Times of Trouble

Times of TroubleTimes of Trouble

T2: New John Connor Chronicles #1

Russell Blackford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This series was convoluted and while it explored what time travel could mean, it seemed like there was more “puttering around” than kick-ass action.

Not as engaging as the T2 series by S.M. Stirling.

A good read, but it was NOT a “grab you by the throat and shake you until your teeth rattle” thriller.

An Evil Hour

An Evil HourAn Evil Hour

T2: New John Connor Chronicles #2

Russell Blackford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


If I had just these books to measure against themselves, in regards to the overall Terminator franchise, I would be ok with these books.
However, I have to compare them to the other T2 series, and this series loses itself in trying to explain the kinks out of time/space/dimension traveling.

Dark Futures

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T2: The New John Connor Chronicles #1

Russell Blackford

3 of 5 Stars


I enjoyed this, as I enjoy almost all Terminator related novels. However, since it is taking place pretty much at the same time as T2: Infiltrator, I couldn’t help but compare the two.

T2 is pretty linear and straightline, NJCC deals with 2 different universes, going at different speeds. In this trilogy, the author goes with the theory that time can’t be changed and any changes are simply a new universe splitting off. Not much techno-babble, just some straight forward exposition.

I had a really hard time keeping track of where and when I was reading about. And Enhanced Humans?, Skynet just needed to wait and we would have become it. There was no need for Judgement Day in that universe.

This is a darker outlook with Sarah giving in to despair several times. They realize that no matter what they do, Judgement Day is going to happen and Skynet is going to exist, Period. A Historical, albeit Future, Imperative that cannot be denied.

I am looking forward to the next 2 books, just not as much as I was for the T2 series…