A novel based on the tv show Torchwood. Telling an all new story for the characters which didn't appear in any other format prior to this.
As with all Torchwood, it does contain strong language, violence and adult moments, so isn't for younger readers.
It runs for two hundred and fifty pages. It has a prologue, and twenty four chapters.
It is set during the second season of the tv show. Prior to Gwen and Rhys' wedding.Those two are out shopping for the impending wedding when Weevils attack. Jack and Ianto's trip to the zoo is interrupted as well. And the Weevils aren't the only monsters to be seen.
Someone is controlling them. Someone with power. And grudges...
Unlike some of the earlier Torchwood books this doesn't try too much to stretch the format, and it works very well simply by being a conventional story that just utilises the prose medium in order to produce scenes that would have gone beyond the budget of the tv show.
Tosh and Owen do get a bit left out of the narrative, as the focus is more on the two aforementioned couples. But book wise the first half of this is very solidly put together, and very readable. Leaving the reader intrigued to find what is really going on and why. It's also very good at giving good solid characterisation to the supporting character.
Once explanations start to appear it's not quite as interesting, turning into a slightly familiar narrative. But the action that results is decent enough, and still pretty readable. And it has a good strong resolution as well.
A very capable entry in the range. Not the kind of book that was ever going to be worth five stars, but a good solid four star read.
(Review by my 15-Year Old son) Pack Animals is the seventh Torchwood novel, written by Peter Anghelides. Peter has previously written the first Torchwood novel : "Another Life". Whilst I do own this, I've sadly yet to read it (I never read any Doctor Who or Torchwood novel series in the release order). However, my first impressions of Peter's writing are very good. Every page has great detail and the writing is never dull or confusing.
The premise of the story is a very good one, and (Spoilers coming!) as I'm a complete and utter nerd myself, I love the idea of the monsters from trading cards coming to life and terrorising Cardiff's population. The idea is completely original, at least in the Torchwood universe. The characterisation of each of the Torchwood team is also bang on target and realistic.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and its probably my favourite one of the Torchwood novels. After reading Peter Anghelides' writing, I am looking forward to reading "Another Life". Definitely recommended!
After reading and disliking Twilight Streets which put me off reading any more the the Torchwood books that came out after series 1. However after reading up on this book on the dr who forum I decided to give this a try. And didn't regret it. I really loved this book and Peter Anghelides did a great job in recreating the characters from the tv show in a believable way.
The book starts off with Rhys shopping in prepartion for his wedding in a Cardiff shopping mall which descends into to chaos and death with a set of playing cards and the rift creating havoc in Cardiff.
I love this book as it gives the team (which includes Tosh & Owen) a chance to shine and has more for Ianto to do since Twilight Streets it continues the relationships as they are in the tv shows with some tender and funny moments.
If you are awaiting series 3 and need a Torchwood fix I would highly recommend getting this to tide you over.
I have been disappointed by some previous Torchwood books, but this one was a good read. The existing Torchwood characters were well done and the new ones were reasonably compelling. I liked the plot and the fight scenes, and it was quite witty in places. It was easy to imagine as an episode.