W.A.R.P. Book 1 The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

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...it's very easy to stop believing, which is only one step behind no longer caring about what happens. There's no such danger with Colfer...
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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.
 

About Eoin Colfer

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Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Disney Hyperion. 353 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Marcus Sedgwick on Apr 26 2013

...it's very easy to stop believing, which is only one step behind no longer caring about what happens. There's no such danger with Colfer...

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Reviewed by Richard Marcus on May 19 2013

...first and foremost a fast paced adventure story with enough twists and turns to keep readers on their toes from the opening chapters to its close.

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on Mar 06 2013

A ghoulish thriller: melodramatic and tongue-in-cheek, sometimes both at once.

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