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    Available in PDF Format | Torchwood: Exodus Code.pdf | English
    John Barrowman(Author) Daniel Pirrie(Reader)
It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice - the number one Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there's not much of Torchwood left. Captain Jack Harkness has tracked the problem to its source: a village in Peru, where he's uncovered evidence of alien involvement. In Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him - but she's quickly becoming a victim of the madness, too...

"With a globe-trotting storyline that encompasses all the surviving regulars, it's easy to imagine this as the show's fifth season...sure to please hardened 'woodies'." (SFX)

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  • By Citygirl on 15 September 2012

    This eagerly awaited Torchwood novel, penned by John and Carole E. Barrowman, lives up to expectations. Who better to co-write an adventure centred on Captain Jack Harkness than the actor who has played him since 2005 - John Barrowman himself?The characterisations are perfect: we already know Jack, Gwen and Rhys, but we meet new friends and enemies during the course of this exciting adventure.Women are being driven mad... strange things are happening to the Earth... but why can't Jack remember key events from his past? And how are they linked? This is what you'll find out as you turn the pages of Exodus Code. Set firmly in the world of Torchwood, after the Miracle, the writing drives the action forward with energy, intelligence and humour.The story would make an excellent fifth series of Torchwood. Here's hoping!!

  • By Jim J-R on 30 September 2012

    Exodus Code is a Torchwood novel by John Barrowman, star of the TV series, and his sister Carole. The story, set following the fourth TV series ('Miracle Day'), sees violent uprisings in the sea bed around the world and groups of women suffering debilitating synaesthesia.The book is split into four parts - three of them read like a typical thriller - action and outlandish events, unlikely prescience and deus ex machina. The remaining part reads like classic Torchwood, focussed on Gwen and her family in Wales, dealing with the characters' lives and emotions. This was my favourite part of the story. I was also impressed with the depiction of synaesthesia, which while I have no personal experience of, came across in a believable and understandable manner.I found the plot confusing to follow, and wasn't convinced at the end that the narrative added up properly - it often seemed like things were set in motion for a particular purpose before the characters knew enough to do so, and there was very little explanation of exactly what was happening and how the characters solved the problems they faced.Torchwood seems to have transformed into a 'save the world every adventure' type of series, rather than the smaller focus it originally had. This feels unrealistic and a bit like jumping the shark. Overall I'm afraid to say I didn't find this book satisfying and did not feel it added much to the Torchwood story.

  • By Lucinda on 9 January 2013

    This eagerly-awaited Torchwood novel, written by Carol E and John Barrowman (who played Captain Jack Harkness since 2005) certainly lives up to expectations. Full of intense drama and absorbing narrative this captivating, compelling read is a real page-turner. Complete within this universally loved creation are those distinctive, markedly memorable characters such as Gwen Cooper and Rhys, this book would make a fantastic drama adaptation and fifth series after Miracle Day. Once this exciting adventure takes hold it never lets go, as you are plunged into a world of danger, mystery and unstoppable action that keeps you sat on the edge of your seat in suspense throughout.Unexplained, curious events take place such as Earth tremors across the globe and women bizarrely being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. The number one on Twitter is `#realfemmefatales' which not only baffles the government and scientists (who remain inconspicuous and silent) but also civilians. It seems that this curious conundrum can only be solved by the Torchwood team, but sadly this secret organization doesn't contain many members. Fortuitously Captain Jack Harkness has traced the problem's source, a small village in Peru, where he's uncovered evidence of alien involvement.Meanwhile in Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him - but she's quickly becoming a victim of the madness, too...Torchwood is back, after the Miracle, with another mystery to solve that again links to Jack's remarkable and eccentric past. Full of energy, intelligence and humour this cleverly crafted, deeply thought-provoking read is truly astonishing and a fantastic read. As a fan of the television drama series and all things science-fiction and fantasy, this action-packed adventure will delight many fans by taking you on a thrilling, blood-curdling, unforeseen rollercoaster of a ride! Amidst the exquisite storyline is such undeniably fabulous originality as to delight, containing arresting and well-written prose.Any fan of Torchwood and The Hollow Earth (also by Carol E and John Barrowman) must mark this as a `must-read'!

  • By ceejay on 30 May 2013

    This book started off well with Jack in a tight situation and an adventure waiting to happen! Then it got steadily worse. The idea behind the story was incredibly tedious and like Miracle Day, nothing to do with aliens.Jack seems a bit obsessed with Gwen and this gets increasingly worse with it becoming very creepy to be honest...The logistics and plot holes in the second half of the book were laughable in the end, with an almost non-existent finale.Very disappointed.

  • By A. Lockley on 16 April 2014

    Not sure how easy it is to write about a character you played on TV but a good effort by John and his sister. Got a sense of Miracle Day in some elements of the tale. Did get a little confusing in places but Torchwood is like that. A lot longer than the earlier Torchwood novels, therefore a good read.

  • By Sarah Lamb on 18 June 2014

    Absolutely love that since we have to wait a lifetime for another torchwood series, john barrowman had took up upon himself to keep to entertained with a torchwood book !! Keep up the brilliant work .. Hope there's more to come

  • By elizabeth reading on 29 November 2013

    Really enjoyed the book.Ending rather confusing but didn't spoil the book.Have passed it on to both of my daughters to read.Would recommend it to anyone who loved the series on tv.

  • By Mrs. BW Richardson on 17 November 2013

    I really loved the series shown on the TV and when I heard about Carole and John writing this book (along with Hollow Earth which I thoroughly enjoyed even though written for the teenage market and Bone Quill - (awaiting local library to obtain copy) I took the plunge and ordered it. I am enjoying it very much indeed. It is well written and is getting more and more exciting as the story unfolds. A great read for lovers of Torchwood.

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