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Terminator Salvation: The Official Movie Novelization

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  195 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The eagerly awaited fourth Terminator movie, Terminator Salvation, starring Christian Bale and directed by McG, reaches cinemas on 22 May 2009.

In a brand-new chapter in the Terminator chronicles, Judgment Day has come to pass and Skynet has destroyed much of the world’s population. In this post-apocalyptic world, the resistance, led by John Connor, continues its brutal fig
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Titan Books (first published 2009)
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Jun 29, 2009 Ryk rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The feeble...
See? there are these killer machines 'cause a computer's wicked smart, and they hate mankind and like to step on skulls until they break. then some people find a time-machine and go back to make sure their leader is born. But the Termintors go back to kill him instead. then the humans go back again, but then the terminators go back, so the humans go back and so do the terminators until finally everyone's so unhappy that Christian Bale has to play the leader in the new movie. Which has terminator ...more
Sep 08, 2009 Ben rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Terminator Fans
Recommended to Ben by: Myself
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Alan Dean Foster has been doing movie novelizations for numerous years; he even wrote the original Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope novel, though George Lucas put his own name on the cover. His writing has improved over time, although some of his movie-based works don't deliver as much content as you'd expect; compare the paltry two extra pages of his version of J. J. Abrams' Star Trek to the over six additional chapters in R. A. Salvatore's literary adaptation of Attack of the Clones, and you' ...more
If you liked the movie then you'll probably like this one as well. ;)

It doesn't dwell too much in the action scenes (which I had feared, since they are a major part of the movie), but rather takes time for the 'quieter' scenes and goes into some of the characters' motivations and thoughts.

Having read the prequel novel before, I still felt like it was neglecting some characters and at some points I caught myself thinking that the actions were OCC. But you can't really expect the movie novelizatio
Greg of A2
Mr. Foster does reliable movie novelizations and this is no different. Having seen the movie, I found it interesting that you get just a bit more out of the internal dialogue of Marcus Wright in the novel (and a bit more out of John Connor too). Obviously, some thoughts and emotions are hard to express and the movie didn't go for any internal dialogue by the actors so the novel exceeds it on that point. It is interesting that the novel was obviously written on the written script but not the scri ...more
Kadeem Glasgow
Don't expect enlightenment, or some amazing character traits. I swear Mariotte goes out of his way to describe, Marcus Wright as a "bad boy extraordinaire and an anti-social for of genteel society." But all in all it's a quick fun read.
Rebecca Knight
Loved it! Great read, excellent detail, extra discussion and character development that made the movie that much more awesome to watch. Loved all the military descriptions.

A good tale but I thought connor seemed very two dimensional in this story, still the pace was good and it was told well.

Ruru Ghoshal
I might have liked it had McG not murdered Cameron's legacy only a few months before.
Aug 11, 2011 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, gifts
I'd recomend watching the film before reading the book as the scenes don't go into much detail so it's therefore hard to visualise the scene if you haven't seen the movie. But on the other hand you also get a sense of character interaction and personal thoughts of the characters that the film is un-able to show. The ending was different to that of the film and to be honest I prefered this ending. I've read Alan Dean Foster's novelisations of the first 3 Alien films and this book was just as good ...more
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A fantastic companion after watching the film. It's post Judgement-Day, the war against the machines is on...and John Connor, is simply a solider in the resistance...not yet as the "Destined" leader his mother told him he'd be. While many believe strongly in Connor, the Resistance Leadership isn't buying into the prophetic statements. Connor is shaken to the core when he comes across Marcus Wright...
Aaron Delay
The book itself is fairly mundane and follows closely to what I know of the movie. It's a fun popcorn read and will keep you entertained. Meeting up with some more familiar characters was great but I grew to not really care for much of them as it just didn't feel as if the writer was invested. Given that this is was adapted from script, it's understandable.
Bryan Waters
Easy read. Entertaining and compelling at the same time. You won't be giving it any awards but the author keeps you captivated for the entire ride. But then, I wouldn't have expected less of Alan Dean Foster.
As always, Foster takes a script and turns it into a novel worthy of an SF writer. He does this sort of thing so well. Gives nuances to the story that wasn't in evidence in the film.
since "the official movie novelization" to i expect as in pareho sa movie, but i was wrong. e medyo iba yung ending e. but ok lang
Far better than the movie. The media it was presented on forced more focus on the characters than poorly thoughtout action.
Excellent, really made the movie come alive for me by adding more background and the characters' thoughts.
Its a book from a screenplay. I can only hope the actual movie is as good.
Rob Findlay
Really disappointing offering from the otherwise fantastic Alan Dean Foster.
Dave de Burgh
Pretty damn good so far - Alan hasn't lost anything over the years!
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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