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Wormhole (The Rho Agenda, Book Three) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Phillips
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Book Three in the Rho Agenda trilogy

When the Rho Project’s lead scientist, Dr. Donald Stephenson, is imprisoned for his crimes against humanity, the world dares to hope the threat posed by the Rho Project’s alien technologies is finally over.

The world is wrong.

In Switzerland, scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider have discovered a new threat, a scientific anomaly capable of destroying the earth—and only Rho Project technology can stop it. In exchange for a full pardon, Dr. Stephenson agrees to create a wormhole that will send the anomaly into deep space. But his promise masks the alien agenda that brought the Rho Ship to earth.

Now a trio of altered humans, Heather McFarland and Mark and Jennifer Smythe, must infiltrate Stephenson’s wormhole project and stop it, no matter the cost. The ultimate battle has begun and, this time, mankind cannot afford to lose. The final installment to Richard Phillips’s Rho Agenda trilogy brings the epic tale to an explosive conclusion that will echo long past the final page.

About the Author

Richard Phillips was born in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1956. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1979 and qualified as an Army Ranger, going on to serve as an officer in the US Army. He earned a master’s degree in physics from Naval Postgraduate School, completing his thesis work at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After working for three years as a research associate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he returned to the army to complete his tour of duty. Today he lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Carol, dividing his time between developing simulation software for the US military and writing science fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1141 KB
  • Print Length: 539 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (Nov. 20 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TBSLR2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining read Nov. 16 2013
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I'll start with why I give this 'only' a 3 star rating. I really did enjoy reading it. Fast-paced, action-packed, no major plot holes that I could see and quite creative. It's a book I was able to mostly get lost in. And of course if you've read the first two books you have no choice but to read this one to get some closure. And that's ok. The spy/action stuff is pretty typical though as is the dialogue. I don't want to insult Mr. Phillips by saying it's derivative but that's how it feels. So while I couldn't give it four I nevertheless feel Richard Phillips has done well. I'm comparing him with writers like Stephen Hunter on the action side and Dean Koontz on the creative side so he's got some tough competition in this review. I recommend the book with a caveat that you read the first two first. It would be far less enjoyable if read alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good 3rd book in the series. May 26 2013
By Larry
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I recently discovered this book on Amazon as the third in the Rho Agenda Trilogy. Having already read the first two novels some time ago, I decided to re-read the entire trilogy from the start. Just completed late last night after four days of reading enjoyment.

This series has a well developed plot line and characters, and was very satisfying. In addition to the closure that this third book provides to the main plot line, there are enough dangling ideas to provide for a continuation of the story line going forward. I very much look forward to that.

Great job, Richard !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely captivating reading Jan. 21 2013
By Maurice
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After waiting for some time for this third book of the series, I can assure you that I was not disappointed. Absolutely fantastic reading. Although the book starts out a bit slow (the first 30%), the author kicks into high gear with a story that just glues the book to your fingers. You find yourself wanting to read ...just another chapter. You can't seem to easily put the book down. The action scenes describes vividly what is happening. I have read other stories written by other authors and can confirm that even if you describe a fight/action scene it doesn't automatically make it captivating. This authors does it right. The author spends lots of time describing the science behind this adventure and does a very good job of it. I loved the whole series so much I would recommend that you read all three books. Money very very well spent. Another thing about this series is that it does have an ending unlike some others who write a never ending story. Because of this you are not disappointed to get to the end of a very good well written captivating intriguing story. This story would make a great SCIFI movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves 10 stars! Great conclusion to the series. Nov. 24 2012
By R. HATHAWAY - Published on
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I have been waiting for this book, the third and final episode of "The Rho Agenda" to finally be published and it was well worth the wait. Sometimes 5 stars are given to a book because it is a fun read or pretty good, but this book deserves a better score than the regular 5. It is finely detailed, events happen logically, has well developed characters, kept me on the edge of my seat (literally--I could hardly sit still!) and I had even peeked at the ending when it got too tense so I knew how it was going to end. The action was terrific and really thrilling. There are some unanswered questions that could easily be developed into a new series but all the important loose ends are tied up satisfactorily.

I would recommend reading the series in order to get the full enjoyment of the entire plot. It has been over a year since I finished the first two books and I have a poor memory for details so there was enough refreshing of previous plot points to keep the story moving smoothly, but you will really enjoy the first two books as well.

Briefly, the story is about 3 teenaged friends who stumble upon an alien star ship that had crashed in the New Mexico desert years before. Their curiosity and the ship's subtle attraction lead them to become changed by their encounters with the ship. That leads to problems in their daily lives and school activities as their special talents are developed and become public in book one.
The second book involves their growth in abilities and increase in problems with the government when scientists find the second ship and start messing with it in the second book. Enter an evil scientist who has his own agenda for using the secrets of the alien artifacts.
Then finally the third book where the kids are becoming adults, having adult feelings, and fulling developing the specials skills that will be needed to counter the renewed strength and political power of the evil scientist when he is restored to his former glory and is given even more power than he had before. The government wants to suppress the use of their special skills because they fear what they can't control and they do not know that they will one day be needed to fight for the safety of everyone on Earth.

Now I'm not a great writer so the stories are much better than they look when outlined as I have done above. If you read the description of the author and notice all the skills, experience, and learning he has and remember he uses many facets of his own background in these stories it will give you an idea of the thrilling parts I have left out.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting SF Page Turner Nov. 20 2012
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I have read all three books in the trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed them. Because the first two books contain a tremendous amount of background information and character development, do yourself a favor and read them first for a fuller understanding and appreciation of Wormhole. (All three books are available for Kindle at a reasonable price.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Conclusion to the Trilogy Nov. 20 2012
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I read the first two books and was anxiously awaiting the release of the third book. I do recommend reading the first two books before diving into this book. Richard was kind enough to let his avid readers get a preview copy of his book. This has to be one of the best (initially) self-published sci-fi trilogies on Amazon. Richard's style is reminiscent of Tim Zahn's, of Star Wars fame, style. Very good military type action and descriptions. His physics are also well described and in reasonably understandable detail for a non-physicist and throws in enough reality to actual physics concepts that makes the physicist in me squeal.

This is an action book, first and foremost, with some language and violence that is probably inappropriate for children. However, the action is well tempered and never gets too graphic. The characters, while not entirely fleshed out, are believable in their reactions and responses and have enough substance to keep you caring about them. There are still some loose ends at the conclusion, but it is satisfying nonetheless. All in all, a good read and highly recommended.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast & furious intelligent SciFi - thoroughly enjoyable in every way! Jan. 30 2013
By P. Smyth - Published on
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Well, Wormhole certainly lived up to the promise of the earlier Rho books! Buy them all and read them start to finish!
Phillips has arrived as a top author for intelligent SciFi. The pace of the story is breathtaking as he carries his complex characters towards a thrilling conclusion to the Rho story. His science is confident, subtle and tantalising.
At times the portrayal of the US agencies is 'Bourne-like', but that just makes me want to see the Rho books on-screen.
The book is high-quality digital publishing (well-written, well-proofed) - no annoying typos here.

NOTE... to shoppers who have not read Book One (The Second Ship) and Two (Immune): it is not really possible to read Wormhole out of sequence and pick up the complex threads. Start at the beginning - you won't be disappointed.

Slight spoiler note... The conclusion of the Rho series is very satisfying, but I can't help but wonder whether Jennifer and Raul's role could open some interesting doors for Phillips in the future... not quite concluded?

My ranking rules:
5-star (*****) EXCEPTIONAL: Faultless; awe-inspiring; humbling; a good ambassador for the genre, deserving broad readership; potentially a classic of the genre.
4-star (****) EXCELLENT: Highly recommended; difficult to fault; completely satisfying.
3-star (***) GOOD: A really good read and thoroughly enjoyable; time well spent; minor and few misgivings.
2-star (**) OK: Unlikely to inspire or to offend; ultimately doesn't measure up to the broader body of work in the genre, and therefore may disappoint.
1-star (*) POOR: Life-shortening, ineffective, rife with error and a waste of ink (whether on physical- or e-paper).
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completes the Series Nov. 20 2012
By Michael J. Smith - Published on
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This book fully completes the series in ways that only reading it yourself can do it justice. There is one totally unexpected turn of events that might both shock and sadden the reader, but that is all I am going to say about that. The technical details with respect to the physics are awesome and the details of the interworking of the federal government are completely accurate.
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