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"Richard Phillips has led such a life that he absolutely nails the science aspect of this new sci-fi classic - and yet also gets the action and the political aspects exactly right as well. Speaking as an old sci-fi writer myself, I know how hard it is to do what Phillips has done ... I promise you that Richard Phillips is going to be a popular and influential writer, period ... as good as any science fiction being written today."
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“Richard Phillips has led such a life that he absolutely nails the science aspect of this new sci-fi classic - and yet also gets the action and the political aspects exactly right as well. Speaking as an old sci-fi writer myself, I know how hard it is to do what Phillips has done…I've read Immune to its brilliant and completely satisfying end - but only because this new writer is so skillful and this storyline is so inventive and moving that I don't want to miss a chapter of it…as good as any science fiction being written today.”
-Orson Scott Card

"The three books of the Rho Agenda trilogy (The Second Ship, Immune, and Wormhole) are a story that links a considerable amount of science with a thrilling storyline...I highly recommend readers pack their imagination and go for a ride with The Rho Agenda."
-NY Times best-selling Author Bob Mayer
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Product Details

  • Series: The Rho Agenda (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 614 pages
  • Publisher: 47North; The Rho Agenda, Book Two edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612184944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612184944
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been reading Sci-fi for about 40 years now, so it seems like I already own or have read all the good books. I have to keep waiting for new writers to come on the scene or the oldies but goodies to write more stuff. So I delight in finding a new author with a worthwhile story. I got the Kindle for Christmas and decided to try Second Ship as one of my first downloads. I was very pleasantly surprised, but hated the ending, it ended almost mid-paragraph. The second book Immune was also good, and it ended well, still leaving you with the feeling that the story would go on, but not leaving you practically mid-sentence like the first book. I can't wait for the third installment; Wormhole, but there is no pub date for it yet. Its a good read, although the second book is darker, and worthy of a Jack Reacher novel.
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While I agree with previous reviewers that this book may not be suitable for younger readers, I found it a better book for adults. The action and plot are on par with adult spy thrillers, and create a riveting novel. I have pre-ordered the 3rd book, Wormhole, and am looking forward to what Richard Phillips does to continue this story.
The first book in the series set the stage and did indeed read more like a young adult book. Building on this, the 2nd novel ties several characters together and adds more villains to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. I bought the 2nd book because I enjoyed the first one, but this far exceeded my expectations.
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I found the first book to be a light, fast read with an almost YA feel to it. To say the second book is darker is a big understatement. There are numerous scenes of graphic violence, which was not an issue for me, but might be with some readers. It also took a more determined effort to finish it. As the plot started to deviate more and more from ordinary reality, I found it harder to suspend my disbelief. Also, I found the characters to be more abstract, losing the flesh-and-blood feel they had in the first book. Finally, I found some of the decisions made by the characters not believable. Despite those reservations, I did enjoy the book, though not quite as much as the first one. I will read the third one when it becomes available.
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As with the whole "The Rho Agenda", I just thought this was one of the best new science fiction series I have read in a long time. The action was no stop and the characters and their develeopment was great.

Richard Phillips is one of the best science fiction writers to come on the scene!!!!
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The story continues in book 2 with pretty good writing and character development. The plot is a bit fantastic and some events are definitely "out there", but still a good story. The teen characters are fun and fairly believable. I really like the funny parents, especially the mom who can't cook to save her life while the other mom is a master cook. The bad guys are realistic except for the Raul who is a bit much as a "Frankenstein" type character (crippled, then driven insane with a re-manufactured body). But then he does add to the story.

It appears the author is either a very good writer or he is having someone check his writing as the spelling and grammar errors are minimal enough to be easily overlooked. The chapters are short, but that is a minor complaint as the book is kind of short too. Each book takes me maybe 3-4 hours but maybe I'm just a fast reader. This is one of the 10-20% of ebooks that is really worth reading. Book one was good too. Looking forward to book 3 which I start this week.

All-in-all, I commend the author for a good job as I am enjoying the series. That is rare with the plethora of Amazon ebooks being thrown out there.
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What remarkable in writing. I noticed now and again how much I loved the characters as people. I sympathized, I empathized, I worried for them, I cheered. They were real people in a world of struggles and opposition. The heroes - of whom five were most prominent and marvelous- remained undaunted. I have no idea how an author makes people real. Likewise I have no idea how a great actor looks to me like he is feeling every single sentiment that he portrays. A mark of a great movie for me, is that I leave the movie never having realized that I was watching acting instead of real life.

This book had that property. It was real. I simply could not wait to get to it after I finished book one. I am anxious to finish this review so I can start on book 3 on my Kindle.

Another thing that was so important, is that the protagonists and antagonists all acted the way real life people do. Very often I see, especially in less expensive Kindle books, people who do not act correctly. They act the way the author thinks they should, but it does not square and all with my 68 years of observing humans.

One sole suggestion: Rush out and buy and read these books!
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By Maurice on December 20, 2011
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Read both first and second of this series. Excellent reading. I enjoy SFI and intrigue. These two books are excellent for both. First book a bit slow but when it gets going you can't put it down. Had to buy the second and definitely waiting for the final book of the series. I found the second book "Immune" better. You never know or can predict the interaction of the various characters in the story. I strongly recommend these books.
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