- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Random House UK (Oct. 18 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849902852
- ISBN-13: 978-1849902854
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 240 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,220,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Torchwood: The Men Who Sold The World Paperback – Aug 18 2011
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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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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". As an American reader, this was enough to bump me mentally out of the story as I translated the words. The writer should have taken the time to check on these.
The other issue, although a small one for me, was that in order to get the story rolling quickly, many characters and plot elements are introduced at a rapid pace at the start of the book. It is a lot to take in at first, but I found that if I just kept reading, everything fell into place.
I would put this book in the upper tier of Torchwood novels, alongside 'Trace Memory', 'Almost Perfect', and it's two companion novels, 'Long Time Dead' and 'First Born'. So don't believe the bad reviews; check it out for yourself.
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.
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.