I read the book several years ago and I forgot how much I liked this series of books. Mr Andrews did a good job of bringing the characters to life.
I loved this book. The characters were great, and as always McLeod Andrews was excellent. He changes his tone and inflections subtly depending on which character the book is focusing on. Giving the narration movement and progression. His character voices are spot on.
It starts out feeling like a heavy teen fiction. But it ends like an ass kicking action novel.
The Second Ship is a story that adds a twist to the standard fiction leveraging the rumors of an alien ship crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1948. That twist here is that a second ship also crashed at the same time and remained undiscovered by the government. That second ship is eventually found by 3 high school students at the same time that the US government comes clean about the first ship. These kids keep the discovery to themselves and use the alien technology at their disposal to uncover the true motivations behind the President's promise to freely share advanced alien technology with the world.
The story is deeper and more complex than I expected but it is also written in a way that just doesn't feel realistic. It isn't the sci-fi that feels unrealistic, it is the speech and mannerisms of the 3 high school kids and their interactions with those around them, including their parents, teachers, and the FBI/NSA. For the majority of the book I found myself interested in the story and felt that it had potential but I was never totally invested. This is no fault of MacLeod Andrews who does his usual superb job on the narration and kept me engaged more than I would have been otherwise.
When the book just ended out of the blue without wrapping up the story in any way it left me unsatisfied and on the fence about continuing. Think twice before you pick this one up unless you go in with a willingness to listen to more than one book.
The story seems meant for young adults, however, this old guy enjoy the story and is looking forward to the next one.
I enjoyed listening to this story it had me hooked from the first chapter. There were a lot of characters at one point and it was a little confusing but the story lines came together nicely. Will be purchasing the next book.
Great and captivating book. Mr. Phillips did an amazing job and his "science" fiction is convincing and intriguing. I can't wait to start on book 2 and the companion series. This book is a must for science fiction fans!