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T2: The Future War (T2 #3)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  354 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews

The future war is now. Hiding out in Alaska, Sarah and John Connor, along with ex-counterterrorist agent, Dieter von Rossbach, are playing a waiting game -- trying to live their lives but ever watchful of Cyberdyne Corporation and the possibility of Skynet, the artificial intelligence network destined to destroy the world as we know it. They've fought for years to prevent

Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 10th 2004 by Gollancz (first published June 17th 2003)
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The Cats Mother
The final part of his trilogy about what happens after the T2 movie, basically staying true to the James Cameron films but pretending that T3 and 4 never happened. This one begins with John, Sarah and Dieter hiding out in Alaska, unaware that Skynet has become sentient. When the dept of defence starts turning all military power over to Skynet, they realise the plan has gone wrong and are powerless to stop Judgement Day.
The story follows what happens next, and neatly closes the time travel circle
Jason Brown (Toastx2)
This book is incredible. It is no written master work, nor will it be any more than what it is now in the eyes of the world, but it is incredible all the same. If you are even reading this review, you should be reading this series.

Spoilers? They don't matter. You know how this ends. It is nothing more than sci-fi geek porn dictating events that ultimately lead to the same conclusion as the movies you have already watched or the comics that Dark Horse os prepping to release. Humans die, robots ar
Amy Andrychowicz
Love, love, love!! This is the third and final book in the T2 series. I started reading it right after I ended the second book and I couldn't put this book down. I have only two negative things to say about it (both are minor) - One is that there was a build up on a few characters... only for them to either disappear or become minor characters later in the book. These weren't detrimental characters, but ones I found interesting enough to be slightly disappointed not to hear more about them. The ...more
Jan 14, 2014 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess this is the weakest in the series. Now both the protagonists AND Skynet seem to have no real plot, it's just 'stuff that happens'. There are several totally dead-end vignettes (Snog? The sub?). The ending scene is really weak and/or bizarre...(view spoiler) ...more
Final part of S.M. Stirling's trilogy of books that present an alternate story than that told in T3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation.

Unlike the previous two entries (T2: Infiltrator and T2: Rising Storm), this is not so much the one-on-one of the Connors versus a single Terminator, but is rather humanity versus Skynet which, remember, had become sentient at the end of the last novel. While the beginning of the novel does take place pre-Judgement day, the bulk of it actually takes
Sep 24, 2015 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is where an otherwise worthy continuation of Terminator 2 falls down.

I wrestled with if I should give it a single star or not. IT genuinely reads like it was written by a different author, or perhaps didn't see an editor's pen.

Another review pointed out that there is no real plot to it, it just sort of plods along until it's inevitable conclusion.

The series had potential but this book really did let it down, it was somewhat of a chore to finish. More than once I found myself rolling m
Not very well written. Story is only interesting at all if you're a Terminator fan. John and Sarah don't really feel like John and Sarah. Every part of the plot is based on extremely unlikely coincidences. Basically a "prequel" to Terminator as Stirling tries to include every reference Kyle Reese makes in the first movie. What we build in our minds is almost always more satisfying than what these writers come up with.
Apr 14, 2007 Aaron rated it really liked it
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The Final book in the trilogy, it starts off a bit slow for about the first 1/3 of the book...after that it starts to pick up from there. It talks about the beginning of skynet's war on humans, the nuclear strikes, the concentration camps being set up, etc. It didn't go into too much detail on the war between humans and skynet and seemed to jump forward quite a ways, but other than that it's definitely a good read.
Matt T
Sep 08, 2016 Matt T rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There was such a dropoff in quality in this last book of the series. It seemed to be a string of scenes flipping back and forth... that never got any closure, as if even the author lost interest. And the ending chapters were incredibly rushed. Fast forward X years. Then another X years. Etc. Really?
Feb 19, 2009 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Was a very great read of all three books.This book was great because of how it finished the series and brought the storyline to a close with a different spin to the storyline then what we have known from the movies and tv series that was brought up.I loved every minute of this book and will be a great series for all fans of this series in general.
Feb 02, 2009 Jared rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book in the trilogy, another fabulous read for Terminator fans everywhere. Highly recommended.
Carey Atkins
Not bad. Added alot to the back story of Terminator. It was nice to see how John grew to be the leader.
Aug 28, 2009 Beau rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent read if you like the Terminator franchise. After all the going back in time plot lines, it is nice to be able to read about the actual war against the machines.
Feb 19, 2008 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pure indulgence read, but if you like science fiction and enjoy the Sarah Connors Chronicles on Fox, then this is a pretty fun read and adds some depth to the whole Terminator storyline.
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Stephen Michael Stirling is a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. Stirling is probably best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series.

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I’m a writer by trade, born in France but Canadian by origin and American by naturalizat
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