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Once Dead Audiobook

Once Dead: A Rho Agenda Novel

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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.

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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 02-19-15
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 02-19-15 Member Since 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Not my usual cup of tea but pretty good"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 10-17-14
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 10-17-14 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "Just got much better!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story should be first of the Rho Agenda"
    What made the experience of listening to Once Dead the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack & Janet


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Whole Book, but probably the the end .I mean that in a good way.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Could not stop listening, it hook me from the the start but so did the other 3 Rho books


    Any additional comments?

    This series of 4 books by Phillps have been the best listening in a while.Can't wait for his next one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 09-12-15
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 09-12-15 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "The "supernatural" component was unnecessary"

    There is a bit of a ... disconnect... here... the story is a realistic action novel but the underlying premise is supernatural, with just a hint of horror. I liked it, but I can see how it doesn't fit clearly into a specific genre. And the "writeups" seem to focus on the "history of villians" as if that were a central theme in this novel - it is not. There are, of course, periodic (and, actually, mainly unnecessary) side tracks into the heads of various historical "bad guys". I didn't find any of these side tracks added anything to the story, and were all too short to be of much interest on their own... not sure why they were included because the story is good and action filled without the author having to use the historical "Jack the Ripper" (etc) persona to capture our interest.

    As an action-thriller, it's a good 4.5 star. Its supernatural component is weak and drags the book down a half star. The characters are interesting and the females aren't completely useless, nor are they exclusively there as sex interests.

    I'm not clear on how this book relates to the other "Rho Agenda" books - it was completely stand-alone so it didn't occur after them, and there was no cliffhanger, and it was not YA like the other Rho series is... not sure why the author "re-used" the title as I think it's a bit confusing for the audience. Anyway, this story was entertaining, and I'll read the next one.

    The narration was good. It isn't graphic or particularly violent, and there isn't any described sex.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Farall Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-19-14
    Farall Phoenix, AZ, United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great new action thriller!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and I have already done so. The action is non-stop and the narrator is fabulous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jack Gregory and Janet Price. These two characters from The Rho Agenda are fun to imagine.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    You will have a lot of fun listening to this audiobook.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 12-27-15
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 12-27-15 Member Since 2009
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    "MacLeod Andrews is the BEST"

    I bought this book primarily for the narrator, MacLeod Andrews, because I would buy the audio version of the proverbial phonebook if he were narrating it.
    I do enjoy spy thrillers and this one is adequate, but some elements such as the demon possession seem to be thrown in and not truly integrated in the story.
    I am completely unfamiliar with the series of the Rho Agenda, but the storyline in this book evidently didn't reference the series.
    And I can't help but comment on some of the writing. Please excuse the pickiness, but throughout the entire book, the author used the "ing" in the beginning of sentences and it drove me to distraction. Example: "Running to the door, Alice pulled on the handle." The use of "ing" indicates the action happening at the same time. And the reader has a difficult time knowing who did the action when the subject is after the action. Instead, "Alice ran to the door and pulled on the handle."
    But despite the constant distraction that was probably only my distraction, I did enjoy the book and very well might get the second one. "Going to the Audible site, she chose a book."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TonyD COS 03-23-15
    TonyD COS 03-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing Attention to Tech Detail"
    If you could sum up Once Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing prequel to Rho


    What other book might you compare Once Dead to and why?

    Reamde. Amazing attention to tech, military and dark world detail.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Story scene: Janet's risk to meet Jack.
    Nerd scene: Hacking Jack's new laptop through anti-virus software (more real than you know).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It could happen.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vera Canada 11-07-14
    Vera Canada 11-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't Wait for more titles from Richard Phillips"
    If you could sum up Once Dead in three words, what would they be?

    brilliant, intriguing, fast


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Once Dead?

    The demon meeting


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes, the rest of the Rho Agenda series. No one else should do these stories but MacLeod.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The man who mastered his inner demon


    Any additional comments?

    This series is addictive. If there was another I could buy it would already be downloaded.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark C. Frye Lawrenceburg Indiana 08-19-16
    Mark C. Frye Lawrenceburg Indiana 08-19-16
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    "Great Story"

    I started with book 3 and the second ship and finished book 4 & 5. This doesn't let you down if you liked that series. I recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    trvlnb3 04-11-16
    trvlnb3 04-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding"

    Superb narration and storyline. I look forward to the sequel in the Jack Gregory character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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