A Day in the Life
The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to 24

Author: Keith Topping
RRP 9.99
ISBN 1 903889 53 7
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In this, the unauthorised guide to the first season of
24, author Keith Topping scrutinises all 24 episodes and highlights the characters, the plot twists, the influences and the great moments, providing a commentary on the longest day of Jack Bauer's life...

Those of you familiar with Toppings previous guide books will feel right at home with A Day in the Life. All the familiar sections are here and the look carries on from his wonderfully constructed Stargate SG-1 Guide.

There are some fantastically funny (not to mention very worthy) additions to this guide book. These include Points at Which Kim/Teri Needs a Slap (and there are many); You May Remember Me From... (a guide to guest stars previous acting appearances) and Soundtrack (which lists any musical influences). There is also a question raised about just what is going on with Kim's shoes throughout the day.

Telos have done a fantastic job of producing this book. There is a lovely finish to the cover and the incredibly handy section index, that was included in the previously mentioned Stargate SG-1 Guide, is used again to help the reader find the correct hour they are looking for even when the book is closed.

Yet again Topping produces a work that both he and 24 fans can be proud of. Anyone who loved the first season will want to own this book. Not only will it reveal more than a handful of nuggets of interesting information (Did you know that during a TV interview Kiefer Sutherland unintentionally gave away the surprise ending to one episode over a month before it aired?) but it will also make you realise that nitpicking is not just for geeks.

This is one of the most well thought out and impressively researched guide books I have ever read. I can only hope that Topping is making notes now for a follow up guide to the second season.

Darren Rea

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