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Torchwood: Exodus Code Hardcover – 13 Sep 2012
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"With a globe-trotting storyline that encompasses all the surviving regulars, it's easy to imagine this as the show's fifth season...sure to please hardened 'woodies'." (SFX)
From Torchwood star John Barrowman, and Carole Barrowman, an epic thriller that finds Captain Jack and Gwen in a race to save humanity itself...See all Product description
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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!!
The book is split into four parts - three of them read like a typical thriller - action and outlandish events, unlikely prescience and deus ex machina. The remaining part reads like classic Torchwood, focussed on Gwen and her family in Wales, dealing with the characters' lives and emotions. This was my favourite part of the story. I was also impressed with the depiction of synaesthesia, which while I have no personal experience of, came across in a believable and understandable manner.
I found the plot confusing to follow, and wasn't convinced at the end that the narrative added up properly - it often seemed like things were set in motion for a particular purpose before the characters knew enough to do so, and there was very little explanation of exactly what was happening and how the characters solved the problems they faced.
Torchwood seems to have transformed into a 'save the world every adventure' type of series, rather than the smaller focus it originally had. This feels unrealistic and a bit like jumping the shark. Overall I'm afraid to say I didn't find this book satisfying and did not feel it added much to the Torchwood story.
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'!
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.