The New England Resistance
Written by Tim Sullivan
(The page numbers come from the 1st printing,
paperback edition, published June 1985)
Willie arrives in New England to assist a
scientist with developing a new toxin against the Visitors, but
the aliens are ahead of him.
Willie arrives by bus in the small Maine town of Cutter's Cove. He is
there to help Dr. Randall Brunk test a new toxin and antitoxin
against the Visitors. But due to the long Indian Summer, the
Visitor forces are creeping up into New England as well and he
is met with suspicion. When the townsfolk tear a piece of
dermoplast off his face and reveal his green scales they decide
to hang him. But he is saved by the new town sheriff, old
Pythias agrees to take Willie to see Dr. Brunk, but his office
is deserted. Then a Visitor strike force arrives, led by Captain
Ronald. He takes the two prisoner. Willie helps Pythias to
escape, but remains captive himself.
Meanwhile, Dr. Brunk and his assistant, Sarah, arrive by rowboat
at a small island off the coast owned by the doctor. He received
word from the resistance that the Visitors had learned of his
research and were arriving to take it. Now he and Sarah intend
to hide out at his cabin on the island until the late winter
revivifies the red dust bacteria and forces the aliens to
retreat back to warmer climes.
In town, at the local watering hole, resident John Ellis reports
the incident at Dr. Brunk's lab and that the sheriff was taken
or killed. He riles the crowd of men up to go after the aliens.
As they drive up towards the lab in several cars and trucks, a
skyfighter soars overhead and fires upon them, destroying the
vehicles and killing the fleeing resistance fighters. Only John
gets away and Pythias, having witnessed the carnage from the
woods, realizes John is a traitor working with the Visitors.
Later, Pythias is picked up on the road by Jane Foley, Sarah's
mother. He tells her what he knows about the day's events.
The next day, Pythias checks in on the mayor and finds him and
his entire family murdered in their home. He heads to the tavern
and tells part of the story to the locals and takes John in for
questioning. At the jail, John's cousin Bill, from out-of-town,
pays his bail. Before leaving, the two overhear Jane speaking to Pythias when she arrives
to tell him she thinks Dr. Brunk and
Sarah must be hiding out on his island. "Bill" is really Captain
Ronald in human disguise and he orders his men to search all the
nearby islands by air.
Two hunters named Charlie and Jake from Manhattan arrive in town
and hire John to guide them through the woods. But John turns
them over to Ronald.
Pythias searches the hall of records to find out which island
Dr. Brunk owns, but is unable to find a record of purchase. The
woman at the front desk suggests that, being a recent arrival in
town, the doctor may have had someone local make the purchase
for him since locals can usually get a lower price than
strangers. But who?
On the following day, the town has a funeral for the murdered
mayor and his family. Then Pythias and Sarah rent a boat to
begin searching the local islands one-by-one, but there are over 70 of
them. They find nothing and finally have to call it a day. But
at the tavern they learn from the bar owner that he is the one
who made the real estate purchase for the doctor and he tells
them which island to search. On the way back out to the island,
they see a skyfighter land there and decide they must turn back
and get reinforcements. But two Visitors on hover-disks fly out
over the ocean after them. Pythias manages to take them out with
the laser sidearm he appropriated during his earlier escape from
On the island, Ronald has brought Willie and the two hunters,
Charlie and Jake, in to all engage in a hunt of each other on
the island in the warrior ritual of ninj-ki-ra, his
idea of counterbalancing Willie's constant preta-na-ma
prattle. The hunt is to end with the capture of Dr. Brunk in his
cabin in the middle of the island. To move more freely and
quickly during his pursuit, Willie removes his synthetic skin
and runs in his true reptilian form. As he runs, Willie comes
into contact with a bear, but he is able to use his focusing
preta-na-ma to telepathically reach the animal and
Waiting at the edge of the island for the hunt to complete, John
spies Willie and captures him, tying him to a tree. Then he
heads into the woods to inform Ronald. But the alien captain is
not too happy that John has interfered with the ritual of
At the tree, the bear has showed up and Willie again manages a
strained mental contact with the creature, successfully
suggesting that it chew away the twine that is binding him.
Soon, "Free Willie" has run to the center of the island and
finds Dr. Brunk's cabin. Not realizing who he is, Dr. Brunk
throws a vial of toxin in Willie's face and the friendly alien
starts to spasm and froth blood. He chokes out that he is with
the resistance and the doctor and Sarah manage to give him the
antidote before he dies. Now they have only one vial of toxin
Finally, Ronald and John arrive at the cabin with a squad of
soldiers. Ronald allows John to advance on Sarah, whom he has
desired since high school, and he attempts to rape her. Dr.
Brunk pulls John off of her before Ronald orders his soldiers to
grab him. Brunk breaks free of their hold and attacks Ronald
who, in turn, grabs the doctor by the neck and breaks it,
killing him. But Ronald is enraged at his own recklessness
because now he can't get the toxin's formula out of him.
Ronald chastises John and the man feels humiliated and even
ashamed at what he has done to curry favor with the Visitors. He
runs from the cabin and into the woods where he encounters the
two hunters Charlie and Jake. Charlie shoots him dead with his
In the cabin, Ronald tortures both Sarah and Willie with a
handheld device to pry either the formula or a toxin sample from
Sarah now that Dr. Brunk is dead. Sarah is secretly holding the
final vial of the substance, but tells Ronald it is at her house
on the mainland.
Pythias and a rag-tag group of men and women arrive on the
island, armed with whatever they could find, to stop Ronald and
his men from obtaining the toxin or Dr. Brunk. They surround the
cabin and a firefight ensues, with all of Ronald's soldiers
killed or injured. But Ronald threatens to kill Sarah if they
make a move and tells them he must be allowed to leave in the
skyfighter with his hostages, Sarah and Willie. Reluctantly,
Pythias agrees and Ronald makes his escape.
The alien captain makes Willie pilot the craft while he holds a
gun to Sarah's head. They head to her house in Cutter's Cove.
Entering the house, Sarah tells Ronald the vial is in a
desk and, while Ronald searches the desk for it, she pulls the
vial from concealment in her clothing and smashes it in his
face. He dies, spasming and gurgling blood.
Later, Sarah gives Willie an examination and determines the
antidote has protected him and he will be fine. But the toxin
is gone for now until another scientist can rediscover the
formula. The resistance sends one of their captured skyfighters to
pick up Willie and he leaves Cutter's Cove, still minus the
pseudo-skin he had peeled away on the island.
The book cover features a Visitor face with the dermoplast skin
peeled away. But the eyes are still blue human ones. It would
seem it is meant to represent Willie after having removed his
human pseudo-skin, as occurs in the book. Willie is described in
the book as having blue eyes and the actor who portrays him,
Robert Englund, does, in fact, have blue eyes.
We've discussed previously that the outlawed Visitor religion
called Zon on the TV series seems to be referred to as the
preta-na-ma religion in the earlier novels
The Alien Swordmaster,
The Florida Project,
and Prisoners and Pawns. Here it is
referred to by both names.
The town of Cutter's Cove, Maine in which most of the action of
the book takes place, is a fictional town.
On page 11, Ronald speaks to Willie in their own tongue which
here is described as "the tongue of the
preta-na-ma corrupted by rampant militarism and
cruelty". This would seem to suggest that the
preta-na-ma was once practiced worldwide on their
homeworld and is considered the origin of their language.
On page 17, as Willie is about to take a risky chance at freeing
Pythias, he commends his soul to Zon. Later, on page 122, he
again does so. Might this suggest that "Zon" is actually the
Visitor word for God?
Page 21 features the first mention of Amon in the novels. Amon
is the exiled priest of Zon glimpsed in the episode
On page 33, Willie muses that it is his peoples' own inner
turmoil that has made them bring suffering on the more primitive
society of Earth, not the need for water and food which is
available elsewhere in the galaxy.
On page 34, Willie seems to believe that his knowledge of the
preta-na-ma would allow him to withstand the conversion
process if he were subjected to it.
Page 45 reveals that Willie devoted himself to the
preta-na-ma after joining the resistance.
Page 45 also reveals that Willie became a vegetarian because in
preta-na-ma the eating of flesh is forbidden. It seems
unlikely that the
preta-na-ma religion could be both vegetarian-based and
a dominant religion of his homeworld in the past. It seems
unrealistic that his people would have been willing to be
vegetarians on a wide scale. Perhaps the vegetarian doctrine of
the religion is a recent change?
Also revealed on page 45 is that Willie was raised in "the
provinces" where the old religion was still believed in.
A couple of times in the book, Ronald utters a subvocal command
to gain access to the skyfighters. Is this the norm on all
skyfighters? And do the Visitors frequently use subvocalizations?
If this is how they gain access to a "locked" skyfighter, why
don't they institute such a mechanism for the ignition as well
to prevent human theft
of the vessels (as has occurred time and time again throughout
Page 47 describes the process through which the Visitors are
covered with their human pseudo-skin. They lay inside a
sarcophagus-shaped tub and a chemical bath washes over them
while tendril-like filaments work the fluid over the body as it
"hardens" into a substance with the look and feel of human
Page 48 describes the Visitors as having yellow eyes. They might
be more accurately described, from the human viewpoint, as red
with yellow irises.
Page 53 mentions both Bangor and Rockland. These are real cities
in the state of Maine.
Page 64 mentions the ACLU. The ACLU is the
Page 64 reveals that the false human eyes worn by the Visitors
are more than just lenses, they are sensory scanners.
Page 69 mentions that Visitors have made moves into New York due
to the extended summer that has engulfed the region.
Page 85 reveals that the atmosphere of the Visitor homeworld has
a slightly lower methane count and slightly higher nitrogen
count from that of Earth.
Page 85 mentions that the Visitors' home star of Sirius is the
brightest star in the night sky as seen from Earth. This is
Page 86 reaffirms what Willie said in the episode
"Dreadnought", that he was
conscripted into the military.
Page 86 also mentions that the Visitors had militarized their
solar system and then moved outward, always on the search for
water and food.
Page 88 depicts two Visitor soldiers chasing after Pythias and
Jane on silvery hover-disks. These match the description of the
disks used in the novel
The Florida Project, also by Tim Sullivan.
Page 95 describes the unusually warm weather being experienced
in the New England region as an Indian Summer. A true Indian
Summer is when temperatures stay over 70 degrees Fahrenheit in
October/November after one frost has occurred. This would seem
to indicate this story takes place in November at the latest.
On page 98, Ronald makes clear to Willie his intention to begin
the ninj-ki-ra, a ritual of death practiced only by the
military and only in extreme cases involving treason. From the
events depicted in the novel it would seem that, in this ritual,
the accused, unarmed, is allowed a head start into the wild
before they are chased by a number of hunters who are determined
to kill them. At the end of the book, Willie also describes the
ninj-ki-ra as Ronald's religion, just as the
preta-na-ma is his.
On page 101, on the run from Roland during the
ninj-ki-ra, Willie removes his clothing and his human
disguise in order to move more freely. Willie remains this way
for the rest of the novel. How does he get re-covered in dermoplast
after returning home to L.A.?
Presumably the captured skyfighters maintained by the resistance
would have the same type of tub that Ronald makes use of aboard
one his skyfighters.
Page 103 depicts Willie being able to establish a sort of mental
communication with a bear due to the heightened perception he
has attained from his practice of the
preta-na-ma. This may also account for Willie's
possibly telepathic help given to Elizabeth to help her vividly
recall past events in the later episode "The Rescue".
Page 105 mentions that Ronald has conducted the
ninj-ki-ra on a handful of planets.
Page 105 also mentions that Ronald was raised in the great city
Page 106 reveals that the Visitor homeworld has a thicker layer
of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, making the light of the sun
dimmer and the planet as a whole a little warmer than Earth.
There are several references in the book to Ronald's throat
swelling when he grows emotional, especially with anger or
agitation. Is this a preparation by the Visitor's body to
generate and spit venom?
On page 121, John Ellis holds Willie at gunpoint, saying, "Hold
it right there or I'll blow a hole in you the size of Aroostook
County." Aroostook County is the largest county in the state of
Page 122 mentions that the ritual of
ninj-ki-ra is millennia old.
Page 126 reveals that the priest Amon has been exiled from the
Visitor homeworld. Presumably then, the holographic broadcast of
"The Overlord" originated from
some other world or place.
As Willie is suffering the effects of Dr. Brunk's new toxin and
about to die, on page 131 his labored breath escalates into a
death scream. Presumably this is the same sort of death cry
referred to a number of times in the
V mini-series novelization and which may have been heard
It was established in "Arrival" that Willie's problems with the
English language arise from the fact that he was originally
taught Arabic for assignment in Saudi Arabia before it was
changed to Los Angeles. I had always been under the impression
that Willie never made it to Saudi Arabia in the first place,
but on page 136 Willie says that he was stationed there when he
first arrived on Earth. In that case, did his dermoplast skin
have more Arab features rather than Causcasian?
Page 153 reveals that the Visitors have a pointed hand-held
device that emits a green beam of light that brings immense pain
to any creature touched by the beam.
On page 160, Jake mentions the Lone Ranger. The
Lone Ranger is a fictional masked Texas Ranger of the American
old west who has become an American icon.
On page 168, Ronald is angry that he has been unable to make
Willie hate him, having been "seduced by the myth of the apes of
ancient times". Previous V
novels such as The Alien
Swordmaster have mentioned the Visitor myth of an ape
race that once existed on the homeworld before the rise
of reptilians, but I don't know what connection is meant to be
inferred with Willie's philosophy. Is it meant to imply that the
preta-na-ma religion originated with the ancient apes?
Or, possibly, it is a reference to Willie's respect for the
humans of Earth.
Page 178 reveals that Dr. Brunk's toxin is based on a virus.
Similarly, the red dust is based on a bacteria.
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