Torchwood: Border Princes Hardback
by Dan Abnett
Part of the Torchwood series
The twenty-first century is when it all changes, and you've got to be ready.' Separate from the government; outside the police, beyond the United Nations: Torchwood sets its own rules.
A team of investigators, using alien technology to solve crime - both alien and human.
This British sci-fi crime thriller, created by Russell T Davies, sees them delve into the unknown.
A group of people fighting the impossible. Stars Captain Jack Harkness last seen in Doctor Who.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 11/01/2007
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9780563486541
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Review by freelunch
The character referred to by a previous reviewer bugged me at first, but I feel that character's presence was adequately explained by the end of the book. I liked the side-plots too - in the "real world" it is "normal" to have to deal with more than one task at a time, so why shouldn't the Torchwood team have to do the same?I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I hope the BBC continues to publish Torchwood novels for as long as the series lasts.
Review by BruderBane
What a surprisingly delightful read. That’s what I came saying right after finishing “Torchwood: Border Princes” by Dan Abnett. This time around Mr. Abnett flexes his immense word-smithing muscles on the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood with gratifying success. The novel starts off with a number Romero/Whedon like scenes but then adroitly delves into the nuances of not just lives of the Torchwood members, but the idiosyncrasies of all those in the connecting storylines; this is where Mr. Abnett shines. Mr. Abnett is able to display depth of character with such alacrity and profundity that it sometimes leaves this reader breathless and wishing for more information regarding these incredible personas. In any case, Border Princes is an excellent novel. Will I pick up any of the other Torchwood novels? I am unfamiliar with the other authors but based on this novel, I just may take the dive.
Review by pjh1984
The ending made the book make sense. However before all that, I was totally lost and frankly somewhat bored. The book meandered all over the place until the end. I know Torchwood and I had a hard time visualizing the characters in it as Torchwood. They were all very bad echoes of the Torchwood characters. It just never came together. It is one book where it should be mandatory to read the ending before you read the book.<br/><br/>It actually read more like the novelization of the bare bones not fleshed out idea of a screenplay
Review by Barb_H
Excellent. I miss the show, but it's great getting to revisit the cast through the book series. And they are well written too. Sometimes the British terms are a little hard to understand, but for the most part the context makes it easy to figure out.
Review by AnnieMod
Set very early in season 1 (before Cyberwoman from the way everyone is behaving), it is somewhat strange to read this novel now, after all the seasons of the series. Ianto is still only staying in the office and making coffee (pointed out in the same over the top way the first episodes of the series were doing it) and working security monitors and whatsnot around the office, Rhys still has no idea what Gwen is really doing. Except that here the team has another member - James - who seems to be part of the team even though we never saw him on TV. And as expected with a Torchwood novel, the team is off and running against all kind of weird issues. However, there is also a big bad in town - except that this time it is not exactly a bad thing. The Rift is the boundary between worlds so it is kinda expected that other worlds will have some type of a Torchwood organization. And on the other side of the Rift in Cardiff are the Border Princes. But it cannot be straight forward of course, they cannot just come and say hello so while the team is running around trying to save everyone, the guys from the other dimension in turn help and then hinder them. Add a few weird technologies that make it into the wild at the same time (one of them managing to get to the heads of everyone on the team; another one being a war robot that has personality issues and really likes killing) and the picture is complete. If I had read this book when it was published or at least before the second season of the show, it would have taken me a lot longer to figure out what is happening and why. But having watched "Adam" in the series, I was pretty sure this is where this is going. It was a nice read for what it was but unless if you really liked the series, it won't work - it relies on inner jokes and on the series to keep the characters three dimensional and even then, it is just too tied to the early versions of our guys (and those early versions were not exactly the best versions).