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Suffering under the lash of the alien Visitors' control, the human underground have risked their lives for decades as they desperately try to find ways to thwart their reptilian overlords' dire plan. For while the Visitors claim to be Earth's friends, they instead seek only to exploit our planet's lifeblood-water - and slaughter all humankind....

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V: The Second Generation Reviews

  • Alejandro
    2019-06-27 09:41

    Cool to read but with its deficienciesTHAT PHENOMENON KNOWN AS "V"I was really excited when I knew about this book back then, in 2008.I was and still am a huge fan of the original TV miniseries and following TV series of "V". I have on DVD, the 2 parts of the TV miniseries and the brief following TV series.When the TV miniseries and the following TV series were aired in my country, Costa Rica, it was something huge! There are people who may not remember well the story but all of them remember Diana eating a mouse... oh, yes... Gross, but unforgettable.In 2008, whem this book was published, it didn't exist yet the recent failed "reboot" for TV. In fact, this book was a rejected proposal by Johnson to develop as a sequel TV series, since he didn't get the green light for the production of a TV series, but having copyrights on his own over the first part of the script of the original miniseries, he opted then to publish a novel.And it was other cool thing about the existence of this novel, knowing that the novel was written by Kenneth Johnson, the original creator, it was a powerful "plus", that he is a legend in making Sci-Fi TV series such as The Six Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman and Alien Nation, so, it was just too perfect.Obviously, I ordered the book right away.AN UNEXPECTED TWIST FOR THE STORYHowever, I am afraid to say that the book isn't as great as, at least I expected.This novel V: The Second Generation is a sequel to the original "V", BUT it's a sequel based in how the events of the original story ended in the first part of the miniseries.The miniseries was produced in two parts: "V" (the original miniseries) and V: The Final Battle. You may wondered why Kenneth Johnson didn't considered the events despicted in The Final Battle and the following TV series,......well, the reason is quite simple, he left after producing the first part, the original "V", and so, in the eyes of Kenneth Johnson, The Final Battle and the following TV series were "non-canon", at least for him.So, you can bet that for me, it was an odd experience to read the book due this unexpected twist in the story.I am not saying that it wasn't good, just odd, since the Visitors never suffered a defeat due the Red Dust, and so they have remained in control of Earth during 20 years and the Resistance is in very, VERY, bad shape since many of its people are dead or arrested. Not a bad setting, but again, quite unexpected.I didn't like the idea of considering "non-canon" the second part of the miniseries and the TV series. For me, they are canon without discussion.I mean, due this twist, in the book you don't have characters like Elizabeth (The Star Child), since in the Kenneth Johnson's unique "timeline" for the story, she never existed.However, another dissapointment is that you get really few recognizable characters from the first part of the miniseries, and so you will deal with a lot of new characters, okay, I know, the book is titled "Second Generation", but still it was hard to cope. Since any fan is craving with the chance of "visiting" again those characters that they knew in the miniseries, at least.Nevertheless, I thought that it was still interesting to read this take of the original story. I had already paid the book and it was on my hands... so why the heck not?WRITING SCREENPLAYS ISN'T THE SAME AS PROSE FOR A NOVELAnother critic is Kenneth Johnson's writing style for novel purposes.I mean, he is an excellent screenplay writer but writing a TV script isn't the same than to write a prose novel.Let me explain are reading the book, and sometimes he makes too quick changes in two separate places, that I am sure it is normal when one is watching a TV episode that you receive several changes of situations, but in a book without even any mark to denote the change of scene, you feel lost many times since you didn't realize that you are reading something that it's happening, in other place, different from the one that you "were" just a paragraph ago.About the plot, I think that it's kinda weak. It has a fair good initial proposal using the radio signal sent to space at the very end of the first part of the original miniseries, which provokes that another alien race came to Earth telling that they are enemies of the Visitors and so, they will help the Resistance. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.I don't want to say more, to avoid a spoiler but I just can say that the development of the story is not much creative and way, WAY, predictable.But I don't regret my decision of ordering the novel since, still, it's a really cool collectible item for fans of "V".

  • Nate
    2019-06-01 07:35

    Entertaining story, but a lot of things from the first book were never mentioned. If I had never read the first one (written by A.C. Crispin) this story would have still kept me captivated. The only real problem I had was with Johnson's writing. A lot of times he used words that were too "big" for the context. When I have to stop and say, why would you use a 50 cent word when a nickel word would have been better to the flow of the text? Despite that, I really did enjoy this book, but wish he hadn't "Lucased" out a bunch of history from the series.

  • Inferus
    2019-05-29 12:32

    I felt like Rip Van Winkle waking up from his twenty year nap when I read Kenneth Johnson's sequel to his original "V". The world around me had changed dramatically, and I had become reunited with some familiar faces, but nobody bothered to explain to me what had happened in the intervening years. I remember when the Ann Crispin's novelization of "V" came out. I felt disappointed by it (and still do). I felt she spent too much time on details to the original miniseries that weren't very relevant, and the parts that were key she merely glossed over. I remember thinking, "Boy, I bet if Kenneth Johnson were to write the novelization it would be a heck of a lot better." And he has. Unfortunately, it isn't. If you're a fan of this franchise, you may be upset Mr. Johnson chose to write a sequel to "V" and completely ignore "The Final Battle" and "The Series". Frankly, I agree with his decision. You see, Mr. Johnson is god (little "g", not big "G"), and if he decides to ignore a bastardization of his creation then he is entitled. To me "Final Battle", with its deus ex machina ending of the magical Star Child saving the day, was silly (imagine "Star Trek: The Next Generation"'s Wesley Crusher with magical powers), and "The Series" was just plain awful. "V: The Second Generation" is how I envisioned the story continuing. However... Mr. Johnson has chosen not to tell us many of the details that transpired in those twenty years. Most notably absent are many of the key characters from the first miniseries, particularly Robin Maxwell. Robin was the central character in the original "V". It was her story being told, much like a sci fi version of "The Diary of Anne Frank". Not only is she missing in this novel, but she is not even mentioned. At first I had assumed the half-breed child Julie was raising (named Ruby after the elderly woman who gave Julie a shot of confidence in the first film) was Robin's daughter. It turns out Ruby's mother was just a nameless human woman who conveniently died in childbirth. And the others? What happened with Elias? I always pictured him taking over the L.A. resistance cell or New Orleans. The other Maxwell children? Did Katie and Polly survive? I'm surprised he mentioned how old Ruby was shot in the back by a Visitor Friend (now called Teammates) because that occurred in "Final Battle". If there was one character from "Final Battle" I would have liked to have seen brought in was the character of mercenary and Donovan's perpetual thorn-in-the-side Ham Tyler. Maybe he wasn't his creation, but he was a delicious character who could have played a key role in this story. The characters who are there simply don't ring true, and a few, like Robert Maxwell, have no real reason to be there. Since I only have the original "V" on DVD and have not seen either of the others since they were first out, I can truly say my observations have not been tainted. They have the names, and they have the looks, but I kept asking myself, "Who are these people?" I should know them, but I don't. Since when did Willy become more important to the Fifth Column than Martin? Why would the pascifist Harmony even risk her life being a part of the resistance? As for the new charcters, I didn't care for them. There was no reason to root for any of them. They were all, even Diana, one dimensional cut-outs. Instead of providing clues and insights into the fate of many of the characters, Mr. Johnson spends five pages -- count them, five -- describing what Earth looks like now that the Visitors had reduced the size of the oceans by one-half. I'm sure that will look great on screen if/when it is made into a movie, but to devote five pages to the description is absurd. The space would have been better filled with the back story of the past twenty years. He has also decided to join the Politically Correct crowd. Collaborators are now called Players. The Visitor Friends are Teammates. He even has a couple of personal relationships within the story that I find morally reprehensible, but that's just my own opinion and won't go into it any further. Mr. Johnson has also decided not to answer many of the fundamental questions about the changes he made in his creation. Example: 1) When and why did Diana decide to move her flagship from Los Angeles to San Francisco? 2) When and why did the Visitors decide to "officially" reveal to humanity their reptilian form? 3) Why did the Visitors change their cover story for being on Earth from creating a chemical compound to save their own planet to the pretext of sucking up our oceans in order to scrub them clean of pollution? 4) When and why did the Visitors abandon the process of conversion? A lot of the science fiction elements in the story are very derivative. The flying stealth motorcycles were used in "Galactica: 1980" and also seem reminiscent of the speeder bikes in "Return of the Jedi" and the flying broomsticks of "Harry Potter". The fact that the San Francisco mother ship is now the flagship borrows from "Star Trek" the notion that San Francisco is the home of both Starfleet Headquarters and Starfleet Academy. (By the way, Mr. Johnson, the Golden Gate Bridge is a mile long, not two. I should know; I cross it every day). And yet another derivative is the new Zidti species introduced in the novel. You can argue that he pulled this notion directly from the third season of "Star Trek: Enterprise" with its similarly named "Xindi" which, like the Zidti in this book, developed multiple sentient species on a single planet. I'm not entirely sure Paramount Studios doesn't have a case for a copyright infringement lawsuit over this. There is also a fundamental scientific flaw in Mr. Johnson's handling of the human-Visitor half-breed children. On the plus side, I think the way he characterized Ruby was excellent and should have been the route followed by the producers of "Final Battle" and "Series". The scientific negative which kept bothering me throughout the novel was how he described them as not really having any physical symmetry to them and that the reptilian and human features were at odds with one another. I must point out that mules, which are a hybrid of horses and donkeys, do have physical symmetry and balance. I think the main issue is Mr. Johnson is a television writer and not a novelist. One could argue writing is writing, but television writing is a form of shorthand of which he is a master (same goes to Gene Roddenberry -- his novelization of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" is horrendous). I have tried to adapt my own material into screenplays just as an exercise and failed miserably; very few writers are adept at both (Harlan Ellison comes to mind). I have the feeling that he just couldn't or wouldn't break out of that when he adapted the screenplay he wrote for "The Second Generation". Unless he plans more novels which will answer and clarify things, I think I'll go back to sleep. Night-night.

  • C.p. Bialois
    2019-06-27 15:33

    As a huge, I mean freaking HUGE, fan of the V miniseries from the 1980s, I can’t tell you how awesome it was when I found this little gem for sale at the local library. Written by the creator of the miniseries, Kenneth Johnson, V: The Second Generation picks up twenty years after the original novel based on the miniseries.One of the first things that caught my attention and sent me to Wikipedia is the timeline. While I read the first book that matched the original two-part miniseries, I forgot about Kenneth Johnson leaving due to creative differences before V: The Final Battle. Once I understood that, I was able to really dive into the book.As a sequel to the first, Kenneth Johnson continues his vision of the Visitors in control with the red dust from the second miniseries never discovered. Now in the current day, most of the oceans are shrunken to the point they’re more deserts than bodies of water and the Resistance is mostly gone following the Great Purge. With the human race on the brink of extinction, another alien race has come in answer to the distress signal Julie and the Resistance sent out twenty years before. With their technology they are the answer to many people’s prayers, but towards the moment when the Visitors’ leader arrives on Earth, the question about their true intentions begins to bother what’s left of the Resistance.I would go on, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I admit I’m biased due to my love of the series, but I can’t wait for the author’s next book!

  • David Agranoff
    2019-06-09 15:25

    V: The Second GenerationHardcover: 448 pagesPublisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (February 5, 2008)As A kid there was only one show that came close to Star Wars in my love. That show was V. I had every hour of both mini-series and even the horrible weekly show all on Beta-max. I had a V pulse rifle that I could take apart, a visitor punching bag. I even had a mothership technical manual that I sent away for after I saw a classified ad in the back of Starlog. I was a V Geek.Sure I loved the story, the gun battles, and the spirit of resistance even as a kid. I actually consider V a huge part of how I developed such a radical spirit. Over the years I returned to the Mini-Series in the nineties and found a totally different film. Suddenly I understood on a deeper level what Director Kenneth Johnson was trying to say about Nazi Germany.Don’t look down on the Germans because it could have just as easily been us. This hit home even harder when I happened to watch it with friends in October 2001. Our country had lost it’s damn mind. Members of my very liberal family were calling for muslam blood and Indiana was awash with flags everywhere. GW was just starting to mold his bullshit Iraq agenda. V was more powerful than ever.To this day I can always watch V. I always find something new. It’s like a song I love to sing along to because I know every word, every beat. So as much as I love the final battle (the official TV sequel) I was excited when Kenny Johnson the original creator told the world he was working on HIS sequel, based on his original vision.I’m sure when he started thinking about the task of pulling all the actors back together and dealing with getting Warner brothers, NBC and everyone else back on the same page he thought a book would do it just right. So he wrote a novel.Many people have complained that Johnson is being Lazy by throwing out the events of the final battle (Yep as far as this novel goes the final battle never happened) but personally I’m going to give this move a big thumbs up! Don’t get me wrong I love Ham Tyler and the final battle but it’s not gone. If you love the red dust, the star child, Diana’s brainwash chamber you still have your DVD’s. Personally I am glad we get to see the original creator’s vision. Personally I think Johnson’s vision while more bleak is better.A better story, a little less cheesy and a bit more daring. You see when the events of the book start the resistance is on the ropes more than ever. Diana has lead a “great purge in ’99 and has almost dried the earth of it’s water completely. For reasons that I consider a spoiler The Vistors are on a time line and they need to finish up on earth soon.That’s not to say the V:TSG is perfect it has some cheesy moments but nothing has cheesy as the star child. Infact the hatred and scorn thrown on the half breeds in the novel makes a lot more sense. As you read this you can tell Johnson is more comfortable writing for the screen and switches perspectives so fast it’s easy to get confused. This worked well for the original TV movie but in the book it is annoying. Johnson also had a habit of reminding us what the characters had done twenty pages earlier and I found myself wishing he trusted us to remember.The only other thing that made me want to throw the book out the bus window (this was my commute book). Willie, you might remember as the loveable sweet alien (played by Robert England before he became know for being Freddy Kruger) in 1983 it was funny and cute when he messed up words, cut the Alien some slack he learned Arabic for going there. Johnson has Willie still screwing up english words, after thirty years in America and being married to a English speaking human. Johnson also missed a chance to give Willie a baddass sub-plot where he could have helped communicate with middle eastern resistance cells and perhaps help a jihadist muslam suicide bomber attack the visitors but I digress with my wishes. Willie had a cool role but not that cool.In the end the book was a quick read for me because it was like being reunited with old friends. The characters have been forged by twenty years of struggle, they have hardened, changed but they are still committed to the fight and damn I am with them every page of the way.V fans! Don’t be a poser. Read this book.

  • Tom
    2019-06-18 13:36

    If you, too, can recall that sublime television moment in the spring of 1983, when Diana, archetypal alien commandant of V, unhooked her jaw and shoved a live furry rodent down her throat then, no doubt, you will understand the necessity of consuming this book. If not, there's no point in watching it now, a quarter century after the fact. It will require a massive suspension of disbelief, most powerfully in the areas of special effects and science. But to those who were, like me, much too young and green to know any better at the time, read on:Throw out everything that happens after Kenneth Johnson's original mini-series (it will be painless, if not favorable, to do so) as V: The Second Generation ignores the subsequent mini-series and television series altogether with no compunction. In addition, expect that nothing in these pages will resemble award-winning prose and you will have one less reason to be disappointed. It must be said, though, that I felt no personal climax (as in the original mini-series when Diana contemptuously disintegrated a bible with her pulse gun) or personal point of interest (as in the original V's persecution of all Earth's scientists) but all the principal characters from the original mini-series do pop up a lot older and no wiser and that, alone, makes the journey sweet.Three stars, but worth reading at only one, because Kenneth Johnson, for all his service, deserves our money.

  • Phillip Murrell
    2019-05-29 13:15

    I loved V as a child. We had VHS copies of V the Final Battle and the TV series that my brothers and I watched dozens of times. The problem is that The Second Generations ignores those series. Only the original miniseries is canon. Also, I hate retcons. This book takes only eight characters from the show. Three more are mentioned. The rest are new people, but they really serve as stand ins for the characters I wanted to read about. Street-C is Elias. Shawn is Stephen. What happened to John, Josh, Christine, Sancho, and Caleb? I wanted to follow the characters I loved as a child. This just threw it all away. The climax was better than The Final Battle, but by that point, I’d stopped caring.

  • Marshall
    2019-05-27 09:38

    V was an amazing science fiction television miniseries in the 80's, about aliens who come to Earth, simply calling themselves "the Visitors." They looked a lot like us, and they promised new technologies. It's soon discovered they have a malevolent agenda. To protect themselves against discovery, the Visitors install a fascist police state around the globe, take over the media, and round up Earth scientists and put them into concentration camps. It was also a fascinating twist on the Holocaust. It was one of the more realistic scifi stories I've heard, in one specific sense: if aliens really came to Earth, and made it past our defenses, their biggest upheavel wouldn't be technological, but political.What followed was a sequel miniseries and then a full television series, in which the original plot devices became watered down, the alien race were portrayed as kind of pathetic, and the human race quickly wins out. It was a disappointment, but the original creator of V had nothing to do with it. He had a vastly different vision, where the Visitors crush the Resistence and rule over the planet for 20 years, tightening their control on the human race. One important set up that was ignored from the original miniseries was the distress signal the Resistence sent to any possible enemies of the Visitors.This book, written by the original creator of V, is his original vision for the story arc, an alternate sequel to the one in the 80's. It really is a far more interesting sequel. It picks up the story 20 years later, and describes the results of a 20 year fascist regime. It introduces a second, benevolent race of aliens, who are a lot more interesting than the Visitors. But they have a unique and different culture, and like any culture, it has its advantages and disadvantages. I like how the author, in both the original miniseries and in this book, shows both the strengths and weaknesses of characters, and makes every armed conflict messy. It's not typical Hollywood, in that sense. However, there are parts where it becomes cheesy and simplistic.

  • Josh
    2019-06-27 12:35

    When I was a kid, I loved the two V miniseries and the subsequent television series. Actually, I was obsessed with them. I ended up reading every single book in the series and the comic books. So when I heard there was a new book, I was incredibly excited. The new book was fun to read, but it took me awhile to get over the many changes the book had taken with V history. Kenneth Johnson completely ignores any events that happened in both V: The Final Battle and the tv series, which is really strange. It took me awhile to get used to reading about characters who had died in the shows. I kept asking myself, "Wait, isn't this character dead?" These omissions also mean a number of well-liked characters never appear. Bye-bye Ham Tyler, Elizabeth the Starchild, Robin, and many others. The setting has also been changed from Los Angeles to San Francisco which was probably done because it's more visually striking to have the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge sitting over dry land. This change, however, is never addressed in the book. After getting over these big changes, the book does a good job of introducing a number of new characters and moving the book firmly into the 21st century and San Francisco. Surprisingly, there are gay and lesbian Visitors, who have along with their heterosexual counterparts, relations with humans. This creates an interesting dynamic and produces the nice story arc with "half-breeds," the children of these pairings who are half reptile and human. Don't ask how, but go with it. There is also the introduction of a new alien race who may or may not be out to save humankind. Overall, I think this was a pretty decent entry into the whole V canon. It moves quickly, has a number of nice surprises, tragic moments, and humorous touches. And it does leave the ending open to further stories. Much fun!

  • Tony Gross
    2019-06-26 13:37

    As a fan of the V series since the first miniseries aired on NBC in 1983, I was really excited when I saw this book on the shelf. V has always been one of my, if not my absolute favorite sci-fi series of all time. V: The Second Generation picks up where the first miniseries left off, completely omitting The Final Battle, and the television series. For the last 20 years, The visitors have pretty much taken control of the planet, and have all but wiped out the planets oceans. They are able to use political, and media means to spread their lies, and propaganda. And if you question them, you simply disappear. Many of the humans have even sided with the visitors as Teammates (Replacing the Visitor Youth program from the miniseries), kids in classrooms are taught "The Visitor Way", and any retaliation is dealt with swiftly. The resistance has been branded as criminals and try to continue, the fight, but they won't have to do it alone. 20 years later the distress call sent out into space is answered by an alien race that are the enemy of the visitors, and have defeated them before. Will they help save mankind,or do they have their own agenda?Overall: The book is a fast, and good read. There's a lot of new interesting characters, as well as some of the old favorites we have grown to love. It's kinda slow at times, but doesn't stall too much. I thought the fact they omitted The Final Battle would bother me since The final Battle was my favorite part of the original series, but as I finished reading I discovered I actually liked this story better. No hokey Starchild ending like in The Final Battle. The only thing that really bothered me is that I would have liked to have known the fates of a lot of characters from the miniseries that are not even mentioned in this book. But overall the story was great, and I highly recommend it if you are a fan of the V series!!

  • Don
    2019-06-09 11:36

    Okay, if you're a fan of the original V you might know that creator Kenneth Johnson left the project after V: The Miniseries due to a disagreement with NBC over the direction the sequel should take. The original ended with the Resistance discovering a second alien race existed (one that was an enemy to the Visitors) and calling this second race for help. Johnson wanted the sequel to have that second alien race show up and help liberate the Earth. NBC didn't.NBC won and we got V: The Final Battle, with the Resistance developing a bio weapon that could kill the Visitors. The end (until V: The Series).Now, twenty-some-odd years later, Johnson gets to tell the story he (more or less) wanted to. Most of the original cast is still there: Dr. Juliet Parish, Mike Donovan, Robert Maxwell (no Robin, though; kind of a disappointment), Diana, Martin, Willy and also the younger, second generation of the title. Add a couple of the second alien race to the mix and the fight is back on.The story that we get isn't bad. There are some plot elements that defy belief, but overall we get a somewhat satisfying end to the story. I think the biggest problem is that Johnson's style of storytelling is dated. He comes from a time when the audience didn't question the hows and the whys of what was happening, they just went with the show. Today's audience, however, questions everything. We want to know, for example, why most Earthlings haven't noticed that, even after 20 years, the Visitors haven't returned any of the water they took for "cleaning." It's plot problems like that that bring the book down.Like I said, the book isn't bad. But in the hands of a better (or more up-to-date) writer, it could have been a whole lot better.

  • Mya
    2019-06-26 08:16

    I can’t help wishing that some producer will revamp the V series from my 80s childhood and give the project a renewed life in the same vein as Battlestar Galactica. I mean the idea of those giant saucers hovering over an entire city, the special effects of a Visitor getting his skin torn off to reveal the reptilian glory beneath, but alas…V the Second Generation does provide a wonderful flashback to the past. Yes the resistance is still fighting on, and not very well. For old fans, there are many characters that will be recognized from the mini-series and tv show, but even for those who never saw an episode, they can still enjoy the work. The fascist, devious, propaganda spewing aliens have the same agenda: to eat our vermin and us, to steal all of our water and …impregnate our women. However the need us for a different reason, to fight their dreaded enemies, another intergalactic race called the Zedti who appear on Earth, to perhaps help us, or not…While I did not know why Kenneth Johnson changed the idea of mixed-breeds looking human or reptilian instead of both, I liked how he drew a parallel of racism and oppression. Instead of being powerful, telepathic and emphatic superbeings, they are the lowest of the low, dregs. The Zedti are remarkable, but slightly confusing as they are not just one race but several and yet all seem to have the hive mentality, but they are an interesting addition to the battle. I say interesting but in a film I don’t know how well they would work. While they don’t derive from reptiles, they are an intriguing mix.Once again, for those looking to revisit an oldie but goodie franchise, this is an entertaining novel. 4 ½ out 5 stars would be my vote.

  • David Brzezinski
    2019-06-10 11:37

    This is an interesting read. A direct sequel to V: the Mini-Series, this story picks up 20 years after the events of the first book. A lot has changed on Earth under the Visitors control, and the planet's only hope is an alien race that is the enemy of the Visitors.The book itself is a bit tough to get into at first, especially if all you know is the two NBC mini-series and subsequent TV show. But, once some of the original faces start to show up, you start to get your grounding. It is interesting to see how Johnson builds his world under Visitor control, from persecuted classes (scientists, half-breeds), forced cooperation, and people living in fear of being accused of working for the resistance and "disappearing."The thing I had the biggest problem with was the ending. While engaging, it felt like Johnson wrote himself into a corner and contrived an ending that would not result in the total destruction of the Earth. Furthermore, it seems he wraps up just enough loose ends to conclude the book, while leaving a number of really big ones open for future tales. It did not feel like a real conclusion, but a season finale for a series that is most likely not going to return in the fall.

  • Jas N
    2019-06-04 15:35

    Wow. That was a lot of fun! I liked that it completely ignored everything after the first mini-series, though this did mean no Ham Tyler. It was a fast read, broken up almost like a fleshed out script for a teleplay...which makes sense. Good story and it felt like things that were set-up in the original mini-series and ignored in the "Final Battle" finally paid off. I liked the new characters and species, KJ took some license with the "half-breed" concept, which I am totally fine with. In fact, there was a good bit of teh science that seemed a little off, but I don't let that get in the way of enjoying a good story. I also like that we are not given every single detail of what's transpired in the last 20 years. They covered some ground and then just left it open. I figured a lot of the changes that the Visitors made were natural evolutions of their policy and mission. They are going to do whatever it takes to keep people in line and promote obedience. Some of it didn't make perfect sense, but it made enough sense to be fun to read. If you liked V at all then its worth reading. I really liked it.

  • Chris
    2019-05-27 13:19

    Look, I loved the original V miniseries. The Sci-Fi Channel re-aired the thing in its entirety when I was in middle school and I can clearly remember being completely into the first few nights of it... and I can also remember being gradually let down by the subsequent sequel and short lived TV series.So I have no problem with Kenneth Johnson retconning The Final Battle out of existence... and I enjoyed The Second Generation. I did. It's just... I'm a FAN of V and I couldn't remember all the stuff that I seemed to be expected to bring to this book in order to make everything in it click. I really feel like The Second Generation demanded quite a bit of prior V knowledge in order that one really enjoy it. That's a shame; I literally cannot see someone who hasn't seen the mini-series (quite a few people, I would assume) pick this book up.My only other problem with the book is Johnson's scene transitions are all over the place; chapters are seemingly assigned at random with no delineation between what's going on in story. Otherwise, as a fan of the original, I found this to be a fun read with some exciting action sequences and familiar characters.

  • Rob
    2019-05-28 11:19

    I was a teenager when I saw "V" on television, and loved every minute of it. However, I never was a fan of the second miniseries, mostly with the way it all ended (you know, the whole hot air balloon thing... blech!). Well, when I spotted this on the shelf, it was a must-read!So, forget the hot air balloons, the red dust, and the entire TV series. All that stuff didn't really happen... according to Kenneth Johnson anyways. Here we have the "real" sequel to "V".Remember that message that Julie sent out at the end of the original miniseries? Well, someone heard it, and they're coming to planet earth... but are they friend or foe? A number of the original characters are back in action, as well as a new generation of resistance fighters. It's not a "great" book, but I enjoyed it, and would have to say that this is for "V" fans only. The major thing that bothered me was that it reads like a screenplay, which would make sense since Kenneth Johnson was shopping it around to the major networks. No one picked it up, so he released the novel instead. Anyways, give it a whirl if you want to see how the original creator wanted this series to end.

  • Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan)
    2019-06-01 14:24

    I picked up the V books after watching the TV series from 2010, so I already had some semblance of an idea of what the plot surrounded.V: The Second Generation was very good, in my opinion. It contained many elements of sci-fi that I thoroughly enjoy. The technology, for one thing, was beautifully described and presented in the novel. Given the time period it was written, it was very futuristic. The suspense kind of sneaks up on you. You delve so deeply into the book without realizing that you're too addicted to put it down. Another thing that I enjoyed was the plot development. It was never jagged and didn't betray my interest at all. You can really feel the anxiety that the characters are plagued with as they live through something crazy as an alien invasion. Superb piece of sci-fi literature and highly recommended.*Please note that my review for V: The Original Miniseries and V: The East Coast Crisis are word to word the same because I felt exactly the same way about those novels as well.

  • Dale
    2019-05-30 14:16

    From a casual fan of the original V mini-seriesSo, I'm reading V: The Second Generation based on hazy twenty-five year old memories. I thought the book held up pretty well and it was a fun, last blast of summer read for me. Nothing fancy, nothing I'd brag about and say, "Yes! I read that!" but also a good bit of sci-fi action. That being said, it's not like this book is not without it's problems. There are continuity issues, too much happens with too few people. The secret "weapon" of the resistance is created so quickly that it boggles the mind as to why they didn't try this earlier. Clunky sentences abound. Strange phrases like, "people of both genders and sexes" (aren't gender and sex the same thing?) are peppered throughout. So, fun, but not perfect by any means. Much like my memories of the original series.

  • Michael Otway
    2019-06-18 11:28

    Being a fan of the Original miniseries and the beginning of The Final Battle but not so much liking how the final battle ended or that awful tv series, I welcome a book that carries on from the original mini-series and ignores a lot of the rubbish from what came after.For fans of the original, this book is fantastic and written in the same style as the original all those years ago. The characters are written well and the book moves at a very fast and eciting pace.The only reason it lost a star for me was all the downright creepy dialogue, describing all the aliens and their pervy thoughts, aliens watching threesome reptile porn, and all the seedy moments where the author would describe naked females down to every detail. Some pages it felt as though I were reading porn.Other than that, a great book and highly recommended.

  • Colin
    2019-06-10 08:26

    I rarely do this, but I had to put this book down. It was written so poorly that I could not get into the story at all. Besides the technical flaws in technology, even alien technology, the flaws in story construction fouled this before it really had a chance to go anywhere. By page seventy-five there were still characters being introduced who were in no way relevent to the story except to say that a character knew them. A single character from any of the television episodes appeared within the first 20 pages and in that, he was recorded on a mini-TV. My arguement is that authors shouldn't put their readers through so much backstory on characters who are going to die in the first couple of pages and spend more time on the ones who are going to make a difference. For a long time V fan it was too hard a pill to swallow after too long a time.

  • Catherine
    2019-06-26 14:27

    Where do I begin...Ken REALLY needed to read the original V book by AC Crispin before writing this. He resurrected characters that DIED in the original, neglected to acknowledge the "Red Dust" that killed half the visitor population in the TV series V the Final Battle, certainly had NOTHING to do with the the one season TV series (which, because it only ran for a season many may not have seen) and placed the flagship in San Fransisco rather than LA. The characters are weak compared to their counterparts in the V book series, mini series and tv series. I've been waiting for this book to come out for months and being a long time V fan (yes, I own the DVD's)was appalled by his lack of follow up. This would be MUCH better as a screen play. Bless his heart. I can't even recommend it to other V fans.

  • Mark Kinney
    2019-06-04 10:33

    As the previous V continuity goes, I was really only ever truly offended by the deus ex machina ending of The Final Battle. I didn't get to see a lot of the series, so I don't know what may have come of that.This book, though, tells us the second miniseries and the series didn't happen, and gives us a darker alternate future, and remembers that hey, didn't the Resistance call for help from supposed enemies of the Visitors?Twenty years later, they arrive.It's a neat enough book, although it reads more like a lengthy treatment for a new miniseries than a novel (which wouldn't surprise me, since that's what Johnson was aiming for in the first place). There are a couple of idiot-balls bouncing around, too, but nothing as story-demolishing as the Star Child magically preventing the mothership from exploding.If you're a V fan, it's worth a look.

  • Patricia
    2019-06-19 14:20

    Wow was I disappointed... I love the original mini-series and I was really looking forward to this book. It picks up 20 years after the events of the original mini-series and I won't really say anything else about the plot in case you want to read it. It does tell you what happened to several of the main characters from the mini-series such as Juliet Parrish, Mike Donovan, Robert Maxwell, Willy and Diana but sadly leaves out some of the side characters that I liked much better like Elias and Caleb. I think my biggest problem with the book is that it reads like a screenplay instead of a novel so the characters are all described in sketchy terms with no real depth. I would have read this book no matter how much it sucked but....I am still feeling a little let down

  • Linda
    2019-05-29 15:39

    Reading "V: The Second Generation" was like renewing acquaintances with old friends (and enemies). I vividly remember the original presentation of "V" in 1983, and the characters: Mike Donovan, the newsman who went inside the Mothership and revealed the Visitors' reptilian nature; Juliet Parish, petite, shy college student, who became the de facto leader of the Los Angeles Resistance; Willy, the sweet, bumbling Visitor who always mixed his words up; Harmony, who fell in love with Willy (and married him); Martin, the Visitor who is secretly a Resistance collaborator; and DIANA, the sexy, imperious Visitor Commandant who personified the essence of evil. They are all here, twenty years later. But now the Humans have powerful allies ... or do they?

  • Dann Wilhelm
    2019-06-15 08:33

    Despite the fact that Johnson disregarded all of the events from the second miniseries (V: The Final Battle), this is a very gripping and entertaining book. I really enjoyed how he introduced new characters, brought back old characters and built their relationships. I was disappointed that he didn't even acknowledge the existence of some of the major characters from the original miniseries. It would've been nice to read a "where are they now" segment somewhere, even if it said "they were killed in battle" or "captured and eaten". It's called closure, and I didn't get it. Other than that, the story was pretty enjoyable.

  • Matt Warfield
    2019-06-06 14:14

    Definitely need to be a fan of the Original Series, but if you are - this is fantastic. I agree that it reads like a teleplay - probably is adapted from Johnson's idea for a miniseries that was in the works as far back as 2003. Did I miss characters not elaborated on - yes. Did I miss aspects of the Final Battle - yes. That said, this is Johnson's creation, and he has every right to release his vision. Probably created his characters based on what actors would be available and willing to participate in a miniseries, but who cares. If you were a big fan, like me, then you were starved for a story like this, and this does not disappoint!

  • Jonathan
    2019-06-01 10:17

    If you liked the V mini-series, then you should read this book (add an extra star as I did). The prose in far from poetic, the concepts are broad and sometimes ill-defined. However, this is a testament to the legacy of the characters from that series and it is very enjoyable. The reading equivalent of a "popcorn movie" with old favorites - fun. The serious side of the book draws a parallel between the alien invastion of Earth with the Nazi takeover in Europe during World War II. It does create a compelling and frightening vision. Good action, a resolution that was a bit too tidy and easy.

  • Antoine
    2019-06-19 07:15

    Highly flawed and rather disappointing when compared to the mini-series and even to the series !. K. Johnson lost the magic touch of the original and uses cheap parables (the recent Iraq War) and second-hand Sci-Fi themes borrowed from various sources. He's not a writer and you can tell. Various aspects of the story development 20 years later are very poor and most of the book is predictable. It was very fortunate that it never made it to the screen. However I am a big fan of V and really enjoyed meeting with the main characters again.

  • Obadiah
    2019-06-17 15:24

    Some of the story concepts are interesting but it is obvious that Johnson is used to writing television and not novels. The editing is poor as well. I loved seeing the extension of the story, though it is odd that he completely ignores V: The Final Battle and the TV series. I know that he was hugely unhappy with both of them but ignoring them is... odd. Especially since fans of the show are the ones who are going to read this book. It's blatantly a pitch for a new show/movie/mini-series. It couldn't be any worse than the Knight Rider movie. Wow. Twenty minutes of that and I was out.

  • Ron
    2019-06-10 07:23

    Entertaining but not intelligently presented. It has too much of a Hollywood intelligence to it that simply ignores a lot of issues brought up by 20 years of draining the planet of water. It was also simplistic in plot and it repeated a lot of themes and actions from the first book. Being a huge fan of the original book, mini-series and its sequel, this was about as good as the short-lived series that followed the mini-series.