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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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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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    Poppie Dawg 12-18-14
    Poppie Dawg 12-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A good mix of Sci-Fi, Mystery and.. some good old"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am a 59 year old Sci Fi Fan who is trying to introduce my teen son to the world of...
    What if this could happen or be Sci Fact? What would your life be like? What would the World be like if... The writer and narrator make it easy for me to ask myself these questions. I can't wait for him to Listen to or as we are teach our Dyslexic barely can read Teenage Son (Ear Read) this hard to put down Sci-Fi Novel...


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    MacLeod is an articulate, responsive narrator and he is able to seamlessly change voices for all of the people involved. Very easy to listen to and he brings life to all of the different characters.


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

    I originally purchased The Second Ship for my Teen Son.
    I make it a habit to briefly review any book I get for him and...
    I just could not put it down. The start of the book was a bit slow
    building on the characters and the base plot. I just kept waiting
    for What's Happening Next!


    Any additional comments?

    A good mix of Sci-Fi, Mystery and.. some good old behind the scenes Hi-level Corruption.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 12-15-14
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 12-15-14 Member Since 2010

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "TOO SCIENTIFIC for Sci-Fi..."

    I wanted to like this book and the idea intrigues me, but the author fails to pull it off. It feels to me like he saw something cool on TV about microbots or something and decided to write an entire series around that. It doesn't work. The characters (the high school kids) lack internal struggles and demons that are needed to sustain interest. The adult characters are more interesting, but predictable. You really do not care what happens to any of them... I still don't know the purpose for some of the characters who just showed up and then died... My main criticism is that there is TOO MUCH SCIENCE to keep it enjoyable! I love the science part of sci-fi, however, this guy constantly sends a deluge of scientific fact from the mouth of kids and it unnecessarily weighs down the story and action. I do not NEED to know every line from the wikipedia page on this advanced alien technology! Just give me an explanation and I can look it up for myself. The characters, story and any suspense are overshadowed (unfortunately) by all this crap. It was also very annoying how after the teenagers made a new discovery into the alien technology, they look at their watch and yell "oh crap! I'm late for dinner! I need to get on my bike and ride home as fast as I can before I get grounded!" or something to that nature. Is the book for teens? I can't see a teen enjoying it. The ending was not an ending and I will not be following up with the next one. I was able to listen at 2X speed and the naration was tolerable. If any of this review helped you, please click YES below. Later.

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    F3EN PERU, IN, United States 11-20-14
    F3EN PERU, IN, United States 11-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.

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    "You Don't know Jack"
    What other book might you compare The Second Ship to and why?

    This reminded me of the X-files. This could have been an episode. I enjoyed it very much. Lots of scifi action, great suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this story was engaging. Really dug all aspects of this story. like i said before if you like the X-files than you will definitely like this story. Check it out. Downloading the second story of the series right now.

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    R. J. Thorne 11-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "What a start!"

    The story was fresh for me. I'm usually submerged in epic fantasy, so this was a great distraction into a solid sci-fi series. I've read the whole series and you won't be disappointed.

    What I enjoyed most the was solid development of the tech. Although it's sci-fi, the author does a great job of building up your understanding of the extra-earthly tech and study of it. The science felt solid (whether or not it was, I'm just a lay person...but that's who the book is written to entertain:)

    You get very quickly immersed in the story of the three teenagers as protagonists. Could waited for the next chapter to get more of each. The POV changes are well done, written in different voices, showcasing the author's talent.

    Very well done. Oh, and MacLeod does another great job. Becoming one of my favorite narrators.

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    Ira Utopia, TX, United States 11-06-14
    Ira Utopia, TX, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Surprisingly good"

    After 1st getting into the book with it revolving around adolescents, I was initially a little skeptical. However the story developed quite nicely with many twists and turns. I am just about finished with this Book 1 and I am looking forward to Book 2. Actually this is a great book and story. One well worth reading or listening to.

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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 10-13-14
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 10-13-14 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "1 of three and a good listen (for the genre)"

    Get them in sequence and buy them rather than use your credits as they are good value. His (theoretical and believable) grasp of the world of computers if fun. Not easy to put down

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    Michael P. Long Charlotte NC 10-02-14
    Michael P. Long Charlotte NC 10-02-14

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    "An entertaining sci-fi thriller"

    The Second Ship is a story about 3 teens who stumble upon a crashed alien ship. This ship gives them enhanced mental abilities. But at the same time, the government also has an alien ship (the first ship), and it would appear that ship's creators had evil intentions in mind. Both ships were battling each other before crashing to earth, so obviously the humans in this story will ultimately be picking sides.

    This was a really interesting story with some great twists and plot lines. I enjoyed the unique abilities the teens gained from the second ship, and the abilities/technologies revealed from the first ship. Things like agility, mathematics, photogenic memory, telepathy, and quick healing.

    I didn't like was one character who first discovered the second ship (and seemed to be fairly useless to the plot), some of the other bad guys tended to be a bit flat, and some parts of the book were just a bit too slow for me and left me drifting away from the story. Also, despite aliens, I really had to suspend my belief for quite a bit of the book as characters did stupid or impossible things.

    Overall, a nice adventure/thrilled/sci fi novel that kept me (mostly) entertained the whole time.

    I listened to the Audible version of the book and found the narrator to be excellent...one of the very few I have found no complaints with.

    NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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    Michelle CARY, NC, United States 09-10-14
    Michelle CARY, NC, United States 09-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "What a surprise!"
    If you could sum up The Second Ship in three words, what would they be?

    Draws you in


    Any additional comments?

    I was pleasantly surprised at this book, finished it and bought the secon one in the series, and it was even better! Now picking up the third book, beware this just keeps getting better.

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    Bruce Perth, Australia 09-10-14
    Bruce Perth, Australia 09-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Scene set for next book"

    I found this book to be a typical young adult book in the way it was written. Nothing wrong with that but you just need to be aware of that.

    I enjoyed the book and started to enjoy it more and more as it progressed. The stage is set for book 2 in the series which I've already bough and look forward to listening to.

    I'd recommend it this book to a friend - not my top recommendation but enjoyable nonetheless.

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    Vera Canada 08-31-14
    Vera Canada 08-31-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Must Read Novel"
    If you could sum up The Second Ship in three words, what would they be?

    original
    cohesive
    fun


    What other book might you compare The Second Ship to and why?

    No idea. Never read another story like this. Sure there are stories with some similar elements but nothing like this.


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

    This is the perfect marriage of novels to narrator. Does not get any better for me.


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

    There was a perfect combination of charm and 'Edge of Seat'!


    Any additional comments?

    Once you start you are going to have to get them all. I'm not naturally a series reader but could not resist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • people's bank
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    "Very good"

    can not wait until the next book. Easy to get completely involved in the story

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  • John
    Oldham, United Kingdom
    2/6/13
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    "Very engaging audiobook series"

    I've now listened to all three in the Rho Agenda series and found them to be very very good in audio format and excellently narrated. Good storylines and well paced if some are a little predictable at times but I found this added to the experience and great character building too. Room for a continuance of the series - I hope so Mr Phillips...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. J. King
    Cambridge, UK
    12/28/12
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    "Boring and trite"

    Amazon have been pushing The Second Ship at me for a while based on my reading habits. Having just finished Hamilton's Void trilogy I thought I'd try a new author and relented to suggestion pressure. Within a few minutes I was regretting the use of my monthly credit.

    This book really doesn't know what it wants to be. It's like Enid Blyton's Famous Five meets the X-Files, swinging between teen fiction and much darker conspiracy sci-fi. The three principal characters are irritating and two dimensional, and almost everyone else is either undeveloped, or worse, a transparent cliche. Suspicious, "you kids are up to no good", battleaxe teacher who tries to thwart them at every turn, anyone?

    Science fiction needs to be believable, if not necessarily possible, but the polymathic knowledge of computing, physics, biology and chemistry shown by the three high-school students, not to mention the way they deftly outmaneuver the NSA, is simply not plausible. It stretches your belief too far, and because these devices underpin the entire book the whole thing fails to stand.

    Initially I thought I'd mistakenly picked up a teen-fiction book, but the violence and sexual themes make it unsuitable for younger readers.

    This book is dull and trite, and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone; teens, conspiracy lovers or hard sci-fi fans. I'm not sure if it's aimed at any of these markets, but if it is, it fails. I found it a real effort to finish, and I won't be buying the sequels because I just don't care what happens to these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karl Gjertsen
    Northampton, UK
    12/24/12
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    "The Rho Agenda"

    The Rho agenda was a surprise find for me, having seen it on the Audible website. Not quite what I was expecting, but I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    reading, United Kingdom
    12/7/12
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    "Excellent stuff"

    This story is amazing, I've listened to the trilogy twice now, if you love science and science fiction you will love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janus Hansen
    Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
    8/5/13
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    "I have no clue"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People audible compatible devices may find this book enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    So far this book is crap. I haven't heard a word of it yet. The time I've spent on it so far has gone into converting it to a format I can use on my Android phone. Maybe it will turn out fine, but on the outset I'm just annoyed with it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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