Jack Gregory, the CIA’s top assassin, went rogue after a mission gone wrong. When a confrontation leaves him bleeding out on death’s doorstep, he is faced with an offer from a dark figure named Anchanchu. If Jack is willing to act as a human host for Anchanchu, the entity will revive him and give him another shot at life. Jack takes the deal...but he must now face the consequences of having the same dark creature in his head as some of history’s greatest villains. Struggling with desires and memories that are not his own, Jack is not the man he once was.
One year later, he is known internationally as The Ripper, assassin for hire, and is faced with having to wrest control of his dark compulsions while preventing a nuclear attack on the United States.
From the bestselling author of the Rho Agenda trilogy comes a globe-spanning thriller with a twist unlike anything you’ve ever seen....
©2014 Richard Phillips (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
I enjoyed the 3 books in The Rho Agenda Series but they were clearly YA or Young Adult. I tend to stay clear of YA but occasionally a book or series catches my attention and this one obviously did that. This book is before the teen protagonists came along. It is about Jack Gregory and some of his past. No Spoilers, don't worry. We finally get to find out more about Jack and this book did answer a few questions I've had since finishing the last 3 books.
One thing I liked about the book was that it didn't seem to be specifically geared toward YA. I don't know the author's history so I apologize if he has many titles under his belt but it seems to me the author has grown. It feels like he is getting better and better and his storytelling skills are really improving. His writing style is evolving nicely and he kept me riveted to this book. I wanted to finish it in one sitting. I didn't feel that in the other 3 books. While I liked those books I really loved this one. I hated seeing it end.
I would like to see more about the 3 kids from the Rho Agenda Series but I would really like to see more about Jack Gregory. The teens have these wild special abilities now but I think Jack is the most able of the bunch by a long shot.
Lastly, MacLeod Andrews is awesome, as always. He never disappoints.
I real like the way Richard Phillps puts the story together and not to say that narrator MacLeod Andrews really bring the characters to life.
Jack & Janet
The Whole Book, but probably the the end .I mean that in a good way.
Could not stop listening, it hook me from the the start but so did the other 3 Rho books
This series of 4 books by Phillps have been the best listening in a while.Can't wait for his next one.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
This book is really more of a spy novel than a fantasy or sci-fi book. There is just enough of a sci-fi fantasy element to give the protagonist a direction and reason to do what he does and that is about it. I hope they expand upon the sci-fi aspects at a later date, but I am halfway through the 2nd book in the series and not so much has been added yet.
The novel is good for a spy novel. All the characters are turned up to 11. I mean everyone is the absolute best at what they do. No person or thing in this series is anywhere near the normal end of the spectrum. It is a bit irritatingly over the top at times, but not enough to really hamper the book. That is more me whining than actually a complaint.
I really have to hand it to Macleod Andrews. I thought he was good narrating Sandman Slim but he takes it to a whole other level in this series. Each chapter is from a different character POV and every voice is completely unique and distinct. He has accents from all over the world and doesn't mess up even once. Even if I didn't care for the book the skill the narrarator shows alone would be worth a listen.
If you like spy novels (I don't usually read them). You should like this one. In the future if he expands on the sci-fi aspects the series should be even better. It's worth a credit as long as you understand you are getting a spy novel and not urban fantasy or sci-fi.
Yes and I have already done so. The action is non-stop and the narrator is fabulous.
Jack Gregory and Janet Price. These two characters from The Rho Agenda are fun to imagine.
His character voices are great without being so over the top that it pulls you out of the story. His voice really brings the characters to life.
There were several but to avoid spoilers I will vaguely describe three. The first is the scene in Poland at Kazimer's estate and the second is the hotel room scene in Prague. As for the climax, it is great from start to finish.
You will have a lot of fun listening to this audiobook.
brilliant, intriguing, fast
The demon meeting
yes, the rest of the Rho Agenda series. No one else should do these stories but MacLeod.
The man who mastered his inner demon
This series is addictive. If there was another I could buy it would already be downloaded.
🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺
With an interesting concept. I really enjoyed the assassin mixed with fantasy vibe I got from this story. There is so much action but the plot of the story truly drew me in so fast I couldn't stop listening. Mr. Andrews is exceptionally talented in his delivery of bringing every character to life.
Although this story has you suspended in disbelief in all that happens in this make believe world, I expected the assassin aspect of the story to be a bit more believable.
I couldn't get past an assassin, a pro assassin who is ex CIA and thought to be dead, meet with a client and have that client know exactly who he is. I mean he doesn't change how he looks, doesn't have any means of identity change, then his computer is hacked and he doesn't think to inform anyone he's had contact with on it. But even worse, the government agent he contacts, an analysis wasn't smart enough to protect and ensure the computer they used or messages sent back and forth wasn't encrypted. Ridiculous!
Oh and the President and his pack were as stupid as the idiots that allowed the attack on Pearl Harbor! Like Pearl Harbor, morons in charge knew there was a threat but ignored out out of sheer stupidity!!!
Other than that the story was incredibly entertaining and yeah I was girl crushing on Janet! She was a female Alpha holding her own better than the men! Loved that!
I really enjoyed this book, it was really engaging and fast-paced. However I must admit that I had a hard time keeping up with all the characters and their allegiances. It's clear that for the most part it is my memory at fault. I also believe that some of the secondary characters we're not memorable enough to remember. These people had little backstory and their motivation was unclear other than following orders. In my mind I renamed them "bad guy #3" or "henchmen" versus "U.S. lackey".
The storyline explaining Jack's history was really interesting, especially if you've read his other series 'The second ship', Jack makes much more sense now and the history behind his team is clearer. So all in all a good novel and I can't wait to read the next one.
Amazing prequel to Rho
Reamde. Amazing attention to tech, military and dark world detail.
Story scene: Janet's risk to meet Jack.
Nerd scene: Hacking Jack's new laptop through anti-virus software (more real than you know).
It could happen.
Richard's research toward real agencies, technology, military hierarchy, pop culture and special operations are unmatched. Reminiscent of early Clancy. I work tech, military and missile defense and love the weave of story and reality. This is very much an adult story and progression of both character and story. Thanks Richard. Bring us more.
Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.
This story was very enjoyable. I was a little bummed, thought this would be a jack origin story. The story was very action packed. If you liked any of the other R.A books then you will like this.
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