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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 (21 customer reviews)
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A gripping crime thriller from Torchwood – the hit sci-fi drama created by Russell T Davies.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. A. Tyers on 22 Jun. 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Haddrell on 18 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AG Stephenson on 11 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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In comparison to some other Torchwood books I have enjoyed reading, this one definitely has more depth. Whilst the novel is the same length as others at around 250 pages, the print is definitely smaller and Andy Lane’s writing is definitely more descriptive and thought-provoking than some other authors writing for the Torchwood book series.

One of the things I love about this book is that Rhys and Gwen’s relationship is explored in greater depth. An ongoing subplot about an alien device found on a body after a fight in a nightclub, cleverly ties into this theme. The alien device allows us to see how the two characters cope with amplified emotions, namely aggression and love. The main story going on in the book is that of weight-loss tablets being given out by the mysterious Dr. Scotus and the side effects that they are having.

The plot itself and the idea of aliens being bundled along with a super-medicine is very similar to the TV story “Reset”, but that doesn’t stop this being an interesting adventure. Whilst I found the ending a tiny bit confusing, it was still a satisfying ending with an unexpected twist thrown in.

All in all, this is a Torchwood novel that has greater depth than usual and is a great read, a story that I would definitely recommend to any Doctor Who and/or Torchwood fan.
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