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"Foster's writing style here is much more gritty and no-nonsense. Staccato sentences and down-to-earth dialogue keep the action moving quickly and maintain the suspenseful, all-or-nothing tone." - School Library Journal

About the Author

Alan Dean Foster is the acclaimed author of movie tie-ins for such well-known properties as Star Wars, Alien, Transformers. He was awarded the IAMTW Grand Master Scribe Award in 2008. Foster is also a best-selling science-fiction and fantasy author in his own right, examples include the popular Pip and Flinx novels and the Founding of the Commonwealth series. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; First Edition edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848560850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848560857
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.

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If you're like me, you can't wait to see the movie "Terminator Salvation." The book serves as a good fix, and if it's any indication of what the movie is going to be like, I think it's going to be a winner and give the franchise a much needed boost. I always enjoyed the thought of man vs. machine in the post apocalyptic world envisioned in the very first film. Now we'll get to read about it and see it soon on the big screen.

If you've seen the trailers, I think you have a pretty good idea of the plot of the film - and obviously the book, as well. Skynet is no different from man in that engineering takes a bit of R&D. During the time of the time period of the book, there are no T-800 (similar to the one played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the films) or more advanced models, such as the T-1000, etc. As seen in the trailer and detailed in the book, Skynet is using harvesters to capture the survivors of Judgment Day for some unknown project. Skynet it seems has an unpredictable side. One could even say it possesses a human aspect in that it starts to show it needs to use trickery and subterfuge in addition to cold machine calculation in order to finish the extermination of man, especially John Connor and Kyle Reese.

The book follows the exploits of John Connor and his band of fighters, which are part of the overall Resistance movement formed by the survivors of Judgment Day. This group includes a number of old guard military members, who seem to show a disdain for Connors sometimes independent attitude.

The book also follows the character of Marcus Wright, who serves as the enigmatic centerpiece of Skynet's R&D work. As seen from the trailer, Marcus Wright is a new kind of Terminator, one that no one has ever seen.
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Unlike some Terminator diehard fans, we liked the new Terminator: Salvation movie.

Although the weak part of the movie was Christian Bale's John Connor. The script lacked where his part was concerned, needing his deeper characterization that was built up in the last 3 movies. The scenes with him were merely 'action hero' placed here - and that's pretty much it. He ignored the glaring fact that his wife was pregnant.

And a solid actress who payed Kate Connor was wasted, as well. The scenes in the book that were not in the movie - we're exactly what the movie needed to balance drama with sci-fi action.

But where the movie showed you all the special effects in glorious color and panorama view, the book lacked in descriptive prose. I filled in that lack of detail with the movie. But overall, I liked this book better than the prequel, because it showed the inner fighting with the newly-created Terminator, Marcus Wright. The actor did a solid job in the movie, and stole the show away from John Connor, but the book can descriptivelt tell you his inner turmoil, which came off much better than the silver screen did.

We still liked the movie, despite its flaws, but the different types of Terminators were cool to watch, and we really hope there will be a continuation of this fresh new look and feel to a great franchise.
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The plot is excellent. It adheres closely to the movie, with a few interesting variations, until the end. The end diverges entirely, and in my opinion, this ending is superior. First, it makes more sense. The largest logic flaw in the end of the movie never makes it to this book. Second, it sets up some amazing stuff for a later book. There will be more books, and I'm looking forward to them.

There is additional content available online using a code towards the back of the book. There is a preview for Terminator Salvation: From The Ashes in the back.

I suspect Alan Dean Foster is crying over what happened to this book. Please, don't think this is his normal writing style. He's brilliant. This looks like someone from the studio with delusions of being a poet, got a hold of the work and decided to "improve" it with wanton visits to the inkwell "Connor evinced no such anxiety" and an excess of metaphor. We get such gems as "The body proceeded to address him". If mishandled prepositional phrases bother you, please avoid this book.

Overall, the story is excellent, but the prose is overwritten.
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There's nothing like the post-apocalyptic world to make humanity contemplate the possibility that at any moment a rogue military program may gain sentience, seize control of key military assets and reconstruct reality in its own image. Enter Terminator: Salvation, the best movie novelization I've read to date. Alan Dean Foster is a brilliant writer and has penned this story brilliantly. If you are on the fence about reading this novel before you see the movie, I urge you to read it. The inner conflicts, thoughts and actions of the characters are ablaze with perspective beyond anything that can be depicted visually in theatres. The literature will bring a level of insight that will mesh brilliantly with the visual spectacles of the upcoming movie.

Welcome to the world of Skynet, the year 2018. In the wake of Judgment Day (July 25, 2004) humanity is being hunted by T-600s, Hunter Killers (HKs), and Hydrobots, all devised for the specific purpose of eradicating humanity's presence on Earth. The world is vastly different from prophesies told to John Connor through his mother. He leads his branch of the Resistance but answers to a collective mass of military leaders who coordinate the war against Skynet from afar. John Connor is viewed in a messianic light, brutally waging war against a force that's waged war against him since before he was born.

Reading this novel, you capture the world much like the movie previews. It is desolate and uninviting; survival has become man's first instinct. John and Kate Connor struggle valiantly to maintain an air of hope amongst those that have survived the onslaught of the machines.
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