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The Second Ship Audiobook

The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

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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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    Kimberly Motes 04-23-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Really a young adult novel, though not bad as that"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. This book was not properly or accurately presented. For what it is, I suppose the book is fine, but it is full of stereotypical characters and silly, cliched plot points. It reminds me of a Hardy Boys novel repurposed to about 1988.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    None of this author's work. I may hand the book off to my 11-year-old daughter.


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    SimpliiD 11-17-15
    SimpliiD 11-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Perfect mix of action, Sci-Fi, and technology"

    Perfect mix of action, Sci-Fi, and technology.. Great buildup, and rare to find a book with so many intelligent characters that make logical decisions. The finish just send a bit lackluster considering the scope of the book

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    Jon 11-08-15
    Jon 11-08-15 Member Since 2017
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    "This is a youth book"

    The book would be a good choice for early learners in middle school. It's fast paced, and completely without character development. It may be more advanced then the Bobbsey Twins, but not much. I wasn't able to read it, but might recommend the book to my grandson.

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    Tim 11-07-15
    Tim 11-07-15
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    "Don't, Just don't"

    Easily the worst book I have listened to without a doubt. struggled to finish this book. Extremely cheesy and terrible dialogue.

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    Melanie Madras, OR United States 11-03-15
    Melanie Madras, OR United States 11-03-15 Member Since 2007
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    "4 1/3rd? I love the take on Area 51, YA or not."

    I enjoyed it, it moved along nicely, no real sex scenes, & I liked the characters. I am near retirement age, but was pleasantly surprised despite the Young Adult themes. I do want to hear the next in series, but won't pay a full credit for it. Already have almost 600 & have heard 260-270 books. This one held my interest. Perhaps more mature adults than I won't like it, though. Take it for what it is. (Review by Rick)

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    Gordon 06-28-15
    Gordon 06-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Keeps ramping up."

    I loved this book. The characters were great, and as always McLeod Andrews was excellent. He changes his tone and inflections subtly depending on which character the book is focusing on. Giving the narration movement and progression. His character voices are spot on.

    It starts out feeling like a heavy teen fiction. But it ends like an ass kicking action novel.

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    Kindle Customer 04-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but slow"

    A good story but kinda drags on with too many sub plots but well researched facts. Of course mr mcandrews really brings it to life

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    Moi 04-27-15
    Moi 04-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome "

    Great! Perfect mixture of suspense and lighthearted story! I really enjoyed the story. The scary parts reminded me of Dean Koontz.

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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.

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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 04-24-15
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 04-24-15 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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    "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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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