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21 July 2011 Torchwood (Book 20)

Gwen and Rhys are on the run. Rhys was hoping this meant a windswept cottage on a cliff top, but he's had to settle for a miserable caravan in the isolated village of Rawbone. With the locals taking an unhealthy interest in their daughter, Gwen and Rhys start to realise that something is very wrong.

As they uncover the village's terrible past, Gwen discovers that Torchwood will never leave her behind, and now she and Rhys stand alone in defence of the Earth. And the children of Rawbone can only bring her closer to the secret forces that want her out of the way.

Based on the hit sci-fi series created by Russell T Davies, First Born is a prequel to Torchwood: Miracle Day, starring John Barrowman and Eve Myles as Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper, with Kai Owen as Rhys Williams.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849902836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849902830
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gwen and Rhys must protect their daughter as they stand alone in the defence of the Earth - a Torchwood: Miracle Day prequel

From the Back Cover

'No. We're getting her back. Then we're leaving. No more of

this. Torchwood is dead. Let someone else pick up the pieces.

Look what it's cost us - everything.'

Gwen and Rhys are in hiding. But the isolated village of

Rawbone is no place to bring up a baby. With the locals

taking an unhealthy interest in their daughter, Gwen and Rhys

start to realise that something is very wrong in Rawbone -

something with echoes of a life they thought they'd

left behind.

As they uncover the village's terrible past, Gwen discovers

that Torchwood will never leave her - but now she and Rhys

stand alone in defence of the Earth. And the children of

Rawbone can only bring her closer to the secret forces that

want her out of the way.

Based on the hit series created by Russell T Davies, First Born is a prequel to

Torchwood: Miracle Day

starring John Barrowman and Eve Myles as Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper,

with Kai Owen as Rhys Williams.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant novel!! 19 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is one of the best torchwood books i have ever read! It had me turning pages all the way threw and i never wanted to put it down. I especially loved the way the chapters were set out and it gave you everyones perspective! I definately reconmend, a very good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent novel 1 Aug 2012
By J Bate
Format:Paperback
I bought this book last week from a WH Smith store to take with me on holiday for a week, Thursday to Thursday (I'm still there) and after pacing myselg so it would last the whole week, I finished it this afternoon, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, it got the familiar characters of Gwen and Rhys spot on and I had vivid images of the other characters in my head and who would play them, and could only think of the now deceased Ianto Jones to fit the role of Sebastian, the kind and loving Scion in his sharp suit and habit of making great coffee. The book is written in small chapters, each named as one of the characters, thus letting you know from who's perspective that one is written from. This method of writing works wonders and I found it easy and quicker to read in small chunks.
The story and setting really fitted the series although one couldn't help relate elements to that from the series, (the isolated village - to the episode "countrycide", and the buisness with the children to the ideas in "Children of Earth"), although these where welcome as some of the best elements of the series come from this.
I will say that I would have them make extended specials for television, fitting in with storys like this one, which would make a great tv episode, as opposed to the ghastly longwinded story that is Miracle Day, which I would rather forget to be honest, what with all the americanisation and interference.
It shows however, that the real Torchwood, the proper Torchwood can live on through Gwen and Rhys who keep the flame burning in the absence of Jack, who gets a minimal role in the form of a mention from 30 years ago when the events of the village begun.
As I found myself isolated here in Gran Canaria with little english reading material, I found this book to be very interesting and was stuck to it constantly, it really is a very good novel and I intend to get the other one about Suzie Costello, but may pass on the americanised "Rex Mathisson" one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Torchwood - First Born 9 Oct 2011
By Amy
Format:Paperback
I thought that this book captured the character's of Gwen and Rhys really well, and really brought them to life. The story takes a while to get going and for the first fifty or so pages I was wondering where the whole thing was going, then suddenly it all starts to happen and I was almost kicking myself for not putting two and two together and figuring it out before it was made clear.

I'll be honest and say that I really enjoyed the story up to a certain point, however, I did feel that the last fifty or so pages weren't quite up there with the rest of the story and I almost wanted something a bit more fun and exciting to happen (I'm not sure what, though!)

It's been a while since I've read any of the other Torchwood books so memory wise I can't say whether this is any better or worse than the previous stories. From what I do remember, though, I do feel that this book particular makes Gwen and Rhys jump off the page as in this book they're exactly how they are in the TV series, which I don't remember thinking with some of the others that I have read.

This is a very good and interesting story and if you're a Torchwood fan I'd highly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre 30 Mar 2014
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The main problem with this Torchwood spin-off novel is that it is centred around two utterly dull and shallow characters - Gwen Cooper and her dopey caricature of a husband, Rhys Williams. The story is pretty generic but quite fun, however with barely a glimpse of Captain Jack this can never be a true Torchwood novel but a pale imitation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Book 10 Mar 2014
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It's a good book to read, especially as it's just about Gwen and Rhys. It is good in the way you get to read about what's going on from the perspective of both of them in turn. I would recommend this book for all Torchwood Fans to read and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 5 Aug 2013
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Another good Torchwood book. Explains a lot of what happened before miracle day. A must read for all fans of the series.
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