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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2012
This eagerly awaited Torchwood novel, penned by John and Carole E. Barrowman, lives up to expectations. Who better to co-write an adventure centred on Captain Jack Harkness than the actor who has played him since 2005 - John Barrowman himself?

The characterisations are perfect: we already know Jack, Gwen and Rhys, but we meet new friends and enemies during the course of this exciting adventure.

Women are being driven mad... strange things are happening to the Earth... but why can't Jack remember key events from his past? And how are they linked? This is what you'll find out as you turn the pages of Exodus Code. Set firmly in the world of Torchwood, after the Miracle, the writing drives the action forward with energy, intelligence and humour.

The story would make an excellent fifth series of Torchwood. Here's hoping!!
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on 9 January 2013
This eagerly-awaited Torchwood novel, written by Carol E and John Barrowman (who played Captain Jack Harkness since 2005) certainly lives up to expectations. Full of intense drama and absorbing narrative this captivating, compelling read is a real page-turner. Complete within this universally loved creation are those distinctive, markedly memorable characters such as Gwen Cooper and Rhys, this book would make a fantastic drama adaptation and fifth series after Miracle Day. Once this exciting adventure takes hold it never lets go, as you are plunged into a world of danger, mystery and unstoppable action that keeps you sat on the edge of your seat in suspense throughout.

Unexplained, curious events take place such as Earth tremors across the globe and women bizarrely being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. The number one on Twitter is `#realfemmefatales' which not only baffles the government and scientists (who remain inconspicuous and silent) but also civilians. It seems that this curious conundrum can only be solved by the Torchwood team, but sadly this secret organization doesn't contain many members. Fortuitously Captain Jack Harkness has traced the problem's source, a small village in Peru, where he's uncovered evidence of alien involvement.

Meanwhile in Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him - but she's quickly becoming a victim of the madness, too...

Torchwood is back, after the Miracle, with another mystery to solve that again links to Jack's remarkable and eccentric past. Full of energy, intelligence and humour this cleverly crafted, deeply thought-provoking read is truly astonishing and a fantastic read. As a fan of the television drama series and all things science-fiction and fantasy, this action-packed adventure will delight many fans by taking you on a thrilling, blood-curdling, unforeseen rollercoaster of a ride! Amidst the exquisite storyline is such undeniably fabulous originality as to delight, containing arresting and well-written prose.

Any fan of Torchwood and The Hollow Earth (also by Carol E and John Barrowman) must mark this as a `must-read'!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2014
Not sure how easy it is to write about a character you played on TV but a good effort by John and his sister. Got a sense of Miracle Day in some elements of the tale. Did get a little confusing in places but Torchwood is like that. A lot longer than the earlier Torchwood novels, therefore a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2014
Absolutely love that since we have to wait a lifetime for another torchwood series, john barrowman had took up upon himself to keep to entertained with a torchwood book !! Keep up the brilliant work .. Hope there's more to come
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2012
From the very first chapter this adventure is a real page turner so much so that I read it in 2 sittings. The characters of Jack, Gwen, Rhys and Andy are well known to TW fans but this story will appeal to non-woodies as well. It is possible to read and enjoy without knowing any of Jack's or TW's history so on this basis deserves to be viewed as a stand alone novel.
The writing is pacy and the plot, far from being formularic as some of the other TW novels have been, is quite complex. The new characters are well drawn and the flashback chapters are a real bonus in establishing the story and building the excitement to a fantastic climax. It is the perfect follow up to Miracle Day and there are hints at how our favourite characters have been changed by those events.
The writing as we should expect is quite different to Hollow Earth, the Barrowman sibling's book for young adults proving that they have versatility and this would make a great film. Let's hope this is the first of a series of TW novels by Captain Jack himself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2013
Really enjoyed the book.
Ending rather confusing but didn't spoil the book.
Have passed it on to both of my daughters to read.
Would recommend it to anyone who loved the series on tv.
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on 30 May 2013
This book started off well with Jack in a tight situation and an adventure waiting to happen! Then it got steadily worse. The idea behind the story was incredibly tedious and like Miracle Day, nothing to do with aliens.
Jack seems a bit obsessed with Gwen and this gets increasingly worse with it becoming very creepy to be honest...
The logistics and plot holes in the second half of the book were laughable in the end, with an almost non-existent finale.
Very disappointed.
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on 17 November 2013
I really loved the series shown on the TV and when I heard about Carole and John writing this book (along with Hollow Earth which I thoroughly enjoyed even though written for the teenage market and Bone Quill - (awaiting local library to obtain copy) I took the plunge and ordered it. I am enjoying it very much indeed. It is well written and is getting more and more exciting as the story unfolds. A great read for lovers of Torchwood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2012
As a book fan and a torchwood fan I loved the story and characters. The concept was unique and flirty Jack was back.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2012
This is a review of the audio book . I bought this as a fan of Torchwood, but, as I wasn't keen on Miracle Day, and knowing that this is set after that, I was a bit apprehensive. However I was pleasantly surprised, It was much better than I expected. The characterization of the Torchwood cast was spot on, and I really loved the fact that Jack is back to his flirty self, action hero, rather than the depressed sidelined character he was in Miracle Day. The plot (and chapters) move quickly, and frequently back and forth between different times and events (from present day, to years ago, to a few weeks ago), which can be a bit confusing at first but was OK once I got used to it.

The story itself was intriguing enough to maintain my interest throughout. A couple of plot holes (hence I gave it 4 stars instead of 5), but certainly better than some of the other TW novels I have read in the past, and despite what another reviewer said, Rex, thankfully, barely appears in the story, It's primarily Jack, with Gwen, Rhys. Sergeant Andy also makes an appearance. New characters are also introduced, some of which grabbed my attention, others not so much, but they didn't overshadow what is a basically a good Torchwood story.

I enjoyed listening to it. It helped that Daniel Pirrie did an excellent job reading it, making the characters sound believable. His Jack Harkness accent is pretty good!
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