Well I am writing this review with only a couple of hours of sleep and I put the blame entirely on this new literary installment in the The Terminator series, originally created by James Cameron. I started this book the previous night around 11:00 pm and literally was unable to put it down. I told myself several times that I would just read a couple of more pages and then I would get some sleep, well 6:45 am rolled around and I finally did put the book down, after I had finished reading the entire thing. And I am fairly certain that if there would have been the next book available in the series, then I would have started reading that one as well. Although last weekend I did the same thing with Terminator Salvation: Cold War by Greg Cox, and I would highly recommend that you pick up that book as well.
This book flowed so well and literally picked up mere days after the end of the movie Terminator Salvation (Widescreen Edition) with Barnes and Blair being send back to the radar installation base where Marcus first appeared in order to bury Barnes' brother who was killed when the base was destroyed by Skynet. You also get a glimpse into the new TH or Theta project and some familiar Terminators and the reinforced fact that there are actual humans helping Skynet to eradicate other humans, something that was really alluded to in the films.
You will be introduced to a small group of humans living in a small isolated community that turns out to be a focal point for Skynet activity, although nobody in the community really knows it, or do they? I really liked the characters that were introduced and some of them show some real potential for popping up in future Terminator novels, especially Hope and perhaps her father Preston, who play a quite significant role in this story, although I am not going to give you any details and spoil the fun of finding out for yourself.
I fervently hope that Zahn and other sci-fi authors continue the Terminator stories as they are really enjoyable and about the only fix us machine-junkies are going to get since the cancellation of the brilliant television series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - The Complete First Season, in order for another one of those stupid "reality series" show to be shown. With brilliant decisions like that (sarcasm totally intended) perhaps Skynet is right!
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