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Terminator Salvation: The Official Movie Novelization Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Being one of the few people in the world who really loved the Terminator Salvation movie, of course I needed to read the novelization written by the grand master of such things,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jamil Bhatti
I liked the movie, but the ending was always a bit dissapointing. This adaptation fixed the ending for me.Published 13 months ago by Sinthia
The book was well-written; it expanded on what was shown in the movie, which is what I had been looking for. I believe he did a great job in his story-telling.Published on April 1, 2013 by White Wolf
Like so often;
The book is better
then the flick.
No ammount of special effects
can improve imagination. Read more
This book is a must have for fans of the Terminator franchise and especially for fans of the movie! If you liked the movie you'll love the book. Read morePublished on April 2, 2011 by G. H.
I understand Alan Dean Foster is a well-known sci-fi writer; I recall reading his Star Wars novel 'Splinter of the Mind's Eye' a few years back; and, I own a couple of his... Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by Joel B. Kirk
You know the story: "If you are listening, you are the Resistance," John Conner has been moving up the ranks as he continues to survive, but Skynet has a plan for him. Read morePublished on April 30, 2010 by ThatUmbrellaGuy
From what I'vee read here, people just love the movie tie-in for T4. I'll just bet they do: the author also did the novelization of 'Return Of The Jedi' back when I was a kid. Read morePublished on August 22, 2009 by Aislinn09