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Torchwood: Fallout Audio CD – Audiobook, 5 Apr 2012
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So when offered a copy to review by Vine I jumped at the chance.
Although the name Torchwood is IN CAPITALS the link is tenuous to say the least.
This story is in the lightweight spectrum of Saving the Planet Earth.
For a comparison think of the Sarah Jane Adventures versus the Dr Who proper...
Still good entertainment though no where near as good as the Dr Who stuff.
I enjoyed the story and its telling.
There is nothing in the story to frighten children who have watched Dr Who.
The violence and danger is to that level of reading age.
So it is for this audio book/ it's a satisfying tale but not quite Torchwood.
Let me explain.
If features Sgt Andy Davidson's- Gwen's old oppo from the Cardiff Police force and is read by the actor that portrayed him Tom Price.
Gwen is feature for about one minute flat.
Jack is mention in passing a few times.
Torchwood is not involved at all for the simple reason it has been destroyed, Jack is off on his travels and Gwen is sightseeing in the USA- The rest are.. Well dead.
Let me start by saying the Tom Price reads the story really well and the action moves along at a really good pace. The one CD last about an hour and it made the journey to a location there and back very enjoyable.
However the Torchwood name is the brand that will sell this CD. If it did not have that name emblazoned across the cover together with a picture of Gwen Cooper not many people would risk the chance of buying it.
But the Torchwood name is there and people will buy and in my opinion be entertained which is the whole idea of the CD isn't it?
Now look away now there are some comments that involve the plot and I would not want you to spoil the story.#
Gwen Cooper is on the cover- she appears briefly in the story and that is it.
Andy phones her in America to tell her about the egg and she relays information to him that's it.
Now the fact that the egg contains a deadly virus that can wipe out all of mankind and every carbon based creature and Gwen's reaction??
She's hey here's the info for you Boyo now let me get back to my Cheeseburger and Baby....
Yasmin finds an egg.
The egg is in her dead grandfather's locked shed.
How did it get there?
The hole in the roof is a clue! I didn't get the destruction of Torchwood with the indestructible egg connection until later in the story.
The eggs indestructible? Why if it's a bomb why make the thing impossible to open?
A bomb is designed to explode for goodness sake. Why on earth would you need a key to open it?
I'd have thought a hinged lid would do the job with a safety catch natch....
But if it opens accidentally the silicon based life forms that created it are unaffected..
Now Yasmin and her brother put the 'Faberge Type Egg' on E bay to sell.
Are you thinking what I am thinking? Who in their right minds would put the fact they have a priceless Faberge Egg for sale and their address easily available on E bay for goodness sake.
I'd be off to the Antiques Road show toute suite, Sotheby's ... or the next best auction House ala Dell Boy of the Trotters
The fact that a lone Russian turns up with a suitcase full of money to buy the egg is suspect.
The fact that the egg contains a virus that will destroy all carbon based life forms on the planet this fact is know to many Country's secret agencies especial in Russia that has most of the rest of the 'eggs' and only ONE..... One Russian Agent turns up to collect it in a Hired Car for Goodness sake- No back up no security anything.
He has smuggled a gun into the country and is involved with some pretty high up espionage -but no help no friendly 'hey this is for the benefit of all mankind type of protocol'??
Then there's a murder and a murdered body that walks out of the hospital which turns out to be an alien.
And no major alerts.
Andy Davidson lets Yasmin accompany him to London to intercept the robbery at the Museum.
A wounded Asian girl who's brother is literally a monster from Space..
No gun- no phone the Met for help... U.N.I.T.??
The Russian Agent is given a virus that will destroy him but his reward for helping the Alien will be to be given an antidote that will let him be the last human living...
The last man on earth.... no one to brag to... A highly trained operative who's sole purpose has been to protect mankind turns on a sixpence...
Yeah right aliens always keep their word and he is a highly trained agent who knows the score.
I enjoyed the story but it really is lightweight.
You will be entertained but...
The story centres around Sgt Andy Davidson and involves the discovery of a "jewelled egg" which was released from the Torchwood vaults when the hub exploded and landed in a garden shed. This turns out to be a weapon from another planet designed to release a virus that will wipe out life on Earth. There are various people who are trying to get their hands on it for either good or evil intent and it is up to Andy and the person who found it, Yasmin, to ensure that it remains safe.
The story is fittingly narrated by Tom Price who plays Sgt Andy in the TV series. It is a narrated story rather than a full cast production as per earlier Torchwood CDs but I think that this suits it. Andy Davidson is usually a fairly minor character so it is nice for him to have his moment of glory at last.
If you are a fan of Torchwood, you will probably enjoy this CD. Just don't expect the full Torchwood experience.
Ably filling the void (or is that a rift?) is Gwen's former police colleague and good friend Sergeant Andy Davidson who, when called to the scene of a shooting, quickly establishes that something strange is going on. His investigations soon lead to a Russian secret agent with a penchant for shooting people, a silicon-based alien life-form and the mother of all deadly viruses.
Read by Andy's alter ego, actor Tom Price, the story rattles along quickly enough to skip over the more glaring plot holes. As you'd expect, the trademark Torchwood wry humour is present and the characters well drawn within the confines of an hour-long audio book. Mercifully, author David Llewellyn avoids the Russell T. Davies trap of creating characters with obvious and ambiguous sexual preferences, so the story is suitable for a PG audience, as long as the prospect of total annihilation doesn't worry the little darlings too much.
In giving the redoubtable Andy the lead for this tale, the author has added depth to one of the peripheral series characters and I look forward to further stories of a post-Torchwood world coping with alien invasions by calling upon the skills of Her Majesty's Cardiff Plod.
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