The Phoenix Rising

Rated 4.86/5 based on 7 reviews
As the most serious threat ever facing the galaxy now looms over them, Calvin and his crew continue their mission to expose the dark conspiracy haunting the Empire. Now a fugitive on the run, Calvin has no choice but to work alongside Raidan’s mysterious Organization. And form an alliance with a misfit band of fair-weather friends. Meanwhile ships are vanishing and murders are going unnoticed. More
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About Richard Sanders

I am Richard L. Sanders; I'm the author of The Phoenix Conspiracy along with Secrets of Silverwind, Betraying Nexus, and several other stories. I was married from 2014 until late in 2016, I have been an attorney for charity, and I love to ski, swim, have intellectual conversation, and genuinely enjoy helping people.

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About the Series: The Phoenix Conspiracy
A complex space opera of betrayal, conspiracy, political gamesmanship, war, dangers that threaten billions, poisonous ambition, thick clouds of grey uncertainty, and a charismatic and intrepid crew of young, expertly trained spies to do the impossible and make sense of it all--and save humanity--or die in the effort. Meanwhile the cunning chess-players and their gambits leave you guessing whom to trust and who is manipulating who, all while betrayal and blood mar the stars themselves.

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slan13 reviewed on Aug. 20, 2017

Very intriguing series, a must read!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Alex James reviewed on Nov. 1, 2013

The Phoenix Rising by Richard L Sanders - 5/5 stars

I needed to attempt the sequel after having read the first book. The writing style had the similar pace and excitement I have come to rely on.

This story answers some of the unanswered questions posed in the first book, but adds many more questions. I think I would have preferred the author to have answered all the pertinent questions related to this story in this book, rather than wait until the third book. However, these are sci-fi mystery novels, and the mystery did keep me hanging on, despite the lack of answers.

As for other criticism I did find it uncanny how the characters seemed to guess accurately what their adversaries were thinking, which made the action slightly less believable.

Overall this story is an intriguing, suspense-filled mystery that continues the story of Calvin Cross, Commander of a rogue Intel Wing craft called the Nighthawk. I think the military action scenes, the realistic portrayal of the characters and the intriguing scenarios they meet with are the most entertaining and aspects of this novel. Oh, and the fact that I can’t stop reading this series!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Darrell Candis reviewed on June 4, 2013

I must echo all of the other reviews. This is a must read. I literally couldn't stop reading it.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Andrew Kwan reviewed on Jan. 14, 2013
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Continues where the 2nd book left off, literally. Doesn't skip some period of time like some sci-fi serial novels do. Already is on my "must read" list of sci-fi books/serials. I was hooked a few chapters into the first book, so it was only logical I get this second one. Characters are nicely developed. Mystery stays just that: mystery. Unlike Susan Rose, I actually missed my own subway stop reading this book. ;)
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Eugene Moy reviewed on Oct. 6, 2012

After reading the first book, I was hooked! Bought and read it this morning. Great character development! Can't wait for the next one, hoping there'll be more afterwards :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Mike Hall reviewed on July 28, 2012

Very good book, I was so engrossed in it that when I came to the end of it, I was stunned, I wanted more! Can't wait for the next one!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Susan Qrose reviewed on July 23, 2012

I almost missed my subway stop – that’s how engrossed I was in The Phoenix Rising.
'Rising' picks up the story where The Phoenix Conspiracy left off. I recommend reading 'Conspiracy' first; while both novels are complete in themselves, the overarching mystery continues. Besides, you can’t beat Conspiracy’s price.
The series revolves around Calvin Cross and the crew of the IWS Nighthawk, one of a few phantom-class stealth warships serving the human Empire. Once stars of Intel Wing, the authorities are now actively hunting the Nighthawk with a dead or alive mandate. But just as Cross had questioned the motivations of the villain of 'Conspiracy', so his assigned hunter wonders about Cross’s motivations and is determined to take him alive.
Sanders’ series takes place against a well-built backdrop; his aliens have unique perspectives, beliefs and desires, rather than being humans in disguise; and his characters, human and alien alike, are all individuals with their own issues including addiction, unrequited love and youthful rebellion.
The only downside is that I have to wait for the next book in the series.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Mark Jordan reviewed on July 8, 2012

Just finished this second book of the series. It really got me in. Richard L Sanders has done a great job. Can't wait for the 3rd book to be published!! If, like me you enjoyed Stephen R Donaldson's The Gap series then you will also enjoy this. Well done Richard
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
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