub, Millie Kenter, who is now a member of the Metropolitan Police, calls in CHERUB for a favor, to help them investigate. It then turns out that the death of a local teenager a few months before leads them to the discovery that Leon and a police officer, Michael Patel, along with a few other accomplices, robbed a casino, gaining wealth, and Michael Patel had killed the teenager by throwing him off a rooftop. The CHERUB team set up a trap so that they admit their crimes in an argument with each other. This succeeds and Leon is sent to prison for twelve years while Michael is convicted for life. The mission controller is John Jones, with Chloe Blake as the assistant mission controller. This mission takes place in the fourth book, The Killing.
The fifth mission takes place in Brisbane, Australia with his younger sister, Lauren, and an older agent, Dana Smith. They are accompanied by Abigail Sanders, a member of the Australian Secret Service, posing as their mother. Their main objective is to infiltrate a religious cult, named 'The Survivors', which is thought to have links with the Eco-Terrorist group, Help Earth. After researching the cult and reading about brainwashing techniques, the agents are ashamed when they find themselves already hypnotised by the group after only their first meeting. This leads the agents to work better and stronger and after not long, James and Lauren are sent to "The Ark" a monstrosity built in the Outback, by the cult leader, Joel Regan. Here, they meet Rathbone Regan, (later known just as Rat) the youngest son of Joel Regan. It is discovered that Susie Regan, Joel's latest wife, is indeed involved with the organization 'Help Earth' and is having an affair with Brian 'Bungle' Evans, a terrorist who escaped custody in James' first mission. Susie kills Joel and takes off with Brian, with Joel's money. The Australian force is sent in to raid and destroy the Ark, but after the death of Joel Regan, the Ark is under lock down and heavily armed, and shoots down a whole chopper full of soldiers. James, Rat, and Lauren, along with young children from the Ark, manage to escape through a sewage system, just in time, as the Ark explodes, killing fifty people instantly, of which half are thought to be children. Susie and Bungle are stopped and Dana also stops a tanker being exploded in Indonesia. The mission controller is once again, John Jones, and Chloe Blake is his assistant, although it is revealed at the end of the mission that she is being promoted to a Mission Controller. This mission takes place in Divine Madness.
James Adams is described as being well built, with blue eyes, blond hair, 6 feet (1.8 m) tall when fully grown with a stocky build. He has been known to acquire weight easily, due to his tendency to not care about what he is eating and lack of enthusiasm towards exercise. James easily gets girlfriends on missions and on campus due to his good looks and tendency to get off with every girl he sees. It is revealed that this was an implication of James Bond's early life.
James has an IQ of 153, and his prowess at maths is commonly noted, with him taking his A-levels in Maths and Further Maths a year early and teaching Maths to younger members of CHERUB (another deleted scene from The Recruit), He is fluent in Russian but hasn't mastered the accent (This almost cost his life in The Fall) and Spanish. He is also good at Physics and has got a guaranteed pass at GCSE for History in The Fall (When he helped Kevin Sumner combat his fear of heights). However, James is known for messing around in lessons when he should be paying attention.