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The Athena Project: A Thriller

by Brad Thor

Atria Books | September 7, 2011 | Hardcover

The Athena Project: A Thriller is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.16 in

Published: September 7, 2011

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439192952

ISBN - 13: 9781439192955

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A really good read, but the characterization kept it from being a great read. Since this is my first exploration of Brad Thor's world, I suspect there's some back story and character histories that were lost on me, which likely would have helped. Having said that, The Athena Project is a really good read, but the characterization (and the tendency to have too much happen off the page) is what kept it from being a great read. I expected more of a Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn type thriller going into it, but I was surprised instead to find it more of a James Bond kind of story - with an obvious twist. Here it's the women of Athena (an all-female Delta Force team) who run the show, with their male counterparts relegated to more of a sidekick or love interest role. They're all beautiful, athletic, and deadly, but I found little to distinguish them. I had a hard time keeping track of who was who, until I realized it didn't really matter - they're virtually interchangeable. The experiment at the heart of the novel is 100% something that could have come from a lost Bond novel. Without giving too much away, the basic premise of the novel is that the Nazis experimented with teleportation/wormhole technology during the war, but were forced to abandon their equipment when the tide turned against them. The USA has been trying to recover (and reproduce) that technology for years, leading to a nice bit of urban legend propaganda about Denver International airport, but they're one step behind the bad guys. That's where my other complaint comes in - far too much of the cool stuff is left off the page. The horrific aftermath of the failed experiments is detailed again and again, with body parts fused to rock and protruding from impossible places, but we never actually get to see the machine at work. Similarly, for all the effort that's put into setting up the clandestine secrets of Denver International, the payoff just isn't worth it. Overall, it's a briskly paced novel, with some great action sequences, some amusing banter, and some inventive interrogation scenes that definitely raised an eyebrow or two. It's a book that has blockbuster movie written all over it, and strong enough in the storytelling that I'll gladly give Brad another chance.
Date published: 2012-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Girl Power + Mission Impossible = great read! If you like action/political/thriller stories AND you're always on the lookout for strong female characters this is a book for you! The book is about a Delta special forces team who goes to the super dangerous places, and completes the impossible missions that nobody else can do . . . oh, and the team is ALL WOMEN! The story is exciting and fast-paced, the locations and the activities the team pulls off are very clever and engaging, and while the four women's characters aren't fleshed out enough to really make them fully individual - they sort of come across as almost interchangeable - the author does include lots of the gallows humour that tends to go along with people doing the kind of ultra-dangerous missions these women do and that makes the story even more enjoyable. The plot - which I won't spoil - is a combination of arms dealers, the U.S. government's bad behaviour secret actitivies, Nazis, and experimental technologies [oh, and we're told at the beginning of the book that all the technologies talked about in the story are real which gave the story and extra twist of interesting] combined with kick-ass, super-impressive chicks as secret agents. It's a fast, fun really exciting read, and I enjoyed it a lot!
Date published: 2011-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This was a departure in that Scot Horvath played a minor role. The Athena operators (female Delta group) were the stars of the book. I still prefer Scot Horvath as the main character.
Date published: 2011-05-11

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The Athena Project: A Thriller

The Athena Project: A Thriller

by Brad Thor

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.16 in

Published: September 7, 2011

Publisher: Atria Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1439192952

ISBN - 13: 9781439192955

About the Book

From #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Brad Thor come a brand new series staring a female covert op.

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CHAPTER 1 PARAGUAYAN CHACOTRIPLE-BORDER “SANCTUARY”SOUTH AMERICAPRESENT DAYThe heat was unbearable. Ryan Naylor was drenched with sweat and the butt of his Glock pistol chafed against the small of his back. Some might have said it served him right. Doctors shouldn’t be carrying weapons; even here. But Ryan Naylor wasn’t just a doctor.As the thirty-two-year-old surgeon slapped another mosquito trying to drain the blood from his neck, he wondered if he was being led into a trap.“How much farther?” he asked in Spanish.“Not much,” said one of the men in front of him. It was the same answer he’d been given repeatedly since they’d gotten out of their Land Cruisers to push deeper into the jungle on foot.In the canopy of trees above, multiple species of birds and monkeys called down, upset at the alien presence.Half of Naylor’s Camelback was already empty, but he’d yet to see any of the Guaranis he was traveling with raise their canteens.The men marched in small-unit fashion, keeping five yards between each other in case of ambush. They carried rifles that looked like relics from the Gran Chaco War of the 1930s. How they managed to keep them from rusting in the oppressive humidity was beyond him. But as he had learned early on, the Guaranis had a much different way of doing just about everything.Naylor had been sent to Paraguay by the U.S. military to gather intelligence. He was based out of Ciudad del Este, Spanish for City of the East and capital of the Alto Paraná region.Begun as
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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.

About the Author

Brad Thor lives in Park City, Utah. A world traveler at thirty-one, Thor spent extensive time traveling and living abroad.

Editorial Reviews

"Think 007 in stilettos and you've got the women of The Athena Project. The thriller genre just got shaken and stirred." - Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tough Customer