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Torchwood: SkyPoint (Torchwood Series Book 8) Kindle Edition
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The book runs for 250 pages [slightly shorter than previous ones in the range] of relatively large print and rather short chapters. and a few adult moments and situations do mean this is not something for the kids.
the plot is set somewhere in the last third of the second season of he tv show, and involves a new apartment block in cardiff which is a luxury and exclusive residence, where people are disappearing as a result of something that's coming out of the walls. the place is owned and run by an east european mobster. could he know what's going on? the only solution is for tosh and owen to go undercover in the building, posing as a newly married couple.
the relative brevity of the book may leave you not expecting too much, but this does manage to be quite a decent read, because of a good depth of character to the writing. every one of the main characters is given good motivation, and the same depth applies to the supporting ones. the tosh owen relationship does get some detail, although this goes to one side once certain plot developments kick in, but it was well characterised enough to make me care about it more than I did on tv.
and the ultimate solution is something that is kept in the dark till near the end, and is a decent little plot development I didn't see coming.
Not great literature, but if you want a new torchwood story, it's a more than adequate read
It's not especially original but it's done quite well. It belts along at quite a pace - at only 250 pages, it packs a lot in. The real problem with that is that the ending is far too abrupt. It almost feels as though Phil Ford realised he'd reached his word limit and had to stop suddenly. One minute there's still high drama, the next minute the book is finished.
Owen and Tosh are the characters at the forefront here, which makes a nice change. It is set inbetween Owen's 'walking death' early in series 2, and the eventual conclusion of series 2, and a little bit of time is spent dwelling on Owen's post-death agonies, and on Toshiko's growing obsession with Owen. Whilst it's still slightly one-dimensional stuff, it is a nice respectful send-off that beefs up the characters just a little bit more prior to them not returning for series 3.
A nice addition to the Torchwood range, but not outstanding.
Skypoint is the eighth Torchwood novel in the series, written by Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures writer Phil Ford. At the time of writing this review, Phil Ford's most recent story has been Series 8 Episode 2 of Doctor Who : "Into the Dalek". I usually interpret Phil Ford's writing style as simple yet effective, in nearly every story he writes. This is no exception. Skypoint is a pretty simple story, but it is laced with detail and interesting characters.
As the title of this review suggests, this is an urban thriller meets adult Sci-Fi story, like many Torchwood stories. Skypoint has a thoroughly modern feel to it, this is enhanced by the settings of different scenes and Mafia-style characters. A great portion of the story also involves the characters of Owen and Toshiko going undercover in an attempt to be seen as an ordinary couple. Considering the placement of this novel in the grand scheme of the show, this is a nice touch. This is practically Owen and Toshiko's final story before "Fragments" / "Exit Wounds" (The death scene in "Exit Wounds" still surprisingly stands as the only moment on TV that has been able to squeeze tears out of me).
Overall, this isn't a perfect tale, but its an entertaining one, with moments that will make you laugh, and moments that get really tense. A great recommended read!
Surely one of the last opportunities to read a Torchwood novel that features Tosh and Owen - the two most interesting characters in the team who were killed off at the end of series 2. Now that Series 3 is looming, future books will no doubt have the newly trimmed down team of Jack, Gwen and Ianto.
The story itself is a decent if lightweight read but that's what these novels are designed to be. It kept me engaged throughout and was true to the series, focusing naturally on Owen's refusal to accept death, and Toshiko's refusal to believe that she and Owen will never be able to have a relationship. Phil Ford keeps the action rattling along and never veers into sentimentality. A recommended read for fans of the TV show.
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