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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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    Orson 12-04-12
    Orson 12-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A second volume that stands alone - brilliantly"

    Richard Phillips has led such a life that he absolutely nails the science aspect of this new sci-fi classic - and yet also gets the action and the political aspects exactly right as well. Speaking as an old sci-fi writer myself, I know how hard it is to do what Phillips has done.

    But here's the clincher. Reading on my Nano, I began this book without remembering that this was volume two of the Rho Agenda series. Within a few chapters I realized that there must have been an earlier book. But so skillfully does Phillips handle exposition, and so clearly and deeply did he create his characters and their relationships, that I felt no need to stop and go back to listen to the first volume.

    I WILL go back and listen to The Second Ship, now that I've read Immune to its brilliant and completely satisfying end - but only because this new writer is so skillful and this storyline is so inventive and moving that I don't want to miss a chapter of it.

    I promise you that Richard Phillips is going to be a popular and influential writer, period.

    The Rho Agenda has young protagonists, and so the series could be viewed as YA (Young Adult) fiction. While the novel is brutally real, including sexual tension, there is NO explicit sex and nothing to keep you from handing this book to a mature and well-informed twelve-year-old. Yet it is also completely fulfilling for adult readers - as good as any science fiction being written today.

    MacLeod Andrews gives a perfect performance. You forget you're listening to a book. All you can think about is what's happening and why. Moving back and forth among characters, he is always clear as to who's talking - without "doing" voices in any obvious way. This is how audiobooks are supposed to be read.

    46 of 47 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 06-26-13
    Brian Lansing, MI, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to read books; and now just recently I've discovered that audio books are very cool!! I'm also an author. You can find the SciFi book "The Curse of Europa" here on Audible or on Amazon.

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    "WOW - Turning out to be a great series!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - for sure. It is fun and very well done. It was hard to put down. A gripping and interesting story with great sci-fi concepts (many of which are either new or done if a fresh way), great action, and a lot of suspense.


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

    I listened to him on "The Second Ship" and I thought he did an okay job. But just as this book is much better than the first, I believe his performance was much better also. There are a lot of characters and he has to do a lot of voices. He does so very well without it sounding goofy.


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

    I don't know what the tag line would be, but this story telling reminds me of Game of Thrones. There are multiple parallel stories going on and it gracefully jumps between them. As I read/listened I could almost envision this being produced into 10 or so episodes. This would pay homage to the story much better than a movie. The chapters are fairly short (but a lot of them) so you are not held in suspense for too long if the story jumps to other characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I reviewed "The Second Ship" and like many reviewers thought it was a little juvenile at times... but WOW, not this book!! I don't know if Richard Phillips took similar feedback to hart or if he just improved as an author, but this book was stellar in my opinion! This is really right-up-my-alley actually and I can't wait to dive into the final book. The situations are a bit "darker" than the first book, but not too dark. The language is a little more "adult" but not over the top. Just enough to keep various characters dialog believable. I think he did a splendid job making this more appealing to adults while also striking a good balance that doesn't kick it out of the Teen/YA category. I wouldn't hesitate letting my 16yo daughter read this, and likewise, I wouldn't be embarrassed to recommend it to any hard core sci-fi adult friend either. Nice job Mr. Phillips!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jean 01-22-13
    Jean 01-22-13

    Always looking for twists in a story that surprise me!!!!

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    "First Book's Characters Add Dimensions and Skills"

    This is book 2 in a three book series. The first book caught my interest enough to bring me back to listen to 2. I liked 2 even better!! The characters - Mark, Jennifer and Heather - develop more skills and depth. Who would have guessed they could clean up in Vegas. Jack proves to be even more invincible than in book 1. Go back and read book 1 before tackling this one to fully enjoy the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 03-26-13
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 03-26-13
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    "Book 2 kicks it up a notch"

    Immune continues and "sorta" completes the story arc established by the first installment (The Second Ship). All the main characters are back with several additional new players, including a washed up newspaper reporter and a Colombian drug cartel. Raul gone missing in the first, shows up and plays a major role. As expected, in the end the teenagers with help from various adults manage to save the day while having one adventure after another along the way.

    This installment is much darker than the first, with graphic and in some cases unnecessary violence. There are many more "evil doers" this time around in addition to Stephenson, including one with almost magical powers. Jack also remains an enigma, especially how capable he is even around the rho-enhanced opponents. Finally, the denouement is rather quick with a simple hack followed by public revelation. There are also a number of times when suspension of disbelief is quite strained (how exactly and why did the drug cartel get involved in the first place?).

    In spite of these deficiencies and the fact that the pre-teen style of Scooby Do meets Power Rangers remains, the story is compelling and engrossing, leading to a fast and enjoyable listen as many chapters are short producing a staccato jumping from scene to scene. Once caught up, it's tough to shut down. Finally, while the immediate threat of Stephenson / VP world domination (their ulterior motives and end goals are never clearly articulated) is aborted, the story again ends abruptly with many unanswered questions.

    The narration is superb with an excellent range of voices that perfectly compliments each of the characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tom AGUANGA, CA, United States 02-20-13
    Tom AGUANGA, CA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic Continuation of the Series"
    Any additional comments?

    My Audible library is nearing 200 books and I never write reviews...just no time for it. But this series took me so completely by storm that I decided it deserves a comment or two. You can read the many comments by others for details. For me, the first book was amazing and I frequently find the second in a series to be a letdown. Happily, I found this book to be even better than the first, partly because I had already fallen in love with the characters. The author, perhaps intuiting that his readers will have already made their character attachments, are ready for some surprise storyline twists and revelations about the two alien powers and agendas. He does not disappoint!

    I also want to congratulate the Narrator for a five-star, perfect job. After listening to dozens of narrators, I've developed some likes and dislikes but no one does a better job than MacLeod Andrews at creating believable voices, consistent identification, and most of all, emotional vocal expressions that keep you engrossed in the story without ever being distracted by the narration itself. Like special effects in the movies, the best narration in audio books needs to be completely invisible and Mr. Andrews accomplishes this better than anyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 05-19-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2011

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    ".....YA Sci-Fi Becomes Spy Thriller....."

    Phillips takes the story in unexpected directions with this second book. While the first installment hits on all the Young Adult clichés, with the teens being smarter than everyone else, this book forces the protagonists to face the consequences of their secretive actions. They lie and people die. At about the halfway mark this becomes a spy thriller complete with corrupt politicians, manhunts, Colombian drug lords, and dread assassins with hearts of gold. I found the plot to be steady and exciting with a heavy does of Science Fiction technology extrapolation.

    If there is fault to be found it is in the character motivation. It is typical of all novels that the heroes are in the center of all the action and this is no different. I understand how the kids would be excited and protective of their discovery that they consider to be their own private playground. At some point I expect them to grow a conscience and realize their selfishness and utter inadequacy to administer the other-worldly technology they now wield. One character, Jennifer, does undergo a major personality change, turning against the others, and I thought that this would be the impetus for some soul-searching revelation. But no. The trio of friends reunite with not so much as a hint of introspection. So this loose end just unravels, forgotten and ignored, at the end.

    My critique is not that the characters do not develop. By the end of this book itc is clear that the three protagonists, Heather, Jennifer and Mark, are clearly changing; and not for the better. My critique is that the characters seem blind to their personality transformations and behave in a manner inconsistent with the way they have been portrayed. Perhaps this will all be resolved in the third volume. I think it far more likely that the story will again be carried away in the hurricane force of the strong plot and that the characters will be left flapping in the wind as an afterthought.

    MacLeod Andrews is a good choice for this book. He seems to get the personality of each character as needed and keeps up with the story with an energetic delivery.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pablo SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 04-19-13
    Pablo SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 04-19-13
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    "Something Different but interesting."

    These two books were good. This is a Tom Clancy meets Star Trek type book. I enjoyed the plot and it did not get boring. I can't wait for another installment to the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 03-28-13
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "Just keeps getting better!"
    What made the experience of listening to Immune the most enjoyable?

    The thing l enjoyed the most about listening to this book was how each character dealt with their abilities.


    What other book might you compare Immune to and why?

    Honstely can't compare another book to this one. It was a very different story then i have ever listened to. Though i've seen many similar movies.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don''t think i had a favorite scene, but just enjoyed the book as a whole.


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

    Yes, definitely. Could not put it down.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 03-20-13
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Those krazy kids!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It is highly entertaining. There are also some nice technical aspects thrown in for those interested in tech stories.


    What other book might you compare Immune to and why?

    Only compares to The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book One, so far.


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

    The Rho Agenda Book 1. He is easy to listed to.


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

    Some if it was a bit gory and/or intense at times, but I did not laugh or cry that I can remember.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to The Wormhole, Book 3, but I need to read something else first.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terje 12-03-12
    Terje 12-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Avid fan of science fiction and love books. I do not have enough time to read the books and audiobooks is perfect for me.

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    "An amazing follow-up to the first book!"
    What did you love best about Immune?

    The book follows the story where book 1 left off, and ends when you just want more! All 3 books are incredible well written, and the characters seems so real! The story is captivating, and in lack of a propper "page turner" expression for audiobooks I will have to call it a "sleep stealer", I can not tell you how many times I had to extend the sleep timer another 30 minutes :)


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Pretty good for a sequel"
    Would you listen to Immune again? Why?

    Probably not. Reasonable story but not as strong as the first book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of the three "Heroes"


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

    The girl friend.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Humans face agents of the galactic hoard.


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