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When Mark and Heather Smythe saved Earth from the conquest-hungry Kasari Collective, they thought their work was done. But the world’s vast new government continued its quest to make extraterrestrial contact. And now, as a new gateway is activated to welcome the Kasari, whom world leaders take to be benefactors, only the Smythes stand a chance of countering their planet’s When Mark and Heather Smythe saved Earth from the conquest-hungry Kasari Collective, they thought their work was done. But the world’s vast new government continued its quest to make extraterrestrial contact. And now, as a new gateway is activated to welcome the Kasari, whom world leaders take to be benefactors, only the Smythes stand a chance of countering their planet’s invasion and subjugation by a race of ruthless conquerors. Years after their failed first mission, the Kasari have returned, bearing irresistible promises while concealing insidious plans to enslave humanity. But not if the Smythes—along with fearless CIA agent turned mercenary Jack Gregory and his partner, Janet Price—can help it. From the world’s last stronghold, they take the fight to enemies both earthling and alien—even as their comrades-in-arms join the warrior Koranthians in battling the Kasari on a far-off planet. But the greatest danger lies within Earth itself, where an ancient artifact prepares to summon doom from another world.


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When Mark and Heather Smythe saved Earth from the conquest-hungry Kasari Collective, they thought their work was done. But the world’s vast new government continued its quest to make extraterrestrial contact. And now, as a new gateway is activated to welcome the Kasari, whom world leaders take to be benefactors, only the Smythes stand a chance of countering their planet’s When Mark and Heather Smythe saved Earth from the conquest-hungry Kasari Collective, they thought their work was done. But the world’s vast new government continued its quest to make extraterrestrial contact. And now, as a new gateway is activated to welcome the Kasari, whom world leaders take to be benefactors, only the Smythes stand a chance of countering their planet’s invasion and subjugation by a race of ruthless conquerors. Years after their failed first mission, the Kasari have returned, bearing irresistible promises while concealing insidious plans to enslave humanity. But not if the Smythes—along with fearless CIA agent turned mercenary Jack Gregory and his partner, Janet Price—can help it. From the world’s last stronghold, they take the fight to enemies both earthling and alien—even as their comrades-in-arms join the warrior Koranthians in battling the Kasari on a far-off planet. But the greatest danger lies within Earth itself, where an ancient artifact prepares to summon doom from another world.

30 review for The Altreian Enigma

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mike Nemeth

    Richard Phillips can do no wrong. I assume whoever reads this will interpret my five-star rating as such regardless. But seriously. I admit, he steers his narrative into territory I never thought possible when his three teenager friends stumbled on an alien space ship in the desert. Who knew? My favorite thread by far in this extended series, and it does fit together, is Jack Gregory. Holy crap, the guy is badass. And he returns to the collective story line with the rest of the crew, melding the Richard Phillips can do no wrong. I assume whoever reads this will interpret my five-star rating as such regardless. But seriously. I admit, he steers his narrative into territory I never thought possible when his three teenager friends stumbled on an alien space ship in the desert. Who knew? My favorite thread by far in this extended series, and it does fit together, is Jack Gregory. Holy crap, the guy is badass. And he returns to the collective story line with the rest of the crew, melding the "Inception" series with "Assimilation." And now that I think about it, the latest series title does make sense. In "The Altreian Enigma," Jack takes a walk on the wild side, which sends him halfway across the galaxy to the home of the little demon who haunts his thoughts. Turns out, the creature is more than a manifestation of a nasty personality. He's an alien leader put into stasis by his brother for reasons Phillips doesn't really need to mention. He's a dirtbag. But Jack's got to trust him to save earth. Some idiots within the government, now united in international greed over the pursuit of alien technology, are delving into science only one of them appears to fully understand. And their efforts will bring an alien race that wants to assimilate the people of earth. Meanwhile, one of the teenagers, Jennifer Smythe, has become close and personal with these nasty aliens and their vassal races. She did most of this in the first assimilation book, which I thought I read but didn't. Sometimes. Anyway, she's the second best part of this novel. Or equally as good. Phillips lets his bloodthirsty writing style loose through her subplot. And it's great. She's got mental skills and a tendency to behead baddies. All good. The book is a speed reader. Actually, some moments were a little harsh even for me and I had to put it down, repeating the mantra, "He won't kill off his best characters. He won't kill off his best characters." But the author doesn't make it easy on his mental spawn. Ever. The Ripper doesn't even get a break.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Valerie G. Nolan

    The Altreian Enigma (Rho Agenda Assimilation (Book 2) Your book required 5Stars. a) I had enormous difficulty in putting it down . I was completely mesmerized by both books By the end I felt I actually knew the characters, how they felt, the struggle they fought with themselves in having to act against their moral values to do what they had to do to save the World . The books were exciting and Mr. Phillips succeeded in blending the different aspects of events seamlessly. The only serious criticis The Altreian Enigma (Rho Agenda Assimilation (Book 2) Your book required 5Stars. a) I had enormous difficulty in putting it down . I was completely mesmerized by both books By the end I felt I actually knew the characters, how they felt, the struggle they fought with themselves in having to act against their moral values to do what they had to do to save the World . The books were exciting and Mr. Phillips succeeded in blending the different aspects of events seamlessly. The only serious criticism of the believability of the Characters was with Robbie and VJ . but that did not distract from the enjoyability. Thank you so much Mr. Phillips , I shall be reading all your other books? Please keep on writing!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christine Bishop

    A another 5 star book by Richard Phillips! Jack, Janet, Robby, Heather, and Mark have escaped Peru and made their way to the secret underground facility in New Zealand. While they work at trying to stop the Kasari gateway from happening once again Jennifer is millions of light years away fighting her own Kasari battle. Even though this book jumps from different characters and settings I found easy to follow and read. We follow Jennifer, Raul, VJ, and Dgarra on Scion; Jack and Khal Teth on Quol; a A another 5 star book by Richard Phillips! Jack, Janet, Robby, Heather, and Mark have escaped Peru and made their way to the secret underground facility in New Zealand. While they work at trying to stop the Kasari gateway from happening once again Jennifer is millions of light years away fighting her own Kasari battle. Even though this book jumps from different characters and settings I found easy to follow and read. We follow Jennifer, Raul, VJ, and Dgarra on Scion; Jack and Khal Teth on Quol; and Mark, Heather, Janet, and Robby on Earth. Phillips does a great job of weaving all this timelines together and I can’t wait to read the final book to see how it all comes together.

  4. 4 out of 5

    sirmikalbrownmsn.com

    Excellence in scyfi I am of course mist impressed by the character development and story arcs that the author achieved but i would be remiss if i did not comment on the science and military nuances portrayed. The author did a great job researching theoretical physics and military science when creating scenarios and scenes that could have real world applications in our future . It allowed for the suspension of disbelief to fully engage. I also appreciate the voice actors versatility and ability to Excellence in scyfi I am of course mist impressed by the character development and story arcs that the author achieved but i would be remiss if i did not comment on the science and military nuances portrayed. The author did a great job researching theoretical physics and military science when creating scenarios and scenes that could have real world applications in our future . It allowed for the suspension of disbelief to fully engage. I also appreciate the voice actors versatility and ability to fully immerse his audience . Not since the Great Kate Rudd have i been so impressed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I started out on the second ship and have since serially read the entire series from start to finish, and I am now approaching the final book. This was another great story with amazing continuity. Jack is awesome and so are the Smythes. I love the build-up that runs to the end where they seem to save the world. Its an awesome version of a SciFi Jack Ryan, but with lots of Jack Ryans! The best part is all these amazing protagonists have some serious issues that they contend with and make them easy I started out on the second ship and have since serially read the entire series from start to finish, and I am now approaching the final book. This was another great story with amazing continuity. Jack is awesome and so are the Smythes. I love the build-up that runs to the end where they seem to save the world. Its an awesome version of a SciFi Jack Ryan, but with lots of Jack Ryans! The best part is all these amazing protagonists have some serious issues that they contend with and make them easy to associate with. Now if Roby in all his elitist yet juvenile ideals can grow up and be more focused ...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aslam Lateef

    Amazing ending. Unexpected exciting twist. Anxiously want to see what happens to my fav character. Terrific story and excellent character development. Not literature by any stretch and writing is sometimes repetitive esp during interludes between action.but each character's motivation and behavior is well reasoned and plot is always entertaining and engaging. What a terrific plot in this one with different planets and species but staying consistent with the intricacies of the narrative.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Book lover

    Wonderful I read the book just after the first book in the trilogy. I stayed up and listened to the audible book when I was too tired to read. The scope of the book extends beyond the book with a close up of the Alterian culture. The end of the book was unexpected but luckily the third book is available. I guess am going to have another sleepless night. A must read for all Richard Phillips fans.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jason Heath

    The first book in this trilogy had three strikes against it I think. First, it had been long enough that I had to get back into the world. Second, the narrator changed. Third, it felt a bit lost and unfocused as it really shifted the world around of the previous six books. Now I’m back into the world, MacCleod Andrews is back as narrator, and the story has found a focus again. Delicious pulp once more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jason Hamm

    Long over due Most writers fuse out after 3ish books. In this book i see a good story line in the making! Multple stoy lines that you want to come together. New twist too the tech but not overboard. Mr Phillips please keep writing. I am a fan of yours. Pystech is a thing i wish to see come true.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Walt Mccluskey

    The altreian enigma An excellent follow-up to the initial tale and one that leaves you looking for the next portion of imagination. The intertwined story line of the main characters is well written with a good sense of timing in the sequel. While this might be difficult to achieve, the saga could spawn a movie series similar to Star Wars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Saugat

    A very good book for the second installment of the trilogy I consider a book good when it leaves me longing for the next part of the story. This is one of those books. Even though I haven't read the middle series this trilogy is a good follow-up to the Rho agenda trilogy. If you liked that series you definitely would love this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    After coming to accept that Khal Teth is a demon during the first seven books, you now get an explanation of why. Jack has his hands full trying to help the enslaved people of the Altrean system while Khal Teth accepts their slavery as normal. The battle between the two continues - brain versus brawn with a twist. Meanwhile back on earth, things are heating up with the Kasari possibilities.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ed And

    Talk about ramping up for the series conclusion, WOW!!! The saga ramps up to a crescendo as the author masterfully creates this story. The need for all of the plot lines to come to the end of this book makes it absolutely essential to continue reading the next, and possibly the last book in the series. Have fun.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tosch

    Solid I really enjoy this series. Gets a bit bogged down at times with characters chronicling action already described, but it's clever world rolls along nicely. Not earth shaking, but agreeable and enjoyable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Haden Pike

    We saw the Kasari in the last book, and we see more of them here. It's probably a good thing Jennifer didn't make the Kasari nanites. We get to see the Altreian's as well. That story line is definitely the most interesting. I'm looking forward to it being continued in the next book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    NV

    Creative Creative writing does not begin to describe the series. There are three main stories with at least three viewpoints for each story. This is amazing to read and at times a bit confusing as you try to remember all the action. This author is amazing. Looking forward to more!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Justin Haley

    This is a very enjoyable series. This time around we followed 3 separate plot lines, one each involving the Smythes, Jack and Jennifer. The story progresses well and I'm looking forward to the next book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dave T

    Incredible suspense. As in all of the previous stories I find myself torn between a need to keep reading to see what happens next and dreading t he end of the series. Mr. Phillips is definitely one of my favorite authors.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mark Zodda

    Another good story, but the series seems to be running out of interesting ideas. Lots of rehashing the same ideas again and again; it seems like all the good ideas have been exhausted. I'll read the next book, but that will be it for me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Denzil Ernstzen

    Great finish to second book in series That finis( to the second really caught me unawares. It was a great feeling to know that the end was not what I anticipated even with a few pages left to read. Great series so far and I am ready to tackle the next one in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Shanks

    Excellent series I love how this series flows and keeps you wanting more. I am looking forward to the next book in the series to help me with closure. I’m sure it will be just as exciting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jim Kratzok

    Couldn't put it down! The series keeps getting more intense; it gets better and better. The end of this book has a totally unexpected twist that has me salivating fit for the next book in the series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Elliott

    Leaves you wanting more! This latest book in the rho series did not disappoint. The characters grew as the plot unfolded. This is a great series that I would recommend to anyone!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Spyros Heniadis

    This book was a real slog. I finished it, but I didn't enjoy it and I'm taking a break from the series for now.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mark Coffey

    Riveting, fast paced Another great book in this series. I enjoyed the plot twists, the vision of future technologies and the development of the characters.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jason Longmate

    Great book, brilliant read. Looking forward to where the final books goes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    David

    An excellent continuation of his exciting story. I loved it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jurien Huggins

    Such an intense installment Definitely not as powerful as the first one in the series but so beautiful to read. Glad to have read this

  29. 4 out of 5

    Steve Pillinger

    An absorbing continuation of Phillips' Rho Agenda Assimilation series, keeping the flame burning to find out how it all turns out in the end!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Divone

    Once you think this series can't get any better it does.

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