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Immune: The Rho Agenda, Book Two | [Richard Phillips]

Immune: The Rho Agenda, Book Two

Anyone who dares challenge the Rho Project is being systematically picked off. At the top of the hit man’s death list: NSA fixer Jack Gregory, and the three teenagers who first exposed the Rho Project’s dark agenda to the world.On the run for their lives, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer know that the Rho Project’s alien nano-technology has been released into the world, disguised as a miracle cure. But what they don’t yet know is that the serum has taken on a life of its own....
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Anyone who dares challenge the Rho Project is being systematically picked off. At the top of the hit man’s death list: NSA fixer Jack Gregory, and the three teenagers who first exposed the Rho Project’s dark agenda to the world.

On the run for their lives, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer know that the Rho Project’s alien nano-technology has been released into the world, disguised as a miracle cure. But what they don’t yet know is that the serum has taken on a life of its own, modifying human DNA in a way that even its engineers cannot control - one that will alter the very fabric of humanity.

©2012 Richard Phillips (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jim Napa, CA, United States 02-26-13
    Jim Napa, CA, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011

    Worked in radio stations all over California from A to Z; KABC, Los Angeles and KZAP, Sacramento plus many more in between. I was a voice talent, copy writer and production director; I'm retired now but still do voice overs.

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    OMG, this is a page turner. Very exciting, lots of action, and a terrific story. Can't wait to jump into Wormhole!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hallam Auckland, New Zealand 02-11-13
    Hallam Auckland, New Zealand 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fast paced and exciting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narrator is excellent and the story is addictive (as is the whole trilogy).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Immune?

    When Mark and Heather went to South America to rescue Jennifer and Mark unleashed his full fury.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Hard to say. He did an excellent job with Dr Stevenson's voice.


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

    Not really. Got the adrenaline flowing and had a few very late nights listening.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole series makes and excellent story. One reviewer said it was a bit "Scooby Do" i.e.the 3 teenagers fighting evil forces - yeah I can see that, but it is so much more. One small niggle would be the repetitive use of some adjectives - i.e. lithe. But the bottom line is I could not stop listening to it - I was totally into it. Highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jackie´s hubby 02-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A great listen"
    Would you listen to Immune again? Why?

    Yes. Listening dosen't always mean getting the whole story the first time.Some things take a second review to get all of the meaning.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorites all seemed to share a level stage for me.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    He was at his best performing Jack.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but found it imposible to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    MacLeod's narration really made this a very good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kra Newark, NJ, United States 01-14-13
    kra Newark, NJ, United States 01-14-13

    keerthi

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    "good one"
    Where does Immune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    i recommend everyone to enjoy this audiobook


    What other book might you compare Immune to and why?

    great narration and story


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    need to have more and more these kinds of audiobooks


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheimon New York, NY USA 01-13-13
    Cheimon New York, NY USA 01-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Exciting continuation, artfully narrated"

    THIS BOOK

    This exciting Part 2 of the Rho Agenda series ups the ante for the three teenage protagonists and we follow them through a suspenseful web of lies and intrigue. Phillips draws the net more tightly around the three (and the world!) without giving himself leave to reinvent his universe - the suspense he masterfully built in Part 1 continues its hold and we remain on our toes.

    As the series progresses and expands outwards from Los Alamos, the plot gets a little more cluttered with characters and scientific loops that are a little superfluous, a few plot points are developed but never picked up again. The timeline also introduces some slack, while we felt pushed through a tightly woven narrative arc in Part 1, Parts 2 and 3 suddenly allow world events to progress for weeks or even months without escalating our sense of urgency.

    Nevertheless, Phillips always picks us up again and sweeps us into the whirlwind of the Rho Agenda - despite these moments of respite, this is a thoroughly suspenseful and charming tale, leaving the listeners (and the fate of the world) in the hands of three protagonists who are supremely likable and, in no small part because of their internal dynamics, never too dull or too perfect.

    The narrator deserves tremendous praise for keeping the story as sharp, quick and warm as it is. Parts 2 and 3 challenge him to even greater range than Part 1 did (or any common audiobook would) and he excels at keeping us always at the crest of the story as it thunders through its countless different characters, locales and emotional peaks and valleys.

    THE TRILOGY AND THE NARRATION

    The Rho Agenda is a thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi trilogy - Richard Phillips succeeds in painting a sci-fi universe that is firmly anchored on earth and in its human protagonists and accordingly doesn't require an all-round suspension of disbelief from the reader. He sets the sci-fi parameters for his story early on and diligently sticks to them, resisting the temptation to constantly introduce new sci-fi "miracles" to toss around his characters. The human story and the political thriller may be instigated by input from another world, but they remain exactly that: a huy man story and a political thriller. With some cool sci-fi stuff going on.

    The author switches between points of view more than a hundred times per book, but MacLeod Andrews narrates his way through these transitions seamlessly, taking the listener along with ease. We always know exactly where we are and who, out of the large ensemble of characters, we are currently with. The books give him a wonderful opportunity to show off his range, in terms of both voices and accents, and he brings its countless twists and turns to life masterfully, instilling the main characters with his characteristic humor and warmth. His voice grips us as tightly through the densely packed action and political intrigue as it charms us during the spells of the teenage life of our heros.

    One additional point: I greatly appreciated that Phillips keeps the story at a very agreeable level of "clean" - he abstains from being gratuitously graphic in his characters' language or actions, but doesn't shy away from strong language, violence and even a little carnage when they are necessary. I enjoyed not feeling myself be dragged through gore and bodily fluids at every turn as is so easily the case in contemporary otherworldly fiction.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Phillips Tempe, AZ 10-31-12
    Carol Phillips Tempe, AZ 10-31-12
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    "Even Better Than Book One of the Trilogy"
    Where does Immune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Immune ranks in my top ten audio books ever. The first two books of the Rho Agenda trilogy constitute twenty six hours of entertaining diversion from the problems of this world in which we live and operate.


    What other book might you compare Immune to and why?

    I can't really think of another book with the same flow as the first two Rho Agenda novels. The loss of innocense from the first book to the second fits with a coming of age story, but this one mixes in a healthy dose of spy thriller and even a touch of horror. Fascinating and fast moving. If you're expecting a previously defined genre, you're in for a jolt to your senses.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    MacLeod Andrews has a great knack for making relatively minor changes to his voice and inflection upon new character dialogue, such that you get the sense of character change without jolting you out of the story.


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

    I loved the interplay between the superspy, Jack The Ripper Gregory, and the three high schoolers who are just trying to survive the escalating crisis.


    Any additional comments?

    I eagerly await the third act of this play.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 02-14-13
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 02-14-13 Member Since 2009

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "Excellent storytelling - though a bit over the top"

    Picking up where "The Second Ship" left the listener, "Immune" throws you back into the world of the Rho Agenda - a world of suspense, muddling and scheming! Preying on our fears Richard Phillips weaves a web of intrigue that makes over the top nonsense seem real.

    In my review of "The Second Ship" I indicated that that book reminder me very much of the comic "Danger Girls" without the girls. "Immune" reminds me of the "Punisher" set loose in the world of "Danger Girls."

    It is quite enjoyable and could stand alone.

    I've either gotten used to MacLeod Andrews voice or he has improved a lot. He kept me from opting out and enhanced the story by using different tones of voice.

    I am amazed how believable Richard Phillips can make that which is unbelievable. If you are a conspiracy theorist or just like considering those possibilities, this book is for you!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Southfield, MI, United States 11-10-12
    Scott Southfield, MI, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The storyline took a dive..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The first book was awesome, the second, not so. The plot took a turn that made no sense, and the parents were supposed to be engineers, yet they had no concept of intellectual property.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Phillips again?

    Maybe


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Didn't have one


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Immune?

    The Vegas arc.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lyle Haymarket, VA, United States 03-31-13
    Lyle Haymarket, VA, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The tension mounts"
    Any additional comments?

    The story, beginning in the Second Ship, takes off again with almost no chance to catch your breath! Will our three protagonists defeat the evil doctor?

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    P. Stavros Michigan 03-18-13
    P. Stavros Michigan 03-18-13

    pas182

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    "Well written"
    What did you love best about Immune?

    This is a pretty good story. It is well written and moves along nicely. The story has a couple of unexpected turns and doesn't clutter up the plot with a bunch of junk. Good character development.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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