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Colfer has the ability to make you laugh twice over: first in sheer subversive joy at the inventiveness of the writing, and again at the energy of the humour (Sunday Times)

Readers mourning the end of the Artemis Fowl series can take heart: this first book in the time-bending W.A.R.P. series is an all-out blast. (Publishers Weekly)

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Eoin Colfer is the megaselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Airman and The Legend of . . . books. His brilliant new series WARP is out now. Eoin lives with his family in Ireland. www.eoincolfer.com


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Chevron Savano wünscht sich nichts sehnlicher als F.B.I.-Agentin zu werden. Doch ist die 17-jährige, indianischer Abstammung noch zu jung, um in Quantico aufgenommen zu werden. Außerdem hat sie bei einem Sonderprogramm für junge Ermittler Mist gebaut und fristet jetzt ihr Dasein in London, bis Gras über die Sache gewachsen ist. Hier weiß sie nicht einmal, was genau sie Tag für Tag bewacht. Zusammen mit Agent Orange hütet sie eine Kapsel im Keller eines ansonsten unbewohnten Gebäudes. Bei einem gewaltigen Stromausfall überschlagen sich plötzlich die Ereignisse und Chevron wird in die Geheimnisse des W.A.R.P.-Projekts eingeweiht.

Agent Oranges Vater hat für das F.B.I. ein einmaliges Zeugenschutzprogramm erfunden. Mit Hilfe seiner Zeitmaschine werden Kronzeugen bis zum Prozessbeginn in der Vergangenheit versteckt. Doch als das F.B.I. laut darüber nachdenkt nun auch Terroristen vor ihren Anschlägen eliminieren zu können, flieht der Erfinder mit dem Masterschlüssel 100 Jahre in die Vergangenheit, um den Missbrauch seiner Maschine zu verhindern. Was Chevron monatelang bewacht hat, ist die Zeitkapsel in der er vielleicht eines Tages zurückkehren wird.

Womit der Zeitreisende Professor jedoch nicht gerechnet hat, sind der Auftragsmörder Albert Garrick und dessen widerwilliger Schüler Riley, die 1898 auf ihn angesetzt wurden. Nichtsahnend, dass sie es mit einem Mann aus der Zukunft zu tun haben, schleichen sie nachts in sein Haus und bis zu seinem Bett. Der junge Riley will kein Killer werden und steht hilflos vor dem schlafenden Mann, als dieser plötzlich aufwacht und Albert Rileys Arm mit dem Messer in Brust des Professors rammt.
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Der erste Roman der neuen Eoin Colfer Reihe reicht meines Erachtens nicht an die Exzellenz der Artemis Fowl Serie heran. Es handelt sich um eine gut zu lesende Geschichte, aber sie fesselt bei weitem nicht so sehr wie die Abenteur von Artemis, Holly, Butler und Mulch.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Action-packed violence, but not Colfer's best 8. Mai 2013
Von TeacherReader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
3.5 stars

Riley, a teenage orphan boy in London circa 1898, is apprenticed to Albert Garrick, assassin extraordinaire. When their latest victim disappears into an FBI-monitored wormhole, Riley finds himself along for a ride into the future. In present-day London, Riley knows his days are numbered until the assassin comes to the future looking for him.

First some good news - there's LOTS of time travel in The Reluctant Assassin. The characters zip back and forth between the present day and 1898 quite frequently. Hooray!

And for a book about an assassin, there's also an awful lot of violence as you would expect. So much gory throat-slitting and knife-sticking that I don't feel comfortable recommending this for children below the age of 13. The three main characters spend the entirety of the book running around trying to kill one another. In the meantime, random FBI agents, vagrants, and thugs also find themselves getting murdered. Did I mention that there's a lot of killing in this book?

As for plot, pacing, and character, I found The Reluctant Assassin to be uneven. All 3 of the primary characters were interesting. They were complex, but with just enough stereotyping that they could almost be caricatures ~ evil villain, snarky FBI agent, wise orphan. The pacing and plot were strong at first. I was immediately hooked by both the plight of young Riley and the strange goings-on of the FBI agents. However, as the story progressed the plot began to disappear. The pace continued in a flurry of killings and near-misses, but without a strong plot, these adventures felt hollow.

The biggest problem facing The Reluctant Assassin is that the central conflict of the novel is too weak. Aside from everyone trying to kill each other, not much happens. There's some vague discussion that people who've been to the future could change the course of history, but this danger feels more like an afterthought than a justification for our characters' murderous deeds.

This book would be a fun read for teens who enjoy action-packed novels, but it's not Colfer's best work.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Time travel, girl-power and quite a bit of blood 27. Juni 2013
Von Maggie Knapp - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Author Eoin Colfer has left Artemis Fowl behind, and starts here a new series starring 17-year-old Chevron, an American (of Shawnee heritage) in essentially present day London, and Riley, a younger teen, from late 1800 London. Chevie is an undercover juvenile working for the FBI, and Riley is a street-smart cove who ends up in the present day while running from Garrick. And Garrick is a knife-wielding magician/assassin, not the least bit afraid of shedding blood. This book is quite bloody, with stilettos and shivs and pierced organs and murders of various other sorts. Colfer does a good job portraying the stinks and grime of 1898 London, as well as keeping up with modern weaponry and bits of current day humor. Having a female in the lead role is an interesting twist.

The "Witness Anonymous Relocation Program" (WARP-from the title) is where Chevie ends up after her high school undercover project goes awry. Riley is an orphan who mysteriously appears from a time pod, and the two quickly end up on the run through both present day and Riley's past London. There are mysteries of parentage, melded personalities and plenty of other adventures to keep middle-teen readers on the edge of their chairs. I will suggest this book to readers in grades 8 and up, due to violence. I find it interesting that Colfer has made Chevie and Riley's age difference (she is 17, he is 14) just enough to make any hint of romance rather awkward. This book appears to be the first in in a series.

Overall: 4 stars for action-packed bloody sci-fi/fantasy for 14-15 year olds.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A truly warped premise 20. April 2013
Von Inspector Gadget - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What happens if you mix David Cronenberg's The Fly with Demolition Man and Oliver Twist? A rather singular concotion, and WARP: The Reluctant Assassin is indeed that, if hardly unique on its own merits.

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 super-powers on the way. The Feds are soon cut down by Garrick, and Riley flees with Junior Agent Chevron Savano. With Garrick relentlessly on their heels they bounce around in time with barely a moment to gather their thoughts and comprehend the situation.

Time travels stories always set themselves up for logical conundrums and paradoxes. WARP is no exception. Colfer tries to cover all aspects of the time travel process but still creates parallel universes which contradict what has already been established. The story switches between the present day and 1898 both physically and narratively, and it's easy to keep up with though there are a couple of moments when the lack of description leads to confusion (Garrick's re-emergence in 1898 is barely detailed and it just sort of jumps to him being in the Orient Theatre). I'm not entirely sure of the Junior FBI agent thing works, and there are couple of frustrating coincidences that keep all of the story threads conveniently tied together instead of being free and loose.

The character of Otto Malarkey from Airman makes an appearance, so it takes place in the same universe as Colfer's previous 2008 novel. Otto is comical, in a way, but still devious and unlikeable. If he's going to come back in future novels, Colfer needs to completely turn that character around in order to make him work.

I really enjoyed The Reluctant Assassin, and I look forward to further adventures with Riley and Chevie. I just hope that Colfer doesn't lose interest like he ultimately did with Artemis Fowl.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Action-packed violence, but not Colfer's best 28. April 2013
Von TeacherReader - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
3.5 stars

Riley, a teenage orphan boy in London circa 1898, is apprenticed to Albert Garrick, assassin extraordinaire. When their latest victim disappears into an FBI-monitored wormhole, Riley finds himself along for a ride into the future. In present-day London, Riley knows his days are numbered until the assassin comes to the future looking for him.

First some good news - there's LOTS of time travel in The Reluctant Assassin. The characters zip back and forth between the present day and 1898 quite frequently. Hooray!

And for a book about an assassin, there's also an awful lot of violence as you would expect. So much gory throat-slitting and knife-sticking that I don't feel comfortable recommending this for children below the age of 13. The three main characters spend the entirety of the book running around trying to kill one another. In the meantime, random FBI agents, vagrants, and thugs also find themselves getting murdered. Did I mention that there's a lot of killing in this book?

As for plot, pacing, and character, I found The Reluctant Assassin to be uneven. All 3 of the primary characters were interesting. They were complex, but with just enough stereotyping that they could almost be caricatures ~ evil villain, snarky FBI agent, wise orphan. The pacing and plot were strong at first. I was immediately hooked by both the plight of young Riley and the strange goings-on of the FBI agents. However, as the story progressed the plot began to disappear. The pace continued in a flurry of killings and near-misses, but without a strong plot, these adventures felt hollow.

The biggest problem facing The Reluctant Assassin is that the central conflict of the novel is too weak. Aside from everyone trying to kill each other, not much happens. There's some vague discussion that people who've been to the future could change the course of history, but this danger feels more like an afterthought than a justification for our characters' murderous deeds.

This book would be a fun read for teens who enjoy action-packed novels, but it's not Colfer's best work.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen WARP 13. Juni 2013
Von A Cat and a Book - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Please note that this review might contain minor spoilers, but none that would ruin the story.

I enjoyed The Supernaturalist, but was never able to get into the Artemis Fowl series for some reason (I've tried a few times over the years), so I wasn't sure whether to give this book a try or not. The synopsis sounded right up my alley, so I decided to go ahead and buy it. I'm glad that I did because I really enjoyed it!

WARP: The Reluctant Assassin is mostly about two characters--17 year old Chevie and 14 year old Riley. Chevie lives in modern times, and she is a (sort of) FBI agent who messed up her first mission and has been sent London to watch an old time machine that hasn't done anything in years. Riley is an assassin's apprentice living in the 19th century, just getting ready to carry out his first assassination. Things get interesting for both of them when Riley is thrown through time and finds himself inside Chevie's machine with a dead man. Things take a turn for the worse when Riley's master, the assassin Garrick, comes through after him and forms a sinister plan.

The plot of this book was very interesting and full of twists and turns. I almost felt like it was too fast-paced in a way, because I found myself frustrated when the characters would start discussing something interesting and then be interrupted by a bad guy (this happened quite often). I hope the next book in the series will slow down the pacing a bit, but that's just a minor complaint. All in all, it was very enjoyable. I liked the time travel element in particular--it was fun to see how Riley reacted to Chevie's time, and how Chevie reacted to Riley's time.

I liked all of the characters in this book, but Riley was definitely my favorite. He'd had a tough life, but was still a good person. He was always quick to think and act in dangerous situations, and he had some pretty awesome skills. He also seemed very rational and was more level headed than Chevie. I was honestly a bit surprised when I found out just how long he had been with Garrick though. I thought it was just a few years at first, but it was basically all of his life. I can't imagine Garrick, evil as he was, would have waited so many years to give Riley his first assignment. I also found it strange that Riley had not formed any kind of bond/fatherly feelings for Garrick (though Garrick had bonded with Riley in a way), or any sort of twisted beliefs that what they were doing was right. It just seems like it would be close to impossible for someone to grow up like that and yet still be so clear on right and wrong, but that is also just a minor issue that might be addressed in future books.

I also liked Chevie. She had good morals and was a kind person, but she also had an attitude problem that showed up now and then. I was glad that Riley called her out on her words and actions several times and eventually told her point-blank to cut it out, because she really could be a bit annoying at times. I thought her background with the FBI was interesting and mostly made sense, unlike other books that randomly throw kids into positions like that with little explanation (just because they were special or super smart or something). She was a well-rounded character.

The bad guys in the story were all quite interesting. I thought it was particularly interesting how well we got to know Garrick and see where he was coming from and how he became the way that he was. It was very clear that he was evil, but learning about his background bit by bit made him feel more like a real person, which made it easier to read his sections of the story (it swapped points of view between Riley, Chevie, and Garrick).

My only real complaint about this story (besides the minor ones mentioned above) has to do with the way it changed points of view. The point of view regularly changed in the middle of paragraphs, and there were no markers to let you know when it happened. It mostly worked okay that way, but there was a time or two when I thought one character was doing/thinking something only to later realize that it was actually someone else, and then I would have to go back and re-read to really understand what was going on.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story a lot. I read the book quite quickly, and will definitely be buying the next books in the series. I would recommend this book to fans of sci-fi and historical fiction.
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