T2: Rising Storm (T2, 2) (英語) マスマーケット – 2003/5/27
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A well-regarded author of alternate history science-fiction novels, S.M. Stirling has written more than twenty-five books, including acclaimed collaborations with Anne McCaffrey, Jerry Pournelle, and David Drake. His most recent novels are T2: Infiltrator, The Peshawar Lancers, and the Island in the Sea of Time trilogy.
“Excellent … Anyone who liked the Terminator movies will love this book.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“A feast of technical ingenuity, wry wit, offbeat characterization, and furious, convincing action.” (Booklist)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Now, if these bad people had anything to do with moving the story forward, that would have been fine. Other elements, to be fair, and some "sidebar" mentions, were relevant, were important.
Some have complained that the main villain was sub par. But to me, it was actually very telling of how Skynet completely misunderstands humanity - the strength of organics against machines. The main villain here, Clea, saw Serena (her "mother" in the first book) as flawed; but she, a clone, was moreso, and HER clone was even more irrational. This is the only plot points I am giving away.
This detail, whether intentional or not, made this installment work, even if it was a bit maddening at times. We get inside the mind of the enemy, knowing the Connors have no clue HOW they work, just that they are aware they are at work. And we see the copies are never quite as good as the originals (try photocopying something, then copy the copy, and then copy that copy - you'll quickly see what I mean).
At the end of the day, Stirling took too long to bring us to the point, three elements, which should have occurred much earlier in this second installment, and the conclusion of this installment could have and should have been the beginning of the war.
Which means... ah, I guess you'll have to wait until I finish the final book "Future War", to know what I think about the whole story arc. I will give a review AND a concluding commentary then.