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WARP Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin

(W.A.R.P. #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  7,230 ratings  ·  930 reviews
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
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Stephanie (Bookfever)
Jan 03, 2013 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,
Oct 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
Chris Horsefield
After the Artemis fowl fairy magic joyride this book comes as a refreshing change of direction, with pseudo science time machines and under age FBI agents mixed with victorian footpads and demented London magician/ assassins. Chevvie makes for a tough leading lady and Riley a lovable orphan with an interesting skill set.

Young orphan Riley is whisked from the past into the modern age by a cockamamie time machine and into the hands of the FBI. His devilish master Albert Garrick follows, acquiring
Apr 18, 2013 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
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
Ms. Yingling
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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
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
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:
-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.
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-2018-tbr
I loved this book than I did when I read it 4 years ago it was well written and I liked all of the characters they were really interesting. I really liked the characters especially Riley and Chevie I really liked how they were written Riley seemed like what he was a 19th-century boy and Chevie was so very interesting she was well written and perfect for the modern point of view even the villain's point of view was interesting to read. I really enjoyed this story I loved the time travel part of t ...more
Jun 06, 2016 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.
Despite a rocky beginning, it actually grew on me. By the conclusion was was fully engrossed and truly enjoying both the characters and the story. These redeeming qualities at the eleventh however weren't quite enough however, so it's a very solid three stars for me. I do believe that had my mood been different that my enjoyment would have reflected this, so I may come back to it at another time. ...more
Shawn Deal
Mar 20, 2017 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. ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main thing that was left with me during and after reading this book was the amount of material simply lost in translation. I feel the book would have had exponentially more charm in the original language. The old victorian english way of talking and scottish accent and other things that were mentioned specifically did not show at all. Also some of the references to pop-culture and expressions did not click that much due to the Finnish language.

Other than that, the book is really close to th
Lauren Stoolfire
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
Apr 21, 2013 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 "fant
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to give this a read, as I was looking for something quick and, having read almost all the Artemis Fowl books, was intrigued by a new set of characters by Eoin Colfer. I have to say that I do favor the Artemis and Holly Short duo over Chevie Savano and her 19th century street urchin sidekick, Riley, but I did enjoy this first book in W.A.R.P. series well enough. I found myself finishing this story in a few days and now I am going to buy the next two books in the series... The Hangman's ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be honest I’m not the biggest fan of Science Fiction but this book was amazing! Even for a non science fiction reader like me! Absolutely blown away by the characters and story line. So if you enjoy time travel and villains so bad that your toe nails curl this book is definitely for you. Already excited to be reading the next one of this series.
Also, this book had one of the most thrilling epilogs that just keep making it more exciting...
Leah Waters
This book was absolutely impossible to put down! The stakes were high, the time travel was fascinating, the characters were developed and relatable despite their intense backgrounds. Looking forward to reading The Hangman's Revolution! ...more
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
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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
May 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 20, 2013 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
Jul 28, 2016 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
Adi Rocks Socks
July 2013: 4 stars (16 y/o)
April 2019: 3.5 stars (22 y/o)

Liking a book a little less than what you did 6 years back is not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all. It just means your tastes have changed, and you’ve developed a keener and more critical eye.


Onward with book 2, then.
Akshay Narayanan
An Okayish book. Nothing compared to the artemis fowl series. The characters are reasonably interesting and the plot is quick paced and theatric. Maybe teenagers will like it more
Jan 06, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
A new series sounds wonderful.
Thank you Eoin Colfer!
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightfully quick sci-fi adventure for middle grades (and the 12 year old in the rest of us) - WARP 1 follows young and talented mis-adventurers, Chevie and Riley through time. It's a fun read that will have you cheering for them even as you might guess what will likely happen next. Neither of these protagonists start with a particularly promising background story - both are orphans, mostly alone, doing something they don't want to do. However, they manage to overcome their experience and ego ...more
Kathy Davie
First in the W.A.R.P. (Witness Anonymous Relocation Program) sci-fi fantasy series for Young Adults revolving around Chevron Savano and young Riley and taking place in London between today and 1898.

My Take
This was fascinating! Colfer has completely twisted time travel and secret agents, coming up with a unique approach to both. He is an artist in his introduction of his concept for this story; his colorful, exotic characters; and, the mechanics of the traveling.

Combine this with his descriptive
Shay Dawn
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 (dr
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Test read this book for the library as a possible book for 7th grade English. It was fun, but had no real substance. I am of course not the intended audience for this story, but it is such a hollow experience. There is no discernible theme or message, no instructive or inspirational elements, just an adequate adventure story.
Derelict Space Sheep

Colfer is a dab hand at characterisation—be it his protagonists, bit players or villains—and Caulfield’s narration gives distinct voice to each. The time travel story (lively if somewhat extemporised) sees teens on the run in both modern and Victorian London.
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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.”
“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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