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Torchwood: Something in the Water

Torchwood: Something in the Water [Kindle Edition]

Trevor Baxendale
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Featuring Captain Jack Harkness as played by John Barrowman, with Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato and Ianto Jones as played by Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoki Mori and Gareth David-Lloyd, in the hit sci-fi series created by Russell T Davies for BBC Television.

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Dr Bob Strong's GP surgery has been treating a lot of coughs and colds recently, far more than is normal for the time of year. Bob thinks there's something up but he can't think what. He seems to have caught it himself, whatever it is - he's starting to cough badly and there are flecks of blood in his hanky.

Saskia Harden has been found on a number of occasions submerged in ponds or canals but alive and seemingly none the worse for wear. Saskia is not on any files, except in the medical records at Dr Strong's GP practice.

But Torchwood's priorities lie elsewhere: investigating ghostly apparitions in South Wales, they have found a dead body. It's old and in an advanced state of decay. And it is still able to talk.

And what it is saying is 'Water hag'...

Featuring Captain Jack Harkness as played by John Barrowman, with Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato and Ianto Jones as played by Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoki Mori and Gareth David-Lloyd, in the hit science fiction series created by Russell T Davies for BBC Television.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846074371
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (13 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ELY7FQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,359 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special but not bad 1 April 2008
I like the book but contrary to the other Torchwood novels I have read before, it lacks depth. On a superficial level the book is entertaining but it is nothing special. The characterizations are accurate but the author didn`t do anything with them that adds something, that challenges them or even shows some interesting interactions. You can feel the bond between these people and find some nice touches of humour but there was nothing I found really engaging.

The story itself felt like a "connect the dots" exercise because everything was so predictable. This was a blood, gore and snot story in which these graphic descriptions seemed to be more important sometimes than actually dealing with the characters as people. We have a female monster in a beautiful looking package who is distributing its seed among the male population but in the disguise of what looks like a particularly unpleasant and painful flu epidemic. I hate the cliché used at the end and although I expected it, I was nevertheless very disappointed.

Although the book could definitely been better, for a quick, light read it is not a bad choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something in the Water 12 April 2008
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
The 4th Torchwood novel find the team up against a serious dose of strep throat, as an alien water hag spreads an infection throughout Cardiff...

For the most part 'Something in the Water' is good stuff - the water hag has enough historical background to be more than just another random 'alien of the week' and makes a viscious enemy, there are some enjoyable scenes of horror and action, and the regular characters are all true to their television counterparts. If the novel has a flaw it's with the ending, with the lack of clear rationale behind the creatures plans for the Rift dissapointing, while the fact that the adventure is concluded more with brawn than brains doesn't make this a memorable finale.

Nevertheless, despite the mild downturn at the end this is for the most part an engrossing, enjoyable adventure, and while it may not do anything radical with any of the main cast this is still fun stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something in the water does not compute 11 Mar 2009
The Torchwood team discover a dead body that is still able to speak ominous words; a man is found in the Hub who has met the team at some point in their past; and Bilis Manger is back - but can Torchwood possibly defeat him without the help of Captain Jack?

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of parasites being implanted in unwitting doctors' patients and the visceral and gruesome outcomes. Baxendale is a competent and stylish writer and what the novel lacks in depth it makes up for in sheer entertainment. The characterisation of the Torchwood team is mostly spot on, and the dark style and tone is reminiscent of the excellent first series of the show.
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(Review written by my son aged 15)
I was originally interested in buying and reading this book for two main reasons. Firstly, I liked the title, as simple as it is, it basically sums up the premise of the book. Secondly, it was written by Trevor Baxendale. He’s easily my favourite “Whoniverse” author as writer of my joint-favourite Doctor Who novel : “Prisoner Of The Daleks”. “Prisoner Of The Daleks” was easily a five-star story and I hoped that “Something In The Water” would follow in the same footsteps. Does it? Nearly …

I’m not exactly an expert in the Torchwood novels, but I can tell that this story isn’t exactly special or has much significance to the overall narrative of the franchise. However, that doesn’t stop it being an enjoyable read. Some people have criticized this story for doing absolutely nothing with the central characters. Well, yes, I can understand where they’re coming from. However, I don’t think that this factor should make the story necessarily bad.

Whilst the basic idea of the story is a simple one, its also an effective one involving unknown epidemics and cold-like symptoms. However, the villains behind this plot are another tale. I really enjoyed seeing the actions of the main villains - the Water Hags. They were really creepy and had some very gothic descriptive writing going for them.

Overall, whilst this story isn’t going to live down as a well-known Torchwood legend, it’s still a good story. I can see it becoming a hidden gem similar to other Torchwood stories on TV such as “Sleeper” and “Something Borrowed”. I definitely recommend any Torchwood or Doctor Who fan to read this enjoyable story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars creepy 28 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
probably one of the creepiest torchwood books I have read. I liked it though.
Hard cover book nice size for carrying in my bag to work
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4.0 out of 5 stars fantasic! 3 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
really good book and great plot.
one of the best books I have read
I would recommend it to any torchwood fan.
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