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Torchwood: The Men Who Sold The World Paperback – August 18, 2011
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The writer, Guy Adams, was given an impossible task: Create a Torchwood novel without using any of the main Torchwood characters. Given that, he wrote a fantastic, gripping novel that manages to tie the characters into the Torchwood mythology, while also being a fascinating tale on it's own.
There are several things I love about this book:
First, it fleshes out Rex's character in a way that Miracle Day never really did.
Second, this novel introduces an original character called Mr Wynter, the most intriguing character from the Torchwood novels since Tom Cutler appeared in 'Into the Silence' and 'Long Time Dead'.
There are a few flashbacks that give a tantalizing look into Torchwood's actions leading up to the events of this novel, including a glimpse of the cleanup in the aftermath of 'Children of Earth'.
Also, I find it fascinating that Rex was being drawn into the world of Torchwood even before he knew of it's existence.
And finally, the ending was tremendous, well written, and unexpected. One of my biggest complaints about most Torchwood novels is that the endings seem rushed, but this story has no such problem.
My reasons for not giving this book 5 stars:
As another reviewer mentioned, there are a couple of instances where Rex uses British phrases instead of American ones, such as "plasters" instead of "band-aids" and "hire car" instead of "rental car".Read more ›
There's a lot of original characters that keep the story going, and the best one was definitely Mr. Wynter. His role in the final pages made me laugh a few times. I feel as if Rex was under utilized though. He's smart, and tough, and I don't believe he'd be one step behind the bad guys all the time. Other than that, as long as you go into the book knowing it's not going to like the ones that preceded this, it's a good action story.
With this in mind it could just have easily been branded as a Doctor Who novel and still wouldn't be a Doctor Who novel, even with a short Cameo with a guy who disappears in a blue police box. It could just as easily been an X-files novel, recycled for the task, with Wynter being the cigarette smoking man. Or with reference to teleporting humans the Tomorrow People. Shield the Marvel franchise. Checkmate the DC franchise, etc etc etc.
All in all, it just left me disappointed, waiting for the Touchwood team to make an appearance and continually failing too. Not the worst genre fiction I have read, but suffers from the worst crime of such fiction, where the writer is so tied up in telling their own story and characters, they neglect the main cast, like some Doctor Who novels I have read, where the Doctor makes a brief Cameo at the stories resolution and takes little part in the preceding events.Read more ›
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If you are looking for an American action adventure story....then this is a solid story for you. If however you are looking for TORCHWOOD..... Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Furryface
This book is very much NOT a Torchwood book. It's not nearly as interesting or as well written as the other Torchwood novels I have read. Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by Donna M. Dube