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The Invaders: A Quinn Martin TV Series(Revised Edition) Paperback


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Autumn Road Company
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467507199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467507196
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,102,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My all time favourite TV sci fi series. There is so very little around about the show, over here in the UK. This book is a real treasure for any of us interested in how The Invaders came to be, and about those who made the series happen. I had been looking for a book on the series, for a very long time, combing charity shops, and rummage sales, just in case a book such as this, had 'slipped under my radar' Well, one hadn't, but thank goodness this volume didn't either. I had no idea, just how much Roy Thinnes was committed to the show, and via attending conventions etc, still is. The information in this book is just amazing, and very well put together. I was 10 years old when the series first aired in the UK. Those Invaders used to scare me silly, even their space craft, was the most sinister looking design I've ever seen, and IMO, set the benchmark for TV flying saucers. Dominic Frontiere's theme only added to the uneasy atmosphere. I have the model of the flying saucer, set in a desert scrubland diorama, which takes pride of place in my study. Michael Rennie, and Alfred Rider were both excellently cast as alien leadership figures. Also fascinating to read, was what went on behind the scenes, between Mssrs Martin, Cohen and Thinnes. And it gets better, along with some rarely (if ever) seen photos you're also treated to an episode guide, and synopsis, along with cast lists and details. I really can't praise this book enough, and it's obviously a labour of love by author James Rosin. If you're a die hard fan of The Invaders, or indeed enjoy the genre in general, don't miss this masterpiece. Now remember to keep a look out for those crooked little fingers, or those spinning crystals, you just never know where they may show up!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Perfect companion to a classic series - 4 & 1/2 stars 6 May 2013
By William Timothy Lukeman - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who remember this wonderful but neglected TV series, where the paranoia was cranked up to the boiling point & beyond every week, James Rosin has given us a very good reference guide & overview. More than just a detailed plot synopsis -- without giving away any spoilers! -- it also gives us some perspective on the series & its impact by those who created & worked on it. Especially welcome are the comments by series star Roy Thinnes, to this day an underrated actor who brought exactly the right mixture of intensity & believability to the character of David Vincent. It would have been so easy to overplay the role; instead, he brought a quieter but no less emotionally powerful presence to the role, with subtle acting that made the viewer empathize with him. In fact, everyone associated with the show seems to have taken it seriously as drama & given it their best, making it gripping, accessible viewing even for those who normally shunned science-fiction. All of this is made quite clear in the pages of this invaluable book. If I have any caveat, it's merely that I would have loved even more.

And if you haven't seen "The Invaders" yet, don't hesitate to buy both the DVD sets & this book! Thankfully made before CGI, the special effects may be simple, but they're still effective. And that in turn made the series depend more on quality writing & acting than on dazzling but empty eye candy. Author Rosin obviously appreciates literate TV drama of the past, and it comes through in every book he's written about it, including this one -- highly recommended!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Invaders: A Quinn Martin TV Series 7 Jan 2012
By Anthony W. Hardy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very nice volume on a long overlooked classic Sci Fi TV series. It contains many anecdotes and comments from those intimately involved with the production back in the 1960s. Lead actor Roy Thinnes (David Vincent) chimes in, along with Larry Cohen (Creator), Alan Armer (Producer), Ralph Senensky (Director), and a few others associated with the production. A nice photo section is included, along with an episode guide, a list of production staff, series facts, and bios on the guest actors that appeared in the series.

The only downside to this volume is the sad fact that so many involved in it's creation are no longer with us. However, a nice, comprehensive volume on this series is long overdue, and author James Rosin helps to fill in the back story on this show nicely. I just wish that there was more.

In addition, both seasons of the series are now available on DVD and I highly recommend them. This volume is a nice reference to have when watching the series, and I plan to utilize it when I get an opportunity to watch the show again. Highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
David Vincent Has Seen Them! 9 May 2014
By Tirana44 - Published on Amazon.com
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The Invaders has been my all time favourite sci fi show, since it was first shown in the UK, back in the late 60s. Anything on the Invaders, is very rare over here, so as a die hard fan, you can imagine how I felt coming across this book. Its easy to tell that this was a labour of love, on the part of author James Rosin. I found the book easy to read, and the photographs, most of which I had never seen before, meant that the book far exceeded what I was expecting. It was very interesting to learn what went on behind the scenes, what it took to get the series 'off the ground' no pun intended, and the actors and personalities involved. Roy Thinnes had a real commitment to the show, and still does by his attendance at conventions etc, sadly, not here in the UK. The added bonus of an episode guide, and plot synopsis, along with details of the actors involved, make this book a must have for any Invaders fan, so don't miss it! And if you ever find one of those sinister looking UFOs settling in a clearing........run!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Only book on one of my favorite childhood shows 10 Feb 2014
By Matthew Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
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I was excited to finally find a book about one of my favorite childhood TV shows - The Invaders! the book has great photos from the show and background information about the show and the actors. My only wish was that the book had a bit more background information on the production of the show (I would have enjoyed some more detailed information on the special effects and the sets) and additional antidotes of onset happenings. Great resource for having a recap of each episode.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Are you a fan of THE INVADERS? 16 Jan 2012
By Jack Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought both season DVD box sets to rekindle the show I enjoyed watching late at night on the Sci-Fi Channel (about 25 years ago?). The book is a great companion when re-watching the episodes. The best part is the history of the series where actors, producers, directors and writers comment and the history of the series is pretty much told from their perspective and in their own words. The photos are clean and clear. I agree with the other reviewer that it's a shame many of the principals involved are no longer with us. Thankfully, Roy Thinnes contributed to this book so unless you hate science fiction, if you think aliens are not out there, you need to get this book and shelve it next to your DVD sets.
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