The Official Companion - Seasons 3 & 4

Author: Tara Dilullo
Titan Books
RRP: 14.99, US $16.95, Cdn $22.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6463 0
ISBN-10: 1 84576 463 3
Available 23 February 2007

Television's intense and suspenseful drama,
24 is a heady mixture of personal and political intrigue, thrilling chases and shoot-outs. Season three and four see 24 at its grittiest yet: Jack must battle his own demons while combating the spread of a deadly virus' and eighteen months later he's back in the fray as CTU hunts a terrorist cell intent on causing chaos across America... This second official companion goes behind the scenes of 24, giving exclusive insights into the making of the acclaimed show...

24: The Official Companion - Seasons 3 & 4 follows on from Titan's previous volume which covered Seasons 1 and 2.

As I mentioned in my review of the earlier volume, thumbs up to Titan for producing a book that fans of the show will be proud to own... from a aesthetics point. Yes, it looks great - full of glossy colour pages. But, thumbs down for the actual textual content. Again, there is nothing here that most fans won't be able to find after a few minutes search of the Internet.

There's an interview with Kiefer Sutherland; brief character profiles for 12 of the show's most important characters; a break down of each episode (or hour); and short features on various aspects of the show, which are squeezed into the episode pages and... and er... that's your lot, I'm afraid.

It's not that this is poor, some of the mini features are interesting (like the interview with Sarah Clarke on her character's departure from the show), it's just that it is a little too dry. Only die-hard 24 fanatics will want to add this to their collection.

Darren Rea

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