Torchwood: The Men Who Sold The World Paperback – 18 Aug 2011
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Agent Rex Matheson investigates the disappearance of a CIA squad transporting secret Torchwood cargo - a Torchwood: Miracle Day prequel
From the Back Cover
'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
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
starring Mekhi Phifer as Rex Matheson, with John Barrowman and Eve Myles as Jack
Harkness and Gwen Cooper.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Set well before Miracle day, this features CIA agent Rex Matheson tracking down some rogue special forces operatives who have stolen a bunch of alien technology. It's a short book, only 250 pages of reasonably sized print so it is a quick and easy read. I was worried that this might be targeted at a younger audience, but there is some quite violent content so I would suggest not, just an easy and light adult read.
It has the Torchwood blend of outrageous plot, humour and shocking acts of violence. It captures the driven and grumpy Rex really well along with some interesting side characters including the creepy Mr Wynter And it's fun, plenty of action, banter and shadowy Government figures. Captain Jack and Gwen make very brief appearances, but this is about Rex and does a good job with him as he chases around the world chasing alien weaponry and being an accessory to stolen sunglasses.
The end of the book goes into paradoxical over-drive (at first I thought it was a printing error!) which is a little confusing, but if you enjoy Torchwood, you will probably like this brief but satisfying tie-in. Four stars if you are a Torchwood fan.
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.
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 :)
Due to an unfortunate accident during this transaction, the potential of these alien weapons becomes all too clear to Cotter Gleason, the CIA special ops agent placed in charge of their procurement. After a bloody gun battle with the Brits, Gleason and his team go rogue, intent on holding the world to ransom with a Ytraxorian Reality Rifle... This semi-organic gun is rather more subtle than say, your average Sontaran weaponry, but no less devastating for that.
Having let his morals bloodily get in the way of a previous assignment, Rex is in some dire need of a result, and as he's in close proximity to Gleason's Cuban base, he's sent on the chase... However, Rex is not the only hunter in this world, as the sinister Mr.Read more ›
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product arrived on time in great condition,just what i wanted.Good price too! i usually buy from the supermarket but to br honest this was even cheaper and i got a few titles which... Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2011 by bubs