Rare find: The Cover Up Tie-in Novel!

Nothing beats that geeky tingle of excitement when you know you found a treasure. Not just any old treasure – rubies, diamonds, emeralds in a chest, who needs them? But one related to something or someone you love. The geek in me is talking in terms of entertainment. I love Jon-Erik Hexum, and obviously Voyagers, but despite all the trauma and tragedy surrounding his second and last show, I love Mac Harper on Cover Up.

You can imagine my glee when I discovered that in 1985, THIS was written and published in England. At first I couldn't believe it, I though it was a photoshop or something. But I traced the author through the search queries of my favorite online used bookstores and there it was…

So what's going on in the book? It's a very decent play-by-play of the Pilot episode of Cover Up, with a little more plot development and a further adventure tacked on to the ending that leads the intrepid Mac and Dani to Russia. It's a fast read and faithful to the characters, but I find the humor a little too dry in places. It's more about the action and spy work, but it's enough.

The tone of the writing is unlike my Cover Up Fanfiction, humor is one of my staples. But my stories aren't too campy, they're just enough to mimic the absurdity found and heard in real life. One whole Cover Up story came to me all because I overheard a co-worker making this hilarious joke about food in someone's teeth and an entire scenario fell into place. Weird huh?

The author of the Novel doesn't go ga-ga with descriptions of Mac Harper. But it's fair and adequate. I'd say your typical 'Spy' description for these types of things. And Jon fit the bill to a "T".

Chapter 7, pg. 33- Mac Harper's face, on cue, broke into a charming smile, showing a perfect row of teeth. …His devastatingly handsome features were set once more into a cynical scowl, blue eyes darkly narrowed as he prepared to do battle with the craziness ahead.

And a page over when Dani examines him to see if he's right for the job: "…she eyed his massive, six-foot-two frame from head to toe, taking in the fair hair, broad chest and long legs in blue jeans, like he was so much beef on the hoof."

One thing that made me laugh aloud was the description of Mac and Dani's handler – Henry Towler. He has a penchant for alcohol. That's exactly how I wrote him. But it helps that he often pours the scotch when you see him on the show. The cool thing about Tie-ins is that it gives you more meat and throws little facts at you. That's very useful for a Fan-Fiction writer.

This book is one of a kind and the last of its kind for Cover Up. A book series never materialized as far as I know. And it seems like it was only published and sold in England! Why is it that other countries make the BEST of what the United States produces? Check out the German version of the Voyagers DVD to see what I'm talking about.

Unfortunately most people have not seen Cover Up because it was never officially released on DVD or VHS as far as I can tell. The show used music variations from all the hottest stars of the eighties…need I say who they are? Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Culture Club…yep, that may NEVER get on DVD.

So, where to buy this Tie-in book? I hunted down all the possible links and here they are for mostly very reasonable prices:

AESOP PUBLICATIONS (Directly from the Author along with his other TV & Movie Tie-in books!)

ABE BOOKS: Cover Up by Martin Noble