Jack Gregory, the CIA s top assassin, bleeds out on a Calcutta operating table and is about to die.But an alien entity has other plans for him.If Jack is willing to act as a human host for this dark figure, he lives Jack takes the deal.One year later, he is internationally known as The Ripper, fixer for hire, and finds himself increasingly drawn to dire, world shattering events.Suffering strange premonitions and compulsions, Jack has questions than answers What destiny does this alien mind foresee Why has it chosen him From bestselling author Richard Phillips comes a globe spanning sci fi thriller series with a twist culminating in the cataclysmic events that set the stage for The Rho Agenda....
|Title||:||Once Dead (The Rho Agenda Inception Book 1) (English Edition)|
|Publisher||:||47North 19 August 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||406 Pages|
|File Size||:||861 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Once Dead (The Rho Agenda Inception Book 1) (English Edition) Reviews
I like spy and action novels and this one was definitely its money worth.Only the ending is a little bit too American hero like. But who doesn't like a Hollywood ending. :-)
This book was insane. Coming form the Rho Ship series I always had some open questions. Some of them got answered, but now I am more immersed than ever!
Die Story erinnert an James Bond Filme. Der Held Jack hat aber ansonsten keine Gemeinsamkeiten mit 007. Besessen und in Gefahr die menschliche Kontrolle über sich zu verlieren, führt er zunächst einen einsamen Kampf. NSA black OPS Agentin Jane wird seine Partnerin im atemlosen Rennen gegen die Zeit und Verräter aus den eigenen Reihen. Phillips hat den Bogen raus, wie man einen spannenden und intelligenten Scifi-Krimi schreibt. Hab mir gleich die Fortsetzung besorgt.
There is something which develops through all three books.Each book has its own story, but you really should read them in order.The stories in the books are really different, not as in many series, where each book is the same again. (Which sometimes is what you like)The protagonist(s) is (are) working for the NSA (USA), at least... kind of.The main story in each book is always towards something big and interesting.There is a lot of action. And the action is good to read. The rest is good to read too.This is not a "have to" read, but I read all three books in one go.
This novel is in a different league than the first two novels. In order to explain that statement I need to make a few comments about the original Rho Trilogy. The first book of the trilogy seemed to start off as children's fiction, even evoking the atmosphere of the old "The Waltons" T.V. series or the home life of Murray family in Madeleine L'Engle's young adult science fiction series beginning with "The Wind in the Door." In fact, if you liked the original Rho series you may want to read L'Engle's 'Time Quartet' four novel series.As it happens, I like children's and young adult novels as well as science fiction, pulp fiction, thrillers, noire and quirky. The thing is that in the original trilogy it seemed Phillips started off writing a young adult sci-fi novel that turned into a much more adult thriller series that at times appealed to more prurient interests than would have been acceptable in "The Waltons." As a consequence the trilogy seemed at times almost like fiction searching for a genre upon which the author had not yet decided. Still, it had a compelling story and characters, albeit characters that lacked a great deal of character development.Once Dead is an adult sci-fi thriller from the get go. In this novel Phillips has taken adult characters, Jack Gregory and Janet Price who were more like supporting actors in the trilogy and fully developed them. The story blends science fiction with the thriller genre of a Jack Reacher/Jason Bourne/Bill Compton from True Blood. Jack Gregory isn't a vampire, but he's definitely possessed. For Janet Price think Maggie Q in Nikita. This book is written to be a franchise for a movie series. The plot unfolds like the screen play for a movie. Seriously. I'd love to see Jack Gregory's character become a movie franchise, and with Janet Price as well. Richard Phillips background shows that he not only knows a lot but is experienced in hand to hand combat, physics, and government agencies. His writing makes clear that he is well traveled and knows a great deal about parts of the world to which ordinary citizens will never travel. All in all I was on more than one occasion thinking that this writer has been an operative in ways that he is not free to acknowledge in this book. There were just too many times when I felt like I was right there in CIA headquarters or on the ground in a remote area of Russia or one of the 'stans' on the southern border of Russia.
The reader was exposed to both characters, Jack Gregory (the Ripper) and Janet Price, in the Rho Agenda books. Based on the Publisher's Marketing Promo, we are led to believe that this book (Once Dead) would develop the supernatural element of Jack Gregory. True to the promo, Jack is possessed. However, I agree with previous reviewers, the supernatural aspect of Jack's personality never gets any traction. The reader is left to our own inventions and imagination too much.The genre is a spy thriller integrated with a supernatural theme mixed with a developing relationship/partnership between the two protagonists. This theme is similar to those encountered by either Mitch Rapp or Scot Harvath. What starts out as a relatively straight forward protection contract embroils Jack into a major terror plot against the USA. Jack is ostracized by all the USA spy agencies except for the NSA. To find out why, the NSA sends one of its lead assets into the picture, i.e., Janet Price. Their relationship and/or partnership is well developed and the reader shouldn't have any trouble following along. However, the story gets more complicated with the introduction of the remaining characters. I think the author handles it well but it can be a little confusing for the reader; i.e., how and why did we get from point A to B?Hopefully, future books will develop the supernatural aspect of Jack's personality. I will read future books just to see if Jack's internal conflict is resolved. I recommend this book just for the development of Jack and Janet's partnership.
Just one great read.Jack Gregory was a CIA assassin. A very good one.He threw it all away in order to get to the man who killed his brother. He's in Calcutta to do just that.The killer didn't come alone though. After Jack breaks his arm and is well on his way to killing the SOB, the six men with him attack and leave Gregory covered in knife wounds. Gregory kills them all but the killer of his brother, Carlton "Priest" Williams, ex Delta Force mercenary escapes. Williams was also ex Ranger, ex Green Beret and a betrayal to all that the men of special forces stood for.Jack is badly wounded and does die.While on the way to death a dark force called Anchanchu asks him for a lift.Anchanchu explains that Jack will remain in control of his own being. His nature will be unchanged. The dark force gets to experience the hosts emotions for the duration of the ride. The dark force can only exist in one host at a time and once accepted he will remain with Jack until he dies.He explains the overall effect is that Jack will still love what he loves and hate what he hates but much hotter. He will be the same person he always was, just a little bit more so. He will be drawn to situations that spike his adrenaline. He further explains that because of that few of his hosts live to a ripe old age.Jack accepts the challenge and invites Anchanchu along for the ride. Jack comes alive after being declared dead by a Calcutta doctor with pictures and a death certificate as proof.The nun, Sister Mary Judith, who got him to the doctor looks into his eyes and says, "Dear Lord, the Ripper walks the earth."Jack Gregory becomes "The Ripper." The Ripper is for hire.So begins one damned fine read.This one has Jack, Janet Price who turns into an allie, Rachel Koenig, Rolf Koenig, a Rolf Koenig with a plan to change the world, a Russian mobster named Rostov, a good friend named Rita Chavez, Deputy Dirctor of the CIA Nolan Trent, a CIA killer named Jacob Knox, an Anchanchu who is more than excited about his host, Big John one hell of an NSA computer, Admiral Jonathan Riles the director of the NSA, Levi Elias of the NSA, death, betrayal and one hell of a kick ass read. Just super.Five Stars and then some.