The Reluctant Assassin

The Reluctant Assassin

eBook - 2013
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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 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Disney Book Group : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9781423181156
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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May 08, 2017

The first scene plops you smack into the center of the conflict, and from there on things keep climbing in intensity. Colfer cranks up the dials as the pages go by, and the three leads---Riley, Chevie, and Garrick---will all hop off the page at one point or another. Coming off of reading Artemis Fowl (at this point, I'm 3/4 way through the series) and his Marvel comics Iron Man novel "The Gauntlet", my opinion of Mr. Colfer's writing is high. While others here have noted that The Reluctant Assassin isn't as good as Artemis Fowl, I feel that's because Artemis is such a uniquely engaging character, and has something about him that appeals to the reader (plus Holly and everything related to the People). While Riley isn't as sarcastic nor Chevie as experienced, the characters of W.A.R.P.'s first novel shine in their own way, and they are likable. And Garrick is terrifyingly potent as a villain.
The Reluctant Assassin provides suspense, science, and action a little heavier than Artemis Fowl. My library system placed the book in the Teens section, and now I get why. While the violence isn't gory per se, it is vivid as a result of half the time being told from the psychopath villain's point of view. Thus, if you have a younger child who's just come off reading Artemis Fowl and wants more Colfer, maybe preview The Reluctant Assassin first. Some of the scenes are intense and at times a tad horrific. While Colfer often inserts humor or sarcasm to temper some moments down a bit, others are a little harder to swallow.
Nevertheless, I plan on reading the rest of the W.A.R.P. series, which I believe is a trilogy(?). I'm looking forward to seeing what Colfer has planned.

cmlibrary_jrobinson Jul 02, 2016

This is the first in a series by Colfer that will appeal to readers of science fiction, history, and action.

Dec 25, 2014

what the ****

Oct 07, 2014

I couldn't put down the first book, can't wait to read number two!!

Jun 26, 2014

I liked it. It is good for fans of Artemis Fowl, though not quite as good (according to me), and definitely creepier. The idea of an a magician-gone-crazy chasing after them, with no place to hide, not even through time, is slightly disturbing.

Jan 25, 2014

I like how Eoin Colfer didn't right this book exactly the same as he had written Artemis Fowl. There are similarities but it's still something completely new.

JCLChrisK Jul 22, 2013

The problem with being really good is that you create high expectations for yourself. Had this been written by some anonymous author I'd never heard of, there's a chance I might have rated it higher. But when I started this one knowing it was by the always excellent Eoin Colfer, I automatically set very high standards and felt let down to discover that I didn't find it as engaging as his other stories I've read (which is more than just Artemis Fowl). This book is good enough to be a worthwhile read, just not as good as I've come to expect from him.
"It's funny, thought Chevie. I am not afraid. That is because I still believe we will get out of this alive, in spite of all the evidence."
Chevie is a kind-of-agent for the FBI. Kind-of, because she's only sixteen and technically can't be one, but she's become involved and they can't just dump her. Instead, her bosses decide to send her to London for a sleepy assignment in a hidden witness protection program. Except it doesn't stay sleepy or hidden for long, as she learns the hard way--and after the fact--what's really going on: time travel. The witnesses were sent back in time so they'd be entirely hidden, but the technology's inventor didn't want it stolen and he took off into the past with its secrets. Except all of a sudden he's back. As a corpse, with a sociopathic assassin right behind him.
Riley is a street kid in Victorian London who was taken in by a sociopathic assassin. He's acted as apprentice and son to the terrifying Garrick as a way to stay alive, but now Garrick is ready for the young teen to become initiated. When Riley falters during his first assassination attempt, Garrick grabs his arm and drives his knife into the old man's heart. As he does so, a wormhole transports the man through time, and Riley's contact means he's sucked right along. Now he has to figure out this strange London of the future, but he doesn't really have much time to worry about that since he knows Garrick will be coming for him.
And come Garrick does, killing the FBI clean-up crew along the way and using the wormhole to merge with the head agent and scientist, gaining access to all of his knowledge and memories in the process. He has the top training in killing from two different centuries at his disposal, and now he's after Chevie and Riley to eliminate them as witnesses to his planned quest for power. What follows is an adrenaline-drenched chase through time and the streets of two different Londons.

Jul 08, 2013

This book was not quite as good as Artemis Fowl, but it was still an amazing read. I hope there is another one.

Jun 25, 2013

The Reluctant Assassin is another great book from Eoin Colfer. It is similar to the Artemis Fowl series in many ways but primarily in characters, style, and tone. For example, the character Cheveron "Chevie" Savano is written with a personality reminiscent of Holly Short. But even with the similarities the book offers a fresh take on time travel theories and the consequences of it rounded off with action, humor, and Moriarty-esque villain. I highly recommend this new series to anyone who enjoyed Artemis Fowl.

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Jul 15, 2013

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Jun 25, 2013

Chevie: "How are you liking the 21st century?"
Riley: "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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