The Forever Man
Riley, an orphan boy living in Victorian London, has achieved his dream of becoming a renowned magician, the Great Savano. He owes much of his success to Chevie, a seventeen-year-old FBI agent who traveled from the future in a time pod and helped him defeat his murderous master, Albert Garrick. But it is difficult for Riley to enjoy his new life, for he has always believed in his heart of hearts that Garrick will someday, somehow, return to seek vengeance.
Chevie has assured Riley on numerous occasions that Garrick was sucked into a temporal wormhole, never to emerge. The full nature of the wormhole has never been understood, however, and just as a human body will reject an unsuitable transplant, the wormhole eventually spat him out. By the time Garrick makes it back to Victorian London, he has been planning his revenge on Riley for half a century. But even the best-laid plans can go awry, and when the assassin decides to include Chevie in his retaliation, the three are tossed once more into the wormhole with no idea where — or when — they will end up.
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!
After leaving school he got his degree from Dublin university and qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by some other books (see below).
Series contains 3 primary works and has 3 total works. Current series reading order on below.
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Well, anybody who has read one or book(s) by Eoin Colfer knows he's one of the best - there are not many authors who have such a specific, recognizable, writing 'signature', let's just call it that. "The Forever Man" is the third and (already - *deep sigh*) final book of the W.A.R.P. series. As always, Colfer does what no one else does: he makes the impossible possible, and the unbelievable believable. That's probably the most important thing when you're an author: make sure the readers believe what you're saying and they'll love your book. I won't say this book is better than "The Last Guardian" (the 8th and last book of "Artemis Fowl"), because for me it isn't. But he still did an amazing job. It's so good - there's really nothing wrong with it, I believe. At about ten pages before the end, you think 'He can't be serious - is he really going to do that?' Then, ten pages later, you can easily breathe out, glad of what he did. In just ten pages, he turns the ending 180 degrees. Why are you still reading this? You should be reading the book! And, let's be honest, if you look at all the "Artemis Fowl" and "W.A.R.P." books: this cover is the most awesome!