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Risk Assessment (Torchwood #13)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  447 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
'Are you trying to tell me, Captain Harkness, that the entire staff of Torchwood Cardiff now consists of yourself, a woman in trousers and a tea boy?'

Agnes Havisham is awake, and Jack is worried (and not a little afraid). The Torchwood Assessor is roused from her deep sleep in only the worst of times - it's happened just four times in the last 100 years. Can the situation
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Hardcover, 237 pages
Published January 6th 2010 by BBC Books (first published October 15th 2009)
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Jim C
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
A book based on the television series. This takes place after the events of the finale in season two. In this one, Torchwood has an assessor that wakes up when Torchwood is in dire trouble. This assessor is from the Victorian era so the author had fun playing with the contrast of the ages.

This was a difficult book to rate because there are some strong highlights but also lows. The strongest aspect of this book is the character Agnes, the Torchwood assessor. She was a strong figure that dominated
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Morgan
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Rebecca Honeycutt
About average quality for a Torchwood book, though unusually light and funny. Also...FOUR uses of the word "bonhomie" in one short novel? Really, Mr. Goss?
Nicholas Whyte
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1964473...

As usual, I very much enjoyed this Torchwood novel by James Goss. Unusually, it has a very strong comedic element, not something that Torchwood always managed successfully and not something I'd seen Goss try at all. The beautiful concept is that Agnes Havisham, a stern and sarcastic Victorian lady, emerges from decades of suspended animation to do an official assessment of Torchwood, at the same moment as two separate alien threats emerge to torment the in
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I. S.
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
I have a kind of love/hate relationship with this book - I liked the nearly steampunk character of Agnes, but at the same time the author's attempt at a tongue-in-cheek riff on the Victorian style resulted in some wildly out of character moments for Jack and Ianto (and to a minor extent, Gwen & Rhys.) I'll agree with another of the reviews I read - glorified fanfic is about the extent of it.

[Spoiler/speculation: I think I would have liked it better if the story as written took up only about
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Lavender
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, sci-fi, spring2017
This was one of my favorite of the Torchwood books. There were so many things happening at once that it was crazy, just how Torchwood should be.
Courtney
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jordan and Digby and Jess
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Nicholas Whyte
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, 1207, torchwood
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1964473.html[return][return][return]As usual, I very much enjoyed this Torchwood novel by James Goss. Unusually, it has a very strong comedic element, not something that Torchwood always managed successfully and not something I'd seen Goss try at all. The beautiful concept is that Agnes Havisham, a stern and sarcastic Victorian lady, emerges from decades of suspended animation to do an official assessment of Torchwood, at the same moment as two separate alien threat ...more
Lianne Burwell
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, tie-in, library
A few weeks after the end of Miracle Day, I was going through some Torchwood withdrawal, so I picked this book up from the library.

Everything has been quiet in Cardiff, other than alien coffins popping up off-shore. Of course, this means trouble, this time in the form of Agnes Haversham (an assumed name, of course). She is the Torchwood assessor, who is woken from cryo-sleep only when something disastrous is about to happen. And, of course, she may not be all that she appears to be.

What she appe
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Marie
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tv
I started reading this book on the train. Surrounded by very serious-looking business people. And it made me laugh so hard that the fact that I didn't fall off my seat makes me feel pretty good about myself.
If you wish to appear sane, don't read this in public.

The story was fast-paced enough to read it in one go: There's a crisis in Cardiff and the Torchwood Assessor awakes to take charge. Aliens visit the city, Planet Earth is in danger; business as usual. But the best of the book is the writi
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Dorie
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
An interesting and fun tie-in book to the Dr. Who spin-off series 'Torchwood'. This one sticks so close to the established characters that I could virtually see everything taking place in my mind. I loved the idea of an Assessor to Torchwood, especially the proper and unflappable Agnes Haversham. The character reminded me a lot of Alexia Tarabotti from Soulless. Seeing Captain Jack at a loss was alone worth the price of the book. I wasn't crazy about the enemy in this particular story (a giant b ...more
Heidi
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story was very interesting - I couldn't predict any of it and it kept throwing me curve balls, which I really appreciate. The writing style is a bit weird, and parts of the book almost read like a script because the author goes into a bit too much detail by explaining mundane actions. Not that I'm complaining - I thought that was interesting.

This was the first Torchwood book I read, and I enjoyed it very much. The author captured the three main characters' personalities very well, although R
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Andy Nieradko
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a really cool series of books. Great writers, hardbound books with incredible artwork. Well, ok, the art on this one had me wondering a little. But, this was, so far, one of my favorites. Obviously, these books are geared to a small genre of fans. Fans who would read them even if they were bad. However, they are expertly written. In this one, James Goss takes on a complicated, but easily understood narrative that has a sense of timing like you'll find in really good jazz. This story does ...more
Eri
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: torchwood
I'm going to be bit kind.

Most of the book I've been eagerly hatin on Agnes, for reason! Last chapters prove it.

Jack was brilliant, Ianto was much more than tea boy despite being pushed into the post more often than I was comfortable with and Gwen/Rhys got their very nice moments saving the world separately.

Bonus points go to: Cheese and Jane Austen with rocket launcher scene, drunk Ianto, Rhys helping Jack out. Bloody Torchwood.
David Monroe
Set a year after the events of "Exit Wounds" but a few months before Children of Earth. Martha is mentioned but absent from Torchwood because she's "gone freelance" and is preparing for her marriage.
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: torchwood
Not quite as sublime as James Goss' previous masterpiece...but oh so close. There are some fascinating flashbacks into the past -- including a fascinating glimpse of a near-death Queen Victoria. However, the ending doesn't quite live up to the rest of the novel's magnificence.
angela
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love the Torchwood sereis of books, and this was one of the better ones. Throw a victorian lady, and a giant petrol like blob alongside the team of Torchwood and craziness insues.

This is what Torchwood should and used to be.
Bri
May 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
I couldn't really get into the plot of this one. I enjoyed some of the banter between the characters...but the story itself didn't do a thing for me. Which is probably why it took me almost 8 months to finish reading...
Tim Dunn
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Not the greatest of the Torchwood books, but still decent enough. I'm guessing there's only one or two more and then perhaps some sort of hiatus for a while as they decide what to do with the tv show bearing it's name. Worth a read, but the Agnes character is somewhat hollow with little depth.
Zuzana
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Only Gwen acts like herself. Both Jack and Ianto are totally out of character. Also, the flashbacks really didn't work for me. Dissapointing.
Maria
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Really really enjoyable. Good writing, always keeping you guessing, and a brilliant end!! One of the few Torchwood books I would willingly read again!
Mara van Ness
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My favourite of all of the Torchwood books. It reminds me of the first two series of Torchwood, when Torchwood was still fun.
Sarah A
Good for a novel of questionable canon...and glorified fanfiction.
Obo H.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Readable, actually.
Anastasia
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Jo Myers
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tv-books
I'm a bit confused by the ending.
There were plenty of plot twists which I liked because it kept things interesting. Lots of funny moments too. I quite liked Agnes, she was very interesting.
Jason
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was just pure fun!
Andrew
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty good but kind of Torchwood meets the Blob...quick and fun read mind you and a interesting green subtext.
Chent Higson
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I laughed when Ianto got drunk.
Angie
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another good book in the Torchwood! 2 books left to read!!
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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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