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Publisher's Summary

In their battle to save Earth from becoming another conquest of the alien Kasari Collective, Mark and Heather Smythe have struck crucial blows against the enemy. But their best efforts have still failed to derail the completion of the wormhole gateway that would give the insidious extraterrestrial invaders access to the planet - and doom humankind as helpless slaves of the Kasari hive mind.

The Smythes and their intrepid allies - including the mentally altered humans, The Enhanced - stand ready to beat back the Kasari onslaught once and for all. Not by mortal combat, but with scientific cunning. Still, the success of their plan depends on a daring stealth mission into the heart of the aliens' nerve center on Earth. And multiple threats lie in wait - including the ruthless Kasari commander, a brutal double agent with a deadly vendetta to settle, and the alien entity Khal Teth, who wears a human face but is ready to strike with monstrous force.

In this stunning conclusion to the Rho Agenda Assimilation by the bestselling author of The Second Ship, the small but fierce band of altered humans and Earth's resistance fighters face their greatest opportunity to stop the Kasari. But with the remnants of humanity and a battered Earth caught in the cross fire, can they secure a victory without sacrificing everything they're trying to protect?

©2017 Richard Phillips (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The pesky kids finally unite...

... too bad it wasn't under better circumstances. Actually, the whole team eventually comes back together to take on the Kasari threat to earth. There are several plot arcs in this book that keep the story lively. Not the least of which is the odd relation with Jen's love affair with an alien and V.J's obsession with Raul. That and the betrayals and twists make for a very entertain story, made even more so with MacLeod Andrews skilled narration.

The ending left several threads opened which suggests either another book in this series or another saga to begin.

sigh, if only it was available now.

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Great Book to end a Great Series

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

Yes, great series to read

What did you like best about this story?

As an engineer I like to read a lot of sci-fi to exercise my imagination. This book does not disappoint. Lots of far out there ideas and technology that I really enjoyed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES absolutely

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Fantastic!

I have read and re-read each of the preceding books because I love the story. It's the same old telling of normal people who are given extraordinary power, but with an honesty and truth that sets it apart. It is wonderful to see these folks become the best, and sometimes worst, they can be and how their indomitable will prevails in the end. the story telling masterfully weaves together a story with so many moving parts that it seems they must crash, but inevitably work together synergistically. loved it, thank you!

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What a great series.

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

Wonderful adventure, great story, great characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

You could make a little guess at how the story would go but the ending was a surprise!

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

Instead of only voicing the characters for what they said each section that was about that characters was done in their voice, it really helped keep track as the story does jump around alot.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yep. Keep me up too late a few times. To be honest I did not want it to end so I stopped listening to it for too long.

Any additional comments?

The only books that really did not hold me where the Ripper back story books, I guess it was the scifi missing not sure, you can skip those and no real loss, we all know Jack is a bad A$$.

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A dismal end to a great series

hated it. utterly disappointing in every way. watching all your favorite characters wither away into nothing memorable

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Anticlimactic

The narrator gave a great performance that brought the story alive. I loved the whole trilogy but I found the ending of the Meridian ascent a little disappointing. The end of the war appears to have left no resolution. The enemies of the humans including the Kasari came out relatively on top. Its almost like the previous books and struggles were all for nothing. Perhaps it is an opening for other trilogies to come.

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great storyline.

Great storyline to end the trilogy. The war on earth goes badly,but only because each side pulls dirty tricks.

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Good but disappointed

do aliens really speak with an Irish accent. women's voices also sounded like men's voices. storyline was good thank you.

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Won't play on Cloud Player

Would you try another book from Richard Phillips and/or MacLeod Andrews?

yes

Any additional comments?

The first 2 books in the series played fine on the Cloud player (MacBook using Chrome). This 3rd book won't play on the Mac. It works on a PC and on my Android phone with no problems. I have Kindle Unlimited with my Amazon Prime, so downloading the book to play on iTunes is not an option. Frustrating.

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  • Jake
  • Johns Creek, GA, United States
  • 11-14-17

Disappointing ending

I picked up the Rho Agenda series in 2013. Can't remember what prompted me, probably a recommendation from Steve Gibson.

I finished the Rho Agenda series in short order, and put the Rho Agenda Inception series in my Wish List for future reading. Didn't get to it until this year, when I heard that the third trilogy was finished. I figured I'd better get the prequel done. Then I re-read the Rho Agenda and started on the Rho Agenda Assimilation series.

I was pleased with the story, loved MacLeod Andrews (except the one book with the other narrator). The background of the Inception series helped a lot. These books are full of action and adventure. Some heavy subjects, but nothing terrible.

The last series had a disappointing ending for me, though. Sure, the main characters sort of had a happier ever after ending, but it just wasn't satisfying to have the AI take over, scattering much of humanity to the stars.

I recommend these three series to anyone who wants to get deep into a 9 book series without worrying about feeling they have to finish quickly.

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  • DeanP
  • 12-03-17

Great development in series

Another great episode in the developing story. My only disappointment was the normally excellent narration became way too fast and almost breathless to create an atmosphere during action scenes. This made it difficult to hear the detail of what was happening and took a few rewinds to pick up on what was happening. A good action sequence doesn’t need this. Overall though, a fabulous book and mostly good narration.

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  • Poppey
  • 08-25-17

Worth the Wait

I always find it sad when a really good series comes to an end, and this was a really good series. Narration, as always, was very good. I look forward to more from this author.

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  • Mr. G. Cripps
  • 08-24-17

so excellent!! please don't let it end there!

Loved it! Please don't let it end there Richard! What happens to Helen Grange? There's so much more that I want to read (hear) about the characters. Please say that you've got more books coming in this story line......