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The Athena Project by Brad Thor

February 28th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Requested for review

Publication date: November 23, 2010

Publisher: Atria

I give this book 2.75 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com: The world’s most elite counterterrorism unit has just taken its game to an entirely new level. And not a moment too soon . . .
From behind the rows of razor wire, a new breed of counterterrorism operator has emerged.

Just as skilled, just as fearsome, and just as deadly as their colleagues, Delta Force’s newest members have only one thing setting them apart—their gender. Part of a top-secret, all-female program codenamed The Athena Project, four of Delta’s best and brightest women are about to undertake one of the nation’s deadliest assignments.

When a terrorist attack in Rome kills more than twenty Americans, Athena Team members Gretchen Casey, Julie Ericsson, Megan Rhodes, and Alex Cooper are tasked with hunting down the Venetian arms dealer responsible for providing the explosives. But there is more to the story than anyone knows.

In the jungles of South America, a young U.S. intelligence officer has made a grisly discovery. Surrounded by monoliths covered with Runic symbols, one of America’s greatest fears appears to have come true. Simultaneously in Colorado, a foreign spy is close to penetrating the mysterious secret the U.S. government has hidden beneath Denver International Airport.

As Casey, Ericsson, Rhodes, and Cooper close in on their target, they will soon learn that another attack—one of unimaginable proportions—has already been set in motion, and the greatest threat they face may be the secrets kept by their own government.

I was disappointed with this book.  When I read the synopsis I was so excited.  A group of females who were smart, beautiful and deadly trying to stop a terrorist attack-what was not to love?  Unfortunately the book just did not live up to my expectations.  I never felt any attachment to any of the characters.  They all fell a little flat and it felt like the author was trying too hard to make them female versions of the typical male commando.  For the most part the interaction of the characters is joking about sex, guys and more sex.  There was even one of the women who seemed to be in love with her superior officer who happens to be married.  There wasn’t much background for this romance so it was hard to feel sorry for her pining for this guy.

The story itself was somewhat interesting but the bad guys also fell flat and other than the fact that they were taking part in these horrible actions there wasn’t much in their character to make you despise them or really care about what happens to them.  Overall not one of my favorite reads.  I’ve heard that Brad Thor’s other books were much better so I will probably give him a second chance but I would pass on this one.

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One Response

  1. Kailana

    That’s too bad that this book didn’t work better for you!

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