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Exodus Code (Torchwood #19)

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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  359 ratings  ·  58 reviews
It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. People being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice - the number one Twitter trend is #TheLoco. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there's not much of Torchwood left. Captain Jack has tracked t ...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by BBC Books (first published September 13th 2012)
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Lynette
Remember when Torchwood fought aliens? Yeah, I miss those days. I would have rather seen this filmed than Miracle Day, but that being said, I didn't really like it. In fact, I don't think I actually enjoyed it at any point. There were a lot of aspects of it that I felt were unnecessary - Rex, the kidnapping storyline, etc. I have no problem with - and, in fact, like seeing - so many gay characters, but it felt like almost everyone was gay/bisexual.

In addition, I just couldn't care about the plo
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Lucinda
An adrenaline-pumping, nail-bitingly brilliant read that is fast-paced and full of the unexpected!

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
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Andrew
You would expect this Torchwood novel, written by its star, John Barrowman (with his sister), to be fairly faithful to the tone of the TV series. And Exodus Code doesn't disappoint. As I read it, I could absolutely picture this being filmed for television. I could hear the actors saying their characters' dialogue, and imagined the scenes as they would be filmed. The Barrowman siblings have written a very visual novel. However, by throwing in an element of synesthesia, they've also created a stor ...more
Mary
First off, I am a big fan of the Torchwood television series, which would be the only reason to read this book. I doubt it would have much draw if you were not already familiar with the characters.

Second, I found this book to be quite readable and well written overall. I might have given it 2.5 stars. Yet it is deeply flawed—as part of the ongoing Torchwood drama. It doesn’t add much, if anything, to the individual characters’ development; we learn nothing new about Jack or Gwen, and they don’t
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Sian
I loved it. Loved it. It was brilliant. The storyline was gripping and the conclusion was fantastic. I love Carole's writing, and Captain Jack is there just like in the series on the telly. Highly recommended.
Dan
Your enjoyment of this new Torchwood book probably depends largely on how much you enjoyed the TV show's fourth series, Miracle Day. If you hated it this isn't for you. If you thought it was OK though this is a decent follow up. It sees a new disaster for Earth where woman are having breakdowns and hydrothermal vents are popping up instantaneously all over the world. It doesn't look good.

The use of the main characters in this book is pretty atrocious. Gwen is one of the women having a breakdown
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R J Mckay
Who else but John Barrowman aka Captain Jack could write a Torchwood novel. John and Carole Barrowman do a fantastic job of staying true to Torchwood history.

In “Torchwood Exodus Code” women around the world are going insane, attacking loved ones and mutilating themselves. While across the earth, tremors are occurring. Geysers are popping up and underwater chimneys are venting toxic element. The world governments seem unable to cope with the growing catastrophe. This is just the sort of thing To
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Carl
Given the authors, almost everything about Torchwood (including references to Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures) was included in this amazingly written novel. To be honest, it was the best Torchwood book I've read, and I've read almost all if them. I read this one in just under 24 hours: I couldn't put it down. The pacing was excellent and it was told in a way that reminded me of both Miracle Day and the original Torchwood series (aka it was brilliant). Obviously Captain Jack Harkness sto ...more
Carmen D
The book Torchwood: Exodus Code, written by John Barrowman and Carol E. Barrowmen, was very good, however a bit hard to read. It was as if an entire season of a show was smashed into one book and I tended to lose concentration of where I was or what was happening at certain points. I also feel as if the book jumped around into too many perspectives, and it was hard to keep track of what was happening at what time and place. However, the plot was fascinating and I liked how in the end everything ...more
Wayland Smith
One of several Torchwood novels, this one is is actually by Jack Harkness himself, John Barrowman. It's set after Miracle Day, so the Torchwood crew is sadly reduced to Jack, Gwen, Rhys, and a few brief apperances by Rex Mathieson of the CIA.

What does a really bizarre experience Jack had in the 1930's have to do with women going crazy all over the world now, as well as undersea phenomena and the possible end of the world? And how does an apparent outbreak of synesthesia tie in?

This is a mostly
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Gareth
Oct 20, 2013 Gareth rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
Very disappointing after their excellent YA novel "Hollow Earth". Far too much build up and Gwen being a misery, before a weirdly abrupt ending. Was often a hard going read.
Julia
Any chance to return to the “Torchwood” universe is good for me, but this takes place after “Miracle Day,” so Rex Matheson has a small part in this. I would have preferred he had no part, but that’s me.

In this book, Gwen, out grocery shopping with baby Anwen sees another woman who is clearly unwell. Then Gwen gets sick, her senses are all out of whack. She tries to kill Rhys and is hospitalized. Meanwhile, there are earthquakes happening, in places that have never had earthquakes: like Cardiff
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Eri
I'm still hesitating between 4* and 5*, very upset I can't set 4,5* because right here, I really want to use it.

So. Last Torchwood book I had to read. I enjoyed whole series with passion of fan who just found something they didn't know they missed from their life. So basically, I devoured them, including, with certain hesitation, this piece.

At first, this book didn't immediately catch my attention fully. It was kinda interesting, but I was still able to put it aside and go to sleep.
Because it
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Sarah
My rating for this is 3.5/5.

Expect to be confused if you decide to read this. At least at first. With the switching of point of views and location/year I found it very hard read and remember what had happening in the chapters. It wasn't until near the end of part 1 (the book is divided into 4 parts), that I began to understand what was happening. After that the switching of points of view lessened and the bulk of the story is from Gwen's point of view, in the present day, which I appreciated. Th
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Adam Stone
Exodus Code is set in the aftermath of the events in Torchwood : Miracle Day but, rather than the sprawling epic that was the fourth series of Torchwood, this book is more akin to the third series of Torchwood : Children of Earth in its scope and breadth.

Captain Jack Harkness is the main character in the story and he is lovingly recreated in print which is probably not surprising when John Barrowman co-wrote this book but there is no doubt that he also understands Torchwood as this book is a re
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Suzanne Rooyen
More like 2.5/5 stars.

The Torchwood TV series is by far one of my favourite shows of all time principally because Capt. Jack Harkness is just such a complicated character. The last two seasons of Torchwood got really dark and posed some interesting questions with political, moral and economic ramifications. I loved that, the depth of the dilemmas and the very real human crises presented on screen. So that's what I was expecting from this book.

It started out strong. We get to see Capt. Jack being
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Gena
I love Torchwood and I love John & Carole Barrowman! I picked up Exodus Code while in London since it hasn't been released here yet. It's a pretty good read - not as good as the Barrowman siblings YA series Hollow Earth. It starts off really good with a lot of action, a volcano, a secret Indian tribe and Jack dying again. Then it drifts into a really long sort of explanation of this weird synesthesia episode Jacks suffers which soon spreads to thousands of women around the globe.

I enjoyed t
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Jennifer
Got this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I was so excited to get my hands on a Torchwood book, and unfortunately, it was a roller coaster...of confusion.

With Ianto, Tosh, and Owen gone, the main characters left for me to latch onto, Gwen and Jack take the front page...well, Jack mostly. Gwen is quickly taken out of the picture, even though the book summary implies that she had a much more substantial role. The book also focuses on minor characters, which succeeded in dragging out a story t
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Lizabeth Tucker
A Torchwood novel.

Set after the events in “Miracle Day”, the last Torchwood mini-series. The women of the world are suffering through hallucinations, anger issues, visions, and other issues that are driving them mad. In addition, there are unnatural disasters causing death and destruction around the planet. As usual, the various governments are unable to cope.

Gwen Cooper sees the issues firsthand and tries to contact Captain Jack Harkness without success. It isn’t much longer before she is also
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Elisabeth
About halfway through, I'm really enjoying the story. The writing, however, is surprisingly terrible. I thought Carole E. Barrowman was an English professor?? Even Anything Goes: My Autobiography was better than this, and I have pretty low standards for an actor's memoir. Here, awkward sentences, clumsy construction, and misplaced punctuation abound, along with my number one pet peeve, the dangling participle. Ugh. Put a crowbar in your wallet and hire an editor, people.

Still. The story is engag
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Manda
3.5. I read it for the first time before watching Miracle Day, and would have given it a 2.5. After watching that season, however, the book does improve somewhat, at least during the limited scenes between Jack and Gwen.

As in Miracle Day, the interactions between Jack, Gwen, and to some extent Rhys are the only thing that really pulled me in here. The book suffers from a lot of the same problems as Miracle Day, especially in its focus on minor characters. Gwen is taken rather quickly from the a
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Daniel Kukwa
There was a great deal in here that I loved: a new Torchwood-style crew that is based on a ship, a wonderful sci-fi idea as a new home for the Torchwood software, an exotic location, and a nice link to the hunt for the families responsible for the events of "Miracle Day", to say nothing of helix energy dating back to classic "Doctor Who" episodes.

The problem is actually the other Torchwood elements getting in the way. Not only do Gwen, Rhys & Andy feels superfluous to events, they all feel l
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Amy
Maybe I'm still just bitter about the deaths of Ianto, Tosh and Owen and miss the days when Torchwood actually fought aliens but I just couldn't get into this as much as I wanted to. The writing was good though, so I have a feeling that I would have enjoyed this a lot more if it wasn't suppose to be a Torchwood book.

The plot was a little messy at times and the end seemed a little rushed and confusing, I wasn't really quite sure what happened.
Rachel J.
Of course, TV to book spin offs are never outstanding contributions to literature, but Exodus Code delivered well enough for Torchwood fans like me.
The authors are obviously very familiar with the characters (as you would expect from John Barrowman), so pull them off brilliantly and basically identical to the show. The plot is interesting enough and has a few brilliant concepts that will get casual readers interested, but longstanding fans won't get anything new from the characters and will not
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Rachel
Ok, I had to subtract a star for the ending. It is one of my major pet peeves. Don't set up an ending, and then don't follow through with it and just skip from the character in jeopardy to the end. It's a book. Write the scenes. Show your work. It's not like a movie or a tv show where you have a budget and time limits and sometimes you can't really fit in the whole conclusion.
Amy
I listened to Exodus code using the whispersync feature available from Amazon and Audible. I enjoyed the narration, but I do have a nit-picky observation: the word geyser is pronounced guy-sur; the narrator kept saying (hard g) geezer, and this kept making me giggle. Point: it was slightly distracting. Overall (and other than), the narration was good.

I did like and enjoy the story, I thought it was a nice spin-off to Miracle Day. I wasn't super-crazy about the end for two reasons: I thought it
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Anika
A great read for Torchwood fans. While I really enjoyed reading it, there were a few things that bothered me: not enough Gwen. I would have liked to read more about her. Also, her and Jack workibg together is one of the things I love best about the series. And they pretty much didn't do that at all. The ending confused me. Especially with what happened to Gwen. However, the characters are written really well and the plot is interesting.
Jane Mercer
This was really a 2.5* I liked the premise, some of the charaterisation was very good, especially those of Gwen and Jack and her family but at times it seemed a little random with insufficient explanations. Gaia what was she, a genetic throwback ?? a shapeshifter what actually happened at the end did Shelley become a hard light hologram because that wouldn't appease the Helix surely?? A litle confusing in all
Elizabeth Carr
So, I'd wanted this book for AGES, and then last February I went into a Waterstones. Now, that's weird because I never go into Waterstones because it's too expensive, but we were on holiday in CARDIFF (fans will know how important that is!) and I saw it. It was SIGNED! So I had to get it, I didn't care if it was rubbish, it was a signed Torchwood book and an amazing momento of my trip to the home of Torchwood and Doctor Who.

I wont say too much on the book, as I don't want to spoil it. However,
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Stephen Osborne
Love John Barrowman. Love Capt Jack. Love Torchwood. And rhis was a fairly enjoyable book. That being said, it had a few flaws, mainly an ending that seemed rushed and was a tad confusing. I liked the links with Doctor Who and the Sarah Jane Adventures, but the lack of Gwen was disappointing (she's not herself for most of the story). On the other hand, I'm perfectly OK that Rex Matheson was hardly in it, because I found him annoying in Miracle Day. I hope Carole and John do another Torchwood boo ...more
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I was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, which explains my inherent cheekiness and my sophisticated sarcasm gene. In the late seventies, my family immigrated to America where I've made a career out of my passions: reading, writing, and teaching.

I've written five books in collaboration with my brother, John Barrowman, and we're working on #6.

I'm an English professor and Director of Creative Stud
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