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T2: Rising Storm (T2, 2) Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 2003

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Book 2 of 3 in the Terminator 2 Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Military SF author Stirling provides fast-moving combat between well-matched, smart opponents in this excellent sequel to last year's T2: Infiltrator, in which Sarah Connor, her teenaged son, John, and their new ally, Dieter von Rossbach, defeated the female cyborg sent back in time by evil computer Skynet, but didn't know that she'd left her two cloned sisters ready to take up the job of protecting Skynet. Now John and Dieter are on the run in South America, Sarah is recovering from serious wounds and the cute young Terminators are learning to exploit their superhuman abilities. Complications multiply deliciously as the author cuts rapidly from one vivid scene to another. The movie-like technique lets readers watch intelligent people following incomplete information into terrible mistakes. Accepting human limitations but stretching his own potential, John becomes more the tough, confident leader of the Terminator movies. Around John, Stirling efficiently gathers a large cast which changes frequently, since most characters don't survive long in the presence of a Terminator. Sly humor spices the nonstop action until it climaxes at a secret Antarctic scientific-military base, where John and Dieter confront one Terminator. Meanwhile, the other cyborg killer is on the trail of still-recuperating Sarah at Dieter's Paraguay ranch. Anyone who liked the Terminator movies will love this book. In fact, it's exciting enough to win new fans for the franchise.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

The highly competent Stirling is now extrapolating moviemaker James Cameron's Terminator concepts into a full-blown alternate future. In the second installment of the project, Sarah Connor is considered mad, bad, and dangerous to know by those who don't know the menace of Skynet, the computer-mind that rules the future and dispatches Terminators and Infiltrators to protect itself from Sarah's son, John Connor, who is growing older and more capable as well as falling in love. The Connors and Dieter von Rossbach, who, curiously enough, resembles a certain movie star from Austria, are quite capable of holding the fort until the advent of two Infiltrators, both female in appearance. The little band of resistance fighters now has to recruit new allies and then carry the fight to the enemy. They do, though at high cost, on the way offering a feast of technical ingenuity, wry wit, offbeat characterization, and furious, convincing action. A felicitous wedding of a visually oriented writer to soundly conceived sf-movie concepts. Roland Green
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: T2, 2
  • Mass Market Paperback: 529 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Entertainment; Reprint edition (May 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038080817X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380808175
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,720,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a writer by trade, born in France but Canadian by origin and American by naturalization, living in New Mexico at present. My hobbies are mostly related to the craft -- I love history, anthropology and archaeology, and am interested in the sciences. The martial arts are my main physical hobby.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Allen on July 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I must say that this book was hard to put down. Only the heat of the sun by the pool caused me stop and seek somewhere more cool. This book continues, where Infiltrator left off. I enjoyed the little references to present day events and trivia (star wars fans will find it amusing). I feel that the author really tried to be true to some aspect of time travel (if thats possible) and the way the original timeline keeps trying to reestablish itself. Saying more, would give away to much. Needless to say, it was an interesting twist in the tale.
Anyway, if you enjoyed Infiltrator, you will look forward to reading Rising Storm (although, the title as very close Approaching Storm for the star wars buffs...same concept?)
You must however read Infiltrator first to truly get into this book. I hope there is more in the series, since there were some loose ends that were not tied up.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Twice Sarah Connor and her son John have been able to prevent Judgment Day, the time when Skynet becomes sentient and declares war on its creators the human race. After the last attack on Cyberdyne, the company that was started to create the Skynet program, the American government took the project away from the independent contractor and placed it in the hands of scientists hidden away in a top secret installation in Antarctica.

One of the scientists on the base is an Infiltrator, an organic computer in human form that wants to make sure that Skynet will come into existence. John and Sarah Connor and their ally and good friend, ex-spook Dieter Von Rossbach have put into place a group of people who will be ready to fight when Judgment day arrives and the machines try to annihilate humanity. When the Connors and Dieter learn about the base in Antarctica, they prepare themselves to once more go up against an enemy determined to destroy them.

T2: RISING STORM stays true to the story line developed in the Terminator movies and takes the plot one step closer to the day the Skynet computer becomes sentient. Although this is an exciting action-adventure thriller, it is also human relationship drama. The mother-son bond between Sarah and John is beautiful to witness and the audience truly feels sorry for the lives they must lead if they want to prevent the extinction of mankind.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on July 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
There are points in T2 INFILTRATOR and in this current book that I especially like.
One is the fact that the present day characters are now on their own with no help from robots from the future. Then there is the nature of villains they face...not robots programmed to kill but cyborgs with some human qualities (but not those that will make them more likeable) directing terminators. There's the slow progress being made by Skynet which prompts changing strategies on the part of our heroes. Finally, we have the philosophical theories concerning time which suggests that any attempts to change the future are defeated by the nature of times itself. Rather a fatalistic, pre-deterministic stance, but interesting.
Both of these volumes are highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DRB999 on July 22, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stirling's follow up to Infiltrator is not quite as good but it still provides plenty of thrills. Dieter Von Rossbach, ex-Sector agent and template for the T-101 Terminator, is a worthy addition to the Terminator mythos. He's an excellent character and a role model for future savior of humanity John Connor. Lots of action and features a twist to the creation of Skynet that was unexpected. Loads of action and character development for John Connor. The villian is not quite as interesting as her predecessor and this detracts from the enjoyment of the novels but she's still effective enough. Cameos by two characters from the first two films may bring a smile to your face. Stirling's prose is quick moving and engaging and he knows how to write thrilling action. He knows the characters of Sarah and John Connor quite well. This is shaping up to be an excellent sci-fi trilogy. Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines invalidates the trilogy since it's continuity conflicts with what's laid out here but that's no fault of Stirling. And it will not affect the readers enjoyment of this novel or the first one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zombie phreak on October 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Anyone who loved the movie T2 and the Terminator universe will love this series. This is what the Terminator movies should have been like after T2. The story follows John Connor and Sarah Connor in their skirmishes with Skynet's minions over the years before it becomes self-aware. Then the fun really begins!

Pick this one up!
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I have reviewed "Infiltrator", so this is my review of the second outing of the trilogy...

Stirling is an easy read. His writing style is not overly fluffy or bloated, so these books, thus far, are not difficult. This "lighter" style makes things flow smoother, and quicker, even during the slower portions of the story. But that is not always a good thing.

And therein lies the issue with the second "act" of this three act play. The tedium of filling space when you "need" to draw out the story so it will end where you want it to (but not necessarily where it should). This story was clearly designed to be three parts. That is fine, but I would have expected this second outing to take on a snowball effect, gathering momentum, building up steam, as it progressed.

Nope. It actually gets bogged down with so much set up for the final sequences of this part of the story arc that I began to not care. The inclusion of a couple of the two dimensional characters, one of which was "necessary" to set up the events that will clearly be involved in the final act of this arc, seemed almost gratuitous just to fill space.

Now, before I continue, please understand, this is not a BAD read. It just gets a bit frustrating along the way, waiting for Stirling to unfold the plot elements and move the story forward.

A couple sub plots in this portion of the tale seemed so irrelevant that I couldn't understand why they were even included (space fillers). They were trite, they were not doing anything for the substance of the story, and they ended without any contribution to furthering understanding, except in part to reiterate a point made too many times in the first book, and here again in the second: The Connors had to deal with some bad people. Got it... again.
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