Well, what a pleasant surprise. I remember back to the V original mini-series and thought I would read this on a whim.
This is an enjoyable book that brings you back to the mini-series in so many ways. I actually went to the internet to place the actor's faces with the characters.
The story picks up the story in present time and where the Earth is now relative to the V invasion/arrival. I won't spoil anything here but the story will capture you and you will be along for the ride once again as the Resistance attempts to overcome the aliens. There is a little bit of everything here - political intrigue, sex, armed warfare, aliens, space ships, acts of heroic courage - what more do you need.
I think this is what Ken Johnson had in mind for a sequel to his mini-series and the book is actually written in some places like a script. He does go into Nazi history and all in the book to give history lessons but all in all good story and better than the sequel movie. I grew up with the series and remember it just seemed a little too easy to beat them, well this story shows us a menace that has been around for 20+ years and the strength that it takes to beat the enemy.
It has been over 20 years since the Visitors' arrived with high promises such as helping to find cures against cancer. They offered protection and their high technology for just a little share of Earth' resources, mainly water.
What Earth got is a global race separation, corruption, punishment and death. It took a while until humanity noticed the Visitor's weren't what they had promised. Hiding behind human faces is a lizard like animal, taking everything Earth and humanity has to offer.
Since than everything has changed:
You are either pro visitor or against them. If you let someone know you are, you are most certainly dead.
The Visitors' work is almost finished. They collected most of Earths' water resources for their own, they collected human bodies to either eat them or transform them into soldiers.
People live in constant fear to be blackmailed by someone without having done something against th Visitors' rules. They just take you away and nobody will ever see you again.
The Resistance still exists, lead by Julie Parish, now 20 years older but still fighting with everything she got. Still there are those of the Visitos' that don't agree with the cause of the Visitors'. They work for the Resistance, putting their life's on the line each and every day.
When the news break that the big leader finally will arrive everyone in the Resistance fears the ultimate fight and end of their war but they find new allies in very old enemies of the Visitors'. They are the Zedti. An insectoid race that fought their war a long time ago and almost lost. Now they have come to Earth to help humanity and ultimately defeat the Visitors'. They soon ally with the Resistance fighters to fight side by side but still, there is some inconsistency that makes their help a bitter medicine.
Can they be trusted ?
The continuation of the Visitors' is a wa-woooom one ! V was first aired in the 1984-1985 but got cancelled very soon. A year after this a mini series was aired. At the same time the series was aired the first books have been published. 16 books in number.
V: The Next Generation is the 17 one and kept me on the edge of my seat. It felt good to know about some of the old Resistance fighters. While reading I had their faces in mind which made the book even more enjoyable.
So there is Willy and Harmy. Willy was one of the first Visitors working for the Resistance. The love between Willy and Harmy was difficult in the beginning. Practically Willy's a lizard and Harmy's a human.
Then Julie and finally Mike Donovan !
The book has something that definitely cheers the V-fan up. A must read for everybody who enjoys Science Fiction or likes the V series in general.