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 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. Part of a top-secret, all-female program codenamed The Athena Project, four of Delta’s best and brightest women are about to undertake one of the nation’s deadliest assignments.
When a terrorist attack in Rome kills more than twenty Americans, Athena Team members Gretchen Casey, Julie Ericsson, Megan Rhodes, and Alex Cooper are tasked with hunting down the Venetian arms dealer responsible for providing the explosives. But there is more to the story than anyone knows.
In the jungles of South America, a young U.S. intelligence officer has made a grisly discovery. Surrounded by monoliths covered with Runic symbols, one of America’s greatest fears appears to have come true. Simultaneously in Colorado, a foreign spy is close to penetrating the mysterious secret the U.S. government has hidden beneath Denver International Airport.
As Casey, Ericsson, Rhodes, and Cooper close in on their target, they will soon learn that another attack—one of unimaginable proportions—has already been set in motion, and the greatest threat they face may be the secrets kept by their own government.”
Have you read my biography? If you have, and maybe if you have now, you will see that my wife and I have eight children. The reason I bring that up is that seven of them are girls. I enjoy a good novel that has some really good heroines in them, especially the kind that are contained in this novel: intelligent, strong willed, successful just to name a few. Basically the attributes one would hope for in any child. Thor has been able to walk the fine line between cartoonish behavior of the opposite sex and nailing this on the head, and he has nailed this on the head. The dialogue was excellent, the character development was nice for a debut, and he tied everything up in a nice bow for us at the end.
The inclusion of his other characters from his previous novels was a nice bonus and added a nice touch to the plotline. I was grateful Brad Thor added them; it gave the novel a familiar feel and helped settle me in a bit more. Even if you aren’t a father of a girl or girls, this is a fun novel for all the right reasons. If it helps me get the chance to read a Brad Thor novel more than once a year, bring it on. If you are a fan of any size of Brad Thor’s, check out his website it is really nice: http://bradthor.com/#/home/
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