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Once Dead: A Rho Agenda Novel Audio Download – Unabridged

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Jack Gregory lies dying in a hospital in the slums of Calcutta. his terrible wounds inflicted in the savage fight he’s had with Carlton “Priest” Williams, the person he holds responsible for the murder of his brother. Sister Mary Judith came across his body and dragged him back to her very sparse clinic and watches as his life drains away.

Jack has always heard about the white tunnel that one passes through when dying, but his tunnel is more like a grey fog - he’s given a chance to accept Anchanchu, a brain worm, (who had occupied many people like Caligula, Nero and most notorious of all, Jack the Ripper). He gives Jack the chance to accept him and return to life. Jack decides that he’ll take the offer, (not fully understanding what this will entail in his future!)

In the year since his “rebirth”, Jack has taken on several clients with problems that needed sorting. His latest client, Rachel Koenig employs him as she’s convinced that Vladimir Roskov, leader of a Russian Mafia, has a hold over her husband, Rolf, a brilliant scientist building a machine that is intended to help look for minerals on the moon and other planets, bringing untold wealth to all who have bought into his scheme.

Jack very quickly discovers that not all is as it seems and finds that he’s facing enemies from all sides including a rogue group within the CIA. (His ex-employers)

I’m struggling to come up with a description that will push you into purchasing this book. I wanted to describe it as sipping a beautiful cabernet, but somehow with so many dead bodies, thought it would be inappropriate!

Normally I’m a fast reader, but I found myself re-reading some sections just for the pure enjoyment of the words the author had written.
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Having read Richard Phillips' Rho Agenda Trilogy I couldn't wait for this book to be released and pre ordered. Short chapters add to the fast pace of this spy/espionage thriller giving a magical back story to Jack 'The Ripper' Gregory prior to his appearance in the Second Ship (Book 1 Rho Agenda Trilogy). It matters not which you read first (this or the trilogy) because I firmly believe you will read everything from this author. Fast paced tight page-turner of a thriller.
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All through The Rho Agenda I was intrigued by the characters of Jack Gregory and Janet Price. What was their story? Why did Jack’s eyes sometimes seem to have a red glint? In this first of three prequels we get to learn much more about Jack and Janet and what makes them who they are.

Jack, a CIA agent on the trail of his brother’s killer, finds himself facing Carlton ‘Priest’ Williams and a gang of knife wielding thugs in a Calcutta alley. After a bloody fight Jack, well outnumbered and badly wounded, is found by a nun. Taken to a basic clinic and unable to be saved, Jack is pronounced dead. Until, that is, he’s visited by the demon, Anchanchu. Jack has an unimaginable decision to make.

Jack has been freelance since his revival and it’s his latest client who inadvertently involves him and Janet in a plot, masterminded by an accomplished scientist, the Russian mafia and corrupt members of the CIA, which threatens the safety and security of the United States. Once again the integrity of intelligence agencies and governments, and the way they operate at the highest levels, is called into question.

I love the supernatural twist in the story and how it relates to Jack and his deadly skills. Richard Phillips has created a fascinating and compelling protagonist, fulfilling the promise which began in the Rho Agenda. The narrative pulled me into the story totally and, as always, MacLeod Andrews gives a superbly delivered performance whilst actually raising the bar. As each chapter comes from a different point of view so the narration reflects that person’s characterisation. It works really well. Significant character development and an extremely fast-moving plot kept me hooked until the end. This was well worth the wait.
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Hunky, chiselled lean-muscled Jack is raised from the dead by an alien and is given even more superpowers than he previously possessed. So starts a tiresome, cliched meander through the 'exciting' world of espionage (and poor writing). Women are hard bodied sex objects, men are highly trained, steely eyed testosterone-fueled black belts in everything - and it's all just too ludicrous to bear unless you're a pubescent wanna-be James Bond. Even then I suspect you'd be disappointed by the daft plot, Mills & Boon romantic fripperies and 2 dimensional characters. The problem with having a 'young god' as a protagonist is that one cannot relate to him at all, he isn't remotely 'human' (even before the alien infestation). There is no tension because, as with Bond, the guy is an immortal; this is spy fiction as comic book fantasy.
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Have read all three in the series. The last was as good as the first and second, and the first was excellent. Fast read and action and lots of mystery to carry the reader forward, tense, enigmatic and three of the best reads I have had in the any genre
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