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The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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-Orson Scott Card says of Immune (The Rho Agenda: Book Two)
"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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I'll go over the plot a bit first. I'll provide the level of info sometimes found on a back cover, most of which is revealed in the first 10 pages. Its "safe" to read, but if you prefer to take 0 risk of the slightest spoiler, just skip the next paragraph.
Two ships fight high in the atmosphere in 1945 near Roswell and crash. Only one is discovered, and studied for 60 years. The deputy director of the project researching the ship has discovered some surprising things about it, and has his own, apparently evil, agenda. The second ship is discovered by three teens, and, for no reason other than that its necessary for the plot to move forward, they put the circlets they find inside the ship onto their heads at exactly the same time, a ship-mind connection is formed, and they learn that their ship was the good guys and the other ship is some sort of harbringer of destruction. From this beginning, we are off to the races, and treated to a mix of alien technologies, evil plots, secret agents, assassins, with some rape, torture and murder thrown in.
The book moves along fairly nicely, and is a breezy and easy read. Lots of action and the heroes are fairly likeable. A few issues knocked it down to 3 stars for me though. First, the three protagonists are teens, and there are teen romances, high school hazing and revenge. These parts of the book almost feel a little like a young adult novel -- but with the rape, torture and killings in the book, its clear that isnt the intent.Read more ›
I read the author's bio on the back of the book and noticed that he has the background to write this book. And it definitely shows.
The book centers on a space ship known as the Rho ship hidden by the government, three teens who find a second ship (hence the title of the book), and various mercenaries and government plots involved with the technology of the ships. The teens have started exploring the Second ship, learning about it, letting it learn them, and wisely keeping it a bit of a secret. I love the fact that Mr. Phillips didn't dumb down the teens. I'm not TOO far from that age group, myself, and I've often despaired of the fact that teens are treated as if they don't have a brain and can't make mature decisions.
Unfortunately there is one person aware of the second ship. A person who sees it as a sort of God-given gift to him. He's more or less inconsequential, but he IS a lesson.
The Rho ship that the government has found, and is releasing technology bit by bit to the public is a pawn used by various people. People blinded by science, and so, willing to lay aside the morality of their decisions. People after something greater, but in a gray way we're not privy to yet. And of course people who want what it yields for the perceived power of controlling the world.
The technology in this book is great. Computers on the Second ship are mind controlled. The ship computer enhances the abilities of the human mind from the 10% we use now to full capacity. The technology of both ships can be used for good.Read more ›
That being said, I'm struggling to understand how this book has so many positive reviews. My best guess is that it has mostly been read by young readers, because I found this book extremely difficult to read for several reasons:
Unnecessary plot developments - The book goes back and forth with little episodes that have absolutely no meaning to the overall plot. This book could have been cut in half and still retained everything needed to tell the story.
Shallow characters that are introduced frequently and then disappear. Let's introduce an assassin here, a religious freak there, a mean teacher who gets sick, so the spy can be the substitute teacher, etc. Way too many characters.
Poor conversations - The conversations are so poorly written, that I pretty much word-scanned them just to continue.
Several "jumping the shark" moments. Spies come to find out more about the main antagonist and just happen to befriend the parents of some of the main characters. Ridiculous. Kids' spy plane is placed on the antagonist's shelf. About as realistic as a cheesy soap opera.
Unreadable for me. I wish I could get my money back. I do not recommend this book, and I will not be reading the sequels. Should be sold as a book for young readers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are considering this book because it sounds like something you would read,then it is something you should buy and read. Great book.Published 4 hours ago by Cad
This book seemed a bit all over the place. Just finished reading Book 1, and am not sure if I'm ready to commit to reading the other books in this series.Published 1 day ago by Mole555
Could have been better. I had problems with the two dimensional characters, some breezy technical / scientific details and some really poor writing (the metaphors really stood out... Read morePublished 1 day ago by M. C.
Interesting story. With the exception of chapter 48 being a repeat of an earlier chapter word for word with a graphic sex scene added to it, I noticed very few if any typo's or... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Giesterfarher
Enjoyed the storyline, and can't wait for the next installment to see how the young science sleuths save the world from itself or aliens.Published 5 days ago by Den
Great sci fi. Easy read. Jack "The Ripper" Gregory adds extra excitement to the story. My new favorite author.Published 8 days ago by James I. Kastner
The Second Ship, a Science Fiction Adventure about a trio of teens discovering a crashed Alien Spaceship. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
This was a really good story, well written with a lot of technical detail that actually sounded feasible. At least, if not now then at some point in the future. Read morePublished 10 days ago by S. Freeman
I enjoyed the premiss and the plot and how quickly the story moves along. The writing itself seems a bit sophmorish to me and he seems to try too hard when using metaphors.Published 10 days ago by Martin Feldman