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The Second Ship: Book One of The Rho Agenda
In March 1948, two starships engaged in a running battle through our solar system, combat that sent both alien craft plunging to earth, twin fireballs illuminating the New Mexico night sky. Although there were no survivors, the damaged starships lingered on, their makers’ agendas still alive and well within them. For decades, under DR. DONALD STEPHENSON, scientists on Los Alamos National Laboratory’s RHO PROJECT have secretly worked to reverse engineer the technologies of the only starship ever recovered.
Now the US president breaks the secrecy, announcing to the world that recent breakthroughs in understanding the RHO SHIP’s alien technology hold such important benefits for mankind that the Rho Project will begin a phased release to the public.
Shortly after that announcement, three Los Alamos High School juniors, HEATHER MCFARLAND and the twins, MARK AND JENNIFER
PRICE,stumble upon the second crash site in a remote canyon near Bandolier National Monument. While exploring the damaged starship, they try on three of four alien headsets, accidently triggering a link to the alien computers. That link alters their brains, unleashing a series of exciting and disturbing changes. The link also provides Heather, Mark, and Jennifer with the knowledge that the planned release of Rho Project technologies is a very dangerous thing.
Scared to reveal the existence of the SECOND SHIP for fear it will be turned over to the Rho Project team, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer anonymously alert the NSA to dangers within the Rho Project. But when the NSA sends a special team of fixers, led by the legendary
Jack ‘The Ripper’ Gregory,the three augmented young people find themselves pursued by government agents and technologically altered killers, their comfortable lives shredded by events beyond their control.
With a ragged homeless man, the first to find the Second Ship, bringing into question the Second Ship’s benign nature, Heather, Mark, and Jennifer uncover the frightening truth of illicit Rho Project nano-serum experimentation on human subjects.
One of Dr. Stephenson’s altered subjects, an ex Delta Force soldier known as CARLTON ‘PRIEST’ WILLIAMS, his inner beast unleashed by a newfound sense of invincibility, determines to end the NSA investigation into the Rho Project by kidnapping
Janet Priceand killing Jack Gregory.
When Heather, Mark, and Jennifer lead Jack to the discovery of Dr. Stephenson’s Rho Project secrets, Jack kills Priest and sends the damning evidence to NSA director, ADMIRAL JONATHAN RILES.
As Riles readies himself to present a presidential briefing that will stop the planned Rho Project’s alien technology release, Admiral Riles meets with his lifelong friend and fellow Annapolis graduate, VICE PRESIDENT GEORGE GORDON. With Admiral Riles unaware that his old friend has himself been altered by the alien nano-serum, he gives the vice president an advance copy of the report. The book ends with Vice President Gordon on an encrypted telephone line, telling a mysterious person to activate the Columbian. Hanging up, he mutters aloud.
“Damn it Jonny. You always were too smart for your own good.”