The Athena Project

The Athena Project

by Brad Thor

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The Athena Project 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 405 reviews.
CyclopsGN More than 1 year ago
Having read all of Brad Thor's nine previous thrillers, and having become a real Brad Thor fan and an on-line member of "the Thorum," I looked forward to my special collector's copy of "The Athena Project" with great anticipation. When it arrived, I wasted no time in starting to read. The opening ten chapters are vintage Brad Thor: A written-for-the-movies chase scene, a page-turning exploration sequence that ends with a horrific descriptive revelation, and multiple subplots (each with its own characters and setting) that you know are ultimately going to thread together. Over the next thirty chapters, those same elements recur in different though similar contexts. But I've gotten used to the hard-boiled tension maintained throughout the Scot Harvath series, and was frankly disappointed in Brad Thor's latest thriller, and not just because Harvath appears in only two brief scenes. First, the reader is given a convincing explanation of how female anti-terrorist operatives receive the same training as their male counterparts, that they are just as tough and dedicated to their profession, and that, indeed, their femininity makes them a better choice for some assignments than some macho ex-SEAL agent. Chapter 2 reintroduces Alex Cooper, Julie Ericsson, Megan Rhodes, and Gretchen Casey, who first made their appearance in Thor's previous best-seller, "Foreign Influence." In that novel, they were very strong complements to the fearless and heroic Scot Harvath. But "The Athena Project" is supposed to be the story of their heroics, sans Harvath. Each is a thirty-ish college graduate with extensive background demonstrating her mental and physical prowess. Unfortunately, in the scenes that are designed to take up the time for them to travel from point A to point B, their vapid dialogue is very sophomoric and morphs them into a smart-assed version of Charlie's Chicks. There were enough developments and page-turning scenes, however, that kept me hooked through chapter 48. But the final twelve chapters were a letdown. The resolution of the character relationships and subplots seemed contrived. The first nine thrillers all had a sense of immediacy to them: Something disastrous absolutely was about to happen and had to be averted before the clock struck twelve. Nowhere does the plot of the terrorists in this story have that same sense of immediacy and impending doom. And so the story ends, with the four young women enjoying a drink to celebrate the successful completion of their assignment, and one of them about to make a move on "Mr. Right Now." In previous Brad Thor books, one chapter began on the next page following the end of the preceding chapter. In some paperbacks, chapters begin in the middle of a page. "The Athena Project," in its original hardback copy, is 322 pages. But, for some reason or another, someone made the decision to begin each chapter on a right-hand page. The result of this publishing decision is that there are 32 blank pages. I'm guessing that, especially in light of such lengthier stories as "Blowback," someone at Atria Books said, "290 pages does not a thriller make." I'm still a Brad Thor fan and would highly recommend any of his earlier works. Maybe this one is a victim of his own bar having been set so high. I'd re-read any of the nine Harvath books in a heartbeat. This one can wait.
AuburnTigersFan More than 1 year ago
to the Harvath Series. This book was boring and dragged on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Brad Thor fan, love the Scot Harvath character but this one falls way short on detail and suspense. Too many large leaps in the story ruined this for me. After finishing the book I felt like it was written for a "Hollywood" movie. If you like the Scot Harvath character, you will be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Harvath, not sure what possessed Thor to write a book that combined Stargate with Skin-a-max. Bring Harvath back, maybe to investigate the murders of these 4 characters.....
Chocolattez More than 1 year ago
Formulaic, with obvious characters from other books thrown in, little or no plot or character development. Appears that Mr. Thor was in a hurry to meet a deadline and just threw something together. Did not lead me to wish to read another book by him.... too boring, implausible and in my opinion demeaning to women....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was so excited to see a new book by Brad Thor..what a disappointment!!..Agree with other poster..He did not develop the characters and the plot was silly... Mr.Thor, please write more about these ladies and let us know more about them, but no more unbelievable junk...Cannot recommend this book and would not even bother with the paperback...
Robynn More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when this came out! However, I am disappointed in how flat all the female characters were. No one stands out and the characters were not developed. The plot was crazy and jumped around a lot. After reading this book, I still don't know much about the Athena team members. I think the author had a chance to pull us in with these new characters, yet he didn't. Overall, an Ok read- wait for the paperback.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I waited much longer than I usually do to read this book. The reviews were not good so I wasn't expecting much. It was much better than I thought it would be. I would say it was in line with all of Brad Thor's books. I wouldn't mind seeing more of this team and more of them working closely with Scott Harvath.
JakReacher More than 1 year ago
Terrible! One of the very worst books that I've read, and I'm a Thor fan. What ever possessed Brad Thor to write a story about a beautiful, sexy spec ops team of women? AND, chasing after a WW II Nazi invented transporter device capable to sending EMP bombs anywhere in the world, undetected. This is like some sick, twisted collaboration between Clive Cussler and Matthew Reilly and Barbara Cartland. Our hero, Scott Harvath, makes an appearance but as nothing more than a nobody gopher with his balls cut off as he caters to the whims of the sex-kittens. No reason to include Harvath in this other than as an attempt to tie Thor's other stories into this. From the awful story and ridiculous characters I would expect Thor to want to distance himself (and Harvath, his cash cow) as far as possible from this garbage. The "girls" in this story have been carefully selected for their athleticism, determination, work ethic along with their large breasts and long legs (and I'm not kidding). We are led to believe that they are as tough as any Delta, SEAL, Recon or Spetsnaz soldiers and they prove it by kicking ass on every special forces guy that comes along without breaking a nail and giving the constant Cussler-like witty dialog as bullets fly past their heads. Apparently all of the trained soldiers shooting at them cannot maintain their excellent marksmanship in the face of such beauty and large, Kevlar enhanced, breasts. Oh sorry, no body armor here. It would only clash with their uniform of choice; slinky evening gowns wherein they somehow manage to conceal their 9mm Glocks. I particularly loved the scenes with the constant sexual banter over who's sleeping with whom and how they are the "...smartest, best looking, hardest working warriors (they) know". Sadly this is clearly a work up to a sequel and perhaps (God forbid) a series. Oh, Thor, what have you done?
finneganBD More than 1 year ago
I read all of Thor's other books in one night......could not put them down. I waited so long and so anxiously for this one. What a disappointment. I don't think I can even force myself to finish it. No characters to connect with and a plot way too far out. Scot Harvath, please come back.
Simon Robertshaw More than 1 year ago
starts well and goes south fast. perhaps he needed some quick cash....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read just about all of this books. They've never been great but they've been readable. This one just dragged on-and-on-and-on. I could not work up much interest in the characters, the dialog was dumb, and the plot ridiculous. I found myself skimming over large chunks of it just to get through it. This book wasted my time.
JaMaMaMonkey More than 1 year ago
This book was super short and very uninteresting. Most of the novel centered around a bunch of random characters that were not the "athena group". The battle scenes started and ended simply and several times the writing stopped in the middle of the action for the next chapter to start hours or even weeks later. If it wasn't for the interesting plot line I'd have ditched this book 10 pages in. All in all very poor writing and one of the few times in my life I've read a book and wanted my money back.
Lynie More than 1 year ago
Delta Force created THE ATHENA PROJECT, the code name for their all female, top-secret operatives. Selected for their intelligence and athletic abilities, not to mention their incredible beauty and impressive measurements, these four women can apparently overpower even the most trained terrorists while wearing evening gowns. Following a deadly terrorist attack in Rome, the four are dispatched to find and capture the arms dealer who supplied the weapons. They eventually follow the trail of a transporter device invented by the Nazis that can supposedly transport bombs through a portal (think time travel). Unknown to the Delta quartet, the US government wants to install this transporter in the secret underground facility they've built below the Denver Airport. Along the way, the gals are able to covertly enter any country they choose, chasing after and annihilating international bad guys without so much as chipping their nail polish. Friends have told me for quite a while that I should try one of Thor's books, but I guess I picked the wrong one to start with. Reminiscent of CHARLIE'S ANGELS, this is a silly, silly book with a terrible plot. Lynn Kimmerle
SaginawMN More than 1 year ago
This book was ridiculous. It appeared that Brad Thor turned his pen over to a woman (no offense) who write completely different than a man. I couldn't get through it because it was stupid. Don't buy this one. I'll think twice before buying another one of his books.
MSWallack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the Athena women when Thor introduced them in Foreign Influence and it was clear then that they were destined for a spin-off. I may like this series, but Thor needs to do much more to make each woman individual. Taking a few paragraphs at the beginning of the book (literally) to describe each woman and try to explain how she differs from the others simply didn't individualize them enough for me. That said, I did like that they weren't quite as indestructible as Scot Harvath. It will be interesting to see where this series goes.
dmouse77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A decent book, but I had hoped for a lot more. The plot seemed a little confused. There were two or three plot points that could have been explored in much more detail. It seems more a series of action sequences separated by exposition chapters and ends very abruptly.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was actually kinda lousy. I had high hopes for a terrorism-fueled story in which a team of specially trained female Delta soldiers take out the bad guys, but Thor jams in waaaay too many characters to flesh out believably and sympathetically.Disappointing.
alohaboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brad Thor has brought front and center a small team of elite female counter terrorism operatives from a support role in his previous book. The action is nonstop, the plot a bit implausible but Thor makes it work, and the Delta Force team is a breath of fresh air. While I thought the author should improve his skill at writing dialogue--the dialogue among the four females seemed forced and occasionally silly--the women handled with military precision all of the dangerous situations they encountered; and there were a lot. It was an enjoyable read.
JamesterCK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My opinion: I was so excited to get this book. After reading the synopsis, who wouldn't want to read a book about a group of women who kick butt for a living? The four main characters of this book are Julie, Gretchen, Megan, and Alex. They make up part of a faction of the Department of Defense (DoD) called The Athena Project. It basically goes off of the principal that women are better able to carry out some missions, as they are seen as less of a threat and can slip by unnoticed a lot of the time. Gretchen Casey is kind of the leader of this group, but they're all tough cookies. This book pretty much revolves around some potential terrorists getting ahold of some old Nazi technology: a transporter that could be used to move people...or to send bombs to their enemies. The U.S. government knows that if this horrific technology fell into the wrong hands, it could be catastrophic. So they send in the four women to bring down some of the major players, try to get them to talk and find out whatever they can. Will they be able to stop these madmen before they can unleash their weapons on the world? I wasn't 100% sure I would like this book much when I first started it...there was a lot of government and military in the beginning, and while I felt it was probably important to the story line, I found it hard to get interested in it. Once the women start going out on missions and taking down the bad guys, it got a lot better. There were quite a few intense action scenes and a lot of humor thrown in along with it. All in all it was a good read, and I hope there will be more books in the future with these characters! My rating: 4/5 stars
TooBusyReading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A thriller that focuses on a Delta Force team - female undercover, government-sanctioned counter-terrorists who are not above doing some really violent things in their quest to eliminate the bad guys - how can you go wrong? The story is a quick read, filled with action, and never boring. Equipment from some truly horrible Nazi experiments has been rediscovered and apparently is being used again. Throw in the whole DIA (Denver International Airport) conspiracy theories, and you have a wild ride.The prologue is quite violent, and a mystery until farther into the book. The violence doesn't end there, of course. Do the ends justify the means? There are bad guys galore, and some questions about who is good and who is bad. The women are tough and smart, none of this whimpering, "I need to be taken care of" attitude. The author states "all of the science in this novel is based on reality," and I found the science and history fascinating.There are a few things that caused me to give the book a lower rating than I would have otherwise. Too many gunfights at the OK Corral, and how is it that with all the automatic weapons fire aimed at them, the important characters seem to manage to never get hit? It didn't seem very realistic, but that is a common peeve of mine in thrillers. The women, and for that matter, some of the male characters, would be called by their first names, their last names, their nicknames, and it was tough keeping them all straight. After reading a comment by a friend who had already read the book, I jotted down some of the names and characteristics of the key players. That helped.I don't think that would have been necessary if the characters had more depth. Some of the female seemed almost interchangeable. Their conversation was sometimes stilted and too cute. Maybe this one was taller than that one, or blonder, but I never got to really know them. Their conversations were sometimes stilted and too cute. But perhaps I am expecting something of a thriller that does not work in one. Perhaps knowing the characters better would have bogged down the story. All in all, this is a fast-paced and exciting read.Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of the book for my review.
ATechwreck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A man's take on women. Read if you like stereotypical "Charlie's Angels" women agents. The plot and action are good.
cmeilink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I found the plot interesting¿an all-women Delta team engaged in the search for a secret buried by the Germans after the war¿the writing itself was somewhat stilted and lacked flow.
PatrickJIV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This could have been a comic book, w/all the characters involved. I could call all the "exciting" situations that the girls found themselves involved with, but you knew they was going to either talk their way out of it or shoot it out! Surprised I lasted the entire book and disappointed in the story line of Brad Thor. I was generous with a 2½ star rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago