To start off, a middle-aged woman named Jane Oxford got into the business of guns, and has been able to get ahold of so many, that she's number two on FBI's most wanted. Basically, she has some weapons and that's all there is to it. Apart from being number two, there isn't anything violent about her. She's simply smart and cautious, always staying ahead of the law. She turns out to have a son named Curtis who is being detained for murder due to mental illness, in Arizona Max Prison, and doesn't seem to have any chance of escaping. He has been in jail for a year and him being the son of one of the biggest fugitives in the world makes him a target for bullying, especially by the guards.
James, Lauren, and a sophisticated Cherub agent named Dan, go on a mission inside Arizona Max, to break Curtis out of jail so that he will contact his mother to help them out with new identities, therefore get close to her. Basically, Cherub wants to send a couple kids to jail just to trick a woman.
You get a hint this book is going to stink even before the description, when Lauren and Bethany are out in the cold, and get attacked by a polar bear near their hut, and then back at Cherub, they get in trouble for being tricked, explaining how polar bears always stay indoors and how they fell for it. That is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. Polar bears also like it when they can get pray, and how would Mr Large feel if he thought a polar bear was right by him? Also, the prison escape isn't even that exciting when James knows he can always just leave and has professional help from Cherub. The actual prison escape is cheesy, easy, and a bit too familiar. Not that surprising, though, considering how short the book is for a big, mediocre mission like this. The after result when James, Lauren and Curtis (not with Dan) are in enemy territory is a bit exciting but over too quick. Curtis is a good character, though. He feels regret and is truly scared of dying even though he wants to die, scared about being on the run, getting caught once before already. Even though he shows true emotion, James and Lauren go through the mission proceedings anyway. What's even stupider is a murder that took place during the escape, because a guard they took down has a pepper spray allergy.
After I read this book, I had a declaration. If Cherub was the opposite of what it was: a fugitive camp used to break people out of prisons all the time, it would've been 100% better. James was a naughty and sad boy anyway. I just might someday make a series of books that has just this. Stay tuned.