REVIEW: Torchwood: Army of One by Ian Edington *SPOILER ALERT*

Title: Torchwood: Army of One
Author: Ian Edington
Year of Publication: 2012
Genre: Media Tie-In
Format: Audio Book
Length: 1 hour and 10 minutes
First Line: “Sylvia Solano recognized her killer.”

Summary: Washington D.C., post–Miracle. The city has been hit by a spate of very unusual serial killings. The victims are different ages and genders and the locations vary, but each body has one thing in common––it has been reduced to a dried–up, dessicated husk. Special Agent Lucas Avery has dealt with some tricky puzzles in his time, but this is stranger than anything he has ever encountered. His one lead is a pair of names: “Gwen” and “Rhys”… For Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams, still recovering from the recent, traumatic events that shook the world, life is about to get difficult and dangerous again. For it’s not just Homeland Security on their trail, but something else––something alien, terrifying, and deadly…

Review: So… what made the BBC (or AudioGO or whoever is in charge of this) to have a a graphic novel author to write an book exclusively for audio? I really don’t know. It wasn’t all that bad. Not utterly amazing, mind you, but not terrible.

Kai Owen does a good job as usual narrating. My favorite of his voices is actually his Ianto. It’s very deep and Welsh and lovely, very like the character.

The monster-of-the-week: the cuckoo. You are thinking WTF, too, right? It’s basically a creature that survives by taking the skins of others and umm… living in them (you know what I mean, right? Do I really have to elaborate). After an encounter with Torchwood the cuckoo becomes obsessed with the team. Then the miracle came and it finds that the time it is able to live in a skin is getting shorter and shorter, so the cuckoo thinks Torchwood is the cause of the problem and hunts down Gwen.

If you aren’t a fan of Gwen or the Rhys/Gwen romance, then you will have a hard time with this book because that is all this book is.

There is a good portion of the book that is flashback/dream sequence in which it’s revealed the cuckoo’s motives and background with Torchwood. But a plus is there’s time with Ianto, Owen, Tosh and Jack. I guess the author missed them too.

Don’t read this book unless you have watched all or most of Miracle Day or have been spoiled like WHOA.

Worst part: Even though I do love the bit with Jack, Ianto, Tosh and Owen, it takes up a huge chunk of the book. I feel like if the author had been better at writing or could have found another way at writing the situation, the majority of the book wouldn’t have been a flashback explaining the monster-of-the-week.

Best part: The room of Rhys’. They were so amusing and end up saving the day.

Grade: C

Recommend For: Torchwood fans who enjoy Rhys and Gwen and miss old Torchwood.

Other Books by This Author: Victorian Undead: Sherlock Holmes Vs Zombies and Victorian Undead II: Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula


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