This one is much, much better than the first novel based on the series. The writer captured Jack's voice and Owen's nagging, annoying self pride. Gwen is as annoying or fun depends on your liking of the character. Toshiko and Ianto are just scenery in this one as with the first book except for one tiny part for Ianto which is kinda of a replay of a scene late in the series involving Owen. I liked the plot of this one, the banter between the team. Made me want to pull out my disk and watch some Torchwood and Captain Jack.