Summary: Tiger Bay, Cardiff, 1950: A mysterious crate is brought into the docks on a Scandinavian cargo ship, the Kungssangen. Its destination: The Torchwood Institute. As the crate is offloaded by a group of local dockers it explodes, killing all but one; a young Butetown lad called Michael Bellini. Fifty-eight years later a radioactive source somewhere inside Torchwood leads the team to discover the same Michael Bellini, still young and dressed in his 1950s clothes, cowering in the vaults. As they question the intruder, it becomes apparent that each of them has met him in the past. All of them remember him talking incoherently about terrifying “Men In Bowler Hats” and little more, but it’s Jack who remembers him best of all…
Review: This is by far my favorite Torchwood book. It has all I ask for and want in a Torchwood novel. This story would have made a fantastic TV episode.
We learn more about each character’s background before they became an employee at Torchwood. We even find out info about old school Torchwood and its members and operations. The story is just so intriguing and keeps your interest the whole way through and makes you think. There are time jumps, but you understand them very quickly. You won’t be lost.
I really don’t want to say too much because I feel like if I do, I’ll give too much away.
Worst part: There’s not a full explanation of the monster.
Best part: The book’s plot and characterization is so brilliant.
Recommend For: Torchwood and Doctor Who fans will enjoy this one.
Other Books by This Author: Doctor Who: Night of the Humans and Doctor Who: The Taking of Chelsea 426