'The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P.)' by Eoin Colfer
Published on Friday, May 31, 2013 - 11:57am
Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London, has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, a former illusionist turned murderer, who now uses his conjuring skills to gain access to his victims dwellings.
On one such escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant assistant along and urges him to commit his first killing. Riley is saved from having to complete the grisly act when the intended prey 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 with Garrick close on his heels.
In modern London, Riley is aided by Chevron Savano, a 17-year-old FBI agent. 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 down Riley and use the Timekey in Chevie's possession to literally change the world.
In the first book of his latest series, best-selling author Eoin Colfer has opted to collide the 20th century with the Victorian era. Along the way, he gives readers the chance to experience the differences between the two societies by transplanting some modern technologies and ideas into the past through the book's plot.
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