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This review is from: Torchwood: Long Time Dead (Paperback)
A novel based on the tv show Torchwood, telling an all new story that hasn't been presented before in any other medium.
It runs for two hundred and fifty pages and is divided into thirty two relatively short chapters plus a prologue and an epilogue.
Whilst the cover of the book bills it as a prequel to Torchwood: Miracle Day, it's only one by virtue of the fact that it takes place somewhen in between the end of Torchwood: Children of Earth and the beginning of Miracle Day. There's nothing in here that has any impact whatsoever on the latter.
With the Torchwood Hub having been destroyed during Children of Earth, the story starts with a government ordered excavation of the remains. Which results in something deadly being unleased. Suzie Costello, Torchwood member who went very bad during the first season, is back. Alive again. On the loose. And very deadly.
People across the city start to die. The police and the military are on the case. And DCI Cutler, who is leading the investigation, is haunted by vague dreams. Of a man in a world war two greatcoat.
As the stakes get higher, can he find and stop Suzie in time?
Whilst PC Andy does turn up, the regular Torchwood characters are only here in flashback. There's a few of those as Suzie remembers things. All the characters are well written and perfectly recreated on the printed page, and Suzie is given a fair amount of depth as also, with some believable characteriation and motivation.
This moves along at a fair old pace and the pages do turn quickly. There are plenty of the aforementioned flashbacks and plenty of characters created especially for the story who are also given some good depth.
Cutler is a fairly decent character, as is his opposite number in the military.
Plot resolution is reached in a believable manner, and whilst the resolution is fairly quick, it does result out of character interaction and choices, so it's believable.
Not an essential read for fans of the show, but not a bad one either.