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Immune

(The Rho Agenda #2)

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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  7,889 ratings  ·  278 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
Jun 22, 2011 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
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Banner
Jan 14, 2013 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
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Reid
Mar 03, 2013 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
Hillary
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Almost didn't get the third book because I wasn't as into the series after this one, but I did anyway since it was 99 cents and I'd finished two of the three already. Only the romantic interest between two of the main characters is in any way safe or sane, by the way - the others are uniformly creeptastic rapey lunacy, heavy on the lunacy - a lot of the characters don't just have a screw loose, they've dropped an entire box of screws all over the floor and picked up a couple before getting distr ...more
Andrew Zink
Dec 10, 2013 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. ...more
Robin Gustafson
Aug 26, 2014 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
Jim
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was another exciting read by Richard Phillips.
Angela
Mar 20, 2010 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. ...more
Alan Mills
Nov 01, 2016 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
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Éric Kasprak
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book was (physically) longer than the first one, but it also felt longer reading it. The second book introduces many new characters and the storyline as less direct interaction with the actual spaceships. I found it a bit less thrilling than the first, but the easy flowing writing and still a very engaging storyline pull me in nonetheless. The Rho Agenda series reads like a great action thriller with a definitive sci-fi theme, the pacing is solid throughout the different POV and the e ...more
Dayna
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
My God, Jennifer, I wanted to reach into the book and smack you silly. Heather, you weren't any better. They are the smartest dumb girls ever. Mark, you weren't as impulsive or hard-headed this time around, so, good for you.

Honestly, Jack is probably my favorite. He is so badass. Janet, not so badass this time around but still awesome in her own way.

I love how Raul, Stephenson, and Eduardo are all, like, get a taste of power beyond their comprehension and all of a sudden they're gods. They truly
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Michael G Avant
Good story but could do without the torture

Have read the first 2 books of the second ship series and while it is a good story with great characters, I grow weary of torture scenes

Media and the entertainment industry in general has a fascination with torture - from Jack Bauer to Game of Thrones, torture has become part of prime time so this author is no different. Seems like writers are continually looking for another way to be more brutal and shocking. Readers and our society ultimately suffer
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Maria
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The dread factor escalates in the second of this series - frequently justified. Heather, Jennifer, and Mark, now seniors in high school, are still growing into their futures with many setbacks offset by spurts forward. Since there is little high school stuff in this book, I liked it much better than the first in the series. Jack and Janet help balance the scales, making this read truly fast and furious, not to mention bloody. The book leaves you with several unresolved issues that move you on to ...more
BridgetT
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, kindle-book, 2017
Too exciting.
Unputdownable.
Human corruption, alien technology, espionage, cyber-punk, ghoulish mad scientists, government conspiracies.
The Rho Agenda is the second of three trilogies. 9 books make up this amazing, heart-pounding story.
'Immune' is book #5.
Before starting this trilogy, I would suggest reading the first trilogy - The Rho Agenda: Inception.
There we meet key players, providing a much bigger picture.
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Craig
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not a stand alone book you will have to read the beginning. Interesting how the plot has gone back and forth. Don't get to close to the characters because some are here then their gone. So far I would have to say that this is a decent book series. As I get ready to read the final book, you can help but wonder where this is going to wind up. So far I have no clue which is what I like in a book. ...more
Andrea
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
More disjointed than the first with the million storylines it was working on but still pretty good. The plot with the 3 kids is boring until the end, and then it's a lot of "convenient things" just had to happen to get them in the right places (totally not believable). I'm still intrigued about the end game of the Rho project, so I'm going to finish the last book. One thing, the title didn't make any sense. Still trying to figure out how "immune" fits into the plot. ...more
Carolyn
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first

Again, the high standard of writing is a delight. Not a single unnecessary sentence in the book. The interesting, believable sci-fi premise flows through the lives of realistic characters you'll care about, and gives rise to dangerous, sometimes horrific government schemes that will keep you reading well past your bedtime.
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Ed And
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too hot 🔥 is the only thing I can say.

The story picks up not too far from the end of the first book. The young hero's are neck deep in finding their way through the changes affected by the Second Ship.

The intrigue concerning the competing story line races towards either disaster or unparalleled success.

But there still lurks opposition and intrigue.

Really fun to read.
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Michael Shanks
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars, book 2 better then 1

Rich development of numerous characters, well woven plot lines then are nicely intermixed and interwoven

Looking forward to the rest of series

Nice mix of believable technical and philosophy of on life choices
Nadine Smith
Dec 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
I thought the basic premise of the story was good, because of that I finished the book. That being said, the profanity and violence and sexual content spoiled the book for me. Why the author thought those added to the story is beyond me.
Jacqueline
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had to stay up to finish

Book started out a bit slow but picked up pace and towards the end and I had to know what happens. Story had just enough bad guy wins to create tension and hope for the good guys,
Budd Turner
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ahhh…an action packed and tension filled epic sequal to "The Second Ship".
Restarting in New Mexico, this storyline moves around the hemisphere, ending in S. America.
As before, there are loose ends hinting at a Book 3…and there it is…
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John Lowery
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging and enthralling

I think my only regret is that it took me so long get appreciate this series. Well written. It starts out slow as all series must, but it quickly picks up speed.
Kris Gallagher
Teen heroes and deadly assassins, interspersed with nearly incomprehensible and lengthy explanations of the science. Assuming the science is real. The first book in this series was ok, this one less so, and I don't care enough to read any more. ...more
Michaela Hruskova
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A really promising sequel to the first book in terms of the plot, but I couldn't help but notice the disturbing and, in my opinion, unnecessary violence against women portrayed in the book. This was done by multiple characters (!) which makes me really question the author's motivation for this. ...more
Darin Miller
Book could be better if....

I enjoyed the first and this second book. But like the first book, there was no real tool for the user to use to know how much time has past between major events. If the author couple just add that info, then this would have been a great book.
Bob Wilson
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars, was I felt the story drug a little bit in the middle. But it finished strong and I'm looking very forward to reading the third book. ...more
Tim
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!

Action, suspense, science and fiction. Loved every page. Great character development. Better twists then I've read in a long time.
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Freyja colborn
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing. i stayed up late so i ciuld finish it. Can't wait to pick up the third book.
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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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