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Wormhole: The Rho Agenda, Book 3 | [Richard Phillips]

Wormhole: The Rho Agenda, Book 3

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.
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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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    Christopher Houston, TX, United States 08-27-14
    Christopher Houston, TX, United States 08-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Conclusion or just a hiatus till the fourth book?"
    What made the experience of listening to Wormhole the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    John S MA 08-22-14
    John S MA 08-22-14 Member Since 2005

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    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.

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    pattyrn5 08-21-14
    pattyrn5 08-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very well written, kept our attention through all three books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Non-stop excitement


    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I both enjoyed the books in this series. Great for all ages.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 05-22-14
    Doug D. Eigsti Colorado Springs, Colorado United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2011

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    ".....Young Adult Enters Adolescence....."

    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.

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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 05-04-14
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 05-04-14 Member Since 2009

    I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

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    "Sorry it's over!!!"

    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!

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    Tony Irvine, CA, USA 04-23-14
    Tony Irvine, CA, USA 04-23-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Weakest of the series"

    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.

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    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 04-01-14
    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "better than the 1st two and well worth the listen!"

    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.

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    Steve Success, Australia 02-16-14
    Steve Success, Australia 02-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome Trilogy one of the best"
    What made the experience of listening to Wormhole the most enjoyable?

    A truly epic trilogy definetly one of the best I have listened to. A great performance by Macleod Andrews


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    The way he managed all the characters unbelievabley well done.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read trilogy.

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    Ventzi Zhechev Neuchâtel, Switzerland 01-16-14
    Ventzi Zhechev Neuchâtel, Switzerland 01-16-14 Member Since 2008
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    "In Significant Need of Copy-Editing"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of MacLeod Andrews?

    Anyone with more experience.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 06-28-13
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 06-28-13 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Doomsday with finesse - Almost a wormhole apocalyp"

    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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