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.
First of all I have to say comparing from book one to book three it just seems like two different authors almost. Book one was so meandering and slightly boring, but by book three the action is high intensity and way more interesting. I enjoyed the small glimpses into the alien world and description of them. I wish we had learned more about both races, but I'm very satisfied with where the story went. I see they left a bit of a hope for a fourth book there at the end. I would buy it just to hear more of the story.
I wish I could go back to my original review on book one and put a notation in saying to stick with the story because it gets better.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Bought #1, #2 and #3 in this series. As good as Hunger Games, Ender's Game and even Girl With a Dragon Tattoo. Rated as YA but as an adult I enjoyed because of all the science. If you have a teen daughter have her listen.
Yes, very well written, kept our attention through all three books.
My husband and I both enjoyed the books in this series. Great for all ages.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
The third novel in this trilogy continues its move towards a more aggressive story. This seems like more of a Spy Thriller than the Young Adult Science Fiction that the first novel so obviously stereotyped. Here Phillips even throws in a few F bombs just to avoid that PG-13 rating. This book works best on the story level. Phillips clearly had a good idea of the entire story arc, because the ending works so well with the previous two books. Richard Phillips is an author with promise. It is unclear if he will become a Robert Heinlein or a Michael Crichton — The latter, I think. His strengths in plotting will be better served in the Techno-Thriller genre. If you like this series you may like the DAEMON set by Daniel Suarez.
After listening to MacLeod Andrews through these three books I can say that he is a good fit for this series. He is so earnest and sincere that even when some of his female characters come off as a little too butch he does not detract from the enjoyment.
I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.
Finished this 3rd book in the trilogy yesterday and I'm totally jonesing for another trilogy just like it!
I'm off to find out what else Richard Phillips has written.
Also can't wait to read this one over again in the future.
This was the most fun I've had reading scifi in a long, long time!
Of the 3 books in the trilogy I generally expect the finale to be strong but this was the weakest of the group. Stand alone I wouldn't recommend this but if you've read the other 2 then you should just to see it through.
book #2 for me was decent, but was so "blah", i didn't even write a review. it was entertaining but when it was over, i felt no excitement or ... anything. it was just done. in book #3, there seemed to be more emotion and though put into the story. i feel as though it could have been a few hours longer and parts were rushed, but it was good enough to be happy with the purchase.
A truly epic trilogy definetly one of the best I have listened to. A great performance by Macleod Andrews
All of them
The way he managed all the characters unbelievabley well done.
A must read trilogy.
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.
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
While "Immune" the second book in the Rho Agenda trilogy, could have been the final book, Richard Phillips surprises the listener with a third book adding the necessary finesse to a good covert-alien-spy-thriller-with-high-school-kids-becoming-mean-machines trilogy.
By now I am either so used to MacLeod Andrews' voice that I cannot hear him reading badly at times, or he has improved tremendously from the first book in the series "The Second Ship." In the end I must confess that he seems to be the perfect narrator for this story.
"Wormhole" leaves off where "Immune" ended. Heather McFarlan, Marc Smythe and his sister Jennifer undergoes tremendous character changes. From innocent children they move into the grey areas of life where right and wrong become vague ideas and where loyalty towards certain people may be the only compass to use to steer them. They are not near the same children they were when the story started. It is as if Philips wrote the whole trilogy before the books were published. It is a consistent, good fun, easy to follow, listening pleasure.
I would recommend that any prospective listener starts with book 1 "Immune" and listen through the trilogy in order. In this way you will not be disappointed by spoilers. Furthermore Phillips reveals just enough in each book to keep you wondering and listening. This was a rewarding well-written, not too serious, over-the-top, enjoyable listen.
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