Terminator Salvation: Trial by Fire by Timothy Zahn

(8.5/10) A thoroughly enjoyable read that I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone that likes a bit of sci-fi

For those of you who have only watched the Terminator movies this book is where to begin reading the continuing story.

Timothy Zahn is one of those writers that could be given any existing science fiction story and take it to places that the original creator could not have imagined. Like he did with Star Wars (Dark Force Rising) Zahn jumps straight in and drags you by the collar into the thick of the action. And for the next 310 pages he does not let up or let go. Whilst keeping track of the ongoing development of the young Kyle Reese, Zahn takes us on a mission back to the desert. To the laboratory where Marcus, the terminator from the recent movie, was made: a mission that wiped out many of John Connor’s resistance fighters.

It is there among the fading light of day that one of the crew spots a heavy cable protruding from the earth. They decide to check it out in the morning but the laboratory is not as dead as it is believed to be. From here on the story picks ups its pace and never stop moving.

Timothy Zahn delivers a brilliant, vibrant story filled with character that he has injected with life. Through the ensuing battles with T-600’s, 700’s and few surprises, Zahn brings you in up close and personal to the tough and gritty people in a way that only he can.

Crisp concise dialogue flows between the characters of all levels bringing a believable community of survivors to life. I do not think that we have seen the last of anyone that lived to tell the tale of the day that the Theta’s came to town.

“We’re going to let them go, aren’t we?” Hope asked.

“That’s up to Connor,” Oxley told her. “He’s the one they seem out to get.” He looked at Lajard. “And since Connor’s the one who came up with the plan to take down the T-700’s, I’d say he’s proved his credentials.”

A thoroughly enjoyable read that I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone that likes a bit of sci-fi.

Timothy Zahn has been writing science fiction for over 30 years writing eight of the best Star Wars stories with a ninth on the way. Among his best works are the Quadrail and Dragonback series.

Review by

12+

Terminator Salvation: Trial by Fire reader reviews

8.5/10 from 1 reviews

Write a reader review

There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?

Your rating out of 10

More Timothy Zahn reviews


Survivor’s Quest

Star Wars: Survivor's Quest: Book 1
7.0/10

Fool’s Bargain

Star Wars: Survivor�s Quest
8.0/10

Vision of the Future

Star Wars: Hand of Thrawn: Book 2
8.5/10

Specter of the Past

Star Wars: Hand of Thrawn: Book 1
8.5/10

Books you may also enjoy


All the Birds in the Sky

Charlie Jane Anders
10.0/10

Starsight

Brandon Sanderson
9.4/10

Dispel Illusion

Mark Lawrence
9.1/10

Echo Boy

Matt Haig
9.0/10

Bonds of Brass

Emily Skrutskie
9.0/10

John Golden: Freelance Debugger

Django Wexler
8.5/10

The Second Ship

Richard Phillips
8.5/10

Ghosts of Tomorrow

Michael R Fletcher
8.4/10

Following reviews


Day of the Damned

David Gunn
8.4/10

Torment

Lauren Kate
8.4/10

Nova War

Gary Gibson
7.0/10

Of Saints and Shadows

Christopher Golden
7.5/10

Northlanders, Book Three: Blood in the Snow

Brian Wood and Davide Gianfelice
7.5/10

Changeling: Blood Wolf

Steve Feasey
8.0/10

Acacia

David Anthony Durham
9.3/10