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.
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.
The story seems meant for young adults, however, this old guy enjoy the story and is looking forward to the next one.
I enjoyed listening to this story it had me hooked from the first chapter. There were a lot of characters at one point and it was a little confusing but the story lines came together nicely. Will be purchasing the next book.
Great and captivating book. Mr. Phillips did an amazing job and his "science" fiction is convincing and intriguing. I can't wait to start on book 2 and the companion series. This book is a must for science fiction fans!
Well written, with good character development. Narration was well done. I once wrote a very short story in an English class with this sort of concept so it was especially interesting to me. Writing style reminded me a bit of Koontz one of my favourites so looking forward to more from this author.
An involving story that's got some scenes of violence that put it beyond teenage fare, and a teenager's story line that makes it a bit outside an adult's interest. Not sure where it fits.
I did enjoy it though. Well narrated.
This book is a new take on an old story. Roswell is something we all know about, and has been written about before, but this take is new. I like it, and it's a good start with some engaging side plots. Some you see coming but the reach of the others brings you right back in.
It's hard to pick a comparable book. Though in a way it somewhat reminds me to a curious mix between a few tv shows. The primary is The 5000 because of the underlying plots in the book and what happens with the teenagers.
I really liked Jack. I suspect there's something more to the character, and you can hear it in the performance. Very well performed.
Some parts lulled but all in all it was a good book.
This book has some slow parts, some wtf parts, and even a few that make you slap your forehead at how some of the character's behave. However, for all the grumbling the teenagers might make you do, the other characters exhibit an engaging intelligence that in the end, looks to be aging those kids fast. Good read, new take on an old story, can't wait to "read" the other books in the series.
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