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Product Details

  • Series: Torchwood (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (August 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849902852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849902854
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Guy Adams is the author of Torchwood: The House that Jack Built and was a regular contributor to Torchwood magazine. He wrote the best-selling Rules of Modern Policing: 1973 Edition, The Future of Modern Policing: 1981 Edition and The Wit and Wisdom of Gene Hunt, along with a two-volume series companion to Life on Mars. His other books include The Case Notes of Sherlock Holmes and the fantasy novels The World House and Restoration.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2012
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I've read reviews of this book here and elsewhere, and after reading it myself, I have come to the conclusion that it has suffered the backlash of peoples' attitudes towards 'Miracle Day'. Although perhaps not a 5-star Torchwood novel (and only a few of them are), it is certainly not deserving of a one or two-star rating either.

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".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N.J. on February 23, 2012
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I knew going in that this was not going to be the typical "Torchwood" book. It's set just before "Miracle Day" so Jack and Gwen are MIA for most of the story. There are a few flashbacks to happier days featuring the two of them, but that's only to explain some elements of the plot. Most of it is all Rex trying to recover alien weapons even though he never sets hands on them, even in the finale.

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.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Urie Bay on August 28, 2011
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This isn't a horrid book. It's an okay story, and there's a little bit of kinda cool alien tech, but it's a pre-MD Rex Matheson story, with maybe two paragraphs of Jack, Ianto and Gwen post-CoE. If you're really into Rex, go for it (you are? really? preMD even? okay--and Esther plays a minor role, it does have that going for it too) but if you're a Torchwood fan, save your money for the radio plays or something. And if you just want a CIA case story, well there are tons way better out there that aren't tv tie ins.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Furryface on July 24, 2012
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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.....don't waste your money unless you must have every title for your collection. Torchwood=Jack, Ianto,Gwen, Owen and Tosh (or some combination of) by that definition this book is not Torchwood.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. Dube on October 28, 2011
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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.
I am halfway through it and still have no idea what it's about. There are far too many people to keep track of and way it bounces from one group of people to another is confusing.

But I think what bothers me the most is that this book is supposedly set before Miracle Day. Rex is an American CIA agent. He has not yet met Jack and Gwen and knows nothing of Torchwood. In TW:MD, he needed explanations of some of the British terms they used. Why then is he using non-American(British) idioms such as "sticking plasters" to refer to band-aids and "Hire car" to mean rental car? These are not common American phrases. This stupid little inconsistancy bothered me enough that I probably wont be finishing the book.
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