Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Second Ship by Richard Phillips (REVIEW)

The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda #1)

Author: Richard Phillips
Category: Sci Fi
Suitable for: Adults Only
My Rating: 5 Stars
Format Read for Review: Kindle
Pages: 445

Description: Three teens discover a space ship and are changed forever with a single touch of the alien technology. Together they are thrust into a violent world of secrets and conspiracy, becoming reluctant soldiers in a war destined to alter what it means to be human.

In Short: This is a magnificent sci fi book. A great twist on the classic ‘alien-crash’ story that is so full of action and intrigue you will never want to put it down.

Pros: This book is intelligently written and well researched. All of the science aspects are so well described that you will never be lost or confused. The combat scenes are smooth flowing and easy to follow. Everything is so well worded that it is even the alien aspects are believable and imaginable. You will find yourself completely immersed in this book. The story is fast paced and full of action. I was constantly on the edge of my seat. The character pool is vast and deep and the heroes likable.

I read some reviews complaining that the teenage heroes of the book are too much of ‘goody two-shoes’ and therefore unbelievable. I completely disagree. They aren’t your usual dumb rebellious teens because they come from very good homes and live in a science community (it reminds me of the show Eureka). Their natural intelligence is heightened by the alien technology and their desire to always do the right thing comes from them being good kids from good families. It’s refreshing to read a book where the teenagers aren’t overemotional and of below-average intelligence.

Cons: Though this book is a full length novel (at about 445 pages) I thought the place the book ended at was kind of weird. The ending didn’t have any sort of conclusion and you will have to read the entire series of 3 books to get the full story. I would have liked some partial/small resolution before the end. On the bright side, I can tell this is only the beginning of a long, action packed story.

Parent's Guide: This book contains violence, gore and torture.

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