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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Written By:David Hagberg - 2003

  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - David Hagberg cover


The novel of the blockbuster hit film

In his previous turn as the machine who protects the young John Connor from a more sophisticated, smarter Terminator, Schwarzenegger brought millions of people into theaters, grossing more than $500 million for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Now, in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, John Connor is older, but still a target for killer machines from the future. So the human resistance sends back the Terminator he knows, who saved his life when he was just a boy to protect his again.

But this time there's another, even more lethal terminator model. And it's not a Terminator, but a T-X, a Terminatrix, in the shape of a woman and capable of techno-tricks that make all previous Terminators seem primitive by comparison.

If Connor doesn't survive, the future is lost. Only his wits, a girl from his past, and an old Terminator, who happens to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, can save him... and us.


Kate Jumped Up With A Cry

She grabbed the Ak-47 from Connor, jacked a round into the firing chamber, flipped the safety catch off as she'd watched Terminator do, and opened fire on the approaching airborn Hunter-Killer machine.

She was completely lost in her rage. Her fiance had probably been murdered by some remorseless machine. Her father had been cut down by a machine. And still the monster came on and on, seemingly without end. Heartless. Soulless. Emotionless.

She kept her finger depressed on the trigger, the heavy buck of the assault rifle showing her backward almost off her feet.

Then the rifle was out of ammunition, and the H-K seemed to hover in midair for a second, before it exploded in an intense ball of flame, scattering wreckage in every direction, some of the pieces crashing through the window to land at her feet.

John Connor stared openmouthed at her.

She turned to him, her eyes wild, her chest heaving as she tried to catch her breath. She was covered with grease and oil, and black smudges of blowback from the AK-47.

"What?" she demanded, still hyper.

"Nothing," Connor said, spreading his hands. "You just reminded me of my mom."


Arnold Schwarzenegger is back to re-create the role that made him a household name: the Terminator. Starring with him are Nick Stahl as John Connor, Claire Danes as Kate Brewster, and Kristanna Loken as T-X. the Terminatrix