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Torchwood: Risk Assessment (Torchwood Series Book 13) Kindle Edition
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The character of Agnes Havisham is an interesting one; and brings some of Torchwood's long-standing history to a current reality. Jack, Ianto and Gwen are all well characterised; just parts of the story seem so far-fetched, or even slightly silly, as to spoil the overall effect. Too many good ideas from the author that he wanted to use in one book, I suspect.
Definitely a must-read for a Torchwood fan; but just good, not great. An intriguing, oddball kind of story. A pity - hopefully we see more of the interaction between Jack and Miss Havisham in future stories.
But ultimately this book doesn't fit. It feels like a Mary Sue with the appearance of Agnes Havisham, who detracts from the main characters by stealing some of their screen time. Her back-story is sketchy, and a lot is provided in the format of flashbacks, which break uncomfortably into the story. Yes, by the end her presence feels justified but at first she seems out of place.
The plot is good for Torchwood - it's original, and while being full of surprising turns they do seem to make sense at the end. The aliens are plausible, though the Vam comes across as rather camp as a destroyer of worlds. There are a few minor plot holes but actually the resolution is well executed and doesn't feel implausible - refreshing for Torchwood.
My only other problem with this novel is how it fits into the wider Torchwood series. Clearly it is set between series two and three of the television programme, but there are elements of the continuity which feel out of place. Particularly the ending, unless it's designed to flow straight into the next book?
I recommend this book to any who has read most of the torchwood books so far or any torchwood or doctor who fan.
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if you are not a big gwen fan you will want to avoid this book. while i am not expecting great literature i do hope for something that doesn't read like bad fan fic. Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2011 by Ellen Daugherty
A bit of an oddity this - the remaining Torchwood trio of Gwen, Jack, and Ianto, generally take a back seat to the bonkers and enigmatic Agnes Havisham, a Torchwood risk-assessor... Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2011 by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
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