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Immune (The Rho Agenda #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  6,285 Ratings  ·  249 Reviews
Admiral Jonathan Riles, director of the National Security Agency, is dead, his covert special operations team now out in the cold, betrayed and hunted by their own government. Having failed to stop Los Alamos National Laboratory's dangerous Rho Project, their only hope is to find the secret informant within the Rho Project itself. But the clock is ticking as the U.S. gover ...more
Kindle Edition, 613 pages
Published (first published March 2nd 2009)
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Jun 23, 2011 Dean rated it it was ok
The first installment I likened to a cross between Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew.
The same holds true for this novel and it really gets old.
It starts out a little stronger as if the author had realized who his characters and plot points of intrigue really were, but quickly devolved into the same silliness that we saw in the first book, "The Second Ship."
I have read Chuck Palahniuk's take on "narrators." (Yes, I am a hardcore Palahniuk fan, but also Gibson, Stephenson, Dick and others of the C
Jan 27, 2013 Banner rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi

Of course you will want to read the first book first, but having said that, I enjoyed the writing and character development more in the second book. The plot did not proceed as fast as in the first book, but that's not all together a negative point. The writing has greatly improved.

This has a feel of a ya fiction but there is a pronounced dark side to this that disqualifies the ya consideration. We got a whole mad scientist thing going on here that gets really creepy at times. Raul is one of the
Mar 15, 2013 Reid rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
What could have been a fun follow-up to Phillips' The Second Ship instead falls flat due to shallow characterizations, unrealistic villains, and a lack of imagination. The villains angle was especially off-putting to me because, while I realize that you don't need to explore the deep back story of every evil-doer in a pop sci-fi book or explain every action they take, all of the bad guys engage in evil deeds solely because they're evil and crazy. It's hard to really get drawn into a fictional wo ...more
Andrew Zink
Dec 10, 2013 Andrew Zink rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The second book in the Rho Agenda serious is a little bit better than the first, somewhat more involved and not quite so micro-focused on the three main teenage characters. But you'll be lost if you don't read the first book prior to this one, which I would recommend easily. Its a fun story competently written. The author really doesn't spend much time at all getting everyone caught up on previous events. Which is great for those of us who read it, don't get me wrong! Nothing is more tedious whe ...more
David Dalton
3 stars mainly due to the lack of Jack "The Ripper" Gregory and Janet. This book dealt mostly with the 3 gifted kids. Very violent for a YA book (and that is not even counting Jack's limited role in this story). In for a penny...I will stick this out and check out the 3rd Rho Agenda book soon. I love the prequel series that focuses on Jack and Janet. Waiting for that 3rd book as well.
Robin Gustafson
Aug 26, 2014 Robin Gustafson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great SiFi, Fun to read

Great SiFi, Fun to read

This is not a story of another alien race but a very believable story about what could happen if we discovered alien technology
Mar 20, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Sequel to "The Second Ship". Loved it! The author conveyed plenty of details to visualize the story. I could definitely see this being made into a movie. Full of action and suspense.
Oct 10, 2009 Jp rated it really liked it
This was another exciting read by Richard Phillips.
Alan Mills
Nov 01, 2016 Alan Mills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Volume two....better than the first

This is the second entry in this series (Second Ship). It can theoretically be read on its own...but don't. The basic story is simple: two alien space ships crashed to earth. The US military found one, but had zero luck figuring out anything about it, until it decided to share its secrets with Dr. Stephenson. The second ship remained hidden, and was finally found by three high school students. As they interact with the ships, everyone is changed...for good or b
shannon  Stubbs
Jan 08, 2017 shannon Stubbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Should I read the next book or should I leave it here? The book is disguised as a young adult novel but isn't. It has a lot of action and killing and the heroes just happen to be three teenagers. Alas there are a few loose ends that need to be cleaned up like Raul and Mr Stevenson. So I guess I have to read the next book.
Gus Raya
Jan 10, 2017 Gus Raya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are people turning into aliens?
Feb 15, 2016 Words rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
This book juggles many more characters, narrators, and parallel plot lines than the first. I thought each individual's plot line was interesting, but the chapters seem too short, giving the story frenetic leaps between perspectives. Just as I'd become invested in Raul's story, the chapter would end. The following chapter: Freddy the journalist. Then three pages later: Janet. Two pages after that: the high schoolers. But, even though I put the book down after every few chapters, I kept at it and ...more
This second book of the Rho Agenda certainly kept my attention going at high speed. I suppose it could be read as a stand-alone, but because the story continues with no break get a real feel of understanding where the story has been and how it got to where it is, I do recommend that the first book in the series be read before tackling this one. You will be very glad you did because it sets up and prepares you for everything that is about to come.

Picking up immediately from where "The Seco
This second book of the Rho Agenda certainly kept my attention going at high speed. I suppose it could be read as a stand-alone, but because the story continues with no break get a real feel of understanding where the story has been and how it got to where it is, I do recommend that the first book in the series be read before tackling this one. You will be very glad you did because it sets up and prepares you for everything that is about to come.

Picking up immediately from where "The Seco
Hannah (Filia Libri)
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Schon mit dem ersten Band von Richard Phillips „Rho Agenda“-Trilogie bin ich persönlich nicht so recht war geworden und konnte den Eindruck einfach nicht loswerden, dass es sich bei dem Roman lediglich um eine ausgedehnte Einleitung handelte. Trotzdem hatte es mir die Idee hinter der Serie irgendwie angetan und Hoffnungen a
Michael Long
Nov 03, 2014 Michael Long rated it really liked it
Immune is the 2nd novel in the Rho Agenda series. The three teens Jennifer, Heather, and Mark must work to stop the government from unleashing evil Rho-ship technologies upon the populace.

I really enjoyed this book as it had some major action and some really well-developed characters. I most liked the Navajo sheriff Tall Bear, the drug lord, the assassin (chupacabra), and Jack. Also Raul had some interesting development too. There were a few characters in this novel that were so absolutely insa
May 11, 2013 J rated it really liked it
A sold second book in the trilogy, I dare say it was better than the first with more spy craft, tech/science (it is not hard sci-fi), and action.

In one story line, two master assassins go head to head alongside some political intrigue with spy craft. Mix it in with two alien technologies dueling via various proxies and there is a lot going on. But it is put together rather well. I never felt like skipping a particularly storyline.

The climax at the end was nicely built up even if it didn’t have a
Nov 11, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
The author has a very good way of getting you really wrapped up on this story. I don't normally go in for stories about high school kids but this is the second book in this series so I guess I liked what I was reading. Of course these aren't ordinary high school kids especially after finding an alien ship. Yeah, that's what this book is about.

These three high school kids find an alien ship in the first book and star exploring it as would any curious bunch of teens. They start messing with some
Tim kaskes
Dec 19, 2016 Tim kaskes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this book very interesting shows how you have lots to learn and very naive

This book really go at me about the second one and in this feature really shows the characters, brought out the adventures, and made you want to turn every page until you found out what happened to our heroes and heroines
Dec 25, 2014 Alex rated it liked it
Well... the saga continues in book two "Immune". Three high school students have found an alien space craft in the deserts of New Mexico. They make a connection with the ship that enhances their natural abilities. The story continues with the research director performing really disgusting and horrifying experiments on people... especially the high school student named Raoul, introduced in the first novel.

This is a violent book and I would never recommend it for kids... except that I know that T
Gina Basham
Jan 28, 2013 Gina Basham rated it it was amazing
Read my review of book one below. Book two follows book one seamlessly. The political intrigue adds so much to the entire series. I always think that people that don't believe in government cover ups or assassinations are naive and this was handled so well as to be believable. The characters progress so well and he is not afraid to put them through the ringer. They are vulnerable enough to cringe when they are hurt. The mistakes they make cause you to give yourself a forehead slap - don't do it. ...more
Jason Evangelho
Jan 12, 2016 Jason Evangelho rated it really liked it
Something happened between Book 1 and Book 2 of The Rho Agenda series, as if Phillips got dramatically more tuned in to the characters he'd created. The dialogue still feels somewhat stilted, but it's more natural now than in Book 1, and the hard science and hacking shenanigans (quite fascinating and imaginative) are frequently left to narration instead of what would sound like curiously dry and uninteresting conversations between teenagers -- who, by the way, aren't featured quite as prominentl ...more
Cathy Ryan
Sep 03, 2016 Cathy Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second instalment of the Rho Agenda series finds Heather, Mark and Jennifer plunging deeper into the complexity of the alien powers they’ve acquired with their visits to the Second Ship. They are assimilating and learning to use their enhanced abilities, gaining control and focus.

After the supposed suicide of Jonathan Riles, Jack and Janet and the rest of the NSA team are on a hit list put out by corrupt government officials. Jack and Janet barely escape, only with the help from an unexpecte
Don Viecelli
Jan 20, 2013 Don Viecelli rated it really liked it
From My Newsletter Number 34:

Book Two, Immune, begins inside the Rho spacecraft where Dr. Donald Stephenson has imprisoned one of Heather McFarland’s school friends, a boy named Raul, who has been cruelly connected to the ship’s control system by wires. Dr. Stephenson wants to unlock the remaining mysteries of the Rho ship and is using Raul for experimentation.

Meanwhile, Heather and her friends discover that the NSA team they have been working with inside the government has been killed and discr
I kind of feel like this book was less focused than the first book in the series. I picked it up and read about 25% in, then put it aside for almost four months. I picked it up again a couple days ago and finished it, so it is still very gripping. Mr Phillips has obviously put a LOT of research into all the technology/professions/physics that he writes about (whether or not everything is 100% true to life is unlikely, but even if it isn't, he writes it in a way that shows he knew "you can't brea ...more
Mike Nemeth
Jun 01, 2013 Mike Nemeth rated it really liked it
This is the second book in "The Rho Agenda" series, and in it author Richard Phillips increases the adrenaline without spending a bit of time bringing the reader back up to speed. As I recall even Edgar Rice Burroughs spent about a paragraph explaining the situation to newcomers in case they hadn't been there previously. For instance, Tarzan was always more comfortable in the wilderness with a blade by his side. But I digress. Phillips' heroes in "Immune," Jennifer, Mark and Heather, have very l ...more
Josh Smith
May 12, 2016 Josh Smith rated it it was amazing
I'm loving this series. It started out as this suburban tale of aliens and politics. Slowly it's become this alien world with realistic and intriguing powers being imbued on the characters. I just can't get over how smooth the transition was from semi-realistic to mind-bending. It was done so gradually and smoothly that I can actually imagine a world where a guy with his legs removed can float around a space ship people being able to heal their skin within seconds.

Pros. The characters are great
Jul 20, 2015 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Excellent Rho Book in the Series

Heather, Jennifer and Mark are challenged not only by their own changing powers, but by the avalanche of evidence that shows that Dr. Stephenson and the Rho project do not have humanity's best interests at heart. Torn between trying to live normally and doing something about the Rho project, the teens finally cannot agree on an approach, and split up.

Meanwhile, the government has been busy removing opposition in a permanent way using a foreign contractor
Eben Visher
Jul 12, 2016 Eben Visher rated it it was amazing
Eleventeen stars!!

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 movi
Vicki Keire
Feb 17, 2011 Vicki Keire rated it it was amazing
The sequel to The Second Ship- every bit as good as the first. No, better!

Update: Finished it- Really, really good. the action really picked up towards the end, and got decidedly more adult. A word about the series, now that I can look back over both books with a bit more perspective. It's a bit of an odd categorization. Phillips has a real gift for characterization and for action sequences. This means that there is some violence in his books, but by no means did I find it over the top. He seems
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Richard Phillips is a ex Army Officer, graduate from West Point, and has a Master of Science degree in Physics from the Naval Post Graduate School. He was a researcher at Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories for the U.S. military, before becoming a full-time writer.
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