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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 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. government readies the release of a technological breakthrough, a nano-serum which holds the promise of curing all disease. And Africa is its first target. In Immune, Richard Phillips takes his heroes on a thrill ride into darkness, a journey that thrusts their once comfortable lives through a meat grinder as brutal as a young soldier's first taste of combat. About The Author Born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1956, Richard Phillips graduated from West Point in 1979, trained as an Army Ranger and served for several years as an officer in the United States Army. In 1989, he graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School with a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Physics, completing his thesis work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He then spent several years as a military researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, before completing his tour of duty as an Army Officer. Since 1996, Richard Phillips has been a lead developer of robotic control systems. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his lovely wife, Carol.


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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 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. government readies the release of a technological breakthrough, a nano-serum which holds the promise of curing all disease. And Africa is its first target. In Immune, Richard Phillips takes his heroes on a thrill ride into darkness, a journey that thrusts their once comfortable lives through a meat grinder as brutal as a young soldier's first taste of combat. About The Author Born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1956, Richard Phillips graduated from West Point in 1979, trained as an Army Ranger and served for several years as an officer in the United States Army. In 1989, he graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School with a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Physics, completing his thesis work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He then spent several years as a military researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, before completing his tour of duty as an Army Officer. Since 1996, Richard Phillips has been a lead developer of robotic control systems. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his lovely wife, Carol.

30 review for Immune

  1. 5 out of 5

    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 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 Cyberpunk and Science Fiction genre). In summation, he astutely notes that if the reader does not like the narrator then the writer is screwed. Mr. Phillips...you're...well...you get it. The kids narrating this thing are so annoying, so ridiculous it is astounding. I, the reader, truly ended up so antagonized by the just-pubescent protagonists that I felt like burning some highlights magazines in effigy. PS-where are their parents during this mess?! We have these dark concepts described through the eyes of children which comes across as 'perverse,' but not in a dark, gritty way which should be the intent. It feels more like an episode of "My Three Sons" where they try and explain the heck out of every move they make, come up with a moral code, tell us what they are doing, why and how we can do it better next time and then set us up for the next point. Aside from one character (Jack) I am hard-pressed to find the redeeming features of any other. Even he is a stretch and I think I only enjoy his scenes because he hardly speaks! Mr. Phillips...where did you learn dialogue? Old sex-ed videos? It is so stilted and dry...I already know how to put the condom on thank you! Stop condescending to the reader! I read the 1st and 2nd installments back to back and let me tell you...it was a struggle. A few pages here. A few pages there. This book took me two weeks when it should have been no more than one. Why? Because it was boring. The plot was boring. The characters are tired. The dialogue is contrived. The twists are evident. BLAH. I just vented my spleen as it were for the time lost and now I feel like I must read the third upon arrival just to finish it out! I got these as gifts and glad I paid nothing for them. Again, the science is fascinating, but it does not make up for the poorly written work. 2.5 stars again for some minor intrigue and a reach, but seriously sir, find your tone, find your audience and write like you know it. I read a lot of everything (I just read "Room," "Rant," The Millennium Trilogy and Christopher Moore's "Lamb." I have just started "Apathy and Other Small Victories") so I am not married to any one genre, but this is simply tripe. Cut the clichés, get rid of the ridiculous attempts at pulp noir and get on with it. Namaste. ;)

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 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 more tragic figures I have come across in science fiction, lately. You can't help but feel sorry for him, but man he is one sick dude. The alien technology continues to intrigue. My interest is definitely captured to see where it is headed next. This book is high in entertainment value, but not short in substance. On to number three after a very short interval.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Reid

    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 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 world where all of the antagonists are motivated by, well, just being nuts. On the flip side, the protagonists aren't a whole lot better. The three teens still come off as generic, flat characters straight out of a Hardy Boys book who don't seem to have much in the way of ambitions. A lot of the fun of movies like Chronicle and Spider-Man come from the fun and creative ways the heroes use their new-found powers. The greatest ambition of the Immune teens is to use their superhuman brilliance to win the science fair.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    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 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 distracted by their rapey fantasies. (I suppose Jack and Janet are... okay? They're not rapey, at least, but there's something subtly creepy about their relationship.) Also, weirdly, the character I liked best in this book was the murderous drug dealer? He seemed nice? I don't understand. The plucky reporter was a close second, though, so that's more understandable. I DO like that two of the three main characters are girls, and that they got the most math-and-science powers. I want to learn more about the aliens behind all this technology, though. There's a weird gaping hole where an interstellar war should be. Which I suppose is partially why I'm finishing the series - I'm curious as to what happens to the three teens as well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    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 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 when enjoying a book series' than reading rehashments of things you already know... its kind of like watching sports on TV and having the announcer tell you what you just saw. You're thinking--"Yeah, I know Mike, I just saw it happen." But I digress. Apparently the three books of the series really run like one long book given the non-ending/semi-cliff hanger ending of Immune. I'd actually suggest people interested in the story line just get all three and run right through them. Or at least understand that's how its set up before hand so you're not disappointed that only really minor plot lines are wrapped up at all at the end of books 1 and 2.

  6. 4 out of 5

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    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

  8. 4 out of 5

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    This was another exciting read by Richard Phillips.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alan Mills

    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 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 bad is one of the uncertainties driving the plot. In this second volume, the students develop technology based on their discoveries (and changes) from the second ship. Dr. Stephenson begins exploiting some of the hidden secrets from the first ship. Both groups have powerful friends and enemies....whose clashes are the main driver of the narrative. Drug cartels, super-assassins, and financial manipulations all play a role. In the end, what we have is a good thriller, with a tad of sci-fi thrown in.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Éric Kasprak

    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 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 entertaining factor is omnipresent. The writing style of the author is flawless and makes everything flow effortlessly, you never have the re-read a sentence or double-back to understand what he is trying to say. To me this series as become my go-to for entertaining alien contact action-adventure, and I already have the next one cued up.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dayna

    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 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 believe they are gods. I kept rolling my eyes with them because, seriously? Overall, I did really like it. It got me out of my book slump, so, yay! Can't wait to read the next book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    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 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 as we all become numb to this brutality. That cannot lead anywhere good

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    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 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 the last in the series without much of a break, in fact, pretty much none.

  15. 5 out of 5

    BridgetT

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ed And

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    John Lowery

    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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    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,

  22. 5 out of 5

    Budd Turner

    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…

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Hruskova

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael Shanks

    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

  25. 5 out of 5

    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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Smith

    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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    glad i kept going with this series and will start #3 right away!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fred Wagner

    This is a year overdue so will just say that reading the 3 Rho Agenda books inspired me to read the 6 other "Rho" books in the other two affiliated series. So enjoy!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Freyja colborn

    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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sing

    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.

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