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V Mass Market Paperback – May 1984

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books; 1st edition (May 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0523422377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0523422374
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 978,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essef - It's a freakin' novelization of a superb 1983 television miniseries and its only so-so follow-up miniseries from a year later. That said, THIS is the book that not only makes you an A.C. Crispin fan-for-life but also tuns you in to a deeper and more under-the-hood form of science fiction than could be gleaned from television (or in a movie theater, for that matter). Once you have digested Ms. Crispin's excellent interwoven character development that FAR exceeded the depth of even Kenneth Johnson's riveting teleplay, you will realized that science fiction as a LITERARY art form needs some serious exploration.

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By Mike Renshaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Sept. 2013
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Very difficult to acquire these days, and it's a good adaptation of the mini series (both the pilot and the final battle).

As it's quite an old book, the print is pretty small and cramped, but it does get a lot of detail into it.

Well written, and in places it expands on some of the characters that didn't happen in the show, but other parts that I recall seemed to be missing altogether.

If you liked the original 80's TV show then you'll like this. For others it may not be as good but still a great sci fi story in it's own right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Aug. 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Good old times memories
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By Matthew Wharmby on 21 April 2015
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Novelisation of first and second miniseries.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GREGO40 on 10 Feb. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I BOUGHT THIS FOR MYSELF AFTER CHRISTMAS. ARRIVED WHEN SAID IT WOULD. HAVE NOT READ IT YET BUT IT SHOULD BE GOOD.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Resist or Parish - There Is No Choice With This Book 12 July 2008
By J. L. Gregory - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
And I mean that in a good sense! I am in the process of reading all the V novels and I will be posting the reviews here on Amazon as I finish them. Of course, I begin with the story that started it all. Now, first of all, let's give a little credit where it's due - and that would be the fact that Kenneth Johnson wrote the original mini-series for TV and this book is a novelization of that mini-series (and the follow-up 'The Final Battle' which was written by a host of other writers based upon the ideas of Mr. Johnson, himself). So, this is actually a Kenneth Johnson story although A.C. Crispin is not without merit for doing a fantastic job coveying nearly the entire ten hour event into one novelization.

In fact, the entire first half of the book was so gripping that you couldn't stop turning the pages. The intensity of the moments before the visitors showed themselves were there, the strong relationships the characters had with each other were all there. Ms. Crispin captured it all brilliantly. What was equally brilliant, and a bit of a pleasant surprise, was her taking license for a brief moment to introduce (in chapter one) a major character from 'The Final Battle' just before the first mothership roars into the skies. And no, I'm not going to tell you who it is - you'll have to get the book and find out for yourself.

The second half, which was 'The Final Battle' half, left me quite a bit disappointed. A lot was left out. Perhaps it was done for space issues, or perhaps deadlines loomed and it was decided all the unimportant stuff could be skipped, or in some cases I got the feeling that Ms. Crispin was writing from a "working script" where some of the issues hadn't been quite developed yet. . .whatever the reason, I was disappointed. In the first half of the book, every little scene was included which really built up the emotions towards the characters by the time we reached the climax. In the second half, we breeze past everything else - including Juliet's entire conversion process - just to get to the birth of Robin's baby(s), it seems. Ah well. I still loved it and it made for a great read. Highly recommended!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of my favorite novelizations 9 Jun. 2003
By M. E. Newell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For the most part I love novelizations, and "V" by A.C. Crispin, is one of the best that I have read. The writer does a great job keeping the reader the book form of a great mini-series. A MUST for any fan of the "V" series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bacteria Won't Save Us This Time 27 Sept. 2010
By Cameron Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'll be the first to admit that I don't watch the TV series "V". I tried a couple episodes, but the premise was a bit too witch-hunty for me, since the aliens look conveniently just like humans. Then I found a old paperback copy of V, by A.C. Crispin, the front cover lost from mysterious circumstances, and I thought that I'd try it out.
It's very witch-hunty.
The premise of V is that alien "Visitors" show up and offer us the bounties of their science and technology in return for simple amenities such as food and water. Surprisingly enough this is not their actual agenda, and soon humanity is forced into Nazi-like concentration camps, with only a few pockets of resistance fighting back.

It gets confusing though. You have humans who ally with the Visitors in return for power and wealth, and you have Visitors allying with humans out of pity. Keeping all the factions straight becomes difficult over the course of four hundred pages, especially with people jumping back and forth.

On the other hand, I suppose people would probably act like that during an alien invasion. Crispin does a good job of showing the degredation of society, from governments welcoming the Visitors to informers spying of former neighbors for the aliens. The world isn't static.

As I said, I haven't seen too much of the newer TV series, so I can't tell you how different the book and the show are. If you do watch the show and want to check out the book (which, when reading the first few pages, is apparently based itself on a much older made-for-TV movie), there are a few things to keep in mind.

The first is that the book takes place in the 80's, so no Internet or cellphones or anything. The second, and more important warning is that this book doesn't hold back. It has rape. It has murder. It has aliens eating people. Even if you let your kids watch the show, don't let them read the book unless you're confident that they can handle R-rated material.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
the best sci fi has to offer 2 Feb. 2000
By yitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
i loved this book for a lot of reasons, solid plot, very deep charecters ,a lot of suspense also it was very realistic.i doubt you will be able to get ahold of a copy today but if u do grab it i guarentee it will be money well spent
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
V--The first two miniseries 26 Oct. 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This book covers the first two miniseries, "V" (1983) and "V: The Final Battle" (1984). It gives more character development and description than what is given in the televised minseries. Kenneth Johnson has recently republished "V the original miniseries." However, I was disappointed to find that he had excluded "The Final Battle". Instead, he had put in a different ending. It turns out, this had been the original ending he had planned. Another book, "V: The Second Generation" follows up this alternate ending. Though the ending is more exciting, old "V" fans will probably be loyal to "The Final Battle"--particularly because it features the villainess Diana more and has the starchild. As of yet, "The Final Battle" has not been republished.
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