When Mark and Heather Smythe saved Earth from the conquest-hungry Kasari Collective, they thought their work was done. But the world's vast new government continued its quest to make extraterrestrial contact. And now, as a new gateway is activated to welcome the Kasari, whom world leaders take to be benefactors, only the Smythes stand a chance of countering their planet's invasion and subjugation by a race of ruthless conquerors.
Years after their failed first mission, the Kasari have returned, bearing irresistible promises while concealing insidious plans to enslave humanity. But not if the Smythes - along with fearless CIA agent turned mercenary Jack Gregory and his partner, Janet Price - can help it. From the world's last stronghold, they take the fight to enemies both earthling and alien - even as their comrades-in-arms join the warrior Koranthians in battling the Kasari on a far-off planet. But the greatest danger lies within Earth itself, where an ancient artifact prepares to summon doom from another world.
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Keep The Faith
I have enjoyed each book series centering on these characters first introduced in the Rho Agenda. Each book's evoloving plot line and surprising twists keep me heavily invested and interested while at the same time offering answers and satisfying conculsions without big cliffhangers. I am still very eager for the next addition! This was a great addition I highly recommend it to fans. Enjoy!
Military and Science
I have had this book downloaded for a few weeks now and waiting until I really had nothing else to read... I should have listened earlier, this book was phenomenal! I really love the Jack/Ripper line and can't wait to see what happens with that.
I can't say I was thrilled with the way this book ended! The series has been great, I just hope we can wait until August when the last book of this part comes out! My husband and I have really enjoyed listening to this series and hope that the narration continues so that my husband and I can listen together. I don't even mind that the narrator changed. We know and understand that sometimes that needs to happen. This author has two more followers now and we hope he continues on the same path as we both love science fiction. I love some of his mathematical and physics problems, theories and answers! Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all of that but it sure gets my mind going and I love it! Keep up the great work,please!!!
I'm really enjoying this series. So when I can turn on and figuratively leave this world. If you're reading this review I would expect that you've already read the 4 previous books, but if you haven't please go back and read them. Otherwise most of the story will not make sense. The only downside is that I wish the story was longer… The story arcs and character development is great, I just want more. Can't wait for the next book.
I hope Mr. Phillips writes a book that brings a feeling of closure to the story! Or am I missing something? But everything is left hanging up in the air (so to speak), and that's highly unsatisfying (for me, at least)! Still, the story has its good points!
This series has been great from the beginning. Just when you think you understand, there's more...but the science still stays tight as the characters and plot get crazier. It's an absolute roller-coaster, and the ending of this book is a blast!!!
Audio book lover with sci-fi leanings
There are so many new and interesting story lines in Book 2. This one is better than the first and leaves me impatient for book 3. Wow.
Richard Phillips again takes us on an action-packed story where there are three primary story arcs, Mark and Heather Smythe, Janet Price, Robbie, &c on Earth driving to stop the construction and activation of another Kasai gate, Jennifer and Raul on an alien planet attempting to stave off another Kasari assimilation invasion and Jack Gregory fighting to free his mind from Khal Teth's hold while on the Altreian home world.
Jennifer and Raul's exploits are the most captivating of the three sub-plots as Jennifer willingly joins her captives cause to prevent the Kasarian assimilation while Raul's AI creation, VJ, continues to rapidly evolve into a true sentient and sapient entity, much to Raul's amazement and Jennifer's consternation.
Jack's battle for mind control over Khal Teth's body and will is all the more interesting since Phillip's uses this conflict to provide us a fascinating view into the entire Altreian society and ruling mindset.
This episode has taken a decidedly darker tone to it, what with Heather becoming so focused on stopping the gate creation that she creates an autonomous counter strike force that has a reckless and pitiless disregard for innocent civilian losses during the battles.
I think that Phillip's went beyond the pale with the careless rationalizations the earth crew made that ended killing non-combatants. It was akin to them coming to embrace the "burn the village in order to safe it" mentality and, in doing so, moved from courageous resistance to unsavory terrorists.
The narration switched back to MacLeod Andrews and he, as always, continued to provide an exciting and lively romp through the novel.
The narration is all done in the different characters voices - not just the dialogue. I did not particularly like this style of narration.
Having finished the last instalment, I can't wait for the last one in this series. It has been a very satisfying journey; a really good listening experience. It was made so as I purchased 5 books in the series at once, so one flowed into the next.
Narration was very good, which always enhances any audible book.
If anyone's looking for an engaging series, I throughly recommend this one.
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