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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. Pa...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Atria (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lynn
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...more
Jerome
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
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...more
Susan
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.

T...more
Chris May
This...Was...Horrible.

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...more
Kelly
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
Ron Hummer
It’s hard to not like a book if you’re into four hot female ops agents who get the job done as well as Scott Harvath. In The Athena Project, Athena Team members -Gretchen Casey, Julie Ericsson, Megan Rhodes, and Alex Cooper - go after an arms dealer who is about to give weapons to someone that could destroy the world.
Unlike other books by Brad Thor, The Athena Project has some science fiction added to this story as well. I thought it was neat when he mentioned the old Star Trek series and how...more
Giovanni Gelati
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...more
Megatherium
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...more
Ed
Aug 22, 2012 Ed rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.

Thrill...more
Marialyce
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...more
Carmaletta Hilton
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
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.
Christine
Boring writing style, too many characters and too much sexually charged dialog throughout. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Debbie
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
Barbara
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,...more
Zach Shields
"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
Susanne
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.

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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...more
Bob Milne
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...more
Lee
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...more
Will
Jun 07, 2013 Will rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: thriller
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Burt
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
Melinda Elizabeth
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
Tara Chevrestt
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...more
Dolphe
Brad Thor's "The Athena Project" can best be described as entertaining enough, but I would suspect most Thor fans will be sorely disappointed. Thor, who has won acclaim for his testosterone fueled Scott Harvath series, tries his hand at a tale centered around an all female team of operatives. I was hoping for an Emma Peel kind of thing, perhaps, but was served up some Charlie's Angels clones. Harvath makes an appearance in the novel and it does little to improve things. Be forewarned that this b...more
D. S. Kane
The Athena Project is a good read. A paramilitary thriller with political overtones, it contains all the things thriller readers lik me enjoy: Non-stop action, convincing characters, and a twisty plot. Thor uses women as his paramilitary team and this makes his story better than those with Scott Harvath as the primary POV. He also follows the development of some advanced technology with its origins in World War Two, and that's what provides the biggest thrill in this book. While Thor's writing i...more
Cori Sherman North
Terrible writing, awful attempts at characterizations. Since it was only 322 pages I went ahead and finished it, but it was difficult. With no less than _60_ chapters (let's see, that gives an average of 5 pages per chapter, but there were plenty of blank, separating pages, so probably closer to 4!), and each of those chapters attempted to end at a cliffhanger, this makes for quite less than optimum story-telling! Which is too bad, the premise for a thriller could have worked very well.
Pamelia
Loved the book. Who else can create such a masterpiece? The rest of Brad Thor's books had been about Scott Harvath...and "Foreign Influence" introduced the female Delta Force, and then "The Athena Project" centered around this special group of women and how professional and necessary they are. Reading Brad Thor is keeping Americans abreast of the world and what's going on...I call it the Brad Thor "Wake up Call". Always a great read and hard to put down.
Cindi
OK, make it 2-1/2 stars. Mr. Thor should have turned his concept over to a female romantic suspense author and the book would have been more believable and riviting. This was a quick gloss-over of a James Bond style story. Action scenes read like a movie script and there was no depth to the characters. Why Delta chose only the extremely gorgeous women for the Athena Project? Because men will tell them more during pillow talk. Sheesh!
Carolyn
I knew this wasn't going to be a good book--I bought it in Grand Central when I missed a train and had to wait an hour for the next one--I was really just hoping for mediocre action I.e. the action/espionage version of a Grisham. But it did not even come near that level of mediocrity..

Exposition does not equal character development.

I stopped reading when it became clear it was not going to get any better.
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