"Night of the Monster"
V Storybook (World International Publishing Ltd.)
The resistance attempts to sabotage Diana's
latest filthy plan.
As the story opens, Tyler, Donovan, and Kyle penetrate a
Visitor-secured building where the alien menace is putting
together its latest project to take down the
opposition...robotic duplicates of prominent resistance members
Donovan, Julie, Elizabeth, Kyle,
Tyler, and one of Tyler's
compatriots, Jack Owens. The trio manages to destroy the six
robots but is captured in the process and chained, unconscious,
in a small cell.
When they come to, Tyler orders Donovan to maneuver such that he
can remove the James Bond-like miniature laser-cutter hidden in
the heel of the mercenary's left shoe. With it, Tyler is able to
free himself from the chains and set a trap for the Visitor
guards. Pulling the wires of the single light bulb socket in the
ceiling, Tyler then lures the guards to the door, then throws
the single pitcher of water left in the room under the door seam
and throws the electrical wires into the water as the door is
unlocked, electrocuting the aliens.
The trio of resistance fighters is then able to make their way
out, killing the remaining guards and blowing up the machine
which creates the robotic duplicates to prevent its reuse. They
escape the building just before it blows up from their havoc.
They have a long walk home from their mission.
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 32 mentions that Jack Owens was from Southeast Asia. The
southeast portions of the Asian region are those countries and
islands that are south of China, east of India, and north of
The story reveals that the Visitors have an advanced (but rarely
seen) technology of robotics. Here, they are in the process of
building robot doubles of several of the most important
resistance members. The robots have the ability to turn their
fingers into spinning blades and also to direct a yellow,
electrical streak of power from them. What other abilities the
robots may have is left unrevealed.
Page 34 reveals that, at least for this mission, Tyler carries a
miniature laser-cutter concealed in the heel of his left shoe.
Does he always have some kind of hidden gadget on his person
like a spy?
Page 35 mentions the ululating death shriek of the Visitors as
previously described on several occasions in the novelization of
the two V mini-series.
Having destroyed the robots and the machine that was producing
them, Tyler comments, "One more of Diana's filthy plans down the
tubes." Why was Diana running this operation in a building on
the ground? Wouldn't it have been much more secure to house
the operation on the mothership?
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