- Series: Torchwood (Book 9)
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Group UK; 7/16/13 edition (October 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184607908X
- ISBN-13: 978-1846079085
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
John Barrowman became Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who in May 2005 and has appeared in eleven episodes of the hit show, before taking the lead role in Torchwood. As well as taking starring roles on the stage and on television, John has collaborated with his sister Carole on two volumes of autobiography, a comicstrip adventure in the official Torchwood magazine, and a fantasy novel for children, The Hollow Earth. Carole E. Barrowman is Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She writes a regular newspaper column on crime fiction and, in addition to her writing collaborations with brother John, Carole has published a number of essays and contributed a chapter to the Hugo award-winning non-fiction anthology Chicks Dig Time Lords.
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I loved the path this story took and the way it ran along a timeline of Captain Jack Harkness' past present and future.
Great plot- it covered a range of topics, including the impact man has on climate change, magic, Jack flirting and sci-fi, what more do you expect from a Captain Jack story. There were no plot holes or areas of concern, pulling me from the story.
Strong, new characters that were relatable and absolutely endearing. I loved how we got to explore a little about Rhys and Gwen, and we got another amazing Captain Jack adventure. The boat crew and village that played prominent roles in the story were well developed and made the story more enjoyable.
I found this story hard to put down, unfortunately being an adult requires work, eating and sleeping be done daily, meaning I was unable to read this story in one go, like u wanted to.
I hope there are more Captain Jack stories in the future, as this made me miss him all the more ❤️
There are great characters and funny moments as well intrigue and excitement and times when you want to shake people to
get them to listen or understand. No, The Doctor doesn't show up....BBC would never allow that, but he is mentioned.This book is
well written by Carol (John's sister) and John Barrowman who are writing other books. I can't wait to check them out.
The Torchwood TV series is by far one of my favourite shows of all time principally because Capt. Jack Harkness is just such a complicated character. The last two seasons of Torchwood got really dark and posed some interesting questions with political, moral and economic ramifications. I loved that, the depth of the dilemmas and the very real human crises presented on screen. So that's what I was expecting from this book.
It started out strong. We get to see Capt. Jack being his usual charismatic and undeniably alien self getting involved in something complicated and esoteric. We get to see Gwen having an existential crisis that started showing how motherhood had changed her and her life and how she felt about her newly found domesticity. The writing was engaging and I couldn't put the book down.
Around 50% through, things started to go awry. Plot superseded character and Capt. Jack who is usually so human and emotionally connected, came across as cavalier and cold. I think the huge cast proved problematic because the story lost sight of Gwen and Jack while trying to make more of all these minor characters which, to be honest, I didn't care about not one iota. There was little character development, I discovered nothing new about Jack or Gwen, I gained no new insights into either of these characters and that was disappointing.
The premise is cool but not fully explored and the ending is so abrupt, I actually thought I was missing several chapters.
Carol and John definitely make a good writing team as with their MG novel Hollow Earth. They have a great MG voice but that didn't do this Torchwood book any favours, making the prose clunky and often too on the nose.
It's really tough pulling off a story set in such a beloved world with such beloved characters. Maybe my expectations were too high but I wanted more about these characters, about how the events of Miracle Day had scarred them, about Jack's tortured psyche and Gwen's split life as mother and agent. What I got was a mediocre Torchwood episode.
Not sure this book could be read and enjoyed by those who don't know the series as many references were made to events and people from the series without any further explanation in the book. This really is a companion novel but falls short of the mark I'm afraid.
I did like and enjoy the story, I thought it was a nice spin-off to Miracle Day. I wasn't super-crazy about the end for two reasons: I thought it was a bit predictable (I kept saying to myself that they wouldn't possibly end it that way, something else HAS to be the solution) and I don't think (please excuse the absolute vagueness of my wording, I don't want to give anything away) a certain character's situation was explained enough for the ending to be completely satisfying for me.