Author: Eoin Colfer
Per press release from Disney Publishing:
EOIN COLFER, AUTHOR OF THE INTERNATIONALLY BEST-SELLING ARTEMIS FOWL BOOKS, LAUNCHES BRAND NEW WARP SERIES
The Reluctant Assassin – The Highly Anticipated First Book in the WARP Series
“WARP, which stands for ‘Witness Anonymous Relocation Program,’ is an action-adventure series full of mayhem, magic, and murder—with a villain to die for,” said Eoin Colfer. “I think of this series as Oliver Twist meets The Matrix.”
“Eoin has created three vivid new characters and taken them on a high-stakes, high-tech pursuit through time that’s truly mind-bending,” said Stephanie Lurie, Associate Publisher of Disney-Hyperion. “And the book has all of the wit that made Artemis Fowl so popular.”
In WARP Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin, Eoin Colfer introduces a new character named Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London. He 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 murderous escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along for 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 WARP program, and Riley is transported to modern-day London, followed closely by Albert Garrick.
It was an exciting day when the new WARP novel arrived at our door step. Quite often items to review are for mom or the little ones, but this time my teen son (age 15) was looking forward to a package too! This young adult novel is right up his alley and since he loves to read all the time, it wasn’t hard to convince him to try out the latest in something extraordinary being released from Eoin Colfer – author of the Artemis Fowl series.
Most notable parts of the book from my teen son’s perspective:
1. My son loves the fact that the main antagonist is an illusionist or magician. (He’s studying to be one himself.)
2. He thought this quote was amusing and clever: “Sorry master, I should’ve taken more care that you were not over-powered by the incapacitated child that you had just poisoned to death.” (It should be noted that the child does not die in the book but found a way to overcome the poison. I’ll leave that adventure up to your own discovery.)
The two main characters in the book get sent back in time. Their goal throughout the entire book is to get back to the present time without dying. Along the way they meet the illusionist who attempts to to take their life in several different ways (as only an illusionist can) such as doing a slight of hand to palm a dagger from one hand into the other hand, and other creative plots.
The setting takes place in both modern England and Victorian England. The author does his best to compare one time period to another which makes the book more enjoyable and educational.
For those of you who would enjoy some humor stemming from the life of an FBI agent, this book is full of agents that “crack you up” as they “crack down” on the bad guys.
Another point of interest: You can enjoy Queen Victoria's advisor from the future who "invents" the James Bond series so to say.
My son’s opinion of the book in a nutshell:
Overall, this was a very entertaining book that was filled with lots of old fashioned words that you could amuse your parents with. 🙂 He found it exciting, humorous and informative throughout. He believes teens would especially enjoy this book. Only point to note from a family friendly standpoint would be that it has very brief, very mild language that is not directed towards anyone in the book. Otherwise, the book is appropriate for ages 12+ with a decent reading level. My son has an advanced reading level at age 15 and found this book would be particularly enjoyable for both teens and even those older than himself.
I also enjoyed Eoin Colfer’s excellence with this first book in the WARP series. It was very well written and draws the audience into the action to make the book that much more intense and exciting. I love spending time reading with my kids, and as my daughter gets older (probably by age 10), I believe this will be one I would even enjoy sharing with her by reading out loud to her at bedtime and looking forward to reading a new chapter or two each night as the plot unfolds so well in this story. Five stars from my perspective as both a parent of a teen and an avid reader myself. Adults and youth alike will find many parts of this book very entertaining. Highly recommended.
My son gives this 4.7 stars out of 5. 🙂 He said the book does leave a cliff hanger to help you look forward to the next book in the series. He said he will certainly be desiring to read the next one as well.
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Prize: One winner will receive a print copy of the book WARP: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer
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Disclosure: I received a copy of the book WARP in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. My opinions are my own and may differ from your own. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.