It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice - the number one Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there's not much of Torchwood left.
Captain Jack Harkness has tracked the problem to its source: a village in Peru, where he's uncovered evidence of alien involvement.
In Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him - but she's quickly becoming a victim of the madness, too....
©2012 John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
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"Exodus Code an immortals adventure"
This is a fast paced adventure yarn that goes many places in the world and through most of the twentieth and into the twenty first century.
I like happy endings and I did like this one. Most of the good guys came out all right in the end.
Jack Harkness falling out of the sky like a big bird onto a sacred incan mountain in Peru was my favorite. I could just see it so clearly in my mind's eye.
When Jack would sacrifice himself but refused to alow a young girl to be one as well was so heart wrenching for him.
Some knowledge of the BBC TV show Torchwood though not essential would greatly expand your understanding and enjoyment of this novel. The male author also played the character of Jack Harkness in the show. For that reason the characterizations are spot on.
"Captain Jack is Back"
Exodus Code moves the story of Captain Jack Harkness forward. The combination of John Barrowman's insight into the character he plays, and Carol Barrowman's writing skill has produced a thoughtful, gripping tale that both reaches back into memory of previous characters yet embracing new ones. Past characters were honored, and new ones were fully sketched. Although the Captain has moved on from the trauma of Children of the Earth and Miracle Day, memories still haunt the immortal man. However the wit and swagger is back. Carol's descriptions of the people and landscapes are vivid, especially in Peru. I especially enjoyed the witty sexual tension in the relationship of Jack and Renso in the beginning of the book. The confrontation scene between Gwen and Rys was chilling. The scenes on Ice Maiden were engaging and believable. The Torchwood signature traits of action, drama, and sly humor were all in the mix.
Russell T Davies's Captain Jack Harkness is one of the most complex and interesting characters in modern science fiction, and this story moves the character forward. Even though I was disappointed that John did not have time to do the audio book himself, Daniel Pirrie did a good job with all the accents, especially Jack's. I bought both the book then the audio, and it was money well spent. Best Torchwood book ever!
"Miracle Day, The Sequel"
Yes, if it's another Dr Who or Torchwood themed story. This book moves very slowly for at least the first half: if not for the Torchwood characters I probably would have stopped listening 2 hours in. Daniel Pirrie's characterisations were amusing, especially when he used the stereotypical GeoW Bush voice to represent how the British hear all Americans' accents, and then performed the dialog using their British pronunciations. e.g. to Americans a "Geezer" is an old codger where as a "geyser" is an erupting spring of water.
I reviewed my copy of The Masque of Mandragora classic DW episode again.
I would have Barrowman read it.
The story is a bit complicated to follow, but is pretty cannon to Torchwood. The characters are the ones we know and love/ hate.
Maaaaybe. Something British. He's a very good reader. His dialects are pretty spot on, and he's Ianto!
Yup. Ahem- BBC! Look at this. It would make a good series.
Ok- I know this is totally Americo-centric, and I am sorry. I really am, but we pronounce the word, "Geyser" like "Guy-zer" with a long I, and the narrator pronounces it with the British pronunciation("Gee-zer" with the long E), even when Americans are talking about it with other Americans. It was really distracting.
"Performance is notable."
Yes, the nuances of the story are interesting and complex. Each time I relisten to a segment, there are details that I missed in the first casual listen.
Shelly the AI is very interesting. If only she was in the real world!
The performance was really good. Accents and voices distinct and spot-on.
You get submersed in listening to this in one sitting or at least in big chunks.
"Perhaps I expected too much."
Yes, I would read more from them however I admit probably only because the male author is the actor who plays Jack Harkness in the series.
No, I won't be recommending this to anyone for three reasons, first I did not enjoy this book very much and second because every single male character in the book was gay. I get it Jack is indiscriminate but come on. Not every guy is gay. The third reason is this book can only be considered light reading and as such please don't preach to me about global warming, pollution, etc. while I'm trying to enjoy a little sci-fi.
He did a great job portraying Jack and the other characters. But I have to note that one minute and fifteen seconds in while introducing the star of the book the narrator mispronounces the name "Harkness". He calls him "harness".
The book was worth the listening time barely. Honestly I believe this story will be forgotten in about a week. I really feel like I wasted a credit.
I loved the Doctor Who / Torchwood tv series and this is my first book on the same subject. I hope they get better.
Writing the actual ending. As the story unfolds we learn that Capt. Jack Harkness must enter the earth to change Gaia's mind. The actual conversation between Jack and Gaia isn't written. The book ends as if the authors lost all interest and quit writing.
Only turned off from novels by these authors.
Everything the other reviewers already mentioned is accurate. The peculiar pronunciation of the word 'geyser' as 'geezer' takes you out of the story every time. And it only happens, maybe, a hundred times.
There was one neat bit of Torchwood tech that appears after the first half of the book. No spoilers here, but it did make me smile.
I bought the book because I pine for another round of Torchwood episodes. If you long for them too, bad news: this book won't fill that need.
"My favorite Torchwood audio book to date."
The story is very well done. The Torchwood story was progressed seemlessly and it was very fun and enjoyable to follow in audio.
Capt. Jack is front and center in this story and is given a lot of depth that doesn't come out in some of the shorter stories.
I think he was perfect for the story. He made the story enjoyable to listen to and did not distract.
"Great story told well"
In some ways yes, because the reader really gets into the story and brings the characters to life.
The narrator did not know how to pronounce "geyser, hacienda, or piazza" with an American accent. When doing a British accent (Welsh, Scottish, English, etc.) it's "geezer" but Americans say "gizer" and would be unlikely to spontaneously start saying "geezer." Perhaps I'm being picky, but this narrator did wonderful voice work otherwise so I couldn't help but hold him to a higher standard. Other than that "geezer" word coming out of Americans mouths and making me cringe, he did a great job of bringing the characters to life without being obtrusive.
Yes. As the story got moving it was hard to stop listening.
Great book, great work, but needed some research on the American accents. (Which were done very well except for "geezer" for "geyser" and the New Orleans being more generic southern.)
Torchwood for Torchwood fans. A fast-paced story that reads like watching an episode, including snarky commentary and sexual tensions. Who better to write Jack than John and Carole Barrowman? I would recommend this book to my friends who are followers of the series as a quick fix for withdrawals from one of the cleverest shows on television.
Without giving too much away, my favorite scene was with Gwen and Anwen in the grocery store... Because WHO HASN'T BEEN in that predicament? And now times 1,000!
Daniel Pirrie's performance was excellent. The only way the performance piece would have been improved is for John Barrowman to do it, but I understand that is completely unfair to Mr. Pirrie, who did a fantastic job that even hardcore fans like me can appreciate. Besides, he very competently switched between multiple characters, and, who knows, he may have been better at it than even Mr. Barrowman (blasphemy, I know)!
I would have loved to just listen on and on, but I save my audiobooks for drive time and ironically grocery shopping. I used the Whispersync feature offered by Amazon and Audible, which allowed me to switch between listening and reading. I ultimately DID finish both book and audio in a few days.
For anyone who loves to read and finds it hard to secure time to do so, in general, I have to recommend the whispersync feature all the way! Often, the combination of book and audio narration costs little more than purchasing only one separately, so why not? I think authors and performers should be well compensated for their efforts because they bring so much entertainment and value through their endeavors.
"Aye Aye Cap'ain"
Excellent story, compelling and brilliant characterisation. . I am wondering if Johns participation was to tell us how gorgeous Captain Jack is, as this is a reoccurring theme, in saying that it just made me smile not irritated. Clever old Barrowman family.. Daniel Pirrie is an great choice for the audio, he really brought this to life with a great variety of voice characters .... 10 out of 10
"torchwood exodus code"
what a story. Just like the tv series full of fun and interest wish there was more story's like this
"Excellent Torchwood Adventure!"
The action zips along in this many stranded novel. The threads are interwoven with great skill and lead to a statisfying conclusion. Well done John and Carole! More to come one hopes!
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