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Torchwood: Pack Animals, No. 7 Hardcover – December 2, 2008

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 7 of 19 in the Torchwood Series

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About the Author

Peter Anghelides wrote the bestselling Another Life for the first series of Torchwood novels. He has written more than a dozen Doctor Who novels, short stories and audio plays.
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Product Details

  • Series: Torchwood (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846075742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846075742
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Kraff on December 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Peter Anghelides 2nd Torchwood novel is a solid improvement over his previous book. The story moves very fast and effectively juggles multiple plot threads and time lines while sending the team all over Cardiff. The plot is interestingly and introduces a new team of "alien hunters" that really could give Torchwood a run for their money. Any person who played Magic or any other card game like it as a kid will get an extra kick out of this story.
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One of the Torchwood books with the whole team, and that makes it better for me. I don't know why at least half of the TW books are written with only the 3 who survived series 2. It's a good bedtime or airplane read :-)
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'Torchwood: Pack Animals' by Peter Anghelides was a real treat to read. I was surprised to find that this book was one of the better Torchwood novels.

Anghelides did a great job on the characterization with this book. All of the characters were dead-on and even allowed insight to them in a way you don't get during the series. The author let you in and see the in-depth relationships between Rhys and Gwen and Jack and Ianto. Rhys played a much larger role in this book than he did in the regular series and this book was a Janto fangirl's wet dream.

The only real problem I had with this book was the quick, unsatisfying ending with the monster-of-the-week. The book builds and builds and builds, but once you found out who was behind all of the madness the book just died.

Overall, 'Pack Animals' (and my God, take a shot every time the phrase 'Pack Animals' appears in the novel. You'll get tipsy at least.) was very enjoyable.

By the way, if you have not seen or do not know what happens in the episodes 'Reset' and `Dead Man Walking' then I suggest that you NOT read this unless you enjoy spoilers. This book was clearly set after the events in those two episodes.
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Pack Animals is my least favorite Torchwood book so far, but even then it's not really all bad. The main plot is the problem: a troubled young man finds a piece of alien tech called a Vandrogonite Visualiser and uses it to bring to life monsters from the rift as reflected in a series of Magic: The Gathering-type cards he creates. The idea that real monsters would spring to life from a collectible card game would probably have been a fine plot on Buffy during the first or second season (imagine Ethan Rayne playing yet another trick on Sunnydale), but it's just too . . . silly for a Torchwood plot: I don't want to see Jack riding around on a unicorn or Tosh using the cards to summon a killer clown.
Main plot aside, the book has two really interesting subplots: first, an organization called Achenbrite which is actually one step ahead of Torchwood in understanding and manipulating the Rift; and second, an investigative journalist named David Brigstocke, who would make a great recurring character even if he gets dosed with Retcon at the end of every book. Oh, and did I mention that Jack and Ianto go on a date to the zoo? Very cute.
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