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Phoenix, AZ, United States
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  • Prophecy's Daughter

  • By: Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

"The silent one in the west has awakened." A tantalizing message reignites Kragan's centuries-old fury to find and exterminate the unwitting young adversary prophesied to destroy him. One step ahead of her pursuer, Lorness Carol, a warlord's daughter and magic wielder, has led her people to a new stronghold in a verdant valley. Here, she's been reunited with Blade, the assassin she has loved since childhood. But her spell book holds the secrets to powers she never imagined - powers that are not only expanding her abilities but challenging her sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heart-Pounding Pace

  • By Farall on 01-09-18

A Heart-Pounding Pace

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

The characters we have come to know and love in Mark of Fire find themselves thrust into ever more ominous circumstances as the foul wielder of magic, Kragan, launches his allies to destroy them. Having settled in a new home within a cliff-lined valley, Lorness Carol Rafel strives to master ever greater magics. But her quest sends her spiraling toward madness, even as her love, the assassin known as Blade, fights to save her.

The epic scope of this beautifully told story left me thrilled but wanting more. Caitlin Davies' narration is wonderful and I am thankful that book 3 of this series is just weeks away from release on Feb 20, 2018.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mark of Fire

  • The Endarian Prophecy, Book 1
  • By: Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

Lorness Carol, coming of age in the kingdom of her warlord father, Lord Rafel, aspires to wield magic. But she's also unknowingly become the obsession of Kragan, an avenging wielder as old as evil itself. He's waited centuries to find and kill the female prophesied as the only human empowered to destroy him. However, dispatching the king's assassin, Blade, to Rafel's Keep, ends in treason. For Blade arrives not with a weapon but rather a warning for the woman he's known and loved since he was a child.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series

  • By Jake on 11-13-17

Exciting First Episode in the Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-17

I loved this book but am impatient for the next book in the series. Thankfully it is scheduled for release in early January 2018. Caitlin Davies does a marvelous job bringing to life the characters and magic in this new world.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Kasari Nexus

  • Rho Agenda Assimilation, Book 1
  • By: Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953

Jennifer Smythe escapes Earth's invasion by the insidious Kasari race, hijacks an alien starship, and survives the deadly passage through a wormhole. But escape is short-lived.... When Jennifer emerges on the new world of Scion, she is confronted by the same deadly enemy. Now the Kasari have sided with the planet's angel-like elite against the warrior underclass, but with the intent of ultimately ruling both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still enjoying the story line...

  • By Steve on 12-25-17

The Rho Agenda Goes Off ... Planet

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Picking up immediately after Wormhole ends, Phillips takes his sci-fi to a whole new level. With alien technology running amok on Earth and with politicians promising to rebuild Dr. Stephenson's wormhole gateway, we get to experience the ongoing Kasari assimilation of the alien planet, Scion, through the eyes of Jennifer Smythe. With all of the heroes from his previous two Rho Agenda series under severe assault, it is amazing to see how these plot lines intertwine. This is the first of Phillips's books not narrated by MacLeod Andrews and I was a bit skeptical at the beginning, but found myself really enjoying the voices that Alexander Cendese brings to this story. Fabulous listen.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Shift

  • The Rho Agenda Inception, Book 3
  • By: Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

With the final chapter of the Rho Agenda Inception, all secrets will be revealed. Who is the alien mind haunting Jack "The Ripper" Gregory? What is the purpose of the immensely powerful Sun Staff? And how will the culmination of these events set the stage for the Rho Agenda?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A solid ending to this trilogy

  • By Cliff on 05-29-15

Super Spy vs Artificial Intelligence Thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-15

It was great to finally get to see the forces that end up drawing Jack "The Ripper" Gregory and Janet Price into the Rho Agenda trilogy that follows this prequel series. In Dead Shift, Jack finally meets an opponent who is his equal, as he continues his struggle to regain control of his mind from the alien being with whom he shares it, all the while contending with the impending release of an AI that could bring about the extinction of the human race. Finally, it was extremely surprising and satisfying to learn the true nature of Jack's alien passenger. You'll want to find a day when you have ten hours to immerse yourself without interruption. If you enjoy action and suspense, this is as good as it gets.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Once Dead

  • A Rho Agenda Novel
  • By: Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271

Jack Gregory, the CIA’s top assassin, went rogue after a mission gone wrong. When a confrontation leaves him bleeding out on death’s doorstep, he is faced with an offer from a dark figure named Anchanchu. If Jack is willing to act as a human host for Anchanchu, the entity will revive him and give him another shot at life. Jack takes the deal...but he must now face the consequences of having the same dark creature in his head as some of history’s greatest villains. Struggling with desires and memories that are not his own, Jack is not the man he once was.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual cup of tea but pretty good

  • By Cliff on 02-19-15

Great new action thriller!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes and I have already done so. The action is non-stop and the narrator is fabulous.

What did you like best about this story?

Jack Gregory and Janet Price. These two characters from The Rho Agenda are fun to imagine.

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

His character voices are great without being so over the top that it pulls you out of the story. His voice really brings the characters to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several but to avoid spoilers I will vaguely describe three. The first is the scene in Poland at Kazimer's estate and the second is the hotel room scene in Prague. As for the climax, it is great from start to finish.

Any additional comments?

You will have a lot of fun listening to this audiobook.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Wormhole

  • The Rho Agenda, Book 3
  • By: Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • James Bond Meets Witch Mountain

  • By Cliff on 06-05-15

Fun, Fast, and Furious

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-12

Would you listen to Wormhole again? Why?

I already have. These three novels of The Rho Agenda trilogy are like a three act play. The Second Ship introduces the main characters and presents them with a life changing problem. Immune focuses the attention of the government conspiracy and a brutal international assassin on our three young heroes, robbing them of their once comfortable lives, and launching them on a run for survival. Wormhole sets the scene for the final battle for our planet and, in a climactic crescendo that seems to span a third of the book, the action is rapid fire and unrelenting. I don't believe anyone that enjoyed a movie like The Avengers could listen to this third book only once. When MacLeod Andrews reached the end, I could only say, Wow!

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Heather McFarland. While this character begins the trilogy as a close approximation of one of the Walton daughters, as events shatter her life around her, she evolves into a leader, making tough decisions and viciously executing them, not without remorse. It's nice to see strong female characters that are central to the plot.

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

I think he's great and this one ranks among his best performances so far.

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

I tell you what boss, I wouldn't screw with her.

Any additional comments?

The climax is one of the most mind boggling action sequences you will find anywhere. You're going to have fun with this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Ship

  • The Rho Agenda, Book 1
  • By: Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,573

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....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific story

  • By Mike From Mesa on 01-03-13

Part One of Present Day Sci-Fi Thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audio book to my friends or to anyone who loves pure, unadulterated escapism. If you're looking for Arthur C. Clarke, may I recommend Arthur C. Clarke. If, on the other hand, you liked The Avengers movie, you'll love this story. It's a coming of age story about three high school juniors who stumble upon something both fantastic and horrible and find themselves transformed, becoming they know not what. Thrust into an adult world, they find themselves completely out of their depth as their once comfortable lives are shredded around them. On a deeper level, this is also a story about humanity attempting to make use of technological advances for which it is completely unprepared, raising very real questions about how much advancement is too much. If we can cure all disease, should we?

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

This book is told from multiple perspectives and MacLeod Andrews does a fine job of subtly changing his voice to give you the sense of who is speaking during the dialogue without overdoing it so that you are jarred out of the story. Well told.

Any additional comments?

This book is part one of a three part story. I really enjoyed the first act and look forward to the next two.

18 of 25 people found this review helpful