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The Azrael Initiative

(Kayla Falk #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Best friends Kayla Falk, an engineering student, and Olivia Bellamy, who is studying nursing, are nearing the end of their college career when terrorists attack their university. Through a combination of cleverness, bravery, and luck, the two manage to foil the deadly plot. A mysterious man from the United States government, Mr. Hightower, sees their potential and attempts ...more
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Published March 3rd 2017
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Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
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I thought this was a good story, although written in a somewhat simplistic style. I'm sure the situations Kayla and Olivia found themselves in should have been far more violent and problematic. Everything was just a bit too easy for our female protagonists. If it hadn't been for the subject matter I would have thought this book was more intended for a Young Adult audience (no slight intended as there are some excellent YA books out there). I also thought the dialogue was slight
Sadie Forsythe
Dec 29, 2016 marked it as dnf
DNF 5%

I know I didn't give this book much of a chance, but the writing style is too simplistic and YA-like for me, especially considering the plot to come. And honestly, I'd been told what Kayla ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the all important first 5%. If that's the level of detail I can expect I'd prefer to bow out now. (Plus, the narration uses the characters names so frequently I thought I might shake my Kindle in frustration.)

As an aside and having nothing to do with why I DNFed th
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Azrael Initiative (Kayla Falk Series, #1) by K. Hanson Book Review

Reviewers Note: "I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased."

Delving into the complicated world of terrorism, this upcoming book from author K. Hanson, The Azrael Initiative (Kayla Falk Series, #1), is a
relevant look into the fight against the terrorist organization ISIS and the way in which we view the Muslim community as a result of this terrorist
organization. Here is a synop
Mikayla Gray
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
The Azrael Initiative isn't my usual read. I like a bit of fantasy YA and a bit of contemporary YA, but this book falls somewhere in between. It's certainly not fantasy, but it's not exactly contemporary either. Even so, I ended up really enjoying it. The writing style and overly simplistic plot weren't to my tastes (more on that below!) but I loved the strong friendship between Kayla and Olivia that was at the heart of this novel. After a bit of a slow start, the story gets its hooks into you. ...more
J C Steel
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Kayla Falk is an engineering student, whose biggest concern is her graduation project. Unlike most students, she even has a guaranteed job waiting for her at graduation: working for her best friend’s dad. Her plans are looking good, but sometimes the sayings about best-laid plans love to prove themselves, and an attack on her university throws Kayla, and her best friend Olivia, into the middle of something neither of them had ever considered. When two teens beat off a terrorist cell, it’s not on ...more
Lisa DeWaard
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a wonderful book and very empowering for women. It's the story of two college students, Kayla and Olivia, who are best friends that survive a terrorist attack at their University using cleverness, bravery and luck. They are then approached by a mysterious government official named Mr. Hightower and invited to join a program to take on ISIS. They decline, until another terror attack happens at a place near and dear to them. After several months of training, the two women go und ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Azrael Initiative is a top notch, action packed thriller of epic proportions. it has a little bit of a YA writing style and spin on the two main characters. both of with at college age (late teens, early 20). it does how even have a great plot and story. it starts with college seniors and roommates/best friends, Kayla Falk and Olivia Bellamy, breezing through their final terms and making plans after. that is until the campus is attached by terrorists. Kayla and Olivia are able to spot the te ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This feels less like a novel, than a novelization of a screenplay, adapted by a not particularly proficient writer. The text is littered with paragraphs which seem more like stage directions than literature, and is startlingly repetitive. For example, in one section near the beginning of the book, five of seven consecutive paragraphs start with, “As she/Kayla…” It’s not necessarily a bad screenplay, with an idea containing some potential. But
Amy Shannon
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hard-hitting and Action filled

This story keeps the reader turning pages. The story is well written, and the action and terrifying terrorist attacks, are very well detailed. It's not always easy to write action but this book does it well. Kayla and Olivia are great leading ladies, and strong and brave. They have a great chemistry and that's why they can work so well, and even butt heads with each other. No relationship is perfect, but the depth of the back story as well as the journey and battle
Striking 13
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Kayla and her best friend Olivia are about to graduate when their university is attacked by terrorists, and their lives are turned upside down. Their ingenuity and courage at stopping the attack garners the interest of a top secret military program, the Azrael Initiative.

The Azrael Initiative is a rapid thriller that pits two highly capable grad students, turned highly trained operatives, against the threat of ISIS.

Full review here
Maia Gomez
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really awesome action packed read! While I'm not a huge fan of military or ISIS based stories, I really enjoyed reading about Kayla and Olivia's adventures. After foiling a terrorist attack on their school, the mysterious Mr Hightower enlists the girls on his team to go undercover in Syria to basically cause some chaos among ISIS factions and be a thorn in their side. In a town where unescorted women are abducted, raped and harassed, the girls must take turns with at least one of them always p ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Two college students Kayla Falk and Olivia Bellamy are just enjoying life and their last of year of college just waiting for graduation when they can start their new careers and lives. But before they graduate their school is attacked by terrorist. Kayla and Olivia single handily take the terrorist down. Afterwards they are approached by a man from the government a Mr. Hightower trying to recruit them to work for him to help take down Isis or at least some of their people but Kayla and Olivia tu ...more
Angie Pfeiffer-Senft
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I was graciously contacted by the author, K. Hanson, to receive a copy of “The Azrael Initiative” in exchange for an honest review. That being said, it has not altered my opinion of the book whatsoever. “The Azrael Initiative” will be published on March 3rd 2017 and available for purchase here.
There are times where I personally think it’s better when I’m contacted by authors to review a book, rather than be left with my own indecisiveness and try to pick my next read. It usually works out perfec
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Azreal Initiative was overall a good book. It had an interesting storyline that moved at a good pace. The characters were interesting and likeable. I found it to be an enjoyable, quick read. This was an interesting take on the fight against ISIS.
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Two pretty kickass lady friends versus evil.
Emily Maynard
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
First, many thanks to K Hanson, who provided a free copy of The Azrael Initiative in exchange for an honest review.

Kayla and Olivia are typical college students majoring in engineering and nursing. When they are caught in the middle of a terrorist attack on their university, they surprise themselves with their survival instincts. Their actions catch the attention of an Agent Hightower. He recruits them both to go deep undercover in a Middle Eastern city that has become an Isis stronghold. With s
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K Hanson is the author of the Storm Raven pirate fantasy series, along with the Kayla Falk thriller series. He's currently working on a new mature urban fantasy series.

K Hanson lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he works as a software developer. In his spare time, when he isn't writing, he enjoys reading, working out, playing video games, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Bobbi.

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