Meanwhile, Kyle and his team have stumbled upon a hole covered by a partially intact Terminator. When one of the team gets stuck and they find a number of alert and intact machines below, it leads them in a perilous game of cat and mouse as they try to figure out what the machines are up to and how they can get out safely to get more backup.
Though I've not read anything by Timothy Zahn before, his name has appeared on my radar many times in the last 30 years. He's written fiction in the Star Wars universe, as well as numerous novels of his own — the Cobra Series, the Conquerors Trilogy, the Blackcollar Series, and many others.
I found the book to be an extremely quick read once I got back into the Terminator mindset. It was fascinating to look at Baker's Hollow as a pocket untouched by the machines so far. The people there were simply trying to hold on to some sense of normalcy in a world torn apart by war and doing a pretty good job of holding things together. Its residents fell back to a simpler way of life — hunting, gathering, and trying to keep sheltered from the elements.
But once outsiders arrive in town, things start to fall apart...
If you want to learn more about the world of Terminator Salvation, I'd encourage you to pick up Terminator Salvation: Trial by Fire. It's a fast, enjoyable read that fills in a few of the blanks and shows more about how Kyle Reese becomes the man we know from the original Terminator movie. Look for the book in bookstores now!