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The Second Ship by Richard Phillips

July 19th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Elizabeth at Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists for the chance to review this book.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: 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.

While the book did seem to drag at some points and there seemed to be a lot packed into this first book I am totally hooked on the series.  Brother and sister, Mark and Jennifer, along with their best friend Heather discover an alien ship and after experimenting with the technology they start to develop all sorts of special abilities.  So while at first a lot of what they seem able to do seems unbelievable for teenagers you will quickly get sucked into their adventures as they try to warn the NSA about some sinister plots by the head of the Rho Project.   Under cover agents, Jack and Janet, add to the mystery as they try to figure out who has been sending encrypted messages to the NSA (really Mark, Heather and Jennifer) and in the mean time get mixed up in the secret experimentation going on with the Rho Project.  I did find it odd that Phillips portrays Jack and Janet as having a relationship despite apparently being some of the most elite agents.  From what I gathered this sort of thing is usually frowned upon and I can’t imagine agents that are as good as Jack and Janet would let themselves continue to work together after they became emotionally involved.  Despite little things like that this was an excellent first book in a series that will definitely leave the reader wanting to find out what happens next.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, General Fiction, Science Fiction

3 Responses

  1. blodeuedd

    First this one just made me go hm, but then I came to that alien part and got a bit more interested in it

  2. dsuzuki

    Yeah, it was interesting although definitely a lot of setup for the next book.

  3. Lorie Shewbridge

    This sounds really good to me…. I like alien stuff. It kind-of reminds me of the TV show Roswell that I really loved.
    Thanks for the review — I’ll put this one on my summer list.

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