I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Second Ship by Richard Phillips
Series: The Rho Agenda #1
Published by Synergy Books on 5-1-2009
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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For sixty years, the National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, has been investigating the powerful technologies of a damaged alien ship, an effort dubbed the Rho Project. Now, the American government is ready to share the Rho Project discoveries with the world. But as the world scrambles to adopt the alien technologies, three high schoolers make another shocking discovery: hidden inside a cave in the New Mexico wilderness lies another alien ship. As the friends explore the second ship, they begin to unravel a decades-long secret involving an extraterrestrial war, government cover-ups, and secret experimentation using alien technology on humans. A battle has begun, and the secrets of the second ship may be the key to humanity's last chance for survival.
The Second Ship is a story about 3 teens who stumble upon a crashed alien ship. This ship gives them enhanced mental abilities. But at the same time, the government also has an alien ship (the first ship), and it would appear that ship’s creators had evil intentions in mind. Both ships were battling each other before crashing to earth, so obviously the humans in this story will ultimately be picking sides.
This was a really interesting story with some great twists and plot lines. I enjoyed the unique abilities the teens gained from the second ship, and the abilities/technologies revealed from the first ship. Things like agility, mathematics, photogenic memory, telepathy, and quick healing.
I didn’t like was one character who first discovered the second ship (and seemed to be fairly useless to the plot), some of the other bad guys tended to be a bit flat, and some parts of the book were just a bit too slow for me and left me drifting away from the story. Also, despite aliens, I really had to suspend my belief for quite a bit of the book as characters did stupid or impossible things.
Overall, a nice adventure/thrilled/sci fi novel that kept me (mostly) entertained the whole time.
I listened to the Audible version of the book and found the narrator to be excellent…one of the very few I have found no complaints with.