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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616649607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616649609
  • ASIN: B005OHS9HA
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Thor nails it. A thriller both men and women will love.” --James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Doomsday Key

"Think 007 in stilettos and you've got the women of The Athena Project. The thriller genre just got shaken and stirred." - Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tough Customer

Book Description

Tucked away in a remote corner of North Carolina’s Fort Bragg, behind rows of razor wire and heavily armed guards, lies the headquarters of the nation’s most elite counter-terrorism unit - the United States Army’s 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta. Here, a brilliant new approach to combating terrorism has just been born. Its codename: The Athena Project.

The novels will follow an elite team of female warriors from their recruitment as top-level athletes, through their training, to their deployment on some of the most exciting and dangerous international assignments the fiction world has ever seen.

Brad Thor’s readers will be electrified as he employs his vast knowledge of covert operations and military intrigue to bring to life his most heart-pounding, globe-trotting thrillers yet.

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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Terrible! One of the very worst books that I've read, and I'm a Thor fan. What ever possessed Brad Thor to write a story about a beautiful, sexy spec ops team of women? AND, chasing after a WW II Nazi invented transporter device capable to sending EMP bombs anywhere in the world, undetected. This is like some sick, twisted collaboration between Clive Cussler, Matthew Reilly and Barbara Cartland. Our hero, Scott Harvath, makes an appearance but as nothing more than a nobody gopher with his balls cut off as he caters to the whims of the sex-kittens. No reason to include Harvath in this other than as an attempt to tie Thor's other stories into this. From the awful story and ridiculous characters I would expect Thor to want to distance himself (and Harvath, his cash cow) as far as possible from this garbage. The "girls" in this story have been carefully selected for their athleticism, determination, work ethic along with their large breasts and long legs (and I'm not kidding). We are led to believe that they are as tough as any Delta, SEAL, Recon or Spetsnaz soldiers and they prove it by kicking ass on every special forces guy that comes along without breaking a nail and giving the constant Cussler-like witty dialog as bullets fly past their heads. Apparently all of the trained soldiers shooting at them cannot maintain their excellent marksmanship in the face of such beauty and large, Kevlar enhanced, breasts. Oh sorry, no body armor here. It would only clash with their uniform of choice; slinky evening gowns wherein they somehow manage to conceal their 9mm Glocks. I particularly loved the scenes with the constant sexual banter over who's sleeping with whom and how they are the "...smartest, best looking, hardest working warriors (they) know". Sadly this is clearly a work up to a sequel and perhaps (God forbid) a series. Oh, Thor, what have you done?
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By 1eyejacks on April 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 little plausible? A little touch of realism. Too much fantasy here for me.

The first real letdown is right in the beginning where the 4 starlets are going to kidnap a dangerous weapons dealer at a party at his home which is covered thick with security. An international weapons dealer is going to have plenty of security and multi-layered, but for some reason the 2 girls are able to swim into the nearby boathouse undetected. All they have to do is bend the bars to fit through. No money in the security budget for a couple cams? C'mon. That is just lazy thinking and writing. Of course the arms dealer is going to have cameras and motion sensing and maybe even thermal detectors in the boathouse next to his house. And of course he doesn't and the 2 girls just swim right in and breeze into the house and get the guy despite all the security in the house. In reality these 4 girls would not last very long going up against experienced operators.

I have read better thrillers by Brad that were much better--this one just doesn't have it.

Forget this book and watch old re-runs of Charlie's Angels.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Parker Gilbert on May 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is my first and last Brad Thor novel. While reading The Athena Project, I felt like I was reading a book written by my teenager. The only thing that kept me from tossing it was the humor in discovering how much worse it could get. It did not disappoint.

The characters are pathetic. The dialogue in this novel is amatuerish and unrealistic. It reads like a guy trying to make "girl talk". The heroins will be in a gun battle and discussing their dates later that night.

The story is unrealistic and implausible. The action quickly jumps from one scene to another with very little description. It leaves the reader puzzled as to how such an immense obstable is overcome in one paragpraph. My favorite is when the heroins and their pistols are ambushed by 8 Czech special forces soldiers with machine guns. No problem. They dismiss the soldiers and take a prisoner in a page and a half. Wow! Did I mention that they didn't get a scratch.

Hopefully, he will put a little more effort into the next one.
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64 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2010
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I can't remember when I read a book this bad from an author that generally writes pretty good books.

In his latest book, Brad Thor features an all-female team of Delta Force members that are asked to undertake one of the nation's deadliest counterterrorism assignments, codenamed The Athena Project. In brief, the four woman team is tasked with hunting down the Venetian arms dealer responsible for providing the explosives that were used to kill more than 20 Americans during a terrorist attack in Rome. Then, the team learns that an even larger attack has been set in motion, and the greatest threat they face may be the secrets kept by their own government.

Sound good? Well, the old saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" has rarely applied more than to The Athena Project. I won't spend a lot of time in conveying my opinion of this book -- since it has already taken up too much of my time by reading it -- other than to tell you that Thor provides virtually no meaningful character development of his main and minor characters to help differentiate them from each other, the dialogue he has them speak is awful and child-like, the plot (which has its fair share of action) is too implausible, and its conclusion is predictable.

'Nuf said to forewarn as to why I'd advise you to skip this book (no matter how big a Brad Thor fan you are)? I hope so -- because I'm pretty sure that if you do decide to read this book you'll soon be posting a review on Amazon of The Athena Project that is similar in many ways to mine.
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