Book Two in the Ripper/Rho Agenda series
Ex-CIA assassin Jack Gregory has been hired for a singular mission: to journey to South America and rescue an imprisoned shaman. Beloved by the struggling masses and feared by the ruling elite, shaman Tupac Inti is destined to unite Bolivia's indigenous people and bring down the corrupt government. But Jack isn't the only one trying to track down the shaman. For only Tupac knows the location of the immeasurably powerful Sun Staff, and both the National Security Agency and neo-Nazis are hot on his trail...and neither group plans to let him live.
The clock is ticking, and Jack must find and rescue Tupac before more sinister forces get to the shaman first. When Jack comes face-to-face with his equal - a stunningly beautiful NSA agent - he wonders if he can still pull the trigger and save his mission...even if the decision costs him his very soul.
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"Better than the first one"
This is a really slick spy novel with some slight sci-fi overtones. The novel is finally starting to become more sci-fi oriented, which is good in my opinion. It still is 90% a spy novel but the main thrust of the novel is about alien technology. It also advances the main chacters issues with the mind worm slighty, but way too slowly for my taste.
This is a fun action packed book and Macleod Andrews does an awsome job with the reading. This one is not really sci-fi (but it is getting their) but still a solid spy novel which is worth a listen. I look forward to seeing where the author goes with this series.
"Glad the story moved from supernatural to sci-fi"
For once, I get to go with the majority: this book is noticeably better than book 1. The supernatural aspects from book one are better explained here - in fact, they are now identified as coming from a sci-fi source. It makes much more sense to think of Jack as hosting an alien life-form, than as being possessed by a demon-like spirit. (Well, it does for me since I like action-sci-fi and don't like supernatural-ghost based writing).
The story seems to start off a bit sluggish... but if you make it through the first 1/4, it really picks up into a decent action novel. Lots of non-graphic violence and bad guys bite the biscuit on a regular basis. There is no romantic component to this novel - maybe a quick mention that Jack and Janet had a previous relationship, but no sappiness or sex goes on in here...
The story is independent of the first book, and it is fully wrapped up here too. The next book in the series might have the same characters, but it will have to be a completely different 'mission' since all the bad guys got their just desserts here.
The narration is very good. There is some non-graphic violence and only very occasional swearing, no sex. I'll read the next in the series.
"Jack and his demon are at it again"
I enjoyed the first book in the series and the second was also very entertaining
and yes, after a long while I could listen to it again
I haven't read this story line on many books so I just don't have one to compare it too.
Mr Andrews did a great job on bringing the characters to life, and I look forward to listing to many more of his works
Near the end in the cave, it was high stress, very emotional and it keep me listening till the end of the book
The second one in this series and it was just as good as the first, look forward to the next one SO PLEASE write another one Mr Phillips
Continuing this series is fun and entertaining. The performance was excellent and I look forward to the next book
Not add great as the original series, but these prequels do answer some of the questions I had.
"These books are wonderfully dependable!"
This series has been a real treat - one can only hope for more in the series - plus MacLeod Andrews is just wonderful as the narrator. I just love finding a series where you just want to get every book.
"Jack Burdened with Anchanchu, NSA and NAZIs!"
As with book 1, The Ripper has taken on an assignment of overwhelming difficulty, that of rescuing an imprisoned shaman who is the spiritual leader to many Bolivians. What he discovers later is that this leader holds the secret to a long hidden artifact of unknown but believed-to-be immense power and that the Bolivian Nazis will stop at nothing to attain it. Also, unbeknownst to Jack is that his mind worm, Anchanchu, fears what this artifact means to humanity and is playing mind games with Jack that ends up knocking him off his game. Add to this, the NSA has their own plans for the artifact and have sent their crack field agent, Janet Price (his former lover), to thwart Jack's attempts to rescue the shaman.
Both the writing and telling of the story continues to be above par and combine to make for a thrilling journey. Regrettably, the vague ending is anti-climatic and disappointing.
"Story was hard to keep focused on."
Story was hard to stay focused on. It felt like filler. I read the second ship series before this one and that one was much better.
"Richard Phillips is a genius"
I stumbled onto Richard Phillips "Second Ship" and the rest of the original three in late 2013. Then the rest of the series about a month ago. My only issue is that there aren't more to listen to. I will wait patiently. Richard obviously has technical knowlege and familiarity with the "ancient alien" subject that literally GLUED me to these stories, finishing each of them within 3 days.
Can't wait for more!
another great book in the series. If you like any of the previous books then you will enjoy this one.
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