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The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P. #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 ...more
Hardcover, First U.S. Edition, 341 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Hyperion (first published April 11th 2013)
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Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
Jan 03, 2013 Stephanie (Bookfever.♥) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
I have been a fan of Eoin Colfer's books for years. Especially his Artemis Fowl books (duh. no explanation needed there). There is no doubt he is my favorite author. Ever. Which he once again proves with The Reluctant Assassin. With this new start of this new series, Colfer didn't let me down one bit. I was so nervous I wasn't going to like it or god forbid hate it but I should've know it was going to brilliant like everything he writes.

The Reluctant Assassin takes us to the year 1898 in London,
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Jessica
Oct 04, 2013 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
MEMO

Date: 2011

To: Eoin Colfer

From: Department of Terrible Advice

Subject: New Series (or Serial Killer?)

It has come to our attention that you would like to write a new series designed for young adults. Since you have experienced success with your previous books, you may feel some level of confidence. You should! Artemis Fowl has been a resounding success. The characters practically leap off the page and fart in your face! And dialogue so sharp, it could cut diamonds.

However, teenagers are strang
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Mitch
Apr 18, 2013 Mitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comparisons to Artemis Fowl, I think, are going to be inevitable with W.A.R.P.. It’s probably always that way when a respected children’s author ends one beloved series to start another, and more so especially when the last book in Eoin Colfer’s best known series was released less than a year ago. I know many people are still getting their hands on The Last Guardian, heck I’m still getting comments on my review, so there’s a bit of nostalgia attached to this too and in a way it’s like I’m rootin ...more
Jamie
Apr 22, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it
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 su
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Katherine
Jan 08, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vrah na vyšší zabijácké úrovni než Jack Rozparovač?

Promyšlený stroj času, kterému nemůže konkurovat žádný jiný? (I přesto, že má jen 97% úspěšnost)

Agentka, co by si ráda smáčela vlasy ve slzách svých protivníků?

Kluk - sirotek - skoro vrah - skoro kouzelník - fikaný jak cosi fikaného - trošku dvanáctiletý ochlasta?

Dobrá honička napříč staletími?

Vraždy, mučeníčka, mrtvolky, souboje, krev...?

Četba pro věkovou kategorii 12+? HAHA

Bože, bylo to skvělé!
Tak proč ji ještě nemáte v "to-read"?


Ms. Yingling
Feb 25, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
E ARC from Netgalley.com

Riley is an orphan in London in 1898, and he is not happy working for Garrick, whose job it is to kill people. When they are on assignment, Riley suddenly gets sucked through time. Chevron Savano is also a teenage orphan, and she works for the feds-- after her last assignment ends badly in the US, she is sent to babysit an alt-tech capsule in the basement of a London town house, accompanied by another agent, Professor Smart. This is super boring until Riley is brought thr
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dyanne
I apologize in advance Mr. Colfer for my high expectations about this book.
Surely one who has read almost all the books you have ever written has a bit of criteria.
I expected the book to be:
-humorous
-sprinkled with bits of genius
-having characters reminiscent of Artemis Fowl
-one with deliciously evil characters which the protagonist is fighting whether or not they like it
-the type of book that leaves me mindblown

So, did this meet those expectations?
Let's get to that later. First things first.
Th
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Cassandra
Jun 05, 2015 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eoin Colfer entführt den Leser mit seiner Zeitmaschine in das düstere Viktorianische Zeitalter. Zusammen mit der jungen Möchtegern-FBI-Agentin Chevron Savano und dem viktorianischen Jungen Riley gilt es vor dem mordlüsternen Zauberkünstler Garrick zu fliehen. Die Charaktere sind sehr glaubhaft gestaltet und die Bösewichter sind interessant und gewaltbereit.
Die gute alte Zeitmaschine ist jetzt technisch frisiert und wenn man nicht aufpasst, kann es mit ein wenig Pech zu ungewollten Mutationen ko
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Katharina
Sigh. Let's start with the positive. Chevron Savano is a cool woman of color teenage fbi agent. Good job on your choice of leading lady, Eoin Colfer. Now, if only you had actually let her develop any sort of personality aside from "cool and spunky", we maybe would have gotten somewhere.

I was looking forward to this book, but try as I might to love it as I did previous Colfer books, it just didn't connect with me. The villain is at once extremely violent and seemingly all-powerful and yet someho
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Richard
Jun 06, 2016 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very entertaining time-travel novel that swings between the 19th and 21st centuries. The two main characters are quite engaging and the page-turning adventure laces the exciting danger with wit. The villain is also quite an interesting figure--particularly when he melds with another character in a wormhole.

As a first book in a trilogy, this is a winner! One hopes that the sequels will live up to this wonderful opener.
Shawn
Mar 20, 2017 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time-travel
Here is a great first book of a series, by the writer who brought us Artemis Fowl. I really did like this book. It was a really good set up of characters, world defining and introduction to what the series is going,to become. If you have liked any of Eoin Colfer's previous books, you will certainly like this one.
Lauren Stoolfire
Jun 24, 2013 Lauren Stoolfire rated it really liked it
The concept behind The Reluctant Assassin caught me right off that bat! I mean, a witness protection program involving time travel? How could I resist?!

The Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (W.A.R.P.) takes very high level and important witnesses from major trials via wormhole into the past where (or should I say when) the bad guys won't be able to get to them before it's time to testify. When Victorian era Albert Garrick, an illusionist and assassin, brings his "protege" Riley along on a hi
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Julia
Apr 20, 2013 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
W.A.R. P. Me to the next book

I had the great honor to read an advance copy of W.A.R.P. The Reluctant Assassin.
I often read the beginning of a series so I can make an educated purchase decision. Having read the Artemis Fowl series, my expectations were high.

I cannot say enough good things about this book without spoiling anything. I read the book straight through in one sitting. While many other stories coming out are a variation of another popular book already doing well, this is completely u
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Hassaan
Apr 21, 2013 Hassaan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Given my love for the Artemis Fowl series, I was expecting more of the same. Perhaps why I didn't enjoy it as much. The new protagonists were nothing like Artemis, so, infinitely less brains, which reflected in how they navigated every difficulty they faced. Rather one-dimensional too, till late into the book (view spoiler) .
My biggest gripe: The AF series prided itself on being intelligent YA. All the various "fanta
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Aleshanee
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London, 1898
Während der Auftragsmörder Garrick aus seinem blutjungen Lehrling Riley endlich einen gestandenen Mörder machen möchte, geschieht das unglaubliche: Das betagte Opfer verschwindet vor ihren Augen in einem pulverisierenden Licht und mit ihm der Junge, der damit in ein zeitloses Abenteuer eintaucht.

London, heute
Zeitgleich ist die 16jährige Chevron Savano mit einem äußerst langweiligen Überwachungsauftrag beschäftigt. Sie gehörte zu einer Spezialeinheit des FBI, die allerdings
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Cfabrication
May 29, 2014 Cfabrication rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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K.C. Rivers
At first I had mixed feelings about this book. (I made the mistake of reading another time-travel adventure at the same time I was reading this, so that's partially my own fault.) I wasn't sure how much I was going to get into the storyline until about the third chapter or so. Then it started to pick up.

I had tried some of Colfer's other works but couldn't quite get into them. I adored the Artemis Fowl series, and for that alone I count Colfer as one of my favorite authors. But this story event
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Fredösphere
Jul 28, 2016 Fredösphere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another audio book chosen randomly off the library shelf. This is, in many ways, a typical techno-scifi-YA-thriller with dodgy science and an improbably teen-aged FBI "agent", but: wow!

The characters are so well developed, and the recreation of Victorian England (yes, there's time travel) is very impressive, including the use of language. ("Politicking" means "arguing," apparently--that's just one example.) The multiple villains are wonderfully varied, and the arch-villain Albert Garrick is trul
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Cara
Sehr unterhaltsame Zeitreisegeschichte mit der nötigen Prise Action & Humor, exzellent gelesen von Rainer Strecker. Obwohl Colfers Stil sprachlich brillant ist, hat mir am Ende doch das gewisse Etwas gefehlt... Für Fans von Zeitreisegeschichten aber definitiv ein Muss!
Sara
Oct 29, 2015 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Vähän laimeat fiilikset jäi. Ihan kiva nopealukuinen kirja, mutta melko tylsä.
Cassandra (The book & movie dimension blogger)
A new series sounds wonderful.
Thank you Eoin Colfer!
Shaleh
I should have an Eoin Colfer board by now.

Obviously I have read all of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman , The Wish List and even his three books for kids. I love, love, love his writing style.

I picked this book up and practically didn't finish it until it was completely read. I found the characters to be nicely rounded (Riley and Chevie, as well as "Death" himself). Reading an Eoin Colfer book is almost like going home after a stressful vacation at this point. The humor is spot-on (dry, sar
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Camille
Jan 19, 2017 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai bien aimé W.A.R.P, je n'avais encore jamais lu de livre d'Eoin Colfer et dès la fin de ma lecture j'ai commencé Artemis Fowl. Cependant j'ai lu ce livre en français et il y a un je ne sais quoi dans la traduction qui a fait que j'ai mis une bonne centaine de page à réellement me plonger dans la lecture. Une fois ce moment dépassé, j'ai difficilement pu me séparer des pages. À lire donc, mais en anglais.
Laurie - The Baking Bookworm
This review, as well as many more, can also be found on my blog, The Baking Bookworm (www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca).

Note: My sincere thanks to Disney Book Group and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-
book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Thoughts: I have to admit that I requested this book from NetGalley based on only two things. First, the book was from the highly successful Eoin Colfer - author of the extremely popular Artemis Fowl series. And even thou
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Kate Neilan
At the end of the Artemis Fowl series, I sat back and wondered, what will Eoin Colfer do next? I was a massive fan on the series, with the combination of fairy folk and weaponry; it really spoke to my love of magic, fun, adventure and the unexpected, which Colfer combined so masterfully.

W.A.R.P. is his next offering; it will be a series, and the first installment is titled The Reluctant Assassin. We have a female lead in Chevie, who did remind me of Holly Short of LEP Recon, in that she is skill
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Nathania Ma
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

This book reminds me a lot of Time Riders, which is also about a bunch of kids from different time periods all gathered up together by fate and they have to meander through different time streams while their actions trigger changes to the future. Time traveling is always a mystery but I believe it should be possible to leap from one time stream to another. I imagine it as a flying fish, hopping from one river to another river. When the fish is in water, apparently it will
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Sabrina
May 18, 2015 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Jeg har aldrig læst noget af Eoin Colfer før, og jeg er egentlig heller ikke sikker på at jeg gider læse Artemis Fowl serien, men da jeg fandt ud af at denne omhandlede tidsrejser var jeg solgt. Jeg elsker tidsrejser, specielt når det går tilbage i tiden!

Jeg kan godt lide Colfer's skrivestil, den er ikke fantastisk god, men jeg blev hurtigt grebet af situationen. Vi følger på skift Riley, Garrick og Chevie. Jeg kunne rigtig godt lide Riley, jeg nød hver eneste side med ham. Han udvikler sig ikke
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Abhishek
The next book series for young readers from the writer of Artemis Fowl was always going to be highly anticipated, but to say that W.A.R.P. is the next Artemis Fowl would be going way off the mark. The first book of the W.A.R.P. series, The Reluctant Assassin is a mixture of adventure, sci-fi, crime thriller, so it makes for a quick nice read, but it will not make you truly love the new characters Eoin Colfer has brought to life the way we fell for them after reading the first Artemis Fowl book.

T
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Melanie
May 25, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Reluctant Assassin is a book full of non-stop action, excellent ideas, and the very funniest jokes.
Coming on the heels of The Last Guardian, it is inevitable that comparisons are made between it and Artemis Fowl. It has to be done, because there are certainly some similar elements. The time travel and whole two-people-melting-into-one thing reeks of The Lost Colony and The Time Paradox. And it must be said that Eoin Colfer loves his badass female leads, and that they all have rather similar
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Gail
Jun 26, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time travel is always tricky. This book did a good job in trying to keep things straight. A young boy is being trained to kill. On his first job, he finds he cannot kill anyone and as his hand is on the knife, the old man touches a key and he finds himself with the dead old man pushed forward in time to the present day. The boy is interrogated and jailed and the girl at the office decides to check on his story. While investigating him, the other officer decides to go back in time with other oper ...more
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A
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“No alcohol, Riley." She nodded at the screen. "How are you liking the twenty-first century?"
Riley burped. "The Take That are most melodic. And God bless Harry Potter is all I can say. If not for him, all of London would have been consumed by the dark arts.”
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“Punching - 2 shillings
Both eyes blacked - 4 shillings
Nose and jaw broke - 10 shillings
Jacked out (knocked out with a blackjack) - 15 shillings
Ear chewed off - same as previous
Leg or arm broke - 19 shillings
Shot in leg - 25 shillings
Stab - same as previous
Doing the Big Job - 3 pounds and up”
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