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The Athena Project: A Thriller | [Brad Thor]

The Athena Project: A Thriller

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Don LELAND, NC, United States 04-10-11
    Don LELAND, NC, United States 04-10-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Nice spin-off, good listen"

    OK, I'm a Mitch Rapp, Scott Harvath, Alex Hawk, Jack Ryan, James bond fan. Yes, this book does not compare to those, but I believe the Project has promise. These ladies were introduced in "Foreign Influence" by Thor, so you should read that if you want more info on the new characters. I enjoyed the new addition to Harvath's circle of friends. I will definitely give this group of ladies another chance when Thor releases the next volume.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Woodbridge, VA, United States 12-19-10
    James Woodbridge, VA, United States 12-19-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Just Not Good"

    I'm a big Thor fan but I wish I would have listened to the other reviewers and passed on this book. This one lacks the realism of his other books. Character development is lacking, there is zero suspense, his females operatives don't come across as professionals with all the discussion of who's dating who, fashion choices, etc. It's just....not good, and not a representation of Thor's usual ability.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Tucson, AZ, United States 12-03-10
    Scott Tucson, AZ, United States 12-03-10 Member Since 2008
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    "The Athena Project"

    I have listened to over 400 audiobooks, most of them thrillers. This is a great start to a new series (hopefully). As with most, the narrater makes the book and Marvel is great. I look forward to book #2 of The Athena Project.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phil edelestein, IL, United States 08-06-12
    Phil edelestein, IL, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Ok if you like rambetes"

    It was ok I guess - I hoped it would go into the selection and training of the unit but it didn't. The action got a little sci fi there for a bit.

    If you like Cussler you'd probabbly enjoy this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Schmidt Mid-America 11-25-10
    C. Schmidt Mid-America 11-25-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Only okay"

    This was an okay listen, although it seemed pretty formulaic. The "all ladies team" was an interesting idea, but the author's understanding of how women interact with each other is very, very limited. The story was fine and the narration was fine. One thing: although this is unabridged, it sounds abridged to me. It has odd little jumps and if it truly is unabridged, then it has some editing issues.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley Houston, TX, United States 11-24-10
    Lesley Houston, TX, United States 11-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Athena Harvath lite?"

    Well after months of waiting for another heafty dose of Thor, we get this female alomost thriller. Why?
    It was an alright story but come on Brad, hows about a little meat next time please.

    Still a fan in Houston.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 04-09-14
    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2013

    Giving out fewer stars because I was inflating my start in a way that did not differentiate the mediocre and the fantastic.

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    "Great Concept Not Fully Developed"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book, but it was a spin-off that did not stand on its own. If this had been the first Brad Thor book I had read/listened to I would not have looked for more of his work.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was fine.


    What three words best describe Elizabeth Marvel’s voice?

    Great voice/voices


    Was The Athena Project worth the listening time?

    It was worth listening to but raw.


    Any additional comments?

    Brad Thor does a great job writing about a hero with a supporting cast. The Athena project had a team of heroines without a central heroine. There just was not enough depth to warrant a team. The conflict situations moved too quickly for team action. The characters were not developed well enough to hold your attention in team action.. The dialogue between team members was minimal.

    With a team I think every character must has a singular awesome purpose. While some characters on the team are said to do this or be better at that, none really demonstrated their hero status in any situation. I actually found this better demonstrated in the Athenas in another Brad Thor book with Scott Harvath as the protagonist.

    When I first started listening to the book there is a very kick-butt scene, and I thought Brad Thor had nailed it, but other than that one scene there really was nothing else.

    All of Brad Thor books that I have read/listened too have been popcorn and peanuts hero, action, intrigue. This book is no different, and it is fun from that stand point, but none of the characters were as well developed as Harvath or Nicholas. This means that they were not as interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Luong Los Angeles, CA 03-13-14
    Michael Luong Los Angeles, CA 03-13-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Charlie's Angels"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was probably my least favorite amongst Brad Thor's work. I enjoyed most of the Scott Harvath series and found them a little more serious and believable.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was pretty predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    This book read too much like a "Charlie's Angles" movie. The dialogue between the female operators on the team felt too cliche' and made it feel more like a teenage drama half of the time. Not believable that trained operatives would have that much catty talk but what do I know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Matthews, NC, United States 02-25-14
    Brian Matthews, NC, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Are you kidding?"

    While I generally like Brad Thor's books, this one was a joke. The dialogue between the main characters was juvenile and at times laughable. The plot, or attempt at multiple plots was confusing and hard to follow. None of the characters were very well developed. I could not recommend this book as a read for anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ed from Virginia Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, US 07-28-13
    Ed from Virginia Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, US 07-28-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Who is trying to impersonate Brad Thor???"
    What disappointed you about The Athena Project?

    This book was so totally implausible, that I could not even finish it. It was like a bad imitation of an old Charlie's Angels script. The narrator was just not able to convey the shoot 'em up scenes with anything approaching convincing detail. She has a nice voice, but just not for an action book. I have been a very avid fan of Brad Thor, but this book does not measure up at all.


    What could Brad Thor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There was just a cliche on every page....all hot women...all chipper dialogue....all deadly shots....all close calls....four women with pistols overpower and kill a force of professional security specialists with machine guns...all without a scratch or messing up their make-up.... It was more like a comic book plot than a novel.


    What aspect of Elizabeth Marvel’s performance would you have changed?

    She has a lovely voice, but just not for an action novel, and especially not one where she had to narrate for a known protagonist.... Once you get used to a reader like George Guidall being Scott Harvath, it is just not possible for a woman to do him justice, no matter how good she is.


    Any additional comments?

    Everybody is entitled to an off day. I'll just pay closer attention to the plot line if I give Thor another chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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