The Future War

The Future War
Terminator: T2 #3
by S.M. Stirling
DTB, 368 Pages
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I thought this was a strong finish to the series. Not so nitty-gritty and one on one battles like the earlier two books [which is what we like, Mano E Terminatoro?], but a really good overall story about John becoming John Connor the great leader.

I personally enjoyed reading about Judgement Day and the immediate events before and after. The end was a bit rushed, with ‘4 Years Later’, ‘7 Years Later’, etc frequently popping up, but Stirling was not trying to encompass the whole war, just the beginning and the end.

What I really liked was the realization that everyone, terminators, Reese and Uncle Bob, all went through the time machine within minutes of each other. It wasn’t a protracted, multiple time event. Time travel happened once, then that was it. Certainly makes it easier to understand the movies, even if it does go against the Comics canoninicalness.[which I don’t think is even a real word.]

Rising Storm

Rising Storm
Terminator: T2 #2
by S.M. Stirling
Ebook, 384 Pages
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Much more than even the first book.

John Connor is truly becoming the man who takes down skynet. Of course, I saw that Skynet would come about from Wendy’s interference from a mile away but hey, mankind HAS to create Skynet, right?

More of the differential timeloops are talked about, so it will be interesting to see how Stirling wraps up that side of things. Looking forward to the final book.


Terminator: T2 #1
S.M. Stirling
dtb-513 pages
4 Stars

Follows Terminator 2. In many ways this reminded me of the Sarah Connor Chronicles tv show. No time jumping or friendly terminator though.

The Connors meet up with the man the T800 was based on. And a more organic terminator, called an Infiltrator, is sent back to try to change things by creating Skynet instead of trying to kill the Connors. Even though that is still a mission priority. The Connors take her down, but she has a replacement hidden away for the next book.

Her name was Serena and many of the situations were similar to the T:SCC but John was more charismatic, mature and starting to bear the burden of being mankind’s next savior, instead of being a whiny teen with responsibility issues.