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WARP Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P.) [Kindle Edition]

Eoin Colfer
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Book Description

Riley, a young orphan boy living in Victorian London, has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, an illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and now uses his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims' dwellings. On one such escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along and urges him to commit his first killing. Riley is saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI's Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (W.A.R.P.) Riley is unwittingly transported via wormhole to modern day London, followed closely by Garrick. In modern London, Riley is helped by Chevron Savano, a nineteen-year-old FBI agent sent to London as punishment after a disastrous undercover, anti-terrorist operation in Los Angeles. Together Riley and Chevie must evade Garrick, who has been fundamentally altered by his trip through the wormhole. Garrick is now not only evil, but he also possesses all of the scientist's knowledge. He is determined to track Riley down and use the timekey in Chevie's possession to make his way back to Victorian London where he can literally change the world.


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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Seventeen-year-old FBI agent Chevron Savano thought her time in London would be an exercise in boredom, but between dead scientists, scrappy would-be assassins, and a malevolent Victorian illusionist, boredom may be the least of her worries. The FBI's Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (W.A.R.P.)-where time travel is used to hide witnesses in other times-has gone horribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Riley must kill or be killed by his assassin master, but the teen is spared when his target turns out to be from the future and he's inadvertently transported from Victorian times to present-day England. Unfortunately, the orphan's murderous master, Albert Garrick, follows the boy, and his trip through the portal gives him knowledge and abilities that only make him more dangerous than ever. Garrick will do everything in his power to reclaim his apprentice and the Timekey that Chevie possesses. This science-fiction thriller provides readers with a breathless ride through modern and Victorian Londons as these two resourceful teens struggle to stay alive and one step ahead their pursuer. This offering is darker, bloodier, and much more serious in tone than the author's popular "Artemis Fowl" series (Hyperion). It may not be for the faint of heart, but the intricate plot, strong writing, and intrepid characters who must survive by their wits will make it hard to put down. Readers who enjoy Anthony Horowitz's "Alex Rider" series (Philomel) and Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan (S & S, 2009) are sure to enjoy this nonstop adventure.-Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Magic and murder kick off this new series about former illusionist Albert Garrick and Riley, his 14-year-old apprentice. Add in Chevie Savano, a 17-year-old FBI agent with a chip on her shoulder and a fierce determination to prove herself, and the stage is set for a fast-paced thrill ride. Garrick makes use of magician’s secrets to carry out his nefarious tasks, and the FBI employs WARP technology to conceal people in a truly secure witness protection program—the past. Unfortunately, not all of those who are hidden have learned their lesson, and the stakes are amped even higher when Garrick manages to transport himself into the future. By setting the story in both present day and 1898 London, award-winning author Colfer is able to explore the intersection of magic and technology in a clever, double-pronged way. Fairly gruesome murders and mutations, as well as alternating time periods and points of view, keep the action moving. Everything is tied up sufficiently at the end, but Colfer leaves a few threads that can be pulled to further the universe of this fascinating high-octane thriller. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A new series by the author of the internationally best-selling Artemis Fowl books? Yes, please. Grades 7-12. --Charli Osborne

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  • File Size: 3050 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion; Reprint edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BNMATPA
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed violence, but not Colfer's best May 7, 2013
Format:Hardcover
3.5 stars

Riley, a teenage orphan boy in London circa 1898, is apprenticed to Albert Garrick, assassin extraordinaire. When their latest victim disappears into an FBI-monitored wormhole, Riley finds himself along for a ride into the future. In present-day London, Riley knows his days are numbered until the assassin comes to the future looking for him.

First some good news - there's LOTS of time travel in The Reluctant Assassin. The characters zip back and forth between the present day and 1898 quite frequently. Hooray!

And for a book about an assassin, there's also an awful lot of violence as you would expect. So much gory throat-slitting and knife-sticking that I don't feel comfortable recommending this for children below the age of 13. The three main characters spend the entirety of the book running around trying to kill one another. In the meantime, random FBI agents, vagrants, and thugs also find themselves getting murdered. Did I mention that there's a lot of killing in this book?

As for plot, pacing, and character, I found The Reluctant Assassin to be uneven. All 3 of the primary characters were interesting. They were complex, but with just enough stereotyping that they could almost be caricatures ~ evil villain, snarky FBI agent, wise orphan. The pacing and plot were strong at first. I was immediately hooked by both the plight of young Riley and the strange goings-on of the FBI agents. However, as the story progressed the plot began to disappear. The pace continued in a flurry of killings and near-misses, but without a strong plot, these adventures felt hollow.

The biggest problem facing The Reluctant Assassin is that the central conflict of the novel is too weak. Aside from everyone trying to kill each other, not much happens.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time travel, girl-power and quite a bit of blood June 27, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Author Eoin Colfer has left Artemis Fowl behind, and starts here a new series starring 17-year-old Chevron, an American (of Shawnee heritage) in essentially present day London, and Riley, a younger teen, from late 1800 London. Chevie is an undercover juvenile working for the FBI, and Riley is a street-smart cove who ends up in the present day while running from Garrick. And Garrick is a knife-wielding magician/assassin, not the least bit afraid of shedding blood. This book is quite bloody, with stilettos and shivs and pierced organs and murders of various other sorts. Colfer does a good job portraying the stinks and grime of 1898 London, as well as keeping up with modern weaponry and bits of current day humor. Having a female in the lead role is an interesting twist.

The "Witness Anonymous Relocation Program" (WARP-from the title) is where Chevie ends up after her high school undercover project goes awry. Riley is an orphan who mysteriously appears from a time pod, and the two quickly end up on the run through both present day and Riley's past London. There are mysteries of parentage, melded personalities and plenty of other adventures to keep middle-teen readers on the edge of their chairs. I will suggest this book to readers in grades 8 and up, due to violence. I find it interesting that Colfer has made Chevie and Riley's age difference (she is 17, he is 14) just enough to make any hint of romance rather awkward. This book appears to be the first in in a series.

Overall: 4 stars for action-packed bloody sci-fi/fantasy for 14-15 year olds.
About me: I'm a middle school-high school librarian
How I Got This Book: purchased for the library
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WARP June 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Please note that this review might contain minor spoilers, but none that would ruin the story.

I enjoyed The Supernaturalist, but was never able to get into the Artemis Fowl series for some reason (I've tried a few times over the years), so I wasn't sure whether to give this book a try or not. The synopsis sounded right up my alley, so I decided to go ahead and buy it. I'm glad that I did because I really enjoyed it!

WARP: The Reluctant Assassin is mostly about two characters--17 year old Chevie and 14 year old Riley. Chevie lives in modern times, and she is a (sort of) FBI agent who messed up her first mission and has been sent London to watch an old time machine that hasn't done anything in years. Riley is an assassin's apprentice living in the 19th century, just getting ready to carry out his first assassination. Things get interesting for both of them when Riley is thrown through time and finds himself inside Chevie's machine with a dead man. Things take a turn for the worse when Riley's master, the assassin Garrick, comes through after him and forms a sinister plan.

The plot of this book was very interesting and full of twists and turns. I almost felt like it was too fast-paced in a way, because I found myself frustrated when the characters would start discussing something interesting and then be interrupted by a bad guy (this happened quite often). I hope the next book in the series will slow down the pacing a bit, but that's just a minor complaint. All in all, it was very enjoyable. I liked the time travel element in particular--it was fun to see how Riley reacted to Chevie's time, and how Chevie reacted to Riley's time.

I liked all of the characters in this book, but Riley was definitely my favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SO glad that it was available or he would have failed ...
Bought this because my son lost his school book. SO glad that it was available or he would have failed his book report!
Published 10 days ago by Sara The Rock Star
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I don't think Colfer could write a bad novel if he tried
Published 24 days ago by Old Choirboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice!
Published 2 months ago by tootsie
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction
This book reminded me to some extent of the Artemus Fowl series. Once again, the imagination of the author keeps the reader involved with the story.
Published 2 months ago by Iris E. Cantlon
4.0 out of 5 stars The Reluctant Assassin, paperback
Arrived even sooner than I expected! Good book! Great characters and a plot that tickles the imagination. Very appropriate for its intended audience (10-15, I would say)
Published 3 months ago by Mandy Hazelnut
4.0 out of 5 stars Had that wonderful Eoin Colfer feel to it
Had that wonderful Eoin Colfer feel to it. A nice jaunt through time with some murder, mayhem and magic thrown in.
Published 3 months ago by Sandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good start to a new series.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not my type.
Published 3 months ago by Ian Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking, Action-Packed Trip Through Time
In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old orphan Riley lives in fear of his master, Albert Garrick. Garrick is a magician, but he is also an assassin-for-hire. Riley is his project. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Samantha McManus
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun romp from Eoin Colfer
A fun romp from Eoin Colfer. From Goodreads: ​The reluctant assassin is Riley, a Victorian boy who is suddenly plucked from his own time and whisked into the twenty-first... Read more
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More About the Author

Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times best-selling author
of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series as well as Airman; Half Moon
Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books;
The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He was born in
Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four
brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher,
historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first
developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with
gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in
school at the time.

Eoin got his degree from Dublin University and qualified as a primary
school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he
and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi
Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published
in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been
translated into many languages; a sequel followed in 1999. In 2001, the
first Artemis Fowl book was published worldwide to much success -
shortly thereafter he left teaching to concentrate fully on his writing.
To this day, Eoin has written 6 Artemis Fowl books which have sold over
12 million copies worldwide.

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