Thursday, August 29, 2013

WARP-The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer (review)

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

The Reluctant Assassin (1) 
By: Eoin Colfer

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Published May 2013
Pages: 341

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

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Summary:  "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 seventeen-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."
Review:   This was a wonderful time traveling adventure! This is the first book I have read by Eoin Colfer and I am sure it will not be the last. He does a good job bringing two different worlds together in a frantic game of cat and mouse.

In current time we have young Chevron, a 16 year old FBI agent who is hustled away from being further known by the public. She is sent to London, to 'baby-sit' a pot with the instructions to notify her new superior if anything comes out. For 6 months she is bored when suddenly a boy materializes holding a knife over a mutated man. The boy, Riley,is from the past 110 year ago and warns her that Garrick is Death and is coming for him!

This book is creative and fast paced! At first I was baffles about a 16 year old being in the FBI but that does get explained. At least enough to make the story flow along. Chevron and Riley are constantly trying to run away from Garrick, who is one deadly opponent! I loved Riley's character the best. He seemed very down to earth, practical, caring, smart and fun to be around. While the plot jumped around between the three main characters' points of view, Riley's is one I would have liked to see more. Chevron seemed to have a neat personality, with a sassy edge but I just couldn't get quite as into her. Garrick annoyed me. Also, he is merged with another man after he travels through time which muddles his character too much for my taste. 

Again, the pace was great for most of this book. Constantly moving forward, while unfolding lots of back-story on the characters. While parts of the book were predictable it was still an enjoyable read and the ending does leave you wondering what is ahead in the next book! 

*I received a copy of this book from Disney Book Group in return for a fair and honest review.  No money or gifts  were exchanged/involved.  The opinions stated in this review are my own!


  1. Whaaaaat you haven't read the Artemis Fowl series?!? You've got to read them since you liked this so much!

    I'm at my max on holds at the library and they don't look like they're coming my way anytime soon or I would have requested this book already. I'm glad you liked it - I've heard some mixed reviews from people who are coming from Artemis Fowl to this, so I'm curious to see if having read Artemis Fowl will color my experience of this book.

    1. Sad, I know! Artemis Fowl is still stuck on my to-read list. I hope you enjoy this one!


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