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Torchwood: The Undertaker's Gift (Torchwood Series Book 14) Kindle Edition
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1. Coupling: Very canon. We all know Jack loves and has sexual tension with Gwen, and this writer does not ignore it as do other Torchwood writers tend to do, but instead reveled in it and helped make it a central theme to the plot. Now if you are a Janto fan, I can see why you wouldn't like it. But I'm a huge Janto fan and I didn't care that much. After all, Jack is very loving towards Ianto and takes care of him. All the "he doesn't care about Ianto" stuff is B.S. Jack does care, and is very worried about him, BUT he needs Ianto and so forces him to work while obviously sick. Which is probably very canon. In the end, Gwen can only think about Rhys and Jack cares only for Ianto.
2. Plot. Wow. Jesus. Bit confusing at first but about 100 pages in it grips you by the shoulders and.. Wham! It's perfect. The last 100 pages will make you sit, riveted and unable to look up as the going gets good. It's so Torchwood, so wonderful.
3. Ianto/Jack issue. There's a lot of issue with how Jack treats Ianto. Let me tell y'all straight, Jack treats Ianto how we would expect him to. Ianto is sick, yes but Jack doesn't BLAME him, not at all! He is genuinely concerned for Ianto but at the same time is also needing to stop the end of the world, and unfortunately Ianto has to help. Is that really OOC? No! It's just what we'd expect of them.
4. Character OOC: Not OOC at all. Gwen was Gwen. Ianto was Ianto. Jack was Jack.
tl;dr: Amazing book. 5/5. Ignore the reviewers. Buy this book and read it. It's beautiful and wonderful and you will love it.
One of the dark realities about being in Torchwood is sometimes doing things that need to be done, even if they are not just or right. Helping people to forget is one of those dark, depressing facts of being a part of Torchwood. Retcon was part of the Torchwood tool kit, right up there with the SUV, big guns, and good coffee. People don't decide if they want to forget or not. Choices have very little to do with the events that twist and twirl around the universe that is Torchwood. That is why it is so dark and sad and realistic.
And there is a Vortex Dweller. Really? I thought living beings could not live in the Time Vortex - well, it may depend on which Doctor you listen to. But that's like having God show up with a mop to clean everything up. As one of the other reviewers has already pointed out also. This isn't bad writing, but it is lazy writing.
I have liked nearly every Torchwood book that I've read (12 of 15), but this one seemed way too out of character on everyone. Jack spends half his time pining after Gwen and the other half completely ignoring Ianto or disproving of his actions. Then when Ianto ends up getting hurt, he shows no concern for him at all! I tried several times to get into the storyline, because it really would have been a good one otherwise, but every other page there seems to be some reference to Jack acting like a complete jerk. Nearly all the other Torchwood books have some form of normal interaction between the characters, but for a book that was supposed to take place just before COE, this one seemed to fail miserably in that aspect. I would not recommend this book if you like the characters or cannon couples. The writer seems to have a fascination with Jack and Gwen being together and ignoring the fact that Ianto would not put up with the way Jack treats him in this book. Also, I have to add, that you really should avoid this book unless you want to struggle against the urge to throw it across the room when Jack's having a sex dream about Gwen!
To top it all off, Jack actually gives two people the OPTION of being retconned in the end. He's normally avid about doing the right thing for Torchwood. He wouldn't give them an option just because they became a happy little hetro couple in that time frame, as we've seen on the show. What's important is keeping the secret. In this, he just walks away after setting the pills on the table in front of them and telling them exactly what they do. Therefor giving them the option of doing whatever they want with it. Just imagine what would happen if some scientist got a hold of it because this couple decided to make some money off of it!
Honestly, the portrayal of Jack in this book made me have to keep closing it to look at the cover and make sure I was actually reading a book about Torchwood. If it hadn't have had a picture of John Barrowman on the cover I would have thought it was some weird book about 3 overtly obnoxious people who only mildly resembled the characters we all love so much.
What a waste of money...