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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award 2013

If Artemis Fowl is “Die Hard with Fairies”, then W.A.R.P. is “Oliver Twist” meets “The Matrix”…

The Reluctant Assassin is the first book in the W.A.R.P. series. W.A.R.P. stands for ‘Witness Anonymous Relocation Programme’. The assassin of the title is young Riley who has been apprentice to Albert Garrick, a Victorian illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and taken to using his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims’ dwellings. On one such murderous escapade he brings his reluctant apprentice along on 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 W.A.R.P. program, and Riley is transported to modern day London, followed closely by Albert Garrick. In modern London, Riley is helped by Chevie Savano, a nineteen year old FBI agent sent to London as punishment following a disastrous, undercover, anti-terrorist operation in Los Angeles. Together they must evade the assassin, Albert Garrick, who has been fundamentally altered by his trip through the wormhole. Garrick is now more than human and is determined to track Riley down and use the timekey in Chevie’s possession to make his way back to Victorian London where, with his new knowledge on all things scientific and technological, he can literally change the world.

©2013 Eoin Colfer (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Bruno
  • North Shore City, New Zealand
  • 05-13-13

A good foundation to a new series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is a good story, with interesting characters who you can't help liking.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Albert Garrick was by far the most memorable character, but then the villains always are. I have a feeling that we have not seen the last of him yet.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Maxwell Caulfield?

Not sure, he did a good job, but I could not help thinking that the story would have really flourished with some of the great narration of Nathaniel Parker from the Artemis fowl series.

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  • Hilary T.
  • 05-13-13

A change of direction but a gripping story.

Despite being in my 60s, I am a great Artemis Fowl (AF) fan and, since Eoin Colfer was not going to write any more stories in that series, I was very interested to see how this new book developed. WARP is a very different type of story from AF (no elves, goblins etc), yet still has the flights of fancy, and attention to detail, that made those books so enjoyable.

A time wormhole enables the FBI, through the use of a key set to a particular historical date, to provide the ultimate safe house for witnesses who might otherwise be assassinated before they could give evidence. A young FBI cadet is forced, by circumstances, to pass through the wormhole to the Victorian period, where she meets a young lad who is an orphan being trained up by a stage magician who also happens to be a thoroughly unpleasant, ruthless, professional assassin. The two form an unlikely partnership as they go on the run from the assassin, who is determined to get the time key and travel to the future and back, enabling him to take advantage of future developements centuries before they should occur. An FBI witness who has been marooned in the past and who has been exploiting his own knowledge to attain wealth and status in the Victorian era, also threatens the young pair.

I listened to the whole book over a weekend, whilst gardening, and throughly enjoyed it. The good news is that the ending was constructed in such a way that there could be more stories.Maxwell Caulfied did a superb job of bringing the characters to life and added enormously to my enjoyment of the book. I hope he will be kept as the reader for future books. I thoroughly recommend WARP as an entertaining read.

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  • Gary
  • 04-27-13

A fun packed, fast pace read.

My first read of the Artemis Fowl genre and what fun it was. It might be primarily aimed at a younger generation, I'm a 50 year old sci-fi / mystery reader at heart, but listening to the book on my daily commute seemed to halve the journey. A simple plot once you understand the flipping between the 19th and 21st Century's, and well read by Mr Caulfield. That was an understatement, splendidly narrated by Mr Caulfield.

Bring on Book 2 please.

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  • elizabeth
  • 05-29-14

Would listen again

What was one of the most memorable moments of W. A. R. P. The Reluctant Assassin?

The discription of the of Riley's master was brilliant and had me disliking him from the start. The foulness of Victorian London was projected well.

What does Maxwell Caulfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Maxwell Caufield made Riley's master completely horrid and evil

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  • Donna
  • 06-05-13

Colfer does it again!

Having read most of Mr colfers offerings I was not disappointed with this amazing adventure!
I like the way he has tied in characters from his other swashbuckling title The airman of which I also strongly recommend.

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  • Jamtart
  • 05-29-18

Badly let down by Maxwell Caulfield

I tried so hard to get into this book as I LOVE Eoin Colfer books. His Artimus Fowl and Screwed books were amazing, this one would be as well but I just couldnt listen to Maxwell Caulfield read this 1 second longer. This was a massive shame because I got to chapter 4 and was gripped by the book. Maxwell has no emotion to any sentence. When the characters speak, they are always so boring sounding. (no spoiler here) example...the boy is scared of his master and is desperate to get away from where he is and trys to tell the girl this.....nothing......not 1 bit of emotion. And DONT get me started on the Scottish accent. I have no idea what that was. I cant do a Scottish accent but even my crappy attempt is much better then his.
Im gutted but also sorry to give up on this but I couldnt listen any more. Ill just get the book and read when Im on holiday.
The overall 2 stars are for the story so far. If I could give 0 stars for performance then I would.

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  • I. Harrison
  • 11-16-17

A great new entertaining concept

Very entertaining and imaginative stry from the author of the Artemis Fowl series. Writing with sly humour and great character definition, the author and reader really bring out the Victorian backdrop.

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  • Steve
  • 08-08-17

That was a surprise ...

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I bought this really by mistake not realising that it was aimed at teens ... I nearly returned it but thought I'd give it a go. Blood guts and gore, what a surprise, if they made this into a film I would have thought it would have be an 18 certificate. From start to finish it had me hooked, great story, characters and narrated brilliantly.
So this big 54 year old kid has just bought book 2 !!
Put your headphones on, turn off the lights and give it a go.

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  • Allan Hugman
  • 07-10-17

Enter at your peril.

Just as Cherie Savano and Riley two young people get drawn into a time warp so to will the reader or listener. Right from the start the pace of this adventure pulls you in with the action and suspense.
I listened twice to this well performed audio book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-16

Not what I was hoping for

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think this is squarely at youngish children as are many of Eoin Colfers books which I have but in this instance for me the main character did not work and just grated.

Has W. A. R. P. The Reluctant Assassin put you off other books in this genre?

No but certainly any others in the series.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was good but unemotional not for me at least drawing me into the story

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not for me in this instance but I have liked many of Colfers other books.

Any additional comments?

I was hoping that this might be a successor to the Artemis Fowl books but for me it didn't work.

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  • Juliet Bernad
  • 04-28-15

Not as good as he usually is

What was most disappointing about Eoin Colfer’s story?

I usually love this author but found the story a bit thin and disjointed. On the other hand Maxwell caulfield was brilliant

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  • David
  • 09-20-15

Great read

Loved the non stop action and the surprising twists and turns . The characters were well written, and the fight scenes were very exciting.