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Publisher Description

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor, the first in a thrilling series featuring Delta Force’s newest members: four fearsome, deadly, and incredibly skilled female operatives.

Part of a top-secret, all-female program codenamed The Athena Project, four 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 US 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 US 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.

Elizabeth Marvel
hr min
November 23
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

rios4life_509 ,

Not Really Good

I am a big fan of Brad Thor. Started from book one all the way up until this one and this is by far the one that should not have been released. Too futuristic, and not enough operative action for me.

DrFunk ,

Great thriller and very entertaining.

Picked up the audio book to listen to it while driving 5 hours and the trip flew by. I did not want to get out of the car after I arrived. I would describe it as fast action, tense situations, international intrigue and entertaining. It has military style violence and mild adult language that should not be offensive to most adult readers as the language was used to highlight the intensity of the situation. The narrator does an excellent job with the voices and personalities so that you know who is speaking instantly. The premise of the situation is a little far fetched however if you let that slide (as this is a work of fiction), the advanced technology shows the potential power of the technology and how it can be used for good or evil. I did not need coffee on my late evening drive as it kept me awake all the way!

Harvey Preston ,

Brad slipped a cog on this one

I've read all of Brad Thor's work and I've always been willing to suspend belief for his brand of entertainment. Also I'm always hesitant to disparage anyone who can sit down and write 400 pages out of thin air. It's not easy. But I count The Athena Project as his big mistake. The characters are completely unbelievable, the dialogue ridiculous and the plot thin, boring and cliched. . Maybe because it's a male writer trying to put himself in the mindset of a group of women. I got through the book partly through loyalty to Thor and partly in hopes that something would somehow coalesce. It didn't happen and I was relieved when it was over. I believe if an unknown writer had submitted this manuscript, it would never have been published. I'll continue to read his books, but I hope he goes back to his core characters.

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