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Dead Shift

(The Rho Agenda: Inception #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,090 ratings  ·  81 reviews

With the final chapter of the Rho Agenda Inception, all secrets will be revealed. Who is the alien mind haunting Jack “The Ripper” Gregory? What is the purpose of the immensely powerful Sun Staff? And how will the culmination of these events set the stage for the Rho Agenda?

In this page-turning sci-fi adventure, the NSA’s most brilliant hacker is abducted and the world sta

Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by 47North
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Cathy Ryan
Jamal Glover is the best of the NSA’s elite team of hackers, known as the Dirty Dozen, who work in the War Room at the NSA headquarters, keeping the country safe from cyber attacks and a lot more besides. Nineteen years old and straight out of MIT, Jamal loves his job. He also loves his girlfriend, Jill, and is on his way home to have dinner with her. What awaits him will change his life and if the Chinese government’s plans succeeds it will spell disaster and the threat to humanity will be imme ...more
Trish R.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This was about a computer genius who was kidnapped by a mad scientist, Steve Grange, who connected Jamal’s brain to electrodes connected to a computer in order to steal his knowledge and speed so Grange could have his dead wife’s brain back. A wife who has been frozen for 20 years. AND the Chinese bad guy Qiang Chu who was working to take Jamal’s Artificial Intelligence brain back to China. Yeah, that wasn’t going to work out for Qiang, if Jack had anything to say about. He’d killed 2 of Jack’s
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The last book in this particular series about Jack Gregory and Janet Price tied up a lot of the loose ends and answered many of my questions and definitely turned this series into a sci-fi series, but the end provides no closure, I guess because another series is going to continue where this one ended. More questions were raised. I am beginning to realize that Mr. Phillips is doing it on purpose. The endings are not cliff-hangars, thank goodness, but there are enough unresolved issues to keep th ...more
Mike Nemeth
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Phillips just keeps getting better. "Dead Shift," his third in the spinoff series about Jack "the Ripper" Gregory, may be his most conventional yet, leaning more toward traditional government intrigue thriller than his past novels. But Phillips likes his twists. The book still has the alien who lives in Gregory's head and gives him a kind of supernatural power boost at odd times. But at this point, that's no big deal. Yeah, alien? Whatever. Gregory is back as a part of a special ops team ...more
Joanne Garbato
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dead Shift is the final chapter of the Rho Agenda.Former CIA operative Jack Gregory is once again partnered with Janet Price and also an NSA ghost team.Their mission is to find and rescue Jamal Glover,NSA's #1 hacker,who has been kidnapped by the Chinese government in a secret operation to create artificial intelligence.In this final chapter the truth about Anchanchu,Jack's "rider" is revealed.This sci fi thriller is action packed,imaginative,moves quickly and has a great storyline. ...more
David Dalton
Another pretty good action thriller featuring Jack Gregory..the Ripper. And Janet who kicks butt as well. I got hooked on these series first then started reading the Rho triology. I really like this series because of it's R rated action, while I merely like the Rho Agenda series because it is more YA and I would say PG-13.

The Ripper is one tough please!
Diane Johnson
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a better book than the one before it (the Nazi one, whatever its name was), but author definitely seems to be running out of good ideas. In Dead Shift, the plot underlying the whole thing is weak and fairly nonsensical—scientist-guy-who-is-a-billionaire-and-also-owns-a-winery (why??) is trying to reanimate his dead wife, and somehow has recently transferred her twenty-year-dead consciousness to a special hard drive. Hmm, how exactly would that work? And it is never clear how the Chinese ...more
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The conclusion of the Rho Agenda Inception trilogy is easily the best book of this trilogy. I started reading Richard Phillips' books back when he was self published on amazon. I've recently taken to trying to read all of his books in the order in which they've been published.

Dead Shift picks up shortly after the last book in the trilogy with Janet avoiding associating with Jack since their last adventure in South America. This time, the stakes center around the NSA's elite hacker group and the
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Flawed but highly entertaining

This is the 6th Richard Phillips book i have read and the end to the Rhoa trilogy and this has served to confirm my thoughts that Richard Phillips struggled with some aspects of writing (a tendency to over describe situations, characters who say and behave in ways that seem false and occasional clunky prose). Despite this, Phillips writes exciting stories, with exciting characters I cared about and this final book in the trilogy is a real page Turner and the sci-fi
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, kindle-book, 2017
What a brilliant conclusion to the brilliant 1st trilogy of the 3 trilogy RHO AGENDA series!
'Dead Shift' left me with a wonderful lead-in to the second trilogy --
Book 4, 'The Second Ship', which I was already half way through, and bookmarked, when I discovered these three amazing books which pave the way to what I can only imagine will be an amazing adventure.
Time will tell.

David Cochrane
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A ripping good end.

Yet we need more. One is left wondering how it all ends up. It has been close to 4 years since this book was written. Richard Phillips. Please.

The narrator is wonderful. I have enjoyed several yarns performed by MacLeod Andrews. He has a voice which is well adapted to many different accents and moods. He either enjoys his craft or is good at making believe he is enjoying it.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I likely would have given the Rho Agenda Inception series 5 stars if I hadn't read the Rho Agenda series first. In that series I liked that Jack was a Badass Normal, meaning he wasn't enhanced but just super awesome, peek human condition. This prequel series, in a way, detracts from what made him special in the Rho Agenda. That being said, this series was extremely fun and the audible narration was perfect. ...more
John R. Goyer
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't quite sure of this volume - personally I didn't care for the premise and activities of the main theme, though I still enjoyed very much the action and fighting sequences. By the end of the book, the entire storyline jelled for me, and I was impressed with the possibilities for further advances of the story, and also Jack's personal saga. Some good development of that storyline in this book too. ...more
Jason Heath
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Richard Phillips is delicious pulp for me. By the end of the second book in this trilogy I was starting to falter a bit. Definitely faltered during this one and almost went three stars. However, still enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to starting the Rho Agenda Assimilation trilogy in a few months after the third book comes out so I can 1, 2, 3 those three novels as I have Phillips other work. ...more
Robert Keefer
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jack 'The Ripper' Gregory is cajoled into helping the NSA (thus setting up his reunion with Janet) save the world, again. But, again, from a very different threat. The Rho Agenda Inception is different than the Rho Agenda that it is prequel to, in that it's more spy thriller and a bit less SF (although that's still here, especially in this third volume). ...more
Tommy Mills
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Slick SciFi Spy Thriller

Inception Book 3 brings it all together in another roller coaster ride. We've got super spies, artificial intelligence and even aliens! Jack and Janet are back in action as the most deadly power couple in recent memory setting the stage for The Second Ship (Rho Agenda Book 1). It's another brilliant read.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good treatment and prequel of sorts to the Rho Agenda trilogy. Now, we have Jack and Janet’s backstory and how they will ultimately end up in Los Alamos and the lives of Heather, Mark and Jennifer. Can’t wait to read Meridian Ascent to see how it all ends.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
great thriller action. loved the series

while I thought the 2nd book was the best, all three are super fast paced action ride! great read. can't wait to move on to the main Rho series. read these first!
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall an enjoyable thriller series but far short of the Rho Agenda

Rho Agenda was the best, this is a pale third and the last series is in between. Overall was still an enjoyable listen, hence the 4 stars.
Ron McGonigle
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another in the The Richard Phillips series that I couldn't put down.

This character faciinates me. Enjoyed every Minuit of the series.Looking forward to the next adventure of Jack the Ripper series.
Peter WOOD
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good read from Richard Phillips. In depth description of action and pain. Cursory treatment of the passion between the two main characters. Men seem incapable of describing the main subject of our everyday fantasies. A great trilogy, hope there are more to follow.
June Finnigan
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stunning, vivid and gripping

The reader should read the whole series, although this book is a great stand alone story. See my review of the Rho Agenda.
Michael Shanks
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Very good, but not quite up to par with others in this. Series

Characters continue to interest Mr, and I'll start the 3rd trilogy
Fred Wagner
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. Thoroughly enjoyed. Perhaps best yet in Rho series.
Derek Vice
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great end to the series. This novel has more sci-fi than the earlier two and just as much action. A good ending to a fun series.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read the complete series and liked them all. I rated all the books a 4 or 5 stars. I would recommend the series especially to a YA audience.
Scott Keck-Warren
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really good ending to this trilogy. I kind of wish there were more books just about Jack and Janet
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-fiction
Quite good!
Dave T
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent ending to a great a t trilogy.

Another action packed intense novel by the author. It is also a love story which really comes to life in the Rho trilogy. I just wish the ninth and last book was going to be done earlier.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Third Rho is Much Better

As we find Jack Gregory, Super Spy, in this third installment of the Rho Agenda Prequel, we are back to the excellent level of action, suspense and intrigue found in the first book. Jamal, Super Hacker, has been kidnapped by the Chinese after he finds the bloody body of his lover on their kitchen floor. A billionaire, genius has developed a way to digitally copy Jamal's brain as well as spoof him out to perform his hacking under false circumstances. The Chinese lay a
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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

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