Review of Once Dead by Richard Phillips

January 7, 2015 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

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Review of Once Dead by Richard PhillipsOnce Dead by Richard Phillips
Series: The Rho Agenda Inception #1
Published by Amazon Pub on 2014-08-19
Length: 11:4
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Thrillers
Pages: 425
Format: Audiobook
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Jack Gregory, the CIA's top assassin, went rogue after a mission gone wrong. When a confrontation leaves him bleeding out on death's doorstep, he is faced with an offer from a dark figure named Anchanchu. If Jack is willing to act as a human host for Anchanchu, the entity will revive him and give him another shot at life. Jack takes the deal...but he must now face the consequences of having the same dark creature in his head as some of history's greatest villains. Struggling with desires and memories that are not his own, Jack is not the man he once was. One year later, he is known internationally as The Ripper, assassin for hire, and is faced with having to wrest control of his dark compulsions while preventing a nuclear attack on the United States. From the bestselling author of the Rho Agenda trilogy comes a globe-spanning thriller with a twist unlike anything you've ever seen....

Once Dead shows the origin of Jack Gregory, known as the Ripper, and one of the main characters in the Rho Agenda saga. It is a prequel and centers around Jack’s mission to stop a terrorist EMP attack on the Eastern United States.

The writing was really superb has great pacing, great plot development, and well-defined characters. This book actually had 4 strong villains, and two strong protagonists. I was never bored and enjoyed the story immensely. We see Jack Gregory struggle to control the demon within and ultimately to become a strong positive force in the story. And unlike perhaps James Bond, Jack Gregory doesn’t bother listening to villains and their plans…he just takes them out the first chance he gets.

Like the other Rho novels, this one is probably an adult novel, or at least an upper-YA one due to the over-the-top violence and profanity.

I listened to the Audible version. The narration was really well done. The narrator changes his voice often and always on target. It was very amusing as he did the crazy-German-terrorist accent.

Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this one and am looking forward to the next.

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