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Immune (The Rho Agenda #2)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,172 ratings  ·  199 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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Dean
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
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Reid
Mar 15, 2013 Reid rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Banner

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
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Andrew Zink
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.
Michael Long
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
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Robin Gustafson
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
Alicia
I don't think I'm going to continue reading this series. I think my biggest gripe is the villains. They're all psychotic. I think "mustache-twirly" is the descriptor I gave in my review for the first book. Everyone is evil for the sake of being evil, which gets boring after a while. I can only read about so many assassins getting off on torturing/killing people before I mentally check out.

The main characters seem to have taken a level in stupid between books as well. One of them acts so shockin
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Angela
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.
Lrobwerner
Good science fiction tale contaminated by sorcery and fantasy.

The first book relied on alien technology along with political intrigue and black ops type operations for its story. In this installment we have an Indian without alien technology receive communications from a dead ancestor and another person who can see into other people's minds. The author did not have to move away from science fiction for his story but seems to want to emulate a King novel. For me the art of good science fiction is
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Jacque Holst
Without a doubt I recommend this book. I recommend this author.

Like the first book in the series this is definitely a can't lay it down book. It doesn't let you go for a minute. The story the books tell leaves you shaken and horrified at times, fascinated and hanging on every word at all times. If possible Philips has increased the tension and intrigue in this the second book in the Series. I recommend this book. Although I have just discovered Philips in reading this series I recommend him as a
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Jp
This was another exciting read by Richard Phillips.
Milton Amado
Nice Sequel, for "The Second Ship" it showed the development of the characters that we left in the first book, the wrong decisions of immaturity, and the friendship that go across frontiers to help. The new friends, that come to change, and the bad guy that you love to really hate. But the ending lets you with so many questions that you will want to jump to the next one. Enjoy it, the narrative and the technology that finally forms to be the one of the characters, with life of his own. Hope you ...more
Filia Libri
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 auf einen “besseren” zweiten Band waren daher definitiv vorhanden.

Leider hat sich auch “Rho Agenda: Immun” von Richard Phillips für meinen Geschmack als eher mau herausgestellt
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Cathy Ryan
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
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David
After enjoying this book quite a bit, I almost feel that I was too harsh in my review of Phillip's first book of the series (The Second Ship). But after some consideration, I stand by my first review. Second Ship is a very uneven book. Not bad for a first effort, but rough.

With Immune, everything has improved. The writing is far better: it's less cliched and some of the dialog of the teen characters actually rang very true to me. The pacing is excellent.

The clever ideas in the first book are bac
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Gina Basham
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
Betty
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 and.to 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
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Betty
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 and.to 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
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Mike Nemeth
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
Don Viecelli
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
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Holly
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
Jon Wells
I took a chance on the first book in the Rho Agenda series, The Second Ship, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a fast-paced and enjoyable conspiracy/alien invasion sci-fi novel. The next book in this series, Immune, continues to deliver an action-packed story with twists and turns while at the same widening the stakes for both the main characters and the world in general. There's still the slow period of exposition at the beginning that was present in the first novel, but it's not as drawn ...more
Alex
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
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Vicki Keire
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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Jim
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
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J
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
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Barb McKinley
Another phenomenal epic not to be missed.

The intrigue and action never ceases. From the very first page, I couldn't put it down. There are several plots, all of which come together to create a mostly believable government cover up. My only complaint was Raul. His story, for me was unbelievable and too far outside reality to keep the scary reality of something that could happen if we meet alien advanced technology. Again, great balance of action. adventure, drama, espionage, unrequited love and r
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V. Shipp
The Rho Agenda, Books 1 & 2

The first book was an unusually written joy to read. It war not the usual American military idiots take control of everything and make a colossal mess of first contact. This was a refreshing look and experience. The book ended with a cliff hanger for me and I rushed out to buy the the next one I'm the series, IMMUNE. What a disappointment! See that book review.
Joshua
The first book was good, but this one is better, which is kind of odd for the middle story in a three book series. It was a riveting read, very impressed with the unfolding story, and very well written, certainly worth more than the price on Amazon in my opinion.

Only one thing had me confused:

"Music thundered in Raul's head, not that pussy stiff he'd been forced to endure in his former life either. This was pure Nickelback, Chad Koeger screaming out his rage at the world."

Nickelback seriously???
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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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