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Wormhole (The Rho Agenda Book 3)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2012
If you are considering buying this book and haven't read the first two I strongly suggest you do, you won't regret it.

I read the first two books in this trilogy back to back and when I finished the second book I was left wanting more, this was around a year ago. When I finished the second book there was some information on how to contact the author including details of his website. Upon viewing Richard's website and blog I noticed he was offering his readers an opportunity to read the third instalment to provide feedback and comments. I contacted Richard and he sent me the book the following day.

Wormhole is a thrilling conclusion that maintains the fast pace and blend of action, science and technology. Some reviewers have criticised Richard's "The Rho Agenda" trilogy for lack of accuracy and being aimed at teenagers. I work in the field of technology and I wish I was still a teenager but I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. Sometimes you just want a fast paced adventure that takes you away from your day to day world and transports you to a place where you can escape.

For me, Wormhole takes a darker turn as the main characters follow a path that leads them side of life that most of us are oblivious to. Making choices between family and the greater good brings an inevitable coming of age for Heather, Mark and Jennifer.

I eagerly await Richard's next books and I hope we have the chance to visit these characters again at some time in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 16 October 2012
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Wormhole continues the saga started with the Second Ship and followed up by Immune. This is the final part of what is for me a stunning adventure series in the very best of science fiction traditions. This is well written, fast paced and wholly believable writing. The characters are well presented and believable. You end up liking the good guys and hating the bad guys. The science is well presented and due to the background of the author is easily digested. This is a book that I will certainly read again and again, and look forward to more writing from Richard Phillips.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2012
This long awaited third book in the trilogy did not disappoint, I couldn't wait for the book to be delivered so downloaded to Kindle, it was exciting at the turn of every page, the characters developed as they got older all the questions in the first two books answered, although it does make you think and question the things we are told as we go through life thinking the information we given is the truth, should we believe what governments tell us, I really enjoyed all three books and would recommend them to all ages all three are page turners and now you can enjoy them all without the wait for each one to be released, can't wait to read some more from this author.
Shirley
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 12 December 2012
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This third - potentially the conclusion follows the teens growth and The Rho project's turn to the dark side. The battle lines for earth are drawn.

Project leader of the original Rho Project is now behind bars for concealing the dark side of the first ship. Yet a cosmic anomaly needs his release to find a solution to the world crisis. But who and what will Dr Stephenson be working for.

We see our allied teens and the former NSA compatriots join in a major life-ending battle to survive for all humanity.

The third book is not a disappointment It keeps up the fever pitch to the bitter end.... or is it?

The series as a whole has kept up the pace throughout without failing the reader and the fever pitch in the third book is certainly up to that of the other two. This is a remarkable series which has potential to reach the big screen and would be a great teen attraction (although I would be there for the ride). Could not put this down before passing it on to the younger members of the family.Wormhole (The Rho Agenda: Book Three)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2014
Well what can I say, this series was absolutely brilliant. Lets go back to the first book that I read by Richard Phillips 'Once Dead' It was ok but quite forgettable, except for one character Jack Gregory, I quite liked him. In my normal way of flitting from one book to another I needed something to read so I thought that I would give Jack another go, and wow what a ride. The series is excellent, Richard Phillips is a great story teller and his characters are easy to love or hate. Jack Gregory has got to be up there with the toughest, hardest, badass that I have ever come across. Every chapter leaves you wanting more and I finished the the whole series in less than a week. I was happy to always be surprised with the outcomes as the story progressed the the excellent finale. I will now devour the rest of the Jack Gregory collection.
Read this series.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I found this a much better piece of writing in almost every way than the previous volume in this trilogy. The text flows much better and it reads as though it was written for hardcore sci-fi fans, something I felt a lack of in 'Immune'. There is a real sense of pace throughout and the authors ratcheting up of the tension in the final denouement is extremely well done. Four and a half stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I picked up on the first book, The Second Ship, as a kindle only release, after a few pages I was hooked and unable to put it down. It was then a case of patiently waiting for the next one to be finished , Immune, that didn't get put down either, then Richard Phillips went and got signed by a publisher (recognition where it is definitely due) and there was was an excruciatingly long wait while the publishers did their thing as they must I suppose...and then Wormhole was released and all is well again, and no surprise this one never got close enough to even frighten a table top!
I have not mentioned any subject matter because YOU REALLY MUST READ THEM!!!..go on do it!! Do it now!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2012
I read all three books back to back, really enjoyed the journey, even filling in the wee small hours a few times.
I can recommend all three books. Please read in series order to follow the story.
I will be looking out for more books from this author
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on 8 December 2012
Wormhole is the final book in the Rho Agenda trilogy and does everything that it should. The story started out as very much a traditional tale of good versus evil. The first book read very much as if it was intended for a young audience. Book two was more grown up. Wormhole is definitely an adult read. There are difficult themes in it: life; death; deceit and self sacrifice. This is what I liked most about Richard Phillips writing. The books have matured as his principals have gone from teens to adults. I think he is to be applauded for this achievement. It places him in the excellent company of Orson Scot Card.

So why did I title this review 'More questions than answers'? In Wormhole we are introduced to new elements in the conflict that underlies the trilogy. In the 'Second Ship' the story appeared to be about three young people finding themselves involved in a galactic war through an accidental discovery. By the end of Wormhole the war has become a clash of culture and technology. One civilisation is an aggressor driven to make new conquests by the demands of the wormholes it uses for interstellar travel. The other has mastered subspace technology. Their interstellar drive is far less demanding of energy and far more friendly to life forms. But why is this second civilisation acting to hamper the spread of the wormholes? What happens to the civilisations they assist in the clash? Why do so many of the civilisations they assist go on to fail? And was it an accident that the heroes were drawn in to this conflict in the first place?

Wormhole provides the some satisfactory answers to the questions that the 'Second Ship' raises. However, at the same time it provides the foundation on which the author can build if he so desires. Personally, I hope that Richard Phillips does go on to write another series books set in this universe.

So having had so much positive to say about Wormhole, why do I only give it four stars? The answer is simple, the final battle. I had real problems with this. In part I felt that the violence was depicted far more graphically than was needed. On top of this there were obvious deficiencies in the science. I am not going into detail because that would be a plot spoiler. I just felt that this section of the book had been written in a hurry and would have benefited from tighter editing.
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Any person who has watched much science fiction over the past few years will know most of the concepts from this book. There is travel through wormholes - Stargate. Super soldiers - X files and others. Nanites - Star Trek (Seven of Nine). Sub space - Star Trek. Kasari Collective - The Borg. Even the author refers to similarities with such films/TV such as Total Recall and The Twilight Zone.

Even the basic plot of releasing a convicted criminal to help the good guys sort out a major problem is quite hackneyed with a similar plot being used in many films and TV shows and possibly giving rise, many years ago, to the old adage of 'Poacher turned gamekeeper'.

That said the book was still written in a way that kept me interested. Maybe it was the short chapters, some only as long as one page of text, that kept me hooked and the pages seemed to fly by although some of the fight scenarios did drag out. I think the author's (Richard Phillips) technical background clearly shows in some of the writing.

It was the wormhole plot that initially attracted me to this third book in a trilogy despite not having read the first two volumes. While it was quite feasible to get the gist of the story line I do think it would have been preferable to have read the two previous books.

Overall this was a good rehash of many well known science fiction ideas and so 3 stars for the writing rather than the plot.
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