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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 01 edition (18 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849902852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849902854
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Agent Rex Matheson investigates the disappearance of a CIA squad transporting secret Torchwood cargo - a Torchwood: Miracle Day prequel

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'Mr Matheson, I have cradled the leaking brains of presidents
in my bare hands. Do you really think you've got what it takes
to intimidate me?'

A CIA Special Activities Division squad goes rogue with a
cargo marked 'Torchwood' that they've been escorting from
somewhere called Cardiff. A very special shipment the UK's
new coalition government was suspiciously keen to offload at
almost any price.

The Agency puts Rex Matheson on the case. But someone is
obstructing him at every turn - each time he seems to be
catching up with the rogue unit, something puts him off
the trail.

Rex is the CIA's golden boy - but has he met his match in the
evasive Mr Wynter?

Based on the hit series created by Russell T Davies, The Men Who Sold the World is a
prequel to
Torchwood
Miracle Day
starring Mekhi Phifer as Rex Matheson, with John Barrowman and Eve Myles as Jack
Harkness and Gwen Cooper.

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Prequel to Miracle Day. If you didn't like Rex as a character in the series, you probably won't like this. Beyond that ..... it's Torchwood ...... and I welcome anything that keeps the dream alive.
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bought this for son
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Book three of the Miracle Day prequels is certainly the weakest of the bunch. It focusses on the character of CIA agent Rex Matheson, and features none of the original Torchwood group except in passing. A CIA team have gone rogue with some alien technology and Rex takes it upon himself to track them down.

This is much more a return to some of the older Torchwood dross novels than the recent set. It is very much a stand alone novel and seems too generic, as if it could have happened to anyone, rather than needing to be set in this established universe. As such, it comes across more as "let's tell a story about Rex" rather than "there's a story about Rex that needs to be told".

Generally, the characters are flat, and pretty identical. Even Rex doesn't come across as having any depth, which leaves him a pretty un-engaging main character. The plot itself is just a rehash of any number of 'soldiers go rogue' storylines, and the route Rex takes to find them seems far too easy. Speaking of Rex, his willingness and apparent ability to go off on his own little mission without any approval was unbelievable.

Overall, I have to say that I was not impressed by this book. Although there was an interesting twist at the end, it seemed a bit of a cop out and I can't help feeling that Rex's past could have been explored in a better way. Only really of interest to real Torchwood fans seeking completeness.
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The second of the original novels written as a precursor to the (as of now) final TV series of Russell T Davies' Doctor Who spin-off doesn't actually feature any of the Torchwood cast who survived the various holocausts the show featured; even Captain Jack is in absentia. This makes the novel something of a strange animal - CIA agent Rex Matheson who was introduced in that final TV series, takes centre stage here, and becomes a kind of surrogate Torchwood, as a cache of extra-terrestrial weapons becomes the centre of some distinctly underhand governmental shenanigans, and Matheson finds himself chasing rogue army veterans and a shady sexagenarian assassin known only as Mr Wynter - a great creation who would undoubtedly be played by Christopher Walken if this were a film.

The story is engaging, violent and fast-paced, and Guy Adams is a controlled and effective writer, however it is quite `timey-wimey' to borrow a phrase, and the ending felt unsatisfactory to me.
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This isnt the best book i have read as i dont think that it kept me gripped until towards the end! But it had a good story line and had potential. The characters were set out well but the last 6 chapters were all titled "chapter 19" which was confusing and unnecessary as it just repeated the chapter 6 times but all from different perspectives, which got a bit tedious and i ended up skipping.
Out of the 3 newly released torchwood books i would rate them:
1st Favourite: First Born
2nd Favourite: Long Time Dead
3rd Favourite: The Men Who Sold The World :)
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