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First Born (Torchwood #16)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  304 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Gwen and Rhys must protect their daughter as they stand alone in the defence of the Earth - a Torchwood: Miracle Day prequel
Paperback, 253 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by BBC Worldwide Americas (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lianne Burwell
Dec 14, 2011 Lianne Burwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: tie-in, library
This is one of three Torchwood novels published as prequels to Miracle Day, the recent Torchwood 10-episode storyline, but it's the only one that I really wanted to read.

Gwen Cooper and her long-suffering (but game) husband Rhys Williams are on the run. The government wants her contained, because she knows too much. Also, at the end of Children of Earth, she was also pregnant.

When First Born starts, Gwen, Rhys, and little baby Anwen are still on the run. They've got a bunch of keys to secret Tor
Jan 24, 2013 Dawn rated it it was amazing
I liked this one, though it's not for everyone. I think you definitely need to have watched some Torchwood to really get it. The author has done a great job of making the characters on the page fit how they are on screen. Gwen and Rhys are completely themselves; it wasn't difficult to "hear" everything going on in their voices. And the plot is a typical "everything is not as it seems" Torchwood scenario, which is pretty much what you expect when you pick up a book in the series. I like that this ...more
Jun 19, 2017 Lavender rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
the set of Torchwood books, starting with this one, tells what happens before Miracle Day. I love reading these continuing adventures and in between stories. Recommended to fans of Torchwood & Doctor Who.
Hot Cute Girly Geek
Dec 10, 2012 Hot Cute Girly Geek rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I’ve read a couple of Torchwood books, well, read is a big word. As part of my recovery from my surgery I had to do a lot of walking and to keep me company I added a couple of audio books to my mp3 player, and this was one of them. The thing I love about the Torchwood audio books is that they include the original cast from the TV series as much as possible to read the books. This one was done by Audible and unfortunately only has Kai Owen (who plays Rhys Williams) participating in this project. ...more
Во время чтения этой книги я обнаружила, что няшка Госс знает до странного мельчайшие подробности состояния души и тела новоиспеченной мамочки в первые недели жизни ребенка – как физиологические, так и психологические пассажи удивительно правдоподобны. Гвен и Рис проходят через фазу «ребенок = мир», когда все крутится вокруг малышки Анвен. Спасать остальной мир в таких условиях становится тяжеловато.

За четой Уильямсов охотятся все, кому не лень, поэтому им приходится оседать в богом забытых мест
Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
Review: You don’t really need to know Torchwood to read this, but ir dows help. It is part of the most recent batch of books, along with The Men who Sold the Earth and Long Time Dead, to follow on from the Children of Earth series and to be set before Miracle. Ex-Torchwood girl Gwen Williams nee Cooper and her husband Rhys are in hiding due to the many many people who wnat them dead. At the beginning they are chased out of their home, and they flee to Rawbone, a village in North Wales that has b ...more
Feb 15, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, 2012
I have read many Doctor Who novels but only ever attempted one Torchwood novel. I can't remember which one it was but it was so bad that I gave up and never tried to read a Torchwood book again but instead concentrated on Doctor Who. But for some reason this one really appealed to me, and I am so glad that I gave it a go.
Although it appealed to me I really didn't expect that much from it one: because as said my first attempt at a Torchwood novel was a failed one, and two: because it is written
Nicholas Whyte
Jan 17, 2012 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it

A prequel to this year's Torchwood: Miracle Day series, which fairly leapt off the online shelves at me when I realised it was by James Goss, whose contributions to the off-screen Whoniverse have been pretty impressive, and that two of the readers - the main two, it turns out, the other four getting only a chapter or so each - are Kai "Rhys Williams" Owen, who did such a good job of Goss's Ghost Train, and Clare Corbett, who likewise did well sharing The H
Jul 30, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it
Set between Torchwood's third series (Children of Earth) and its fourth (Miracle Day), First Born tells the story of Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams, new parents on the run from undefined forces, due to their part in the events of Children of Earth. They end up in a small Welsh village, with a history of infertility. If nobody from the village is able to have children, then where did all the teenage children come from? Why do they seem just a little bit left of normal? And what is the connection b ...more
Jemiah Jefferson
Aug 06, 2013 Jemiah Jefferson rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Another charming, rather witty and somewhat politically subversive Torchwood novel by staff writer James Goss, this prequel to Miracle Day features almost zero Captain Jack, but gives us plenty of the awesomeness of new mum Gwen and new dad Rhys, along with grubby, puking baby empress Anwen as they try to settle in a caravan park in rural North Wales. Of course something's not quite right, and it happens to be alien in nature; that's not a spoiler for the world of Torchwood, but I shall say no m ...more
Dec 13, 2011 Jacqueline rated it liked it
An okay entry in the Torchwood book series. I like audio books with multiple narrators and this one was spot on with it's actor choices. However, the story started out tense and action packed and became a confusing, rushed, out of character mess. Gwen and Rhys would be crying and or giving up hope one moment and then ready to take down the bad guy the next. There was a Rhys gets flirted with subplot that went no where and I had no idea who the bad guys were from moment to moment.

Not only that b
Miles Reid-lobatto
Jun 18, 2012 Miles Reid-lobatto rated it liked it

Out of the three 'Miracle Day' Prequel tie-in novels, this was the best. Given that it's the only one of the three which really tells a story with some of the surviving Torchwood characters and a missing part of the story between 'Children of Earth' and 'Miracle Day.'

It wears the 'Midwich Cuckoos/Village of the Damned' influences on its sleave, but that's okay. Doctor Who and its spin-off shows have never shied away from shamelessly homaging everything under the sun and putting their own unique
Jules Jones
First of the trilogy of Miracle Day prequel novels, and set between Children of Earth and Miracle Day. Gwen and Rhys have taken to the hills after the birth of baby Anwen, using a selection of Torchwood safe houses to hide from people who are much too interested in the last surviving piece of Torchwood. The latest one is a caravan park in a remote village -- and as they wryly note at one point, there had to be a reason why Ianto's keyring collection included the key for a caravan in the middle o ...more
Dec 24, 2016 Salvodaze rated it it was amazing
Finally a really good Torchwood (audio)book. I mistakenly skipped about 11 books in the series, thinking this was the 5th one but once I realized what I did I was already hooked.

Despite a couple of quite annoying performances (rather keep this to myself to not hurt feelings, just in case), I thoroughly enjoyed this. Kai Owen was reason alone to listen to this. Beautiful beautiful performance. I know Eve Myles wasn't in it but the substitute actor was brilliant as well. There were also a couple o
Stephen Osborne
Sep 05, 2011 Stephen Osborne rated it it was ok
This one just didn't work for me. Maybe it was because there was no Captain Jack, other than a few references. Maybe it was the first person narrative, which jumped mostly from Gwen to Rhys but also included a few other characters. I had to wonder, who were Rhys and Gwen relating this tale to? Surely they weren't writing about the events for posterity...was Rhys telling this to Banana Boat, or one of his other friends? Unlikely! Most disappointing though was Gwen...I know she was struggling with ...more
Feb 22, 2016 Stewart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-longer-own
This was a surprisingly good audiobook. It's an effective bridge in the Torchwood series between Children of Earth and Miracle Day, and stands as a decent story despite only featuring Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams. It certainly helped that Kai Owen was one of the narrators.

Don't get me wrong, it's as ridiculous as most Torchwood storylines, but if you're a fan of the show, you'll probably dig this.

Recommended for fans of the series.
Daniel Kukwa
Oct 25, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: torchwood
I don't know what it is about him, but James Goss truly has the golden touch with Torchwood. He simply KNOWS these characters -- and this world -- better than anyone, aside from Russell T. Davies himself. This is a novel of weariness, exhaustion, hopelessness, despair...and ultimate triumph from such pain & hardship. It's "Torchwood" as envisioned by John Whyndam, via Stephen King...and it's utterly compelling.
Aug 10, 2011 Dodau rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-and-kept
Picked this up in the Supermarket and rushed it to the top of the TBR pile cos it said on the cover that it's a prequel to Miracle Day which is showing on TV at the moment. While it is set in the period between Children of Earth and Miracle Day it has no effect on the events of the latter. Set after the birth of Anwen it shows that Gwen and Rhys aren't as distanced from Torchwood as they would like to be.
Quick, easy and enjoyable to read like most Torchwood books.
Jan 17, 2013 ani rated it really liked it
Some genuinely traumatic moments in this for me with ethical dilemmas which were grimly awkward. On my reading of it the 'story' (which was sound in itself) seemed to be the hook on which to hang a consideration of the human condition. A topic which is definitely at its best when considered from the perspective of Rhys Williams.
Alyssa Greatbanks
Nov 14, 2011 Alyssa Greatbanks rated it liked it
I'm not a huge fan of Torchwood, really I'm not a fan at all. But I enjoyed the Miracle Day Mini-Series, and since this book was a prequel to that, I thought I'd try it.

It really didn't have anything to do with Miracle Day, it didn't even end at Miracle Day. But it was a good story nonetheless.

It had a few good twists in the story I wasn't expecting, and they characters were well done.
Sep 04, 2014 Eri rated it liked it
Shelves: torchwood
Gimmi bloodthirsty aliens and big guns anytime, but nappies and babies, well, I had to sigh and get through it, because I like Gwen and Rhys. Post CoE Gwen and Rhys only story (though certain long lived uncle soldier was mentioned as well as he's been to apparently everywhere) is not bad, just... Babies are really not my cup of tea.
Aug 10, 2011 Ellen rated it it was ok
This started out slow and did improve but it just isn't the same with Ianto and Toshiko and a real apprearance from Jack. As much of fan as I am, I am just not that interested in a Gwen and Rhys story. I know I should stop reading these books but I just can't help it.
R. C.
Jan 15, 2013 R. C. rated it really liked it
Don't judge me. My brain needed a day off.

Actually, the author made enough of those classic hilariously astute observations about human nature that I made a mental note to look up and read the actual literature he wrote.
May 31, 2012 Chele rated it liked it
Not bad, but John Wyndham did it better...
May 30, 2012 Gayle rated it liked it
Shelves: torchwood
Good, enjoyable read.
Ray (user2637)
Jan 05, 2012 Ray (user2637) rated it it was ok
-1 star for entire--important--conversations in French that I had to put into a translator.
May 02, 2016 Jazz added it
Dec 08, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing
I found this Torchwood book (set between "Children of Earth" and "Miracle Day") a very well written and interesting story, that I couldn't wait to finish. I would recommend it to Sci Fi fans.
Jan 09, 2012 Robin is currently reading it
A very interesting prequalify to the tv spin off miracle day focuses more on Gwen and Rhys , but good old captain jack is pulling the historical strings in the background
Nov 27, 2012 AlanCummingFan rated it it was amazing
it was the best book I ever read with a great twist
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James Goss has written two Torchwood novels and a radio play, as well as a Being Human book. His Doctor Who audiobook Dead Air won Best Audiobook 2010. James also spent seven years working on the BBC's official Doctor Who website and co-wrote the website for Torchwood Series One. In 2007, he won the Best Adaptation category in the annual LA Weekly Theatre Awards for his version of Douglas Adams' n ...more
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