V Storybook (World International Publishing Ltd.)
The Visitors begin growing hybrid Earth/alien
plants for their toxic properties.
Tyler and Kyle raid a Visitor crop farm which is growing hybrid
Earth/alien plants to create a toxin capable of
rendering Earth soldiers helpless and in a state of total
obedience. The two wear gas masks and use flame throwers to
torch the crops while Donovan and Julie swoop in in a
helicopter, machine-gunning the Visitor personnel. Soon the
chopper lands to pick up the ground pair and they remove their
They still have to take out the laboratory, so Donovan scoots
the copter over there and
his three compatriots run into the lab to set charges. But then
they discover the lab has been booby-trapped with vents which
release the processed plant toxins, paralyzing them. Donovan has
no choice but to race from the chopper and pull them out before
the charges detonate. He just barely gets them all out before
the explosion and he heads off with the immobile threesome in
the chopper. But, a wounded Visitor guard had snuck in and hid
in the back of the vehicle and, as Donovan pilots the bird away,
he picks up the helpless form of Julie and prepares to chuck her
out the open hatch. Donovan notices just in time and, locking the
flight controls, gets up and tackles the alien. Julie falls to
floor of the chopper and Donovan manages to force the alien out
the door, to plummet to his death.
As Donovan rushes back to the pilot's seat to regain control,
his three friends are finally beginning to stir and Tyler tells
him, "You know, Gooder...I'm beginning to think there's hope for
This story appeared in the British 1984
V Storybook, a kids book of short stories all about V.
The stories are all pretty lame.
Page 5 describes Lompoc Valley, CA, located between the Santa Ynez
Mountains and Vandenberg Air Force Base, as being famous for its
flower and plant seeds. This is all true.
Page 5 also reveals that the Visitors are growing hybrids of
toxic Earth and extraterrestrial plants in Lompoc to create
extremely potent buds that will render Earth soldiers helpless
and in a state of total obedience.
Also on page 5, the Visitor guard towers are described as being
constructed of plasti-metal. This is the first mention of the
material, though it may be similar to plastiflex mentioned in
two other stories, "The
Three Brave Men" and "Hero".
Another Earth food apparently enjoyed by Visitors are live
frogs, which Visitor guard Joseph salivates over on page 5.
On page 6, Donovan and Julie show up in a Hughes CH-6A Cayuse
helicopter with a 30mm XM 230 Hughes chain gun. I believe the
CH-6A Cayuse is a real helicopter, but I have been unable to
find a specific reference to it online other than as a toy
police chopper made by Zee Toys; Hughes Helicopters does make a
line of CH-6 Cayuse helicopters. The "A" designation at the end
of the model name of a vehicle or weapon is often meant to
denote "Army". The XM 230 Hughes chain gun is
a real mounted automatic gun often used on attack helicopters.
On page 7, Tyler and Kyle remove their gas masks, Tyler telling
Donovan, "It's OK, Gooder. Turns out the stuff's not toxic until
it's been processed." How does he know? Obviously he and Kyle
went into the battle with gas masks, thinking the burning plants
would be toxic, so what makes them take off the masks and say
this now? It also proves to be a foolhardy move, especially for
a trained mercenary like Tyler, because they wind up wishing
they had them on again when they storm the laboratory on site and
find a booby trap of the gas which incapacitates them.
Also on page 7, we see a type of Visitor laser-rifle not seen
On page 10, Donovan guides the chopper towards the San Rafael
Mountains. This is a real mountain range near Lompoc.
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