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For sixty years, the National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, has been investigating the powerful technologies of a damaged alien ship, an effort dubbed the Rho Project. Now, the American government is ready to share the Rho Project discoveries with the world. But as the world scrambles to adopt the alien technologies, three high schoolers make another shocking disco For sixty years, the National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, has been investigating the powerful technologies of a damaged alien ship, an effort dubbed the Rho Project. Now, the American government is ready to share the Rho Project discoveries with the world. But as the world scrambles to adopt the alien technologies, three high schoolers make another shocking discovery: hidden inside a cave in the New Mexico wilderness lies another alien ship. As the friends explore the second ship, they begin to unravel a decades-long secret involving an extraterrestrial war, government cover-ups, and secret experimentation using alien technology on humans. A battle has begun, and the secrets of the second ship may be the key to humanity's last chance for survival.


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For sixty years, the National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, has been investigating the powerful technologies of a damaged alien ship, an effort dubbed the Rho Project. Now, the American government is ready to share the Rho Project discoveries with the world. But as the world scrambles to adopt the alien technologies, three high schoolers make another shocking disco For sixty years, the National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, has been investigating the powerful technologies of a damaged alien ship, an effort dubbed the Rho Project. Now, the American government is ready to share the Rho Project discoveries with the world. But as the world scrambles to adopt the alien technologies, three high schoolers make another shocking discovery: hidden inside a cave in the New Mexico wilderness lies another alien ship. As the friends explore the second ship, they begin to unravel a decades-long secret involving an extraterrestrial war, government cover-ups, and secret experimentation using alien technology on humans. A battle has begun, and the secrets of the second ship may be the key to humanity's last chance for survival.

30 review for The Second Ship

  1. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I'm bailing on this. I feel like I'm in Pleasantville - these kids do not act like kids. They don't talk like kids, they don't interact like kids, they are just 1950s paper dolls doing wholesome things. And no matter how good the science supposedly is later in the book, I CANNOT deal with really horrible characterization. You know those kids in school who were so weirdly Mayberry that you actually avoided them because they kind of weirded you out a bit? Yeah. I don't want to spend a book (never I'm bailing on this. I feel like I'm in Pleasantville - these kids do not act like kids. They don't talk like kids, they don't interact like kids, they are just 1950s paper dolls doing wholesome things. And no matter how good the science supposedly is later in the book, I CANNOT deal with really horrible characterization. You know those kids in school who were so weirdly Mayberry that you actually avoided them because they kind of weirded you out a bit? Yeah. I don't want to spend a book (never mind a series) with a bunch of kids who are just acting out someone's bizarre fantasy of how teenagers SHOULD behave, rather than how they actually do. If it were just the teenagers, that would be fine, but it's not. There's a scene in an abandoned lab where a woman scientist acts so completely against ANY instinct she would have had as a scientist, woman, underling or human, it actually made me groan in disgust. Her boss is referred to by all as a horrible person, she thinks he's got shark eyes, she flat-out tells him she's about to end his career, and then when he claims that there's just one more thing to see, she trots along after him. Are you kidding me? The best evil characters are great because they're deceptive in their horribleness - like Mrs Coulter, or President Snow, or in some ways Colonel Graff. It is no fun at all to have a guy basically don a black hat and cape and muahaha his way around the story. Also, it makes your characters look like dense idiots. Which, to be fair, they are in this book. And I'm pissed off at Orson Scott Card, because he recommended this book. He writes GREAT, realistic kid characters, kids with complex motivations and believable interactions. At least he once did - maybe this endorsement is just another sign that he's gone totally round the bend, like when he reimagined Hamlet as a gay pedophile revenge tale? Not to mention he'd probably love throwback 1950s kids. Ugh. Look, I like science. I like OSC and Stephenson, for god's sake! But there need to be believable people, not just plausible science. I so rarely do this, but I'm quitting. 13% is enough time to prove yourself. No go.

  2. 5 out of 5

    aPriL does feral sometimes

    To Readers who adored this book: I apologize for rating this book so low and disliking it. I'm the wrong audience even though I frequently read teen and YA books. I'm a retired old lady, so don't mind me. Move along. As for the rest of the readers who attempted this book and who also rated it low, this is why I disliked it: This is the most boring book I've picked up to this year of my life since college 20 years ago. I haven't experience writing so blankly functional since I was learning to read. To Readers who adored this book: I apologize for rating this book so low and disliking it. I'm the wrong audience even though I frequently read teen and YA books. I'm a retired old lady, so don't mind me. Move along. As for the rest of the readers who attempted this book and who also rated it low, this is why I disliked it: This is the most boring book I've picked up to this year of my life since college 20 years ago. I haven't experience writing so blankly functional since I was learning to read. The jokes that had main characters Jennifer, Heather and Mark laughing their heads off were like descriptions of cement to me. The plot couldn't be more dull, similar to the one in the 1953 movie 'Robot Monster', except even more colorless. The dialogue is wooden, and the plot is as unembellished and unsurprising as original yogurt - except for strange violent/sexual scenes inserted here and there. Maybe the surprise ultraviolence/sex is for titillating the older elementary school kids or middle-school readers this book seems to be aiming for mostly, but who also accidentally on purpose watch the channels on TV their parents forbid them from tuning in, but they did anyway? I think I am correct in criticizing the story as wavering around for which age group it's aiming for. It is generally an extremely PG book, and then startlingly without warning it's suddenly PG-15 in some scenes. Whatever. The plot is generally all vanila ice cream and 10:00 pm curfew, with a general atmosphere like a very tame Hardy Boys novel, until exceptions pop up which suddenly place it as a 20th-century YA read. However, generally the word/concept difficulty is at an age 12-and-under level, and the plot primarily suitable for a Saturday movie matinee, although it does several terrific passes at mathematical/science inclusion to make parents happy - as long as they miss the more scandalous bits. As a further guideline on whether, gentle reader, you should read this novel, I am employing an earlier prejudice of American culture in the 1950's which I am sure is no longer valid in these more sophisticated times: there were books for future FBI agents (who were stereotyped as conventional straight-arrow types), and books for future CIA employees (who were stereotyped as twisty-minded, diabolical and unconventional). This book is for the folks who would have been FBI junior recruits in the earlier more clean-minded but red-blooded man era of 1956 - or those who look fondly at that era - with a little T-and-A cheesecake added to affirm a reader's anachronistic red-blooded American masculinity. Ah, those old-fashioned values! This novel sure brings it all back.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    Gah. The book was fairly hard for me to get into until the last 30 or so pages. Then I couldn't tear through it fast enough. Alas, the rest is awaiting in two sequels. One major thing I enjoyed: the incredible intelligence of the two girls and boy. Love computer science and math genius girls!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    A slightly clumsy, but ultimately interesting SciFi entry. There were several times when I was screaming to myself, "Where is this author's editor, and why was this not edited????" when the text showed weird phrases being used repeatedly or when there was a really long, awkward metaphor going on that should have been pared down or cut out entirely. Also, there was way too much "Nerd vs. Jock" stuff going on, which shows the age of the author and how he doesn't understand that there has been a pa A slightly clumsy, but ultimately interesting SciFi entry. There were several times when I was screaming to myself, "Where is this author's editor, and why was this not edited????" when the text showed weird phrases being used repeatedly or when there was a really long, awkward metaphor going on that should have been pared down or cut out entirely. Also, there was way too much "Nerd vs. Jock" stuff going on, which shows the age of the author and how he doesn't understand that there has been a paradigm shift in high schools nowadays where that whole dynamic no longer exists. Especially not in the weird homoerotic prank stuff that happened to Mark. Those nitpicks aside, the story itself was fun, though clearly incomplete. I really wished that all the basketball junk and awkward romance was streamlined or deleted altogether. That would have given Phillips more space to expand on the actual interesting story of the technologies of the two ships and what they meant for the kids and the adults involved. It almost seemed like the series started off as one standalone book, and then was later split into a "trilogy" and therefore a lot of padding needed to be added to this one to make it actual novel length. In the end, I want to know what happens with the kids and the ships, so I will read the next book in the series to see what happens. However, if it turns out to be too padded and awkward, too, then I may have to abandon it and look for a full plot summary online somewhere to see what happens without having to read about Mark and Heather's ridiculously clearly telegraphed feelings for each other.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brett Dunst

    The dialog felt like something out of an 80s after-school special. People in 2012 don't talk like they do in this book, and I found that to be a huge distraction. So it's sort of this innocent "kids find a space ship" story, but then there's lots of secret agent-types moving around, people talking all old-tymey...and then, out of nowhere, rape scene! Then we're back to teenagers talking about basketball games and backyard BBQs in this weird throwback dialog. It's just totally bizarre and it made me The dialog felt like something out of an 80s after-school special. People in 2012 don't talk like they do in this book, and I found that to be a huge distraction. So it's sort of this innocent "kids find a space ship" story, but then there's lots of secret agent-types moving around, people talking all old-tymey...and then, out of nowhere, rape scene! Then we're back to teenagers talking about basketball games and backyard BBQs in this weird throwback dialog. It's just totally bizarre and it made me wish there weren't two other books in the series, because now I need to plow through them both to get some resolution. This first book was a relatively quick read though, so I can probably put my reservations aside for a few nights to make it happen.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Second Ship The Rho Agenda, Book 1 By: Richard Phillips Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews This book has everything a good sci-fi book needs. A space ship, teens that find it and keep it a secret, evil powers that be, powers enhance those exposed to the ship (the teens), and suspense never ends!!! There are so many side things going on that are also involved, all suspenseful too. This is one nail biter book!!! The narration is perfect for this book! Not once did I stop to think that I was listenin The Second Ship The Rho Agenda, Book 1 By: Richard Phillips Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews This book has everything a good sci-fi book needs. A space ship, teens that find it and keep it a secret, evil powers that be, powers enhance those exposed to the ship (the teens), and suspense never ends!!! There are so many side things going on that are also involved, all suspenseful too. This is one nail biter book!!! The narration is perfect for this book! Not once did I stop to think that I was listening to a book, I felt I was watching a movie. Great job.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Exceptional first book in the Rho Agenda series! I was grabbed in the Prologue and wasn't let go. Great reading for young people, sci-fi buffs and UFO fans, amazing yet made plausible, some perhaps even probable, BUT you do not have to be a fan of sci-fi to thoroughly enjoy this book, it covers so many genres. Richard Phillips is an author to be reckoned with, absolutely incredible. He knows exactly what he is saying and knows how to say it. For those readers who are UFOnauts, it all begins in Gr Exceptional first book in the Rho Agenda series! I was grabbed in the Prologue and wasn't let go. Great reading for young people, sci-fi buffs and UFO fans, amazing yet made plausible, some perhaps even probable, BUT you do not have to be a fan of sci-fi to thoroughly enjoy this book, it covers so many genres. Richard Phillips is an author to be reckoned with, absolutely incredible. He knows exactly what he is saying and knows how to say it. For those readers who are UFOnauts, it all begins in Groom Lake, Nevada, site of the infamous Area 51. Book One of the Rho Agenda, takes place in and around Los Alamos, New Mexico. I am old enough to recall hearing of the "Roswell Incident" when it happened, so the book is of particular interest to me. However, don't be led astray by that personal fact, this is not about Roswell. This is The Second Ship. A model plane is the method through which this ship will be discovered; not just a model plane but one carrying a camera as an experiment. This model plane just happens to crash in some difficult terrain and must be retrieved. Three high school students, while retrieving their plane, have stumbled across a cave which hides the back entrance, or rather entry point, where an alien ship buried itself when crashing. A highly sophisticated camouflaging device almost thwarts them, but no, they can actually walk right through it, disappearing as they go in and completely out of sight once they are in. As they turn around, they see the back of the ship which they feel must have been able to generate the cloaking devise at the mouth of the cave. There is a gaping hole where it appears the ship was shot down, perhaps by the Rho ship. The Rho ship crashed in the next year after the Roswell event, and has been undergoing tests in either another cavern or another part of the same cave. This ship was also damaged but whether from the crash or a collision or shot down is unknown. The authorities, from several different areas of security, presumably only know of the Rho ship, a cigar-shaped monster. This second ship the teens have just discovered is round, has a mind of its own and is only too ready to give portions of it to the newcomers. The problem with being a high school student though, is that there are certain restrictions on your free time, which makes it difficult for them to spend much time with the ship, but when they do, miraculous things happen. Each student already excels in specific areas: Heather in mathematics, her next-door neighbours the twins Jennifer, excelling in technology, and Mark, into sports. Now, having investigated a number of areas in the ship and done some tests, they have found these skills amplified by multiples. They must now play down their skills so they won't draw attention to themselves and raise suspicion. Soon, Heather realizes that she is being 'stalked' by a skinny tattered man who appears homeless and possibly dangerous. Somehow he knows that they have been to the Second Ship. This book has it all; humour, terror, alien ships, corruption, love, kidnapping, good, evil, secret agents, exciting, conspiracy, greed, thrills and chills, intrigue, deep dark secrets, action, adventure, and great cliff-hangers, especially the last one. The writing style keeps the reader in a constant race against time, running several parts of the story in chapters of their own. This is not as difficult as it sounds, I found it easier to keep track of the parts that make up the whole this way. Other styles would have left me floundering. The book is extremely readable, technical terms seem easy to grasp for the novice, and the action never stops, very fast paced. "The Second Ship" leads into a "must have" feeling for the second book of the series, "Immune". This series definitely promises to carry on like lightning.

  8. 4 out of 5

    A. R.

    Writing is not for everyone. In recent years, I've abandoned my snobbish tastes in reading to read more thrillers as often that's about all I have the available concentration for during the brief time I have to read before falling asleep. I keep running again and again into these thrillers that have fairly interesting premises with terrible execution (either poorly plotted or overly simplistic). Given the author's bio, I would expect much more than what you end up with. I just wish some of these Writing is not for everyone. In recent years, I've abandoned my snobbish tastes in reading to read more thrillers as often that's about all I have the available concentration for during the brief time I have to read before falling asleep. I keep running again and again into these thrillers that have fairly interesting premises with terrible execution (either poorly plotted or overly simplistic). Given the author's bio, I would expect much more than what you end up with. I just wish some of these authors could work with someone who actually has some decent writing ability to create some work that is more satisfying. To be specific, at times as I read this I wondered if I had picked up a YA title based on the writing. But then the books moves into some sex-fiend's dungeon and I realized, no this was intended for adults. I'd say again and again this was a real weakness in the book. It's written like something aimed at teens and by that I mean the focus is mostly on the younger characters, the character development is not explored very deeply, thoughts are expressed in a very simplistic manner, decisions are made quite impulsively, and overall the approach lacks the depth I'd expect for something written for an adult audience. I also feel it's worth mentioning there are many WTF elements at play as well--like what is the deal with the bath obsession? And the random facts about New Mexico? Per the usual with this genre, the sex scenes were groan worthy. Between cheesy lines and tired cliches, it was embarrassing. I really wish authors who can't handle those scenes would just skip them. As far as the science involved, everything seem fairly plausible if greatly simplified. You have the deus ex machina of alien tech that can explain some of that away, but it's a bit lazy at times. I will say that Phillips writes combat scenes pretty well. I think that was a real strength of the book. Another is the premise is a pretty good one as far as thrillers go. I just wished we had gotten a deeper version of the story--it could have been a lot better. Having said all of that, I had already purchased the other 2 books in this series as part of a limited time deal so I'll see if the books improve.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David

    The Second Ship is a bizarre pastiche of "Golden Age"-style science fiction writing (think 1950's b-movie dialog and equally hollow characterizations), pulp-novel action heroes (think Don Pendleton), and semi-modern science (think semi-modern science). It reads like Young Adult fiction until you hit the occasional rape or beheading. Still, how bad could it be if I got through it and decided to purchase the sequel to see what would happen next? I lost count of the number of times I thought to myse The Second Ship is a bizarre pastiche of "Golden Age"-style science fiction writing (think 1950's b-movie dialog and equally hollow characterizations), pulp-novel action heroes (think Don Pendleton), and semi-modern science (think semi-modern science). It reads like Young Adult fiction until you hit the occasional rape or beheading. Still, how bad could it be if I got through it and decided to purchase the sequel to see what would happen next? I lost count of the number of times I thought to myself, "this is really stupid, but it sure is entertaining." Like many before me, I read this book because it was very cheap on the Amazon Kindle. I'd like to caution others that the sequel is also cheap, but not as cheap. This book has no real ending, so once you start this book, you'll pretty much have to keep buying them (or borrowing them from the library) until Phillips decides to finish the series. As I write this review, the third book has not yet been published.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eumachia

    No one talks like this. It reads like it was written by a child with a thesaurus. Maybe it was, I don't know. Or possibly by a machine using some kind of algorithm. If either was true I'd give it more stars, but I can only assume this was written by a human adult person, in which case, Nope.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dean

    This book reads like Encyclopedia Brown meets Nancy Drew times two. The technology is fascinating and well-fleshed out. The concepts are fantastic (though some we have seen before) Where this novel loses so many points is in the actual writing. Trite and cliché, the book plods along with the feeling that the reader is reading a high-tech novel for teens. They aren't going to get the tech, but the dialogue panders to the lowest common denominator. I do not think this was the intent, but I also do no This book reads like Encyclopedia Brown meets Nancy Drew times two. The technology is fascinating and well-fleshed out. The concepts are fantastic (though some we have seen before) Where this novel loses so many points is in the actual writing. Trite and cliché, the book plods along with the feeling that the reader is reading a high-tech novel for teens. They aren't going to get the tech, but the dialogue panders to the lowest common denominator. I do not think this was the intent, but I also do not think Mr. Phillips is a very good writer. Our protagonists explain every last thing they are doing, going to do or might do. There are some spots that will make you wince they are so awkwardly written. Also of note; There are obvious placements of various characters/vehicles simply for the purpose of describing something going on elsewhere in the novel. These "threats" to the characters are built up throughout and then, when convenient...dispatched within a few short pages as if they never existed. I am being intentionally vague so as not to spoil, but this, having been done several times in this book, was a hard pill to swallow. For pure science this novel gets high marks and there is enough intrigue that I will read the next book, but much like some of Dan Brown's novels, while the subject matter is interesting the writing is stilted and contrived. I am hoping the author finds his stride in book two, "Immune." 2.5 stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Banner

    As I read this book I was projecting ratings from 2 stars to 5. I decided on three and I do recommend the book. It being the first of a trilogy that I haven't read (but plan too) I will say it got off to a good start. What was most negative to me was the quality of writing in the first half of the book. Characters seemed so plastic and the over all feel of the book reminded me of a b rate movie. But it improved as the story developed . This is one of those books that you may want to put down, but As I read this book I was projecting ratings from 2 stars to 5. I decided on three and I do recommend the book. It being the first of a trilogy that I haven't read (but plan too) I will say it got off to a good start. What was most negative to me was the quality of writing in the first half of the book. Characters seemed so plastic and the over all feel of the book reminded me of a b rate movie. But it improved as the story developed . This is one of those books that you may want to put down, but keep going it gets better. As the title suggest an alien ship has crash landed in New Mexico and is kept under wraps by the government while a team of scientist study the technology. What is unknown to the government or the world at large is a second ship that crashed at the same time in the desert but was never discovered until one day some teenagers accidentally find it while looking for a crashed model airplane. The story develops as the value of the technology is slowly revealed. But there is certainly more to the technology than the kids and the government first suspect. There is intrigue, suspense and some really cool spy stuff that comes into play as the story takes off. The characters seem to develop a personality as the plot thickens. There is a good story here that feels like it will take three books to tell.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Sometimes I confuse high visibility of a book for quality. This series kept popping up on Amazon and blogs which inspired me to purchase the whole series when they went on sale. The basic premise sounded intriguing and I was ready for another science fiction series. Where to begin with the problems in this book. Trite, obvious, and tired dialog that seemed to lack any sense of originality and showcases a very weak command of storytelling. Often it read like a pre-teen book from the 80s and nothi Sometimes I confuse high visibility of a book for quality. This series kept popping up on Amazon and blogs which inspired me to purchase the whole series when they went on sale. The basic premise sounded intriguing and I was ready for another science fiction series. Where to begin with the problems in this book. Trite, obvious, and tired dialog that seemed to lack any sense of originality and showcases a very weak command of storytelling. Often it read like a pre-teen book from the 80s and nothing about the teenagers in the book felt authentic. I'm a completist (masochist?) and feel compelled to finish a book or series when I start it. I just can't see how I'm going to be able to pick up the second book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robert Turner

    3 stars might be a bit generous but I can't say that I got no pleasure from this book. it moved along okay no stuttering and stalling although at times the juvenile nature of it made me unsure if I was reading a book about kids for kids or something aimed at a different audience. The goody goody wholesome Waltons style family thing didn't bother me at all, I presume people like this still exist even though to a lot of readers it appears to be a bigger fiction than the actual subject matter. Anyw 3 stars might be a bit generous but I can't say that I got no pleasure from this book. it moved along okay no stuttering and stalling although at times the juvenile nature of it made me unsure if I was reading a book about kids for kids or something aimed at a different audience. The goody goody wholesome Waltons style family thing didn't bother me at all, I presume people like this still exist even though to a lot of readers it appears to be a bigger fiction than the actual subject matter. Anyway in for a penny.....second book downloaded.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Love

    Couldn't get into this book for one glaring reason that somehow everyone else has missed the main antagonist is called Donald r Stephenson!!! If I was Stephen r Donaldson I would be trying to find this Richard Phillips bloke and pimp slap him all over the floor. My guess is Phillips read the gap series ( best sci-fi ever! ) and saw this as some kind of misguided homage to a far superior author. The writing is childish, the characters one dimensional.... Amazon I want my three bucks back!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    whompwhomp. I wanted to like The Second Ship so freaking badly.. but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe it's just me.. but this book kind of seemed pointless. Nothing really made sense. The characters were annoyingly frustrating to even think about liking them. Then the random ass violent scenes were just a bit cringeworthy. Nothing excited me while reading this - which is probably why it took me so dang long to read. With despising the characters, I'm not just talking about the main ones. No, th whompwhomp. I wanted to like The Second Ship so freaking badly.. but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe it's just me.. but this book kind of seemed pointless. Nothing really made sense. The characters were annoyingly frustrating to even think about liking them. Then the random ass violent scenes were just a bit cringeworthy. Nothing excited me while reading this - which is probably why it took me so dang long to read. With despising the characters, I'm not just talking about the main ones. No, the secondary ones were terrible too. The things they would do/say just made zero sense to me and I would have to put the book on hold just to do something I liked. And no, no bottles of wine were harmed while reading this book. I read it completely sober and I definitely regret that. Lowkey still can't wrap my head around the random ass rape scene - it boggles my mind even while writing this. I think it's safe to say that I will not be diving into the rest of this series. I have no desire to torture myself any further. I recommend this to no one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I have a new favorite author. Not only did Richard Phillips come up with an engaging plot, he used a wide range of different points of view that did not sound forced, even when switching from a middle aged NSA agent to a teenage girl to a crazy man in the dessert. The main characters of the story were teenagers, and they acted like it, but not in an annoying way. What really sold me was the science. I love science fiction novels, but I get fed up with poorly described science or "scientific theo I have a new favorite author. Not only did Richard Phillips come up with an engaging plot, he used a wide range of different points of view that did not sound forced, even when switching from a middle aged NSA agent to a teenage girl to a crazy man in the dessert. The main characters of the story were teenagers, and they acted like it, but not in an annoying way. What really sold me was the science. I love science fiction novels, but I get fed up with poorly described science or "scientific theories" that are completely implausible. It is obvious that he comes from a scientific backgroud. He manages to provide enough detail to prevent it from essentially being magic but doesn't provide so much that the story gets bogged down, or it becomes obvious that the technology could not exist. It started out a little slow, and actually took me a while to figure out who the main characters were and why we should care about the ships, but once it got there, I was hooked. I am glad I was listening to it on audiobook, because I did not want to put it down, so I listened all day while doing lab work. This novel was one of the rare books my entire family could enjoy, from my parents who are in their 50s to my sister in her 20s to my brother who is only 14. It is rare to find a story like that, and I look forward to reading more of Richard Phillips' books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    There seem to be quite a few negative reviews this book on GR. As is often the case , I instead found this book entertaining. I haven't read much YA fiction in a while but this was a well written story, without the usual whining teenaged that many YA novels seem to have. The author clearly used The Tommyknockers as a jumping off point for the plot, but I enjoyed the direction the story took. I can see how this isn't a book for everyone, but the world would be a pretty boring place if we all like There seem to be quite a few negative reviews this book on GR. As is often the case , I instead found this book entertaining. I haven't read much YA fiction in a while but this was a well written story, without the usual whining teenaged that many YA novels seem to have. The author clearly used The Tommyknockers as a jumping off point for the plot, but I enjoyed the direction the story took. I can see how this isn't a book for everyone, but the world would be a pretty boring place if we all liked the same thing! 4 stars for a fun, fast paced read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Love of Hopeless Causes

    The Audiobook has a good narrator and the story moves quickly, so if this is your cuppa, give it a shot. Typically, I rate abandoned books as ones, but here it is my personal bias that makes for a DNF. I don't care for Universal Point of View head hopping, or a large modern cast. The only authors that can get those past have been King and Crichton. Happy listening.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    After reading around fifty pages of The Second Ship, I came to realize that it was less a novel than a collection of clichés done up to look like a novel. One can only cringe so many times per page before throwing in the towel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Callahan

    Quite enjoyable I can see others’ displeasure on the plot and characters. However, as it goes I do find the plot moving fast but curiously. Kids making a ton of high tech stuff. I’m so in! I wanted to give it four stars but for some reasons I couldn’t...it hasn’t actually grab my eyes and glued it to the story. Since this book ended up with an open end. So I’m gonna read second and maybe the third one too for sake of ending.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jean Hontz

    Enjoyable sci fi with a few twists that surprised me. I'll probably continue the series

  23. 4 out of 5

    “Gideon” Dave Newell

    In all the mentions of this novel and peripheral encounters I had with it prior to reading, it somehow eluded me that it’s what I would consider ‘YA’ material- the polarizing Young Adult label that either terrifies or ensnares readers in droves. Fortunately, it is undoubtably SF as well, and carries the theme of danger lying in wait alongside graciously given gift-horses. As stated in the publisher’s jacket summary, it is about the recovery of alien technology from crash-landed UFOs. There’s som In all the mentions of this novel and peripheral encounters I had with it prior to reading, it somehow eluded me that it’s what I would consider ‘YA’ material- the polarizing Young Adult label that either terrifies or ensnares readers in droves. Fortunately, it is undoubtably SF as well, and carries the theme of danger lying in wait alongside graciously given gift-horses. As stated in the publisher’s jacket summary, it is about the recovery of alien technology from crash-landed UFOs. There’s some promising conflict set up between two opposing alien civilizations from which the two crashes originate, but it is largely deferred to subsequent novels. The teenage trio of protagonists take on some superpowers, as they tend to do in YA stories, and struggle to save the world while keeping their secret from Mom & Dad. The challenges they face all played out very over-and-done quickly, even after some heavy foreshadowing, and so the victories seemed unearned. The three teenagers are also all written fairly interchangeably I thought, and I never full distinguished them in my mind. I will leave it to younger readers to judge whether Phillips successfully captured teenage thought and dilemma adequately, although I suspect his characters a bit over-matured. One satisfying technique used here successfully was to slowly weave together plot threads from disparate characters which at first seemed unrelated. With a number of unresolved questions and troubling character disappearances, we seem well positioned for a follow-up story, though I hope it expands the stage settings and characters.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tami

    We’ve all heard theories about what may or may not have happened at Rosewell, New Mexico in 1948. Some believe the remnants of an alien ship from that incident have been keep secret by the government. What almost no one knows is that after Rosewell, there was another event and another ship. This time though, the government managed to completely contain the rumours. Sixty years later, three teenagers find and explore the craft. Even today, the alien technology is far beyond our comprehension. In We’ve all heard theories about what may or may not have happened at Rosewell, New Mexico in 1948. Some believe the remnants of an alien ship from that incident have been keep secret by the government. What almost no one knows is that after Rosewell, there was another event and another ship. This time though, the government managed to completely contain the rumours. Sixty years later, three teenagers find and explore the craft. Even today, the alien technology is far beyond our comprehension. In fact, just coming into contact with the technology changes the teens. Overnight, one becomes an exceptional athlete, another becomes a math whiz, and the third a technological guru. Using their newfound talents, the trio are able to accomplish feats they never thought possible. Ultimately, this places them in great danger. If anyone finds out their secret things could go very badly. I really liked the concept behind The Second Ship. It dares to ask that if Rosewell was a cover up was it an isolated incident or did the government just get better cover stories. The effects of the alien technology on the kids was thought provoking.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gina Basham

    If you like GOOD science fiction you will like this series. The character development was outstanding. You knew who they were, what they cared about and just enough twists in their characters to be believable. The story was well defined and escalated at the appropriate pace to keep you engaged and wondering - where is he taking me next? The plot line for the trilogy was well thought and progressed from one book to the next as it should. If I hadn't bought all three at once and just read the firs If you like GOOD science fiction you will like this series. The character development was outstanding. You knew who they were, what they cared about and just enough twists in their characters to be believable. The story was well defined and escalated at the appropriate pace to keep you engaged and wondering - where is he taking me next? The plot line for the trilogy was well thought and progressed from one book to the next as it should. If I hadn't bought all three at once and just read the first book waiting for the second I would have been mad because I enjoyed plowing through all three at once. Like I said, if you like sci-fi you will like this series. One note: There is some heavy physics and math discussions. I know nothing about either so there were a few paragraphs I glossed over or skipped. Not so much that it was irritating - enough to make you think he knows what he's talking about so I'll trust it. Don't be intimidated, it really doesn't alter the story line or detract from anything in the books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Sloan

    If you are a SciFi fan or should I say SyFy, you'll want to read The Second Ship by Richard Phillips. I absolutely loved reading this and can't wait for the second and third books of the series about The Rho Agenda. Phillips writing style has made this a great read for both adults and teens with interesting Physics descriptions and technical information to satisfy the most detailed SyFy fan. The three high schoolers who discover the second ship are changed forever not only by the ship itself, bu If you are a SciFi fan or should I say SyFy, you'll want to read The Second Ship by Richard Phillips. I absolutely loved reading this and can't wait for the second and third books of the series about The Rho Agenda. Phillips writing style has made this a great read for both adults and teens with interesting Physics descriptions and technical information to satisfy the most detailed SyFy fan. The three high schoolers who discover the second ship are changed forever not only by the ship itself, but by the despots that come out of nowhere to try to do them harm. Throw in a couple NSA agents and a couple really bad scientists and the intrigue gets rolling. I can see this becoming a SyFy series already with a huge fan base. I highly recommend reading The Second Ship!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    This book gets off to a slow start as it sets the scene carefully for the ongoing plot, or perhaps it got off to a slow start for me because the main protagonists are all teenagers with the usual high school traumas, a subject I personally dislike. By the end of the book, however, I was hooked. There are times when dread overwhelms and others when confidence in a good outcome is uppermost in the reader's reactions and at no time are you sure that what is happening is all good or all bad. So, on This book gets off to a slow start as it sets the scene carefully for the ongoing plot, or perhaps it got off to a slow start for me because the main protagonists are all teenagers with the usual high school traumas, a subject I personally dislike. By the end of the book, however, I was hooked. There are times when dread overwhelms and others when confidence in a good outcome is uppermost in the reader's reactions and at no time are you sure that what is happening is all good or all bad. So, on to the next in the series to find out what happens next and hopefully to get some clarification.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Minke

    This book was very slow going. I love how smart the main characters are but the book didn't get really interesting until the last 20% of the book. Don't think i'll be reading the rest of the books in the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Toby Turner

    Interesting, well paced and enjoyable sci-fi thriller. This established the characters for the trilogy whilst ensuring that they weren't just ciphers to progress the concept. Be good to see where this one goes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    A great idea for a novel! Not only did one alien spacecraft crash on Earth near Roswell, a second ship crashed as well. The second ship came to rest in a cave and set up a camoflauged barrier that has prevented it from being discovered. Until now. Three teenaged friends accidentally discover the ship and discover a way to "link" to the ship through mysterious headbands they find inside. The three friends soon begin to develop strange powers. Meanwhile, at the first ship, a scientist has finally m A great idea for a novel! Not only did one alien spacecraft crash on Earth near Roswell, a second ship crashed as well. The second ship came to rest in a cave and set up a camoflauged barrier that has prevented it from being discovered. Until now. Three teenaged friends accidentally discover the ship and discover a way to "link" to the ship through mysterious headbands they find inside. The three friends soon begin to develop strange powers. Meanwhile, at the first ship, a scientist has finally managed to open the ship, and strange things begin happening to him. Through the information he finds on the ship he learns the secret of cold fusion and releases the alien technology to the entire world. Yet there is a second, mysterious alien technology that he is preparing to release. Will it change the world forever? There are many interesting characters to be discovered in the pages of this thriller. But two of them are not interesting to me. Why? Because they are psychopaths. I really don't like reading about psychopaths. I understand an author has to create opposition, and evil characters are a good way to do so. But I don't like entering the mind of these crazy weirdos. And to make matters worse, those two characters could have been either changed or totally eliminated without having a detrimental effect on the plot. I exercised my rights as a reader and merely skimmed their sections so I am still blissfully unaware of some of the gory details that my skimming hinted at. There are at least two other characters who are showing signs of future psychopathdom. I'm hoping the author tones it down in the future. Of course, with the entire series having already been written, my hopes are surely already dashed. But I'm going to read the rest of the series anyway! Well done, Mr. Phillips!

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