Title: The Dead Line
Author: Phil Ford
Production Information: WMA file. BBC Audiobooks LTD; 2009; 43 minutes; recorded as radio show
Performed by: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd (original cast from the Torchwood TV show)
Part of a Series: Yes, part of the Torchwood franchise.
Book tie-in: Original in this format, there are many Torchwood books as well
- Aliens, hostile
- Immortal/mortal relationships
- Paranormal mysteries
- Science Fiction
Plot Summary: When a group of unconnected people across Cardiff, England suddenly fall into a trance/coma after receiving a telephone call, Torchwood, a secret alien investigation/fighting unit, is called into investigate. When Captain Jack Harkness, an immortal 51st century man, tries calling the number back to investigate, he too becomes a victim and the team must race to find the answer before all of England falls victim.
Appeal: Suspenseful detective story with alien elements, complex relationships between engaging characters, part of a series/franchise.
Features: Musical score and sound effects add to the experience of the story. Original cast will appeal to fans of the television show.
Prizes or Awards: none
- In the Shadows by Joseph Lidster- same series and style
- The Glittering Storm by Stephen Cole- another spinoff series inspired by Doctor Who, mystery with alien elements
Reviewer’s Name: Jessica Conley
Form adapted from Fiction Annotation Form in Saricks, Joyce G. and Nancy Brown. Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library 2nd. Chicago: ALA, 1997.