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The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1 | [Richard Phillips]

The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....
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Publisher's Summary

In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now.

The US president is preparing to unveil one of the nation’s greatest secrets when three students stumble across the wreckage of a second ship outside of Los Alamos. With a single touch, the alien technology the government has spent untold resources trying to unlock is uploaded into the minds of three teenagers — teenagers who now know the frightening truth about the Rho Project.The battle for humanity has begun.

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

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    Tarike Ocala, FL, United States 12-11-12
    Tarike Ocala, FL, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "STIMULATING READ"

    The storyline in this book is brilliant. It's majestic, but real. It's cynical, but on point. The content is inherently epic, but you still feel a connection with all of the characters, even if you decide that you hate some of them with a passion!

    The ideas that are in the story are common place in the small world that is science fiction, However, the author threads the needle of the storyline so well, that as an intermediate sci-fi junky, I can say with true conviction, that the book takes you on an amazing joyride that leaves you wanting for more.

    The narrator's range is sickening! How do you laugh in a completely different voice other than your own, and do it across various characters and still make it feel authentic is beyond me. It's not just the various voices that draw you into the story, it's also the little things that the narrator does, the pauses, the labored breaths, the quick bursts in emotion, etc.

    I loved the book, and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-13-12
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-13-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "The kids in the high desert and the drama therein"
    Would you try another book from Richard Phillips and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    Yes, but not right away. Sometimes abit juvenile, then moving into moments of adult sci fi. Well written, and the charcters grown on you, but it is not the cleanest story I have heard.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Conflux of sci fi, science fact, conspiracy theory and thoughtfulness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Conclusion.


    Did The Second Ship inspire you to do anything?

    Consider follow up downloads.


    Any additional comments?

    Worthwhile, but know that it hints at younger fantasy, at least for me.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 04-24-15
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 04-24-15 Member Since 2015

    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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    "Good but read rho inception series first"

    This is an excellent book but as the title says at least read the first book in the Rho Inception series first before starting this novel. The Jack Gregory character is an enigma in this story and if you read the first rho inception book you will understand a lot more about who he is and why he is so abnormally skilled. I reviewed those books (in short they are good albeit very light on sci-fi aspects) and you can look them up easily. Be warned the Rho inception books are alot more adult oriented than this series. The items he glossess over in this one get full detail in that series.

    This is a nice YA science fiction series. The great thing is it has enough adult elements that adults can enjoy it just as much. In fact calling it a YA book is not quite fair. It is more like an adult book with teen characters that writes very adult situations with just a deft enough hand to make it easily accessible to young adults as well. This book has some pretty dark stuff in it like rape and torture. It is inferred but usually not spelled out in enough detail to warrant warning mature young adults away.

    All in all a good book. If you read at least the first book of the previous series prior to this one a lot of the mystery of Jack will be solved for you. This book stands alone just fine if you choose not to do so. Let's just say there are some really good reasons why he is so good. This one is definitely worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Tyler, TX, United States 12-04-13
    Amy Tyler, TX, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The meddling kids."

    It's an OK story of the 'meddling kids' genre. It has the usual gaping plotholes. The kids are smart when that suits the plot, really radically dumb when that suits. Adults are 2-dimensional. Plot elements are taken from Teenwolf, ET, The Navigator, Berzerkers, and tossed in a workmanlike salad.

    I won't read any more in the series, however, because of the dialogue. It's tough to write 'teen' dialogue, and this author fails. They sound flatter than any sitcom.

    There's also a goodly dose of coincedences that will bug you. Finally, I had to sort of marvel at the idea of super-genius teenagers who can calculate the answers to mankind's energy problems, but who pee in the their pants to avoid being sent to the principal's office.

    Weird, and not in a good way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy West Lake Hills, Texas, United States 05-13-13
    Nancy West Lake Hills, Texas, United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2013

    I like mystery writers like kate Wilhelm, Authur Upfield and Ellis Peters, where even the bad guys are not blood thirsty, crazy, manics. I like science fiction that has a sociological bent like Ursula Le Guin, Robert Sawyer and the early works of Orson Scott Card. But I don't much like the science fiction that is just space ships and interstellar fighting.

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    "Another serial killer"

    I thought this was science fiction. But by he 3rd chapter we have a serial killer who captures and tortures young women. I don't want to read stories of mutilation and torture
    It would be helpful to warn readers in the description that it is another torture story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Flapjack 04-23-13
    Flapjack 04-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Flapjack Jones

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    "This book is a cartoon"

    Skip this unless you want a book with all the depth and characterization of a Saturday Morning sci-fi animated cartoon. I suppose young listener could like it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 09-26-13
    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 09-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "This is for kids"
    Would you try another book from Richard Phillips and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    I have already bought the rest of the trilogy, but I don't think that I will listen to them for a while.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will not listen to the next book in this series for a while. I will probably listen to some Stephen King.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was OK, it was the story and the writing that was bad.


    What character would you cut from The Second Ship?

    I didn't think that anybody should be removed. The problem wasn't that there were too many characters. The problem was that this is a book written for young adults, kids.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Treadway Mooresville NC 01-23-13
    S. Treadway Mooresville NC 01-23-13 Member Since 2015

    physics_decoder

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    "Bad, Bad, Bad...."
    Would you try another book from Richard Phillips and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    No, I would not risk money something that might be as bad as this. I had to stop after chapter 4. The writing is terrible. Phillips should really stay away from writing teenagers.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness, because I cannot get my money back.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance was fine.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 04-26-15
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 04-26-15 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Partial story that left me on the fence"

    The Second Ship is a story that adds a twist to the standard fiction leveraging the rumors of an alien ship crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1948. That twist here is that a second ship also crashed at the same time and remained undiscovered by the government. That second ship is eventually found by 3 high school students at the same time that the US government comes clean about the first ship. These kids keep the discovery to themselves and use the alien technology at their disposal to uncover the true motivations behind the President's promise to freely share advanced alien technology with the world.

    The story is deeper and more complex than I expected but it is also written in a way that just doesn't feel realistic. It isn't the sci-fi that feels unrealistic, it is the speech and mannerisms of the 3 high school kids and their interactions with those around them, including their parents, teachers, and the FBI/NSA. For the majority of the book I found myself interested in the story and felt that it had potential but I was never totally invested. This is no fault of MacLeod Andrews who does his usual superb job on the narration and kept me engaged more than I would have been otherwise.

    When the book just ended out of the blue without wrapping up the story in any way it left me unsatisfied and on the fence about continuing. Think twice before you pick this one up unless you go in with a willingness to listen to more than one book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Mabry, Jr. 11-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A Fruitcake Thriller"

    This science fiction suspense thriller throws in all elements:Two alien space ships with secret powers, a deranged psychotic sexual sadist, the Hardy boys and Nancy Drew characters, villains that cannot die, traitorous politicians, and an evil scientist. It is a a fruit cake thriller that will keep you as spellbound as a kid at a Saturday Morning serial.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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