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on 18 January 2010
This has got to be one of the best Torchwood novels. Having now read 14 of the 15 in the series, I can safely say this. Like many in the series, there is a tendency to keep skipping between various action but this makes for a natural feel to the TV series. There are at least two occasions that makes the reader exclaim, 'Of course' as an earlier unexplained portion of text falls into place towards the latter half of the book. Author Trevor Baxendale (who also wrote Something in the Water) writes a fast paced and compelling novel. Well worth a read even if you are not a Torchwood fan. The whole Torchwood series of books gets better with each new release. Recommended.
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Having read all the other original Torchwood novels I found this to be the best of the bunch. Trevor Baxendale is a first-rate sci-fi/thriller writer who creates a great pace and provides full-blooded action and well-presented characters throughout. I agree that the ending is a bit of an anti-climax but overall this didn't detract from the fun and enjoyment of an exciting story that feels very true to RT Davies' television series.
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on 28 October 2009
This is one of the better Torchwood books - and i've read a few now!! The story keeps you gripped and the relationship between Captain Jack, Gwen and Ianto is written very well as they try to save the world from the Undertakers Gift even though theres just the 3 of them. The story comes together well at the end where all the little sub stories throughout the book all contribute to the end.

the Basis of the story is that a law company from the future want Jack assassinated and to destory present day earth as they feel torchwood havent been handling the rift well. they send the undertakers gift only torchwood dont exactly know what this is or what it looks like, all they know is that it will destroy the world and Jack is also kept on his toes knowing something or someone is going to try to kill him. the story is kept in suspense with the un-dead who are dressed up as a funeral procession and whats in the coffin they are carrying they makes even Gwen Cooper feel sick!!??

really good read and keeps you glued until the end
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on 3 August 2013
well worth the money good read I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to any torchwood fan .
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on 2 August 2014
delivery was fast and the item is as described
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on 4 April 2010
The Undertaker's Gift follows the current pattern of Torchwood novels. It's plot is similar - there seems to be an over dependence on zombies - and slow to get going. There's a lot more going on in this one than there needs to be, and until the very end it doesn't really fit together, and even then seems a little bit of a cop out.

This book does however nicely stay focussed on the three main characters, although apart from Jack they still seem a little 2D compared to the TV series. Jack is used well and we get to see a lot of what is going on inside his mind and we are played with by the author as he cleverly foreshadows some of the elements we know are coming in series three of the television series.

The very end of this book is disappointing though. Similarly to the previous book it seems very much as if there was no time left to end it properly and so it's been done badly. This time with a giant reset button, and previously with a random cliffhanger that will never be resolved.

So yes, I believe these novels have gone downhill a touch with the latest batch. I'm even thinking it might be time to give up on the series. They just feel that it's not worth waiting for a better book the two days they take to read.
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on 23 September 2014
I thought Bay of the Dead was the best Torchwood novel I had read..But The Undertakers Gift beats it by miles...Trevor Baxendale..Got Jack,Ianto and Gwen brilliantaly..The story was EXCELLENT..The Hokrala Corp sending events out of control with The Almost Dead..The story flowed so well..and the closness between the three main players was superb..they fought together to save the world..and with a great twist to the ending..This novel is so amazing..Very highly recommended to any Torchwood fan..I would say Read it and enjoy.
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on 7 August 2015
Good and fast sale
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on 7 January 2010
this is an excellent bood,as they all are,but this is gripping and funny and well written-hope there are many more books
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