Once Dead : The Rho Agenda Inception

  • by Richard Phillips
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • Series: The Rho Agenda Inception
  • 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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....

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Not my usual cup of tea but pretty good

This book is really more of a spy novel than a fantasy or sci-fi book. There is just enough of a sci-fi fantasy element to give the protagonist a direction and reason to do what he does and that is about it. I hope they expand upon the sci-fi aspects at a later date, but I am halfway through the 2nd book in the series and not so much has been added yet.

The novel is good for a spy novel. All the characters are turned up to 11. I mean everyone is the absolute best at what they do. No person or thing in this series is anywhere near the normal end of the spectrum. It is a bit irritatingly over the top at times, but not enough to really hamper the book. That is more me whining than actually a complaint.

I really have to hand it to Macleod Andrews. I thought he was good narrating Sandman Slim but he takes it to a whole other level in this series. Each chapter is from a different character POV and every voice is completely unique and distinct. He has accents from all over the world and doesn't mess up even once. Even if I didn't care for the book the skill the narrarator shows alone would be worth a listen.

If you like spy novels (I don't usually read them). You should like this one. In the future if he expands on the sci-fi aspects the series should be even better. It's worth a credit as long as you understand you are getting a spy novel and not urban fantasy or sci-fi.
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- Cliff "I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help."

Great new action thriller!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes and I have already done so. The action is non-stop and the narrator is fabulous.


What did you like best about this story?

Jack Gregory and Janet Price. These two characters from The Rho Agenda are fun to imagine.


What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His character voices are great without being so over the top that it pulls you out of the story. His voice really brings the characters to life.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several but to avoid spoilers I will vaguely describe three. The first is the scene in Poland at Kazimer's estate and the second is the hotel room scene in Prague. As for the climax, it is great from start to finish.


Any additional comments?

You will have a lot of fun listening to this audiobook.

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- Farall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-19-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio