V: The Second Generation

V: The Second Generation

by Kenneth Johnson
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V: The Second Generation by Kenneth Johnson

Millions thrilled to Kenneth Johnson's hugely popular mini-series "V," an action filled drama of alien invasion, a TV event that was also a number one bestselling novel. Now, in a new novel based on the sequel miniseries currently being developed for TV, the tension between The Visitors and Earth's human inhabitants has reached a boiling point.

The reptilian Visitors, who cleverly portray themselves as Earth's protectors, are anything but. Our oceans are being drained in order to fuel the aliens' motherships, and our scientists are treated like wanted criminals. And they have pods of preserved humans destined for even more sinister purposes.

But hope is not lost. A small, yet resourceful Resistance risks everything to undermine the Visitors' stranglehold on Earth's people. Despite their heroic efforts, without more help they will be crushed by the Visitors and their human militia. Just when Earth's doom seems inevitable, agents of an alien civilization from another planet arrive in answer to humanity's desperate call for help. But can these other aliens be trusted? Or might we defeat one alien overlord, only to be delivered into the hands of another, equally as oppressive?

Time is running out for the Resistance, for when the Visitors' Leader arrives, the aliens will complete their mission on Earth, with devastating consequences for all life on the planet.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429921343
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 02/05/2008
Series: V , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 597,058
File size: 493 KB

About the Author

KENNETH JOHNSON is more than an author; he has written, directed and produced dozens of movies, television shows and mini-series including titles such as The Incredible Hulk, The Bionic Woman, and Alien Nation. In 1984, his television mini-series V hit the airwaves. It was hugely successful; it was the highest rated show on NBC for two and a half years and led to the creation of a regularly scheduled television show. Johnson has been nominated for both the Writers Guild and the Edgar Awards.

Kenneth Johnson contributed to V: The Original Miniseries from Tom Doherty Associates. He has written, directed and produced dozens of film and  television productions including The Incredible Hulk and Alien Nation. In 1984, his Warner Bros. television mini-series "V" was the highest rated show on NBC for two and a half years; in 2002, the DVD of the miniseries sold more than two and a half million copies Johnson has been nominated for both the Writers Guild and the Edgar Awards. He lives in Los Angeles.

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V: The Second Generation 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿V: The Second Generation¿ is the best science fiction novel I have read for a long while. Set a little over twenty years after the events of V: The miniseries, it is a world dominated by the visitors from another world, lead by the charismatic and completely evil Diana, Commandant of the visitor fleet. Kenneth Johnson¿s unique writing style, coupled with the fast-paced and action-pact events of the storyline will have any ardent, reader on the edge of the seat. Just remember to keep snacks and plenty of drinks close at hand, because V: The Second Generation is definitely hard to put down. In true Kenneth Johnson style, the novel is full of socio-political intrigue and the foibles of human nature, a long with emotional and psychological baggage that comes with subjugated peoples. The science involved, although there is none of the technobabble that Star Trek fans the world over knows so well, is relevant to today¿s understanding in regards to real science. The new ¿aliens¿ added to the mix and seemingly the saviours of humanity are the Zedti, a race of evolved arthropods with three distinct but similar geniuses. The Zedti, having received the distress call originally sent by the Resistance, arrive on Earth claiming to be there to help. Kenneth Johnson pulled this race off with his usual and delightful approach to any organic life-form being just as flawed as the rest of us. The explanation for the visitor weaponry was fascinating to say the least. Many science fictions fall into the trap of using plasma bolts, laser bolts, particle beam weapons, or projectile 'kinetic energy' weapons. Oh but not Kenneth, no. Visitor weapons, called pulse weapons, fire pulsed bolts of electrical energy. I enjoyed the nod to another of Kenneth Johnson¿s works, ¿Alien Nation¿, being a fan of both series I was most appreciative and excited to see some references to this much loved, but seemingly forgotten series. Anyway, I¿m rambling on bit. Deficit to say, ¿V: The Second Generation¿ should be in every book shelf, in every home, office, boat and igloo around the world. In true Aussie fashion, I say with much affection: ¿Good on ya mate¿.
Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
This sequel to the book adaptation of the 80's SciFi classic TV miniseries V is a must read for fans of the series. The character development in stronger in this second book and you will find yourself caring about what happens to these characters. For anyone not familiar with the TV show or the books, here is a brief synopsis of the premise behind them. An alien race comes to our planet in friendship and with the promise of helping us cure our societal ills. Little do we realize how much we really don't know about their real agenda. A group of freedom fighters slowly begin to become aware of the reason for the Visitors "help". I really don't want to go into too much detail, but if you like good old fashioned pulp SciFi your should get and read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over the years a sizable number of V products have been released, most notably three different TV ventures and a series of novels. What many people don't realize, though, is that Kenneth Johnson ¿ the extraordinarily talented creator, writer, director, and producer of V ¿ was only ever in a position to apply his special magical touch to The Original TV Miniseries. Thankfully, with the release of this new book, that has now changed! V - The Original TV Miniseries was (and continues to be) an extremely successful piece of quality science fiction and television history. It's the main reason why anyone who likes V likes V! And when you finish watching that original show on DVD and then move on to the two TV sequels, V - The Final Battle and V - The Complete Series, the drop in quality, intelligence, and purpose is alarmingly noticeable and thoroughly disappointing. What Kenneth Johnson's new book, V - The Second Generation, does is to disregard the unfortunately substandard 'unofficial' V releases and continue the real story (his story), with the same quality, feeling, messages, and entertainment as The Original TV Miniseries, picking up 20 years after the time where the original left off. Immediately as you start reading V - The Second Generation, you'll recognize Kenneth's unique style of storytelling as a large cast of diverse and interesting characters and situations are introduced. While this could be said to make the book seem a little slow at first, it does set the reader up for big rewards later on. The pace quickens steadily, and by the time many of the original characters have arrived, everyone's individual plights, dilemmas, and adventures have reeled you in such that you're left with little doubt that this is a truly worthy sequel to V - The Original TV Miniseries. The Second Generation makes a bold and satisfying move by having the Visitors' enemy, the Zedti, turn up after the resistance's attempt in The Original Miniseries to communicate with them. More than this, I won't say, for fear of giving anything important away! The unashamed pervasion of sex and nudity throughout the book will undoubtedly please a lot of readers. It will also contribute generously towards making the movie adaptation a sight worth seeing! (Kenneth is presently working on trying to get the book made into a movie.) The parallels between some of the Visitor Leader's philosophies and Bush's are also nice touches. So please pay attention as you read! The end of the book is crafted with great skill in the way that it interweaves between a large number of different characters who are all involved in their own individual components of the bigger plan to attain victory. If you ever felt any disappointment with the way that V - The Final Battle or V - The Complete Series ended (or didn't end), you won't feel any disappointment with the powerful and climactic conclusion of V - The Second Generation. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has ever enjoyed V!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a masterpiece by Kenny. The book masterfully blends the old V with the new V in a thriller! If you're looking for a modern science-fiction book with a wonderfully written story about resistance, the human spirit with a cosmic twist, then buy this book! I bought two and may buy more for friends and family.
harstan More than 1 year ago
They came to us as saviors, humanoid beings of such intelligence that their technology is given away freely and our water which is so polluted is taken up to their ships to be cleansed. They assured us that they only arrested people who didn¿t want to change the status quo. They land nd it is found out, underneath their human faces are the skin of lizards, a carnivorous, aggressive race intent on conquering most of earth¿s population., Since the purge of 1998, the remaining humans believe that they are benevolent.------------------- Twenty years later, the visitors are in total control of the planet and the Commandant Diana is still second to the Leader in power. A new second generation rebel force has been formed with cells all over the planet. They need to win back earth but the humans for the most part don¿t know there is a problem. This time, humanity has an ally the Zedtis arrive, three of them with an invasion force waiting for the word to come in full force. They fought the Visitors and won but their insect evolved humanoid race believes they are using earth¿s water to power their armies and are going to use earth¿s people to fight using a weapon he Visitors developed to neutralize the Zeltis. However humans were burned once by aliens pretending to be friends now the rebels have to know for certain if liberation and freedom from the threat of The Visitors is all the Zedtis really want.----------------------------- Reading this book is like coming home to anyone who has seen the original television series V. The characters stay true to form with Diana as the evil villainess who has the means and the power to back up her leadership. The various members of the resistance individually are shown to be heroes. The only quibble one might have is the new alien allies insert themselves into the resistance too easily.----------------- Harriet Klausner
Shooter9mm More than 1 year ago
The first book was great and I highly recommend it. This second book was so bad I could not stand it. The writer must have had no idea of how to continue a story. It went so far off track and I tried to get into it but could not. I read a couple of hundred pages hoping it would get better but it just stayed the same. The first book spawned a TV mini-series and a follow up TV show. This book could not inspire a single second of a TV show. The first book I would give a five star rating. This book does not rate a single star and would have to be ten times better just to get one star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent story. Very pretentious writing, obvious overuse of a thesaurus.
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Amon_101 More than 1 year ago
First off, I'm a "V" fanboy. If someone in their 40's can be a fanboy, that is. The original mini-series knocked my socks off, and I enjoyed "V: The Final Battle" as well. (Let's not mention "V: The Series," mmm-kay?) This book picks up 20 years after the events of the first mini-series. The second mini-series and the TV series are ignored, as they weren't part of Johnson's vision, and I'm perfectly fine with that. The Resistance is still active, but the Visitors have established almost total control of the Earth. In the year 1999, the Visitors struck a huge blow against the Resistance, capturing many of their top leaders, and almost crippling it. But help is on the way, which may turn the tide in the favor of the Resistance. I enjoyed the book, and it was a pretty quick read, as it keeps the attention, and there is plenty of action. The problem is, the book is about 50 to 75 pages longer than it needs to be. There is a lot of stuff that doesn't need to be there: too detailed of descriptions, too ODD of descriptions (at one point, veins and arteries of whales, and a startled sea anemone are used as descibing things), and a lot of unnecessary words, especially adjectives. And, never use words that make the reader have to run for the dictionary. If someone has dark almond-shaped eyes, just say that, instead of using "sloe-eyed." There are others too, including sychophant. James Frenkel, the editor of the book, must also be a "V" fanboy. If he wasn't, he would probably have red-circled a lot of stuff to reword or drop altogether. I recommend the book, especially if you are a fan of the orginal mini-series. But bear in mind that at 442 pages, the book is at least 50 pages too long for its own good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the book overall. Was a little confused because author ignored most of what happened with the miniseries that followed the original book. Still found the book a great follow-up to the original book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a huge fan of the two mini series and the TV show "V", and also used to enjoy the series of books -- although in fairness, I was in grade school when most of this was was "new". When I saw this book at Barnes and Noble, I immediately grabbed it up. At worst, I thought it would be a fun diversion, and at best, it might have actually enhanced what was a decent story that was told with very dated special effects -- especially by today's standards.

The former was closer to being true, although not to the level that I had hoped. This is fairly predictable, and most of the major reveals in the story are things that you see coming before they happen. Some of the plot actually echos things that happened in the 2nd mini-series and the TV show, so not the most original plot. The ending has its share of excitement, and Mr. Johnson does do a decent job of giving some closure to the original story while leaving the door open just a crack for more sequels.

One note if you do decide to read this: It is written as if the 2nd mini-series (V: the Final Battle) and the weekly TV series never took place. A point that might be easy to miss if you didn't waste as much time as I did back in the 80's watching and re-watching "V".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book would be hard to follow since I haven't read the original, or have seen the mini-series in over 10 years. But, I must say that how Kenneth Johnson wrote the story, he kept me filled in with the characters and events from the original. The story pulls you in right from the get-go, and doesn't let you go until the very end. All in all, I say that this was one of the best sci-fi book I have read in a long, long time!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nearly a year ago, I saw V: The Second Generation was available for pre-order. Being a fan of the two mini-series, I immediatly clicked the pre-order button. After many, many delays, the book finally arrived. Of course, I begin reading it immediatly. Without giving away too much plot information, the sad fact was soon realized that 'V: The Final Battle' was ignored. I was expecting the book to pick up 20 years after the final battle, it did not. I was not saddened the weekly series was ignored, to me that kind of ruined the 'V' story. If I had gone into the book, knowing that the Final Battle did not take place I would have had a different opinion. Unfortunately, I enjoyed The Final Battle and to me, it was an important part of the overall story. This book was a good read, however, I did not believe it to be a page turner. If you have an open mind and are prepared to ignore the Final Battle, this will be a good book to read. For those who feel the second mini-series was as important as the original it may be hard to accept this new ending to the V story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With all due respect to Kenny as the creator of V, by ignoring the continuity of V: the Final Battle and the Series, his 'sequel' to his original brilliant mini-series about a neo-fascist takeover of Earth is confusing and disappointing for old-school fans to follow. On one hand, it ignores the lame events of V: The Final Battle like the Star Child using magical alien powers to save the human race and several beloved characters who were killed off like Martin, Robert Maxwell and Harmony now live on in this alternate timeline of events while fans of other beloved characters from the second mini and series like Ham Tyler, Chris Farber and Kyle Bates no longer exist in Kenny's version and that's a real letdown. Not only that but other characters that Kenny created himself who were integral to his original story like Robin Maxwell and Elias are never even mentioned. Worse, the aliens of the Visitors who show up answering the Resistance's distress call are really lame. They use magical healing powers just like the Star Child that is every bit as cheesy. There's also a race of Visitor/human half-breeds now called Dregs that the Visitors have been given the freedom to procreate with humans so we go from having one unique hybrid that was Elizabeth to having a whole race of them. V: The Second Generation has more in common with Alien Nation 'Kenneth Johnson's other series' than it does with V.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For ¿V¿ fans all around the world, the release of Kenneth Johnson¿s ¿V: The Second Generation¿ is somewhat of a personal triumph. Loyal ¿V¿ fans have watched Johnson struggle for years to bring ¿V¿ back in mini-series format to prime time, only to see his efforts fruitlessly rewarded. One can only imagine the frustrations Johnson feels and wonder how many times he has thought to give up on reviving his sacred diamond. However, Johnson must realize, as all loyal ¿V¿ fans do, that with a little polish, the diamond that is ¿V¿ will continue to shine. ¿V: The Second Generation¿ is a novel of intellect, imagination, and perseverance, much like Johnson¿s original ¿V,¿ which aired in mini- series format in 1983. Brewing with fresh new characters while bringing back fan favorites, Johnson tells his story through the eyes of today¿s innovations and technologies, while holding true to his original characters personalities. ¿V: The Second Generation¿ picks up twenty years after ¿V¿ aired on television. Johnson peppers the novel with memories from the mini-series that long time fans are bound to remember, while interlocking with new scenes that fans aren¿t bound to forget. The novel is riveting and shocking, but also romantic and sweet, with undertones that remind readers about current day events and how all people react differently to the same circumstances. The first chapter of the novel introduces a new alien being that makes the skin crawl. This chapter does a fantastic job at setting up the rest of the novel and is powerful enough to pull the reader right into the story. Johnson¿s careful use of words and descriptors makes it very easy to imagine watching this novel on television, should the novel should ever reach production status. For long time ¿V¿ fans, it may be tempting to skim the novel and skip ahead to see the outcome of our longtime heroes, for the first few chapters of the book are introductions to new characters. However, if you can be patient and not skip ahead, you will notice a certain flow to the novel that remains continuous and smooth, with spikes of action and several shocking conclusions. I read the novel three times and found I enjoyed it most the third time, for the characters seemed to connect better and the relationships between them seemed to make more sense. Oftentimes authors introduce too many characters at once and they can be confusing to the reader. While Johnson does introduce us to several new characters and some of them may seem insignificant in the beginning, it¿s important to realize that by the end of the novel all of the dots have been connected and every character in the book has a valuable role. In reference to characters, loyal ¿V¿ fans will be thrilled to see the return of Resistance heroes Juliet Parrish, Mike Donovan, and Robert Maxwell two ¿fifth column¿ favorites Willy and Martin and of course, the Alien leader, Diana 'now known as Commandant Diana.' Johnson also introduces us to a new young ¿hot shot¿ named Nathan a smart, young no-nonsense girl named Margarita, and perhaps one of Johnson¿s most original characters yet, a half human, half alien twelve year old girl named Ruby. Ruby is one of the most delightful characters I¿ve seen in a long time and she is bound to have readers both laughing and crying. Also, as a side-note, long time Donovan and Julie fans will be more than thrilled with Johnson¿s portrayal of our favorite heroes and the development of their personal relationship. One of the biggest changes Johnson made, and I see this as very significant, is the idea that the Visitors are no longer in their burnt orange uniforms. Johnson described the uniforms as being too much of a ¿military presence¿ and the Visitors did not want to be seen that way. After all, aren¿t the Visitors our ¿friends¿? The Visitors now wear blue shirts and khaki pants and the human teenagers are required to take part in the ¿Teammates¿ program, which was once referred to as ¿the Visitor You
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was excited by the prospect of a new book by the series' creator. I was willing to set aside the Final Battle and glad to ignore the weekly series. But the writing itself is quite poor. There are passages that change point of view without warning, making it difficult to even follow what is happening. Characterizations are inconsistent, sometimes even on the same page. There are key elements of the original four hour miniseries that are changed or ignored without any explanation. And the characters that do show up with old, familiar names were apparently locked in a time warp and remain virtually unchanged after 20 years. Worse, they are cardboard shadows of their former selves and we gain no insight to their thoughts, feelings, motivations, or frustrations. I know the author mostly works in visual mediums, but the Tor editors could have done more to help iron out the major technical problems with the writing itself. Then again, they would make the plot holes more evident... I was very disappointed by this book.