Warp: The Reluctant Assassin

// July 15th, 2013 // Book Reviews

Title: The Reluctant Assassin

Author: Eoin Colfer


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.

My Review:

I heard about this book from my friend, Oliver. He was excited to read
it, even though it wasn’t released yet. After it came out, I decided
to read it because the theme of the book sounded interesting and I
enjoyed the previous books by this author.

The book is about a female FBI agent, Chevie, who was sent to work in
modern day London after a catastrophic event in Los Angeles. It is
also about a boy from Victorian London, Riley, who is unfortunately
the apprentice of Albert Garrick, assassin for hire (who Riley thinks
is death). When Albert tries to make Riley commit his first killing,
it turns out that the person Riley was supposed to kill was part of
the Witness Anonymous Relocation Programme, or Warp for short. Riley
was saved from killing the man by instead going to the future. Albert
goes to the future to get Riley back, but while traveling, Albert and
dying FBI agent Felix Smart become one. If Albert goes back to
Victorian London, he can (literally) change the world. Chevie and
Riley need to stop this.

This book reminded me of Eoin Colfer’s other book series, the Artemis
Fowl series. Chevie reminded me of the female lead in Artemis Fowl,
Holly Short, a fairy, because she was resourceful and skilled, like
Holly. Riley reminded me of Artemis, because they were both cunning
and secret, but unlike Artemis, Riley knew how to stay positive and do
things humanely, while Artemis had to learn those things over time.

This book was a cool and interesting book to read. I felt the
surroundings of the characters were described very well, and you can
see Chevie and Riley’s different personalities. I liked the theme of
the book, time travel, and how things take place in two times, which
was very interesting. I also found it very funny that there was a
street called Half Moon Street. This was cool because another book
written by Colfer (which I’ve read!) is called “Half Moon Investigations”.

My favorite character was Albert Garrick. He operated so casually,
like everything was no big deal. For example, when there were three men
who were out to get him, he disposed of them quickly and quietly,
without feeling fear even once.

I rate this book 10 out of 10 stars. I have no advice I could give
Eoin Colfer to make it better. If this series is as long as the
Artemis Fowl series, there shall be a lot of good books in the WARP
series for me to read.


(Since I gave a shout out to Oliver, I guess it’s only fair to give a shout out to Quinn, so, shout out! *Big Wave!*)

One Response to “Warp: The Reluctant Assassin”

  1. Sherri fromowitz says:

    I’m surprised and happy you liked this genre. I love the way you took on a book that a friend recommended. Authors we like are pretty reliable and so are your reviews. This will be a good one to look out for. Thanks for sharing!

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