The Athena Project - Brad Thor

The Athena Project

By Brad Thor

  • Release Date: 2010-11-23
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
4
From 312 Ratings

Description

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.

Reviews

  • Athena Project

    5
    By LindyPetanque
    Fast and furious action with a great plot. Couldn't put it down!
  • Don't bother

    1
    By Slaplace
    This has to be one of Thor's worst. He portrays his "all woman" covert team as ditsy and incapable of doing an assignment without stupid sexually themed dialogue. I think the author should stick to male operatives. At least he depicts them as professional and intelligent.
  • Ughhh

    3
    By Shippreck
    It was ok. Keeps your attention but parts were veeeeerry cliche and I felt I could have written half of it. Poor structure.
  • Lousy

    1
    By Ciscobear
    What a disappointment. Shallow, trite......etc. etc. Let's hope he isn't going the way of Patterson; just churn 'em out to make a buck.
  • Weak Cheeeez

    1
    By looeezyanna
    I have read several of Brad Thor's novels, and usually enjoyed them. However, if this had been the first work of his I'd ever read, it would have been the last. This was flat, uninteresting, undeveloped and basically hack work. Too bad because like he himself said, these characters deserved their own book. Well he gave it to them...I guess.
  • Interesting but needed work

    3
    By Gryff530
    The Athena Project is a story of a team of all-female operatives of the counter-terrorism team, Delta Force, who find themselves in the midst of a mission much larger than they every expected. When twenty Americans are killed in a terrorist attack in Rome, Athena Project operatives, Gretchen Casey, Julie Ericsson, Megan Rhodes, and Alex Cooper are tasked with capturing a Venetian arms dealer responsible for providing the explosives from his home. But following the arm’s dealer’s interrogation, they are tasked to check out a secret bunker once used by the Nazi’s during WWII as a scientific research center. They find the gruesome remains of inhumane experiments from the 1940′s but all the equipment and technology has been removed…recently. Now, propelled on a mission to discover the culprits behind the clearing of the bunker and the whereabouts of the supposed technology that once laid inside. Simultaneously, there is a storyline taking place in Colorado where a foreign spy is close to penetrating the mysterious secret the U.S. government has hidden beneath Denver International Airport, but she doesn’t realize that she is being played by the man she thought she was seducing. I actually finished the book back in early January, but I had a hard time figuring out what about the book that bothered me. I considered it an entertaining read, but something was making it feel eh to me for lack of a better word. That was until I saw an episode of Chuck (“Chuck versus the C.A.T. Squad”) that I immediately realized what it was that was disappointing. In The Athena Project, as in the Chuck episode, the four girls are all stunning beauties who are skilled weapons experts and tactical killing machines. They both use their feminine wiles to infiltrate and get close to their targets and then their cold-hearted training to carry out their mission; however, in The Athena Project there was a lack of humanity to the characters. When I say humanity, I don’t mean compassion, but more that they are so beautiful and so great at what they do that they seemed invincible. More like a superhero than a human spy with vulnerabilities and character flaws. In addition, I felt there was a lack of character development to the main cast of characters that made the four operatives interchangeable. I found myself many times pausing to remember the backstory of the character I was following and not being able to pinpoint which one it was. There was so little to separate them from one another that it was as if they were one person. Again, even in the single episode of Chuck the four women were distinctly different from one another. Each had their own issues, their own pasts and their own problems. Why is it that I felt more connected with four characters in a single hour of TV than I did with four protagonists over an entire novel? Somethings not right with that situation. Other issues I had with the novel involved the pacing and the seeming superlative secondary story arcs. Throughout the novel, the story seemed to be building to a climactic and epic ending; however, the ending was rather predictable and almost boring. There were parts in the middle of the book that had me on my seat more than the ending. Also, the entire story in Denver was interesting but there was no resolution as to why it existed in the first place. The dynamic between the two spies (one American, one Russian) both tasked with getting close to the other was intriguing, but the story arc was almost thrown away with a quick conclusion, and when it was done, I found myself wondering what was the point. This was the first Brad Thor novel I’ve read, and I know there is a number of books around a character who had a cameo in this novel, Scot Harvath, but as a first time reader. I find myself wondering if I want to try another one of his books. Where this novel falls short with protagonists that are more caricatures of female spies and the plot is weak and underdeveloped perhaps his other books stand out as resouding successes in a genre that is greatly entertaining. I apologize if this review is a bit negative. I generally like to stay constructive, but I’m afraid I may have been too harsh on Brad Thor’s recent work. It takes a lot to write a novel and I applaud his effort but I feel this needed a better editor to point out those substantive issues before publication. Let’s hope my next read of a Brad Thor novel is a more positive one. Rating: C As a last note, this novel is probably a perfect in-flight read. It would be a great one to pick up at the airport and read as you wait for your flight to take off. It’s fast paced, entertaining for what it is and brainless enough to not exhaust you while you travel.
  • Not his best

    2
    By Ryan O'Quinn
    I usually love all Brad Thor's books, but I didn't like this one very much. It felt very rushed to completion and the story wasn't nearly as captivating as so e of his others. Not sure if I like Athena teams superwoman save the day plots. If you want something fantastic, captivating, as well as a little more realistic, read the Patriot.
  • Brad Thor...

    5
    By Wenddffff
    Brad Thor is my cousin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Not his best work

    2
    By gwtr
    This is not his best work. It spends a great number of words with the "chick" thing. It does not enhance the character or plot development at all. The last thing I want to do is read the characters talk about their sex lives. In short there is a fuzzy story line built around female special forces.
  • Not the best

    2
    By MannyCurry
    I am a fan of Brad Thor's books until this one. It left a lot to be desired with a weak story line with less depth than his previous works. Hopefully this is just an anomaly and not a sign that the magic is over. I liked the premise, a Delta group comprised entirely of women but they need more development, again more depth. Here's to hoping the next one will give us just that!