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Torchwood: Border Princes Hardcover – 11 Jan 2007


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (11 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486541
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 16.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Abnett: Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and, with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Dan's website can be found at www.DanAbnett.com

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"a compelling mystery with strong characterisation and rich description" TV Zone

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Compelling science fiction from the team behind Doctor Who.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Smith on 15 Jan 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've just finished reading the latest installment from the Torchwood series, and I have to say I am impressed at the way it sucked me in.

Several small tales are all explored throughout the book, all of which seem quite unrelated until they all neatly come together, weaving a complex and quite enjoyable storyline.

The plot mostly revolves around the well known members of the Torchwood team, including new addition James, who has more to him than meets the eye. This leads to the numerous twists and turns throughtout, and even thought the ending becomes quite predictable it is still an enjoyment to read.

I am now looking forward to reading the other releases in the series, and if this book is anything to go by I won't be able to put those down for a while either!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nipper Dog on 22 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
This was the 3rd Torchwood book I read and I'm glad I read it last otherwise I would not have bothered reading the other two which were brilliant!

I found the difference in attitude of the characters - from what I'd learnt about them on TV and in the other two books - to be extremely off-putting; they just didn't ring true and, to me, acted out of character. Cap'n Jack was quite a marginal figure and seemed very weak - not leadership material at all and not the cool, calm but witty hunk we know and love! He didn't seem to be in control much and we didn't hear that much about him or from him, which was most unexpected.

The introduction of the character James didn't work for me either and the fact that he and Gwen 'got it together' was a real shame; Gwen's love of Rhys provides one of the strongest links to 'reality' - he represents the rest of us - that the series has. It is her constant battle between what she sees and learns at Torchwood and the 'normal' everday life of her and Rhys - the way she adapts and reconciles the two and the constant wrestling of her conscience between them - that gives her such strength and adds humanity and compassion to the team. The loss of that throws us out of kilter - all without good reason as far as I could see. Maybe I just didn't 'get it'!

Still, it's far better than anything I could write so I guess I have no right to criticise!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Bentley VINE VOICE on 9 Oct 2007
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Disclaimer: This review was written before the much more enjoyable second series of Torchwood was put on telly and addressed many of the issues I had with the show.

I should point out, that while I watched Torchwood all the way through, it was more in the hope that it would all come together at some point than because I was really enjoying it. So why read one of the books? Well both Andy Lane (who wrote Slow Decay) and Dan Abnett have proven themselves fine writers and I approached Border Princes as a Dan Abnett novel instead.

So I was mildly surprised (though not that surprised) to find that Dan's novel presented the version of Torchwood I'd been expecting and hoping for. A group of paranormal investigators, normal people, who deal with crimes using alien artefacts and incursions from other realms. The interactions between the team, which I'll admit don't mirror the television show that well beyond the first episode, make you feel like they're a good team, as opposed to the backstabbing, callous bunch of cheats and liars the show featured. When watching the show I could never understand why they all kept working together when they would shoot each other, bully each other etc. Captain Jack particularly feels closer to how Russell T Davies writes him than what we saw in the show and is a lot easier going and willing to share his mysteries.

The writing is well paced and quite gripping. Even though you'll probably see where it's all going, it's a pleasant trip getting there. There's plenty of humour and the relationship writing for Gwen is particularly strong, even if Rhys does get short shrift (but then Gwen had an affair with Owen in the show, so why should we believe her relationship with Rhys is particularly strong).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Mar 2007
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Of the first three Torchwood spin-off books ("Border Princes", "Another Life", "Slow Decay"), I think this is the strongest one. In it the Torchwood crew have to face several problems at the same time, unlike the TV series where problems conveniently appear at a rate of one a week, and the book studies the characters under stress.

The book also does a good job of fitting itself *into* the TV series without having to follow fixed rules for which characters will survive and which won't (in particular James, as other reviewers have mentioned), and yet it does NOT use a 'magic reset button' or 'it was all a dream' device, for which it should be praised.

Clicking the 'Dan Abnett' link on Amazon suggests that he's a seasoned writer for other tie-in books like Warhammer 40,000, and the battle scenes in this book are well-written. It's quite a masculine book, the up-side of which is that the book doesn't spend too long on the Gwen-and-Rhys-problem that "Another Life" got itself wrapped up in. Personally I found the Gwen-and-Rhys-relationship-breakdown the weakest written and least engaging part of both the TV series and the other books, so I'm grateful that this book doesn't dwell on it.

<geek mode> There is a bit of a plot contradiction between this book and episode 12 of the TV series, and Toshiko's character is very different to her TV appearances, but those are minor niggles. <end geek>
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