Jack Gregory, the CIA’s top assassin, went rogue after a mission gone wrong. When a confrontation leaves him bleeding out on death’s doorstep, he is faced with an offer from a dark figure named Anchanchu. If Jack is willing to act as a human host for Anchanchu, the entity will revive him and give him another shot at life. Jack takes the deal...but he must now face the cons...more
Although, Jack does kill a lot of people, all of them deserved it except one old man who asked to be killed because his wife just died and he didn’t want to go on without her. So ...more
I feel like an otherwise interesting plot is bogged down by a tendency to tell the reader, at great length, what is happening in a scene--rather than showing it. That, and lots of clunky paragraphs, such as th ...more
Jack, a CIA agent on the trail of his brother’s killer, finds himself facing Carlton ‘Priest’ Williams and a gang of knife wielding thugs in a Calcutta alley. After a bloody fight Jack, well outnumbered and badly wou ...more
Publisher: 47 North
Publishing Date: August 2014
Publisher Description: Gregory, once the CIA’s top assassin, went rogue after a mission gone wrong. When a confrontation leaves him bleeding out on death’s doorstep, he’s faced with an offer from a dark figure ..If Jack is willing to act as its human host, the entity will revive him and give him another shot at life.
Review: Wow, that is one of the worst covers ...more
Now fast forward to the end of Aug 2014. I came across Once D ...more
I don't believe I've connected with an author of this type and caliber since I picked up 'Hunt For Red October' and didn't stop until I read everything Tom Clancy had in print or has put in print since. Do yourself a favor, pick up one of Richard Phillips books and start reading. You will be opening the door to a world of breathtaking action, espionage, black ops and plausible deniability. Governments hang by a thread, A ...more
I can't say anything about the supernatural aspect without giving spoilers, so I'll focus on the rest of the story.
This started out looking like a "Badder version of Jason Borne" with a little bit of supernatural tossed in. It grew into a combination of techno-thriller and otherworldly mystery. Fast paced, definitely not boring! ...more
I remember reading a report of Jack the Ripper's real identity. He was a ...more
I enjoyed this book. I think we all wonder if killing kills the assassins' souls! Now, we have an ancient soul inhabiting a human, who strives to maintain his humanity while avenging wrongs.
I especially like the way the spirit could be surprised. I could almost, in my head, hear it saying, "Huh. I didn't see that co ...more
The rest of it is a ho-hum political CIA/NSA/Russian Mob shoot-'em-up, complete with your usual 10/10 superhot female agent who is just INEXORABLY drawn to our protagonist.
Tired tropes and an obvious fantasy churn. ...more
Having already read Phillips Rho Agenda trilogy,I was somewhat pessimistic about how he was going to top it, but top it he does ,flawlessly! All hail Jack Gregory! The Ripper's origin story manages to be both unique and unusual enough to make it believable. Can't wait to see where the next book takes me!! ...more
Wondering what the hell was going on with Gregory in the other Reo Agenda episodes, I could hardly believe that a retro story could be so exspliscative + exciting + scientific!!! all at the same time!!!
As for the antagonist’s plan, the plan’s success depen ...more
Warning this book will come to an end. Some baddie will try to stop it. Some politcians will try to CYA. The awesome protagonist will see it to the end... Warning this story will finish. Baddie will try though hero will fight against with help of those keeping their heinies covered. Oh no, baddie started things again, hero says no, it must end. Politicians came out smelling like a rose. The end.
I gave up once I was almost halfway though. The repetition was ...more
3 Stars for Story
The intro is a bit haphazard but it has enough going on to make me curious. The story became less and less plausible as it continued. I only made it to the end because Andrews did a fantastic job narrating this story. I made a comment about the story coming off like it's confused. Yup. That opinion remained to the end of the book.
Alien altered human becomes superhuman. Ok. Except that human was rather exceptional before the a ...more
The story was fun for a while. But then it began to seem like a comic book instead of an action thriller. I dearly wanted to like this better. But it was serviceable as long as I could forget the "heard this all before" thoughts. The story had a decent ending. Not surprising but a bit suspenseful.
Macleod Andrews is superb. The various characters came alive with his command of accents. Even when he was reading the contemplation parts of a characters involvement the accen ...more
I normally do not like spy storys . But this story grabs you from the go and do not want to let you put it down. I personally believe anyone who likes spy stories with a touch of the supernatural would love it. I can say there was nothing that I didn't love about it. I hope the next one is just as good, because I believe I will be reading it. I don't want to give any of the story away. Let's just say that I hope certain characters are in the next story also. ...more
Richard Phillips is the million copy bestselling author of the Rho Agenda scifi series, the Jack 'The Ripper' Gregory series, and the epic fantasy series, The Endarian Prophecy. He is a retired Army Officer, West Point graduate, and has a Master of Science degree in Physics from the Naval Post Graduate School. H ...more