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The Athena Protocol

(The Athena Protocol #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  548 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Jessie Archer is a member of the Athena Protocol, an elite organization of female spies who enact vigilante justice around the world.

Athena operatives are never supposed to shoot to kill—so when Jessie can’t stop herself from pulling the trigger, she gets kicked out of the organization, right before a huge mission to take down a human trafficker in Belgrade.

Jessie needs to
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by HarperTeen
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Shamim Sarif Hi there - The Athena Protocol is a thriller about a rogue agency fighting trafficking, suitable for young adults upwards. The lead character is a you…moreHi there - The Athena Protocol is a thriller about a rogue agency fighting trafficking, suitable for young adults upwards. The lead character is a young woman who is LGBT...hope that helps!(less)
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
A cinematic and taught spy thriller with a sapphic main character! This is way outside my comfort zone genre-wise but it was an incredibly engaging book and hit just the right amount of darkness to make the story compelling and complex. I can’t wait to read more about these characters. SO so good.
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
My heart screamed for years.”
It’s a devastating image. A heart screaming. (c)
“I didn’t know you were attracted to . . .”
“Human traffickers?” I ask, still not meeting her eyes.
Kit smiles. “Well, I was going to say, attracted to women.” (c)
- ̗̀  jess  ̖́-

Spy thrillers will never fail to be straight-up cool, and The Athena Protocol is no exception to this. It's a James Bond-esque story starring women and with lots of action and adventure from start to finish.

Here, the spies aren't working for the government, which was an interesting change; instead, it's a small, private, almost vigilante organization called Athena, with three heads and three main agents who work undercover to save women from dangerous situations.

Jessie was a really
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Mission: Impossible for YA readers? That's what novelist Patrick Ness suggests The Athena Protocol is in a blurb on the dust jacket, and the comparison is reasonable. But while the Impossible Missions Force is connected with the government, Athena is accountable only to the strong-willed trio of women who run the organization. There's Li Chen, a technology innovator originally from Shanghai, now living in the United States with a vast fortune at her disposal. Chen Technologies is the perfect cov ...more
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Edelweiss, Fantastic Flying Book Club, and HarperTeen for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

Content Warning:
Human Trafficking, Death, Violence

Like I was mentioning above, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got this one, but I am so thankful that I read it. I was in love with this novel fr
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Jessie Archer is a member of the Athena Protocol, a secret all-female organisation that targets dangerous criminals around the world. The organisation is very strict on their methods to make sure that the criminals are imprisoned but never killed. When Jessie takes matters into her own hands and kills a malicious villain, she gets kicked out of the organisation before an important mission to take down a human trafficker in Belgrade. As she goes rogue to prove herself worthy, she’ll need to watch ...more
The Athena Protocol in a gist: Lady spies serve justice to the human scum of the world--MOTHER.EFFING.YES.


The character growth is strong with this one. It is so nice and refreshing to see concrete character development! Jessie starts her journey in a REALLY bad place; having had her first kill. She raises some good questions to herself--is it really terrible of her to kill a man who was trafficking women and was not going to stop? Is it up to her to decide? Why shouldn't she take justice into he
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Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

Spy stories aren’t usually my thing. I’ll even admit that I wasn’t really hooked when I started reading this book. Everything changed around chapter four, and I was suddenly transported into this world of young women fighting against the oppression of women, and the dangers that accompany the young women in this world. Not only that, but I got to see relationships with women that were beneficial, rather than toxic to each other,
This read comes from another one of my online library sprawls and honestly, I think it's pretty close to the real thing. (essentially I choose a collection and start borrowing based on the cover/title and sometimes the summary)

Some books turn out great, while others are ..... meh

Gripping for the moment, but a little woozy on holding my interest.

I like to rewrite summaries so here's mine:

Jessie messed up. By neglecting to follow protocol, she's lost her job, her team, and the next mission. But sh
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Thriller, Mystery
*Rating* 3.5


The Athena Protocol is the first installment in the author's yet to be named duology with The Shadow Mission following next year. The Athena Protocol is a secret spy agency of diverse female women who bring justice to the world's evil all over the globe. It was founded by three women (Peggy Delaney, Kit Love, & Li Chen) that uses young, brilliant, diverse, ultra-skilled female operatives (Jessie, Hala, & Caitlin) to save the women
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, lgbtq
I was expecting so much from this book and boy was I let down.

This book follows a poc rogue agency that takes on the jobs that the world governments either can’t or won’t take on. Sounds amazing right?

We also follow a diverse cast who all get their time to shine and their background explored. So far, so good.

Unfortunately, lacklustre writing and a run of the mill plot links turned what could have been an amazing poc lgbtq+ book into a boring book that I wasn’t interested in.
✨ livia ✨
My Rating: 4 stars

In The Athena Protocol, the members are never supposed to shoot to kill. So when Jessie messes up and can't stop herself from shooting to kill - even if it was just one time - she faces serious consequences, such as getting kicked out of Athena, an all-woman vigilante justice group that takes on missions across the globe to better it. Jessie gets kicked out right before a major mission to Belgrade to take down a major human trafficker, and she feels that she has to launch h
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
Why am I getting major Black Widow vibes from both the cover and the synopsis? (I'm probably just physically craving that movie... anyway, this books sounds like a great way to read out of my comfort zone and I'M HERE FOR IT!)
Kait Goodwin ★Kait Plus Books★
AMAZING! Can't wait for the sequel!
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
4 1/2 stars. RTC for blog tour. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my review copy.
Jul 21, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-tbr
Mission Imposible, but with an all girls organization and queer....

Okay, I’ll bite.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoa... This book was a non-stop action thriller from the first page to the last with Jessie being a kick-ass protagonist. A spy thriller like this, I haven't read in recent times, maybe never, this would make a brilliant action movie.

The book dealt with the issues of human trafficking where Athena was the covert operational agency started by 3 women who wanted to make a difference and 3 operatives who did all the work. Jessie was one of the operatives, who took a decision against their protocol
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Athena Protocol is a fantastic YA action thriller with a whole cast of strong and diverse women who are unafraid to take risks to bring the bad guys down. High action scenes, surveillance with cool tech, hand-to-hand combat and sniper shootouts all with a positive message about working together, family, belonging and righting the wrongs of the world. I seriously loved this book and can’t wait to see where the next book in the series leads.

Jessie is part of the Athena Protocol, a secret group
rachel ☾
Jessie Archer is a member of the Athena Protocol, an elite organization of female spies who enact vigilante justice around the world.

how have i not heard of this?

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May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Athena ProtocolShamim Sarif
I was sent an advanced copy and I loved it!
Ms Sarif once again writes a page turner with strong female characters that you truly care about. She pulls you in from the first page with gritty action and her interesting and powerful characters are achieving great feats, and yet are somehow relatable and women I wish to meet. Ms Sarif tells a story like few can and describes each situation with such effortless detail that I almost feel t
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
Female solidarity, vigilante justice, and found families. Ultimately enjoyable! Review to follow.
Stéphanie Louis

I didn’t know much about this book before applying for it. The cover was eye-catching and the synopsis sounded like something that was made for me! And I’m glad that I could fit it in my busy student life. I literally screamed when I saw that I was chosen to read and review The Athena Protocol and I’m happy that I was because this book was amazing!

Jessie, our main character, is a member of a female spies group that wants to save the world from all the bad
The Athena Protocol is predictable but ultimately an enjoyable, quick read with an all-female cast of characters. It scratches some interesting topics of female solidarity, familial relationships, justice and vengeance, but unfortunately doesn't dwell much them. While I understand and even like the author's decision to keep the story fast-paced and action-packed, I do kinda wish there was more introspection and exploration of certain Jessie's traits and dark places.

I'm not sure if the book come
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq-rep

The premise was good, but I wasn’t a fan of the prose. Did enjoy the ending though, so I am glad I stuck around to finish it.
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabc-reviews
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THE ATHENA PROTOCOL was a fantastic YA spy/thriller that pulls you in from the start. Jessie is an agent of Athena, a secret organization of female spies who go around the world enacting justice. For instance, the beginning of the book has her team infiltrating a camp where women are being trafficked to help get them out and capture the man who is committing these crimes. However, when Jessie enacts her own brand of justice- agains
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

There were a lot of elements I really enjoyed about The Athena Protocol. Not only does it portray a variety of women from different walks of life who are committed to justice, but it has non-stop action. The Athena Protocol is very much a spy thriller, serving us tranquilizer darts and covert creeping. Set with the premise of Jessie, a very dedicated member who makes a decision to take
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first read of Shamim Sarif and I have already ordered her other books online! I typically do not read action books but was given an advanced copy and was drawn in from the start! This is such a great read - fast moving and great characters. I also thought I had it all figured out and knew how it would end. BOY WAS I WRONG! Love the ending and can't wait until the next one!
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Genre: YA Jason Bourne (yes, I'm making up my own genres!)

”Maybe we need thousands of smaller heroes every day every day instead of the occasional big one.”

Jason Bourne meets The A Team, but female!

I would be a terrible reporter, that’s a really bad tag line! But that’s the gist of this action thriller.

Athena is an agency created by women to help women for whom governments, for one reason or another, cannot save or enact justice for. They have a small team of spies, one of whom is our protagoni
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed-arcs
Find this review and more on my blog at Worlds Unlike Our Own .

Thank you to the publisher, HarperTeen, and Edelweiss for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Athena Protocol is a vigilante organization of female spies who go on missions around the world to enact justice and save girls and women. But when Jessie takes things into her own hands on a mission and kills a man holding a group of girls hostage, she is forced to leave the organization – right be
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Born in the UK, Shamim is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and director.

Her next book, The Athena Protocol, is an all-female YA contemporary action thriller that is published by Harper Teen in September 2019.

Her debut novel, The World Unseen, won a Betty Trask award and the Pendleton May First Novel award.

Shamim has adapted and directed the films of three of her novels including, most r

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