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11 Jan 2007 Torchwood (Book 11)

'The twenty-first century is when it all changes, and you've got to be ready.'

Separate from the government; outside the police, beyond the United Nations: Torchwood sets its own rules. A team of investigators, using alien technology to solve crime - both alien and human. This British sci-fi crime thriller, created by Russell T Davies, sees them delve into the unknown. A group of people fighting the impossible. The series stars Captain Jack Harkness played by John Barrowman, last seen in Doctor Who.

This novel is a brand-new Torchwood story.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (11 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563486554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563486558
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gripping crime thriller from Torchwood - the hit sci-fi drama created by Russell T Davies.

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High-profile new Doctor Who-inspired drama created by Russell T Davies.

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4.0 out of 5 stars hungry! 15 Jan 2007
Torchwood: top secret cardiff based agency who protect the country from aliens and alien technology, and from the latter being misused. Most of it comes through a time rift in the city.

Recently finished it's first thirteen episode run on the bbc, and now we have some novels featuring the main characters.

So how does the show translate to prose?

Interestingly well. These are larger books than the doctor who ones, and have smaller print, although the page count is the same. And just the show, they feature sex violence and swearing, so don't put them alongside the doctor who books in the childrens section, wh smith!

They feel like grown up books, more so than the original doctor who novels that came out from 1991-2005 ever did. It did take me a little while to get into this book, but once I was on page 100 it really clicked.

A lot of exposition which is well handled introduces the characters, who are all well realised. Captain jack in particular comes over very well on the page when he isn't the viewpoint character. And there's some interesting back story for team member owen, and a look at parts of the torchwood base we never saw on screen.

The plot involves creatures and technology that came through the rift being misused. It would be a good but average tv episode, but in prose form it really took off and read very well.

I don't know if this would get you hooked on the tv show, but I enjoyed reading it, and will be getting the other ones
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spine Tingling 22 Jun 2008
This is a book guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine. This book takes a little bit of time and patience to get into but once the action begins I couldn't put it down. This book contains a lot of bad language and some sex scenes that are quite frankly... disgusting, but this adds to the tension as sex and food are joined together in a strange mix.
The story is based around a diet clinic who offer no quibble easy weight loss, with one pill to start losing weight and one pill to stop it. But, as you would expect in any Torchwood storyline, there are added complications the subject will become hungrier and hungrier. As their appetite grows, so does the food they eat, from pizzas to pigeons, to their friends, to themselves, the victims slowly decay and become more ravenous. The Torchwood team race to discover what this could be to do with a mood transmitting device and save the lives of the ravenous victims. Unfortunately one of these victims is Reece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written horror story 18 Feb 2007
This is definitely the darkest one of the three Torchwood novels available at the moment. It is a well written horror novel. With that I mean, it has many shocking scenes including a lot of blood and gore but it is combined with good characterizations and within a storyline that is definitely not put together just to play with the emotions of the readers.

Most of the book is about the relationship between Gwen and Rhys. It is obvious that this book takes place during the beginning of the first season when first cracks appeared in their relationship but not the ugliness that happened later. Gwen did things in later Torchwood I am not sure if I will ever be able to forgive her for it. Gwen certainly loves Rhys very much but, as on TV, in spite of the best intentions at the beginning, things tend to get out of control and Gwen has to struggle to save a situation from becoming a complete disaster. In this book, she is shown more capable. She made a serious mistake, but so did Rhys. I found it touching to read how both of them first of all got into this mess because they wanted to save their relationship and that the story involving them had a happy end - for now. The reader is left with a sense of optimism. I wish I could have the same feeling now, after the end of the first season.

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. As soon as the miracle weight loss cure appeared, I wondered, where is the catch? I expected it to be nasty but I had no idea how nasty it would get.

There is only one minor aspect that I am not very happy with. On the one hand, of course Jack is entitled to his opinion and I have heard it often enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Idea 11 Feb 2007
What makes this book particularly good is the plot. It's such a good idea that you begin to feel that if only someone could develop the process commercially (I'm trying hard not to give the plot away here) then they could be on to a real winner.

This is a very well-written book - a good novel with strong characters and a decent story. Personally, I'm not a great fan of the Gwen-Rhys plot device in the series, although I understand the reasons - a way of grounding in reality the Torchwood team - but here, it works very well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Feed My Frankenstein 21 May 2008
There is a new pill on the market in Cardiff that is guaranteed to make you lose weight. Take the start pill and once you have lost the desired weight just take the stop pill - easy. That is unless you wait too long and the hunger takes control of you. Captain Jack and co. are on the case when they stumble across the body of a creature seemingly attacked by a ravenous human. Can they stop the hunger from spreading?

Being a fan of the Doctor Who novels I felt giving Torchwood a chance would be a good idea. Having never seen the show I came to the book with fresh eyes. On a positive note the book is a solid piece of B movie like science fiction filling itself with plenty of thrilling moments and a few naughty ones. However, the book used a very tired plot that was similar to many other science fiction stories over the years. Coupled to this was the fact that I did not particularly like any of the characters as their flaws made them unappealing. Despite this it was still a fun read that rattled along to a good conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When something’s too good to be true, it usually is.
(Review written by my son aged 15)
In comparison to some other Torchwood books I have enjoyed reading, this one definitely has more depth. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. K. Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow decay , a rapid read
Much enjoyed couldnt put it down, loved the TV series. Glad the books are keeping it alive. The writers keep getting better
Published 7 months ago by she who must be obeyed
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
I thought this book was fantastically written. The story line wasn't as gruesome as I thought but I would recommend it to people no younger than 14.
Published 20 months ago by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars woodie fun!
This is one of my favourite woodie stories. Everything is compressed and squeezed together to create a creepy and brilliant idea which i would've loved to have seen on the box. Read more
Published 21 months ago by woodiewho
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant short book
I really enjoyed this book and love the taboo subjects that torchwood touch on in general. I found it to be gripping, exciting and true to the original show.
Published on 28 Jun 2012 by R. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Have I told you about Doctor Scotus?
Torchwood is one of the best TV series created, and has a nice range of books based on the series to read. If you are looking for one, pick Slow Decay. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2008 by Pma Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Gory but a horror
This a very gory horror that sends a shiver down you freezing spine!
The woman that feeds on the humans and weevils is a bump in the night fright
Published on 27 Mar 2008 by michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars So true
This book is so true to the characters the weird, but funny things they come out with at the wrong moments. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2008 by A. Sandell
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Torchwood We Know and Love!
This book is brilliant. I brought it really cheap off the internet so wasn't expecting much. The first page was kinda boring so i was thinking of scrapping the book but i was... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2007 by F. A. Heslop
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
After starting with this book, i could not put it down. It is the best out of the three and had me griped from start to finish. Read more
Published on 19 April 2007 by K. Allen
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