Tucked away in a remote corner of North Carolina's Fort Bragg, behind rows of razor wire and heavily armed guards, lies the headquarters of the nation's most elite counter-terrorism unit: the United States Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta. Here, a brilliant new approach to combating terrorism has just been born. Its codename: The Athena Project.
The novels will follow an elite team of female warriors from their recruitment as top-level athletes, through their training, to their deployment on some of the most exciting and dangerous international assignments the fiction world has ever seen.
Brad Thor's listeners will be electrified as he employs his vast knowledge of covert operations and military intrigue to bring to life his most heart-pounding, globe-trotting thrillers yet.
©2010 Brad Thor (P)2010 Simon & Schuster Inc.
John Harvath is to the Bourne Project movies as The Athena Project is to the Charles Angels movies... hope you get the point.
Obviously, Brad did not have help from his wife to write this one. Beautiful female Delta Unit Operatives racing around Europe in evening gowns, shooting guns and chatting up how they needs dates. Skip this one and I actually bought the hardcover edition. His other books are much better. He is trying to start an Athena story line here - please help it die out, it's really bad.
As an active / outdoor guy, I love listening to audiobooks while trail running, hiking, etc.
I LOVE all of Brad Thor's previous books - and as much as I hate to say it, this one was a real letdown. I know these girls are no Brad Thor, but I found them to be quite whiney and a little too obsessed with sex and men in general.
A "fluff" book. Not what we expect from Brad Thor. The main characters were frivolous - they felt like Charlie's Angels. Perhaps the author is having trouble writing for characters that are female. Whatever the reason, it was very disappointing.
Brad Thor has created a fantastic cast of characters. If this was a movie it would be a chick flick that the guys would flock to. Strong (literally) beautiful, smart female characters that are Delta Force members but work only in their gal group. The story is tense, interesting and you will be on the edge of your seat for this one. Great, great read!
This book was definitely exciting and it held my attention. However, the exposition was odd because it started with its focus on a character that you don't see again anywhere in the book. The ending was totally abrupt and rather anticlimactic. Had I actually read the whole thing (rather than listened to it on a long plane ride), I think I would have felt as if I had wasted my time... Good story but I'd rank the actual writing structure as a 1 (out of 5).
The premise of the story is interesting, and I love spy novels, but this is written by a guy who thinks he is enlightened, who thinks that having women as Delta Operators is means that he believes women are equal to men, but at every turn, his underlying belief in women's inferiority to men is revealed. Just listen and you will hear the patronizing attitude, the way women can use their special sexual powers to infiltrate as no male operator could... which is, of course true, but the words this guys uses to express these ideas are not enlightened, and demeaning to both women and men.
Be less simple minded and open to the complexities of the world and the human experience. See Alex Berenson, Len Dieghton, even Ian Flemming. Clearly Thor can write a story and tell a tale, but his macho mentality does not work with such an interesting premise.
I know pop culture, spy novels, etc are really for entertainment and not about serious literature, but this is a "TV" Novel, so simplistic and really silly in its attitude that it lost me right away. I listen to books because I expect more depth than TV, not the same or less.
The premise of the book, about female delta Operators is Great. I don't know if it is true, but I like to think it is.
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