The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. Series #1)

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Riley, a teen 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 ...

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Overview

Riley, a teen 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 (WARP) 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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Chevron Savano is a 19-year-old FBI agent who has been demoted to a quiet time-travel witness protection gig in London. Meanwhile, back in Victorian London, teenage orphan Riley discovers that his employer is a stage magician/master assassin eager to make him his accomplice. Add to those ingredients, a wormhole, a time key and a homicidal criminal banker and you have the makings of a thoroughly riveting new series by the creator of Artemis Fowl.

Publishers Weekly
Readers mourning the end of the Artemis Fowl series can take heart: this first book in the time-bending W.A.R.P. series is an all-out blast. And its stars—17-year-old Chevie Savano, a quasi-disgraced FBI agent (of sorts), and Riley, the reluctant young assassin of the title—are every bit as dynamic as Artemis and Holly. After a bungled mission, Chevie has been sent to London where she is “babysitting a metal capsule,” which she learns is one end of a wormhole to the year 1898, when Riley (and a corpse) materialize, direct from the Victorian era. Riley has been raised by Albert Garrick, a magician turned killer-for-hire; as Garrick follows Riley to the present day, intent on changing the course of history, Riley and Chevie must use every bit of their expertise to take him down. Colfer blends grisly moments of horror, sharply funny dialogue, science fiction spectacle, and characters with depth to create a story that strikes the ideal balance between escapist fun and thoughtful commentary on the ways history, both personal and global, can shape a person. Ages 10–up. Agent: Ed Victor, Ltd. (May)
Children's Literature - Mary Thompson
From the man who brought us the popular "Artemis Fowl" books, comes a new wickedly fun and deviously intricate science fiction series featuring a wormhole machine; a teen almost-FBI agent called Chevron; Garrick, a magician turned assassin; his young assistant, Riley; and W.A.R.P., the Witness Anonymous Relocation Program. The FBI has been using a time machine to transport high profile witnesses to Victorian London until it is safe to return them for their trials. But with all great technological advances, there are glitches. Mutations keep popping up among those returning from the past. The current problem lies with the crime banker named Terry Carter, who has decided that life in the past, where anonymity is to his advantage, is much more preferable. He changes his name to Tibor Charismo and sets up a nice little crime network for himself using the ready supply of waifs and criminals on the streets of Victorian London. Complete success at this enterprise requires eliminating all those from the future who can identify him including the scientist who created W.A.R.P. and Riley's FBI parents. He employs the service of the notorious assassin, Garrick. Riley escapes into the future followed by his master and chaos ensues as Victorian and modern day London collide with spectacular results. Colfer creates villains worthy of hatred and reluctant heroes destined to become favorites. The nonstop action, crazy science, mobsters from both centuries, and the shear genius of the plot execution will have kids craving the next installment. Reviewer: Mary Thompson
VOYA - Jan Chapman
Fans of Eoin Colfer will be excited to read this first book in his new W.A.R.P. (Witness Anonymous Relocation Program) series. Riley, an orphan boy living in Victorian London, is apprenticed to the nefarious Albert Garrick, a magician who has turned from magic to robbery and murder. Garrick would like to initiate a reluctant Riley into the art of murder, but his first victim turns out to be the time-traveling agent of a future FBI witness relocation program. Suddenly, Riley is caught in a time-travel wormhole and transported to modern-day London. There, he meets Chevron Savana, a teen FBI agent, who joins up with him to escape the evil Garrick, who is hot on their heels. One of the most engaging aspects of Colfer's books is the brilliantly witty and imaginative plots that he devises. This book is no exception. The characters are vividly drawn and entertaining, particularly Chevron, a rebellious, punk rock FBI agent who is always breaking the rules. Garrick is a superbly menacing villain and Riley, the spunky street urchin with a heart, is a wonderful foil. Colfer also incorporates some steampunk elements into the setting, which amps up the appeal. Fans of his other books will love this new addition and eagerly await the next installment in the series. Reviewer: Jan Chapman
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 Library
Kirkus Reviews
Colfer opens a new series that promises to be every bit as brisk and violent as Artemis Fowl--this one featuring travelers using steampunk-style time machines for (usually) evil purposes. Chevron Savano is a teenager of Shawnee descent trained as an FBI agent in an ill-fated anti-terrorist program (and named, as it turns out, for a gas station). He hooks up with Riley, a 19th--century lad trained in the killing arts by Victorian-era master assassin/stage magician Albert Garrick. Their purpose? Simply to stay alive, as a secret device that opens wormholes between past and present but sometimes causes weird mutations in those who use it has turned Garrick into a shape-changing supergenius. He now has modern memories and a new, horrifying agenda that requires the Timekey Chevie carries around her neck. The plot moves back and forth between modern times and 1898 London (or an alternate, as in his lurid descriptions of the city's festering stews the author makes several seemingly offhand references to "slum cannibals"). The chase hurtles along through washes of gore and less wholesome substances to a massively explosive resolution. Riley and the "Injun princess," as she is repeatedly dubbed, make reasonably resourceful protagonists, but the scary, casually murderous Garrick really steals the show. A ghoulish thriller: melodramatic and tongue-in-cheek, sometimes both at once. (Science fiction. 11-14)
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PRAISE FOR THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN

"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...the intricate plot, strong writing, and intrepid characters who must survive by their wits will make it hard to put down."—School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN

"Readers mourning the end of the Artemis Fowl series can take heart: this first book in the time-bending W.A.R.P. series is an all-out blast."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

PRAISE FOR THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN

"fascinating high-octane thriller"—ALA Booklist

PRAISE FOR THE LAST GUARDIAN

"A fitting end to a brilliantly conceived and developed series."—Kirkus

PRAISE FOR THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN

"One of the most engaging aspects of Colfer's books is the brilliantly witty and imaginative plots that he devises. This book is no exception. The characters are vividly drawn and entertaining...Colfer also incorporates some steampunk elements into the setting, which amps up the appeal. Fans of his other books will love this new addition and eagerly await the next installment in the series."—VOYA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423161622
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Series: W.A.R.P. Series, #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 268,231
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
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    1. Also Known As:
      William Eoin Colfer (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Wexford Town, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 14, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
    1. Education:
      Bachelor of Education, 1986; Education Diploma, 1987
    2. Website:

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

    3.5 stars Riley, a teenage orphan boy in London circa 1898, is

    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.

    This 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. There's some vague discussion that people who've been to the future could change the course of history, but this danger feels more like an afterthought than a justification for our characters' murderous deeds.

    This book would be a fun read for teens who enjoy action-packed novels, but it's not Colfer's best work.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    The auther is great

    :)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

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    I like the book. Sup freaks ^-^. Reply to: A

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    Colfer is just a great author. That's all there is to say about

    Colfer is just a great author. That's all there is to say about it. really liked this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    This Author Never Fails!

    If you like the Fowl series, you'll love this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

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    Rating: 4 In my frenzy of book reading over the last couple

    Rating: 4




    In my frenzy of book reading over the last couple of years, I have not ventured much into the world of middle grades stories. Sure, my daughter read a lot and we spent much time browsing titles at (sniff) Borders Books or at the library. I saw the Artemis Fowl series, but said daughter was either too young for it or, when she was the right age, she passed over it, favoring My Sister the Vampire and books about dogs. So when I was offered the opportunity to read Eoin (pronounced “Owen” - you’re welcome) Colfer’s new series, I jumped at the chance. Boy, am I glad I did.




    Though many ages will be happy reading his new book, it does seem like it is aimed at a slightly older audience, since the main character is a seventeen-year-old FBI “agent” and there is enough bloodshed, skulduggery and evil to satisfy said older audience.




    One of my very favorite elements is here: Victorian England. I love books set during this time, with its shocking contrast between the extremely rich and the dirty, stinking conditions of the poor; the righteous religious believing (conveniently) that the impoverished were low because God ruled it so; in short, everything that Dickens railed against: squalor, class separation, and the lack of dignity, civil rights and hope. While we certainly had our share of horrible tenements and slums in the US, there seems to be something worse (perhaps the age?) of those in London. Maybe I have read Oliver Twist too many times.




    Gleefully, I find that I am rewarded with a second of my book-reading favorites: time travel. Wrap both of my favs up with the outstanding writing, and I am a giddy girl. Check, check and...check!




    The Low Down: Chevron “Chevie” Savano was part of a hush-hush project in Los Angeles that involved being assigned to a school in order to get close to the children of suspected terrorists. When something went wrong and the existence of the program was put into jeopardy, Chevie is reassigned to London to redeem herself while babysitting a pod in a basement. All the agent in charge tells her is that she needs to let him know if anyone comes out of the pod. Which, incidentally, no one has for about thirty years.




    So, naturally, when she is on duty one day, the darn thing comes to life, destroying part of the house in the process. What does she find inside? A very small boy who looks and sounds like the Artful Dodger cradling a dead man with a knife in his chest. The boy, Riley, is a little freaked out about the dead man, to say the least, but he’s more afraid that his “master” will soon follow and finish off Riley. For this man, Albert Garrick, is pure evil that no one can hide from. Not even with over one hundred years of time between them.




    This is a story about time travel, yes, but also about the downside(s) to it. It’s about power, greed, love, humanity, leaving your mark and how all of those things exists across eternity and always will. Another Brick in Yonder Wall, indeed.




    The Bottom Line: The puzzlers in this story are skillfully laid out and answered, though not in an obvious manner. In fact, some were solved when I didn’t even realize they were mysteries in the first place. The writing surrounds you completely, every bit of it containing the perfect descriptions of the sights, smells (ugh), personalities, feelings and realities of the characters and locales. The depiction of the travel itself inventive and fresh. And the secondary characters are vividly drawn and well-developed. Not only can I not wait for the second installment of the series, but I am putting Artemis Fowl on my TBR list.




    The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. #1) by Eoin Colfer was published May 7, 2013 by Disney- Hyperion. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley/the Publisher/the Author.




    Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Action/Adventure Mystery Thriller Series
    Ages: 12 and up
    You Might Want to Know: Nothing of note

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    Posted January 10, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2014

    If want free ipad

    Kiss your hand 3 then repost this 3 times and look under your pillow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    !

    If you have read the Artemis Fowl series and are expecting the best book ever, don't.
    If you haven'tm and just think it sounds cool, then please, read this. But all people who have read his magnificent Artemis Fowl series, it is not as good.
    If I hadn't read Artemis Fowl, this book would have been so much better.
    I do really love this book. Its extraordinary, but not as good as Artemis. It snot better, hut almost just as good. Go aheadm read it. Its almost as bloody as the hunger games, but really awesome. I expected more of a plot, all this book really consists of is people chasing each other. But go ahead, read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Anonymous

    This book is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    OMG

    H2bu eoin colfer garrick and thee time wrld collapse chevy MBO AND EVERYONE DIES FROM PANDEMIC IN ALL TIMES

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    If want free ipad

    Kiss your hand 3 times and repost this three times

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    Slow Start

    This book started slow and the characters were not well developed. I was hoping for another great series but it did not keep my interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    As a long time fan of Eoin Colfer (started with the Artemis Fowl

    As a long time fan of Eoin Colfer (started with the Artemis Fowl series at the age of 13 and now 22) when I found out there was to be a new book written by one of my favorite authors I immediately purchased it. I loved the book but I felt it was too short (about 230 pages) for me but it is a fine length for a young reader. I enjoyed the banter between the two lead characters, even though it was a similar banter you will find in any of Mr. Colfer's books. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    TO ALL PEACE AND WAR CATS

    JUST SKIP OVER THIS RESOLT PLEASE!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Hi

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Stop it!

    You people need to stop rating this book down just because you "don't know what its about" its probably a great book and Colfer is an amazing author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Best

    Best book ever!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Idontknow

    Imaylikeitmightnot

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    natalia

    dont know whats it is about?

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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