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The Athena Project (Scot Harvath #9.5)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  8,078 Ratings  ·  604 Reviews
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. Par

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Atria
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I enjoyed this book a whole lot more than the last two Scot Harvath I read. While they are mainly focused on gratuitous violence and anti-Islamic extremist rants, this book was a little more about plot and interesting action sequences. I was reminded a lot of early Thor novels.

The novel is by no means perfect. Some of the plot is confusing and seems extremely contrived. There were a few sequences where I was left wondering what the point was only to have it loosely tied back in through an explan
Dec 05, 2010 Lynn rated it liked it
I waivered between 3 and 4 stars for this one. The story was good, the characters were good, the writing was good, but...
I struggled with keeping people and locations straight until right near the very end of the book when everything started to come together. I didn't feel like we were given enough time with the women of the Athena Project to get to know them and care a great deal about them. We got bits and pieces of information about each; where they were from, what their specialties were as f
Feb 21, 2017 Skip rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Really pathetic to label this book, Scot Harvath #9.5. A couple of token appearances and no significant involvement in the story. The plot was pretty decent: EMP devices being delivered through a Nazi-created portal by a Croat. Send in the clowns ... oops, I mean Charlie's Angels ... oops I mean the Athena Project: highly skilled, military-trained women to use their charm and skills to foil the evil plot. I was dissatisfied with the unidimensional female operatives, mostly because Thor failed to ...more
Jun 23, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok
Half way and I just had to quit. Couple days later I tried again and regret it. What a trite piece of junk this clunker is. The story is just barely cobbled together without much thinking. The Delta stars are 4 beautiful and sexy females and this author can't write women very well. Their dialogue is just like mens locker room banter dialogue. Women don't joke around like men. Women are women--not men. Then the secert Nazi WonderWeapons are just a hoot and nearly comical. Geezzz, make it just a l ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Jan 05, 2011 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it did not like it
So, here is some "star" explanations.

If I were rating this book on the story alone, I would give it 4 stars. This book is a real page turner, full of action. I loved how the pieces to the puzzle came together from so many different places with so many different people working at it. I always come away from stories like this very grateful for the men and women who put themselves out there everyday to protect our country. So many people giving so much that we don't have any idea about, really. And
Nov 21, 2011 Patrick rated it it was ok
Charlie's Angels meets Delta Force and blah, blah, blah. You know the drill in a a book like this: Men are REAL men, women are REAL women and drug overlords from the Balkans with excessive body hair, personal hygiene issues and sexist attitudes are REAL drug overlords from the Balkans with excessive body hair, personal hygiene issues and sexist attitudes.

But thank god Team Barbie Doll (Diversity Edition™) is on watch to protect us all from the above, as well as some confused mess about "rediscov
Mar 22, 2011 Marialyce rated it did not like it
Shelves: march-2011
Don't ask? I needed something for my MP3 player and I chose this one. This book was like the Charlie's Angels of the Delta Force. Of course they had lots more sex than Charlie's girls ever did all in the name of country. Why is it that whenever we need someone to save the world, they are thin, good looking, brilliant people? Why can't a spy be a bit homely, over weight, and maybe not so bright?

Well, I did give it two stars which means it did fill up some time in which I half heartedly listened t
Dec 03, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
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.

Chris May
Apr 23, 2012 Chris May rated it did not like it

The Athena Project is code for an all female special/black ops group that is tasked with hunting down bad guys ala mission impossible. They are sent to track down top secret Nazi transporter technology that was abandoned at the end of WW II and has now been revived and fallen into the wrong hands.

The book reads like a Charlie's Angels movie script. Which wouldnt be that bad except...all the characters are cardboard cliches. The plot is highly predictable, and I didn't care
Jan 03, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, thrillers
Fun Fun Fun! This was fast-paced fantastic entertainment! As a teenager I always told my mother I wanted to be a CIA agent because no one would ever suspect me...well, this book proves my point :-) Just a couple nit-picky things kept me from giving this 5 stars (I still put this on my favorites list) - by the last fifth of the book I was annoyed by some of the juvenile banter (mainly because it was just the same stuff I'd heard through most of the book already) and the ending came really fast. I ...more
Giovanni Gelati
Dec 01, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing
Right on the heels of Foreign Influence comes a new project from Brad Thor, The Athena Project. Was I pumped, excited, impatient to get it, ready to read it, looking forward to it? To put it mildly, yes, that and much more, I ran out ways to say how much I wanted to get this novel and read it. I am a big Brad Thor fan and was happy to see him branch out and do something a little different. Let’s get to what the action is all about:
“The world’s most elite counterterrorism unit has just taken its
2.75 stars

A typical action-pack espionage story Brad Thor's style. Only, this time the women of Delta team took the lead with Scot Harvath being the guess star. Probably a start of new series with female super heroines, to go side by side with Scot Harvath series.

It's been a while since I last read book with this genre. The story led us from Venice, to Prague, Serbia and a compound in remote Russia.The multiple perspectives from the ladies operatives, the bad guys, and other law enforcement per
Aug 22, 2012 Ed rated it liked it
Shelves: military
Although this novel is a quick, entertaining read it is essentially populated by cartoon characters. The Athena Project is comprised of four superwomen from the Delta Force. While in other series we are asked to believe in supermen, such as the author's Scot Horvath, it is only one such individual. Multiply this by four, reverse gender each time, and you really strain this limits of 'suspension of credibility'.
This was probably a trial balloon for a series that thankfully has not appeared.

Carmaletta Hilton
Jan 02, 2011 Carmaletta Hilton rated it liked it
This was my first Brad Thor read and it was okay. The story of Kammler's device was interesting. I had a hard time telling the women apart, though. They weren't fleshed out very well, and they were referred to by so many different versions of their names that it was hard keeping them all straight. They were just very cardboard characters and I hope that if Thor writes more with them, he will flesh them out more and make them real characters instead of just interchangeable sexy badasses. The dial ...more
Aaron Meier
Dec 22, 2010 Aaron Meier rated it did not like it
Take the campy fun of Charlie's Angels and cut it out, burn it and bury it and what you have left is The Athena Project. Completely flat characters, by the numbers plot, laughable dialogue and mind-numbing prose.

I typically stop reading a book this bad, but felt I had to finish it so I could justify this review.
Oct 08, 2016 Ian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spy-thriller
A very good spin off of the Harvath series.
Sep 15, 2011 Christine rated it did not like it
Boring writing style, too many characters and too much sexually charged dialog throughout. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Bob Milne
Feb 28, 2011 Bob Milne rated it liked it
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
Dec 01, 2010 Susanne rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-adult
First Line: The sound of suppressed gunfire in the narrow fuselage was drowned out by the roar of the slipstream coupled with the plane's engines.

This is definitely a plot driven book, not a character driven one. Character development was left more to stereotypes. I never really got a feel for who each of the members of the Athena team were. Yes, the author stated their strengths when he introduced them, but each character was almost interchangeable. I just referred to them as the team in
Zach Shields
Oct 16, 2011 Zach Shields rated it it was amazing
"The shooting started almost immediately, and Casey, Rhodes, and Ericsson dove for the ground. There was no cover to be had anywhere. They were sitting ducks, and what was worse was that tunnels had a bad habit of funneling gunfire right at you. They had all drawn the pistols Vleck had given them, but they knew their weapons were no match for the fully automatic weapons they could hear being fired just outside." This quote is just one of the very many suspenseful and action packed passages in t ...more
Oh for gawd's sake...Thor can't write strong women fershit. I wonder if his spouse belongs to the Junior League. (OK, OK, that was a low blow...rewind.)

I don't think critical thinking was a competency identified for any of Mr. Thor's courses/curricula/degree(s), if plural. I've heard of knee-jerk liberals (although I am w-a-y beyond that--I'm flaming) but I don't quite know how succinctly to label a reactionary sexist American-terrorist sonofabitch. (Ya see, that's not succinct) Clearly, though,
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: thriller
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Dec 02, 2010 Debbie rated it it was ok
I was disappointed with this book. When I read the synopsis I was so excited. A group of females who were smart, beautiful and deadly trying to stop a terrorist attack-what was not to love? Unfortunately the book just did not live up to my expectations. I never felt any attachment to any of the characters. They all fell a little flat and it felt like the author was trying too hard to make them female versions of the typical male commando. For the most part the interaction of the characters is jo ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Lee rated it it was ok
Pretty hilariously bad! Like many Thor novels, this starts with and contains an interesting, slightly horrifying conceit that the bad guys plan to foist upon the world. Like many Thor novels, this ends quickly, with the baddies going down like paper targets at a shooting range. Reads like a Sharper Image catalog product-placement seminar wrapped in an apologia for the Global War on Terror. Still pretty enjoyable to read about the supermodel Delta force operatives going undercover.

"When the women
2.5 stars

This is the first book that I have read by Thor (hehe - just saw Avengers, sorry). Actually my husband picked it out as an audio for us to listen together when we drive up to our vacation place. My lackluster engagement may be because we had large gaps of time between listening sessions.

This is a very typical thriller with the exception that the "heroes" are a group of women who have been specifically selected for their looks and athleticism to be trained as part of delta force. While
Abhijit Dasgupta
Dec 12, 2014 Abhijit Dasgupta rated it liked it
This seems like a fairly typical Brad Thor book. The concept of a female-only Delta Force team seems to serve as a excuse to heighten the level of sexual banter and innuendo, not at the expense of action but at the expense of developing any of the antagonist characters. The "villains" are almost cartoonish, with a real lack of established motivation behind their plotting. In "Lions of Lucerne", at least the back door politics of burning a damaging bill was okay as motivation. In this book the mo ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Burt rated it it was ok
Not Brad Thor's brightest hour. I guess I need to back up and read Thor's "Foreign Influence" wherein he first introduced his readers to these characters. There simply wasn't enough character backround and development provided. I shall get a copy of "Foreign Influence" and see if it is something I missed by not reading it first. I wish that these authors/publishers would number the works chronologically (from the continuing characters' perspective) on the book page where they list all the author ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Nov 17, 2010 Tara Chevrestt rated it really liked it
What an exciting read! I'd love to see this made into a movie. It's full of action, incredible gadgets, parajumping, high speed chases by boat and motorcycle, and even World War II stuff. (I'm not sure if the WWII stuff is true. I doubt it, but it was interesting nonetheless to me, a big fan of books involving that time period.)

But what really makes this book good is the four women the book focuses on. Alex, Gretchen, Megan, and Julie are a part of a special anti terroism unit consisting of just
Melinda Elizabeth
Sep 01, 2011 Melinda Elizabeth rated it it was ok
I picked this off the NY Times best seller list of 2010. Must have been a dry year for best sellers if this made it to the top of the bunch. Think of it as Charlies Angels, but without the sassy 70's one liners and bland, indistinguishable characters that are likely to bore the crap out of you. No joke, I had no idea who anyone was throughout the whole book. They all sort of melded into one another. There was some weird love intrigue going on between two characters that went no-where so it must ...more
James III
Aug 11, 2014 James III rated it did not like it
This is the first Brad Thor novel I've read. I was hoping, given the author's reputation, that this tired cliche' of 'the female version of...' would be present in at least an interesting way.
Boy was I wrong. I guess you could call this a summer read - which I take to mean, don't expect too much. The book is populated with the women of Athena who are all Delta operator. And of course, drop dead good looking. Despite all their various skills, it seemed the only thing they're good for is leading w
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