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Torchwood does Towering Inferno... or Paradise Towers
on 1 June 2012
Set just before the end of the second TV series, this is a Torchwood take on the "Towering Inferno" storyline (which is even referenced in the book), albeit with a monster instead of a fire. There's a mysterious new high-rise in Cardiff Bay, and it's not long before most of the Torchwood crew are trapped inside, with a monster in the basement, a psychotic killer in the penthouse, and an odd selection of residents inbetween. Or, if I wanted to be less kind, I'd compare it to "Paradise Towers".
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.