When the Rho Project’s lead scientist, Dr. Donald Stephenson, is imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, the world dares to think the threat posed by the Rho Project’s alien technologies is finally over. The world is wrong. In Switzerland, scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider have discovered a new threat, a scientific anomaly capable of destroying the earth - and only Rho Project technology can stop it. In exchange for a full pardon, Dr. Stephenson agrees to create a wormhole that will send the anomaly into deep space.
But his promise masks the alien agenda that brought the Rho Ship to earth. Now a trio of accidentally altered humans must infiltrate Stephenson’s wormhole project and stop it, no matter the cost. The final battle has begun - and this is one battle mankind cannot afford to lose.
©2012 Richard Phillips (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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The story telling was exceptional and the narration was great. For many key events, the author "rewinds" and re-tells the scene from a different character's perspective. Beware, it is hard to put down (or turn off) this book. I whipped through all three books in under two weeks. I found myself listening any chance I could get.
I liked the imprisonment, "attempted" torturer, and escape. Plus the ending was pretty epic and didn't pull any punches.
Bravo Mr. Phillips. This was an extremely well done series that just kept getting better book-to-book. As I mentioned in my review of "Immune," I could see this story being produced into a TV series such as how Game of Thrones was done. It was fun envisioning how that would be done as I read/listened. The characters were well developed, especially by this third book, and you do come to care for them.
There have been reviewers saying this is teen/YA fare, but alas, I say NO. I think Richard Phillips simply accomplished a great feat of making it appeal to all ages Teen and up (especially the last two books.) In fact, some material may not be appropriate for young teens. I am pushing 50 and thoroughly enjoyed this story to no end!!
There were a few loose ends that were unexplored that I'm hoping will be used in a forth book. I don't know if a fourth book is in the works, but he left it open for one. If i have a vote, PLEASE write one more!!
WB from Athens
For me the alien science/technology was extremely compelling and presented in a reasonable manner, making the evolution of the characters and story that much more plausible. The characters were very interesting and I loved the teens unbridled approach to solving problems (being young, you are not saddled with experience and wisdom that might hold you back).
Likely Heather, but Mark was a very close second. Although Heather started out as a typical teen, she grew into her new capabilities and basically owned it. I liked her approach to problem solving and her brutal resolve in carrying out actions once a decision was made. She still retained great humanity, though, and experienced sincere regret towards harming others.
I should add, that although not a character in the true sense, the second ship was extremely interesting and full of surprises. I could not wait for that next trip to the ship, or attachment with the headsets and learning more of what the ship had to offer. The scene where the teens interact and spar with the ships AI was fascinating! And the result can easily justify a spinoff book (I am hoping!!!).
This was my first listen to McLeod Andrews. Overall he did a great job performing this book. His development of the characters was believable and lent strongly to my personal view of each one. Well done!
I happened upon the first book, "The Second Ship", and quickly became deeply attached. As soon as book two, then finally three were released I was all over them. The trilogy absolutely did not disappoint. To me, everything was reasonable and believable, with the right mix of alien technology, advanced science, and clever storytelling to keep me wanting more. In fact that is my only gripe - that the book ended and I could easily see another book in the series, or perhaps a spin off. My favorite part (spanning all three books) was the way the alien technology "evolved" the human brains of the main characters but they were free to use their newfound capabilities as they saw fit. Tremendous processing power and the freedom to explore at will, unhindered. Additionally, the second ship itself is extremely interesting and compelling. And as it gives up details information of its origins, the battle that damaged it, and the back story on the species that created both ships I found myself in awe of the whole thing.
Very well presented. I loved it! Please add one more book on the future of everyone involved at the end (don't want to give anything away).
Anyone with more experience.
One review for all three books, I guess. I just don’t think they deserve more.
This is the final book in a series of three where the plot is supposed to come to a logical conclusion with the help of a number of sci-fi gimmicks and CIA training.
Unfortunately, it feels as if the author forgot about at least a third of the plot lines he started, mostly neglected the evil heroes from the previous two books and completely botched all science he could, thus losing all potential credibility.
I still can’t figure out why a spaceship couldn’t carry live crew on a wormhole transit, but aliens and others could just jump about through gateways, no harm done, even though the gateways were supposed to be wormholes themselves in the first place…
Also, how come the admittedly clever Dr. Stephenson ended up so unerringly brilliant without being ‘improved’ by the second ship and without an active connection to the Rho ship? Furthermore, if he had somehow managed to memorise all Rho ship science on his own, why did he need all the research staff on the Rho project for so many years?
Frankly, I believe this book (as well as its two predecessors) would have benefitted enormously form a serious dose of professional copy-editing. I’m not saying it wasn’t done, but it looks as it was done by some amateur. I’ve read many authors’ first published works and have rarely encountered any with such poor writing, character and plot development.
Which, in all, is a pity, as the premise is quite intriguing in itself.
Wormhole completes the Rho Agenda trilogy, while the characters may continue in additional installments, the "rho agenda" has been finished. Book 3 picks up essentially where Book 2 left off. All the main characters are back (including Tolbear and Freddy) with the kids down in South America with Jack. We learn a bit more of Donald Stephenson's master plan which eventually forms the crux of the tale and includes the potential destruction of Earth. Everything goes badly for our intrepid teenagers at first, but with Jack's training and their ever expanding abilities, they come through in the end. The story is fast paced with constant shifting among multiple parallel scenes.
The story remains true to its pre-teen / teen orientation in style and complexity. Portrayals of scientists, politicians, and spies are almost caricature-like with little nuance. At the same time Jack still retains almost mystical powers that defy explanation (I was hoping he would turn out to be a nonscientist Ultrian agent). Inconvenient messes generated along the way never seem to be resolved. The ending while bringing closure to the main plot line, still leaves many questions unanswered (what about: the 2nd ship? Jack's son? the NSA hacker?). In spite of these deficiencies, the tale is simply good, solid storytelling.
The narration is quite good with a great range of voices and a pace that invites one more chapter throughout.
All I can say is WOW. After listening to hundreds of SciFi and espionage/political intrigue books, I finally decided to write a review. No, three reviews. After this one, maybe I won't write any more. If you read my reviews of the previous two books in the series, you know that I've fallen in love with this story, the characters, the author's writing style and the excellence of the narrations. This third in the series tops off the story perfectly. It not only gives a satisfying completion to the story, it still leaves openings for other story spins to be worked in the future. I don't expect everyone will have the reaction I've had but if you like this series enough to be checking out book three, I expect you are already hooked. You might as well give in to the pull. You will not be disappointed in this final entry...but you will be wishing it could go on and on...
I understand the Richard Phillips is working on a prequel about Jack Gregory (The Ripper) called "Once Dead" due to come out later this year. It's about how he came to have his special talents and powers. I can't wait! The author's plans, I think, are to write three books in "The Ripper" series and then start on a series about 20 years in the future that focuses on Robbie and the adventures of the Rho Agenda characters in the new world that all this alien encounter has created. I usually don't experience this thing of being a "Fan" but it looks like I'm captive now and I will be waiting anxiously for every book he produces.
Start at the 2nd ship and then progress to end. It's REALLY worth the money. The story is very original, complex, and well thought out. The author creates situations that should only be presented to adults, without sinking into un-necessary details (one doesn't have to smell the excrement to know that it stinks). Why don't other authors do that?
I'll definitely look for other titles by this author.
Also, the Narrator does a great job. I hope the publisher doesn't do something stupid like using a different narrator to save money.
1. Style. Full of tired, eye-roll-inducing similes. Everything hits "like a ton of bricks", etc. 2. It's one of those books that can't seem to decide if it's YA or more "adult". On the YA side, it's fast-paced, most heroes are teens, and most bad people are authority figures (though the parents are portrayed as suffocatingly angelic). But then there's enough graphic violence and enough near-sex scenes that I wouldn't let my young teen kids read it.
Most: Enough twists to not be painfully predictable. Enough momentum and discovery to keep it fun. Least: Again, the style just hurts. Action sequences are pretty well-developed. Much of what was between them was a chore.
Everything. He handles a stunning range of accents well, with a drama level that seems just right.
Um. Yes, there are still loose ends. But, I'm not coming back for more. The story had me hooked, but the style was killing me the whole time. I got through all 3 books because I wanted to see how the story played out, but only sort of enjoyed the ride.
Excellent suspense and action, narrow escapes, but Phillips will keep us hanging as to what happens with our trio of teens!
Can't wait for more of this story from Richard Phillips
A good way to get through the work day.
Have not read the book but the narrator does an amazing job this whole series. Very easy to listen to and was able to do multple voices.
I loved the way the characters developed. Starting out from high school kids without a care in the world to super powered immature kids to mature selfless heros. Each character had to learn to deal with their new abilities and each other.
My favorite character was probably Jack with Mark at a very close second.
I did not have any extreme reaction but it was definitely a touching story. I did laugh quite a bit at certain parts.
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I would highly recommend this book and trilogy to almost anyone. The pace is just right for thrills and sci-fi adventure. Most of the characters were interesting and the teens (doing some growing up away from home I guess) arent as teen-y. I have been drawn into this story from the beginning and the second and this third book keep things going without letdown.
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