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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 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 and was kicked out With her mother going on another operation and Jessie s instincts warning her against it, she knew she had to take action.My first book by author Shamim Sarif, the book was a bundle of pulsations It thrummed with a beat so fast that I couldn t help but surrender myself completely into its emotions This was an all girls team which made me pump my fist in air with happiness The scenes felt that it had been loaded on pure adrenaline.The characters had their skirmishes, but they were supportive of each other Jessie s heart was in the right place I understood why she felt the need to wipe the earth clean of people who abuse women Her relationship with her mother was rocky, but the bond of love was evident Jessie was quite complex in characterization yet simple and clear in her thoughts.The writing could have been smoother, but I also understood that a spy thriller often is choppy just like its scenes The story was straightforward with action and reactions.There was romance, but I didn t give it much weight as it were the other scenes which fired up my imagination I often see myself as a kick ass heroine with a gun and knife So Jessie fit right into my imagery.Overall, this was a thrilling read which skyrocketed right into my hemisphere and blew me away Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Nathalie DeFeliceSpy 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, Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Nathalie DeFeliceSpy 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, forming strong bonds of sisterhood and friendship The story was thrilling, and will keep you on your toes until the very end, and I quite enjoyed getting to read it There are some stronger themes in this book, so I might approach with caution if you re uncomfortable reading about death and violence especially against women , and human trafficking Although I did notice that the ages in this book are not really in the teens any, so that might also be something to consider.In The Athena Protocol, we meet Jessie Archer, a member of the aforementioned agency, who enact their own version of vigilante justice around the world The Athena operatives never shoot anyone to kill, therefore, when Jessie is a little too trigger happy, she s kicked out of the agency, just before a big operation to take down a human trafficking operation in Belgrade In order to right her wrong and prove herself to the agency, she goes rogue, with no one watching her back as she uncovers horrors worse than she d originally thought With her old teammates hunting her down, and the clock running out on catching the criminals, Jessie will face danger from all sides if she s going to complete the mission, and survive.As I said in the beginning, I didn t really start getting into the book until around chapter four and I think it s because there isn t enough background at the start of the story to get me invested in these characters Jessie is compelling for sure, but I felt that there was something off about her at the beginning Her teammates seemed nice enough, but I couldn t see how they connected with one another until around chapter four Around there is where things start to get really interesting It seems as though Jessie is living a little too much like a soldier mindlessly following orders, despite her previous actions Once I truly got to know the personality that Jessie had, it was definitely ainteresting journey She s funny, and reckless, and a little wild Most importantly, she s angry Unfortunately for her, that anger rages a little too uncontrollably at times, making this a littledifficult.The plot itself moves along very quickly, and suddenly we find ourselves in Belgrade, doing some very dangerous things There are several nail biting moments throughout the book where you re wondering who s the culprit, and there s definitely a couple of wicked twists thrown in there I love the little details that are worked in about the mission that Jessie is on, and just how she s doing what she s doing And of course, I can t forget about the romance s going on in the book.We ve got some serious slow burn romances going on in The Athena Protocol Like glacial movement slow although with global warming, it might not be the best analogy any , which honestly made me a little mad This was the story where I wanted to see a littlewhere these relationships went, especially Jessie s I can t go much further than that without spoiling some of the story, so I ll stop there.This story is definitely about the bonds of sisterhood, and the relationships between women, and I really enjoyed how this was explored in the book It transcends age, cultures, and stereotypes These are women that are supposed to have each other s backs because as we ve seen in the synopsis, their type of work isn t necessarily legal The betrayals between these women definitely hurt, but seeing them lift each other up is so muchsatisfying The ending for me was something that I would love to see innovels.Despite its slow start, I think The Athena Protocol is a worthy read I rate it a 7 10 stars, and encourage you to pick it up if you like fast paced spy stories It s an exhilarating read with some very complex characters, and you ll want to stay because of how the girls treat each other in this story Men are definitely not the ones doing any damsel rescuing in this one #Free à The Athena Protocol ô Jessie Archer is a member of the Athena Protocol, an elite organization of female spies who enact vigilante justice around the worldAthena 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 BelgradeJessie needs to right her wrong and prove herself, so she starts her own investigation into the trafficking But going rogue means she has no one to watch her back as she delves into the horrors she uncovers Meanwhile, her former teammates have been ordered to bring her down Jessie must face danger from all sides if she s to complete her mission and survive The USS Arizona: The Ship, the Men, the Pearl Harbor Attack, and the Symbol That Aroused America an elite organization of 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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 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 her own hands Does that make her equally as bad These are questions she restless withalso her sassy quips and arrogance.THE ROMANCE Slooow burning Uuuuffffff the thirst within me is very real I was so into the heroine being into the daughter of the human trafficking gangster Paulina was just so enchanting and the chemistry between Jessie and her was electric I loved how vulnerable Jessie was when she was with Paulina, and vice versa Kind of gave me Killing Eve vibes view spoiler though I never even got a pay off cause they never even KISS LIKE WTF hide spoiler The relationships are terrific The author takes her time to build the connections between characters the three agents Jessie, Hala, and Caitlin , the three founders of Athena Li, Kit, and Peggy , and evenside characters Thomas, Amber, Paulina Every single one of them has their own thing going on that makes them feel like a real person and not just someone who is there to fill a role and I appreciate that I also love the complicated relationship between Jessie, Hala and Caitlin They are a team, but a new ish team who are still getting to know and trust each other.COMPLICATED PARENTAL RELATIONSHIPS that feel very genuine real also, the parent is not DEAD on this one are you sure this is YA Very front and center is the relationship between Jessie and her country singer star mother, Kit Kit spent most of Jessie s childhood on the road, and only when Jessie was old enough did she settle down and started Athena with the rest of the founders that backstory is SO sad and chilling She invited Jessie to join, but Jessie spends most of the novel still resenting her for the lost childhood My own complaint The Athena Protocol does not feel like a YA read I might have missed it, but I thought the characters are in their twenties, not YA age Which would make thisNew Adult Believe it or not that genre is it officially a genre can produce quality reads So I was very confused when I read this is being promoted as being YA Doesn t feel like it at all as you read it not that young adults couldn t read it and enjoy it I am so looking forward to the sequel Maybe it will be from the POV of another character, maybe Hana I feel like Jessie is in a good place by the end, so it would be interesting to see this world through Hana s POV and her story will be the most complicated come the sequel Source Publisher Genre Thriller, Mystery Rating 3.5 Thoughts 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 Source Publisher Genre Thriller, Mystery Rating 3.5 Thoughts 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 and girls of the world from kidnappers and traffickers who the world has ignored Full Review Gizmos Reviews 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 mehGripping 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 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 mehGripping 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 she isn t about to call it quits just because she got fired And because I also like to write reviews here s mine The cover is gorgeous The main character sucks The action exists And the chemistryis sizzling view spoiler till she touched the oil that is and got burnt hide spoiler I think the plot was pretty good There were enough twists to keep me on edge and the action scenes were pretty intense too Maybe not teeth clenching ly intense, but definitely enough to make you want to sit on the floor so you don t fall off your chair The whole setup was nice too, everything sorta fit together, and there were no real problems with the plot Now let s get to the MC I don t know what it was about her character, but I just didn t like it Maybe it was how she couldn t figure out for the life of her what she wanted If you hate your mom, then hate your mom If you forgive your mom, then act like it I think there were times were her actions and her thoughts seemed a little bratty and fickle which nagged at me a bit How was I supposed to believe that she would come up with these very ingenious plans, but unable to think empathetically Ok as I write this down I realize these are two different things entirely and you don t need one to have the other But her character kinda sucked for someone who was so gungho about saving women The chemistry.otherwise known as romance It was sweet and it was short It was very subtle and I very much liked that I think what Sarif did there was good Sometimes though, it seemed like the MC had no idea what would come out of her investigations Like the next step just fell into her lap Overall, this was not a bad book I think it is very possible I was not in the mood for this book, and did not have the patience for this character I usually like to comment on character development as well But in this book there wasn t a lot, there was definitely a bit, but not enough to bother commenting 4 1 2 stars RTC for blog tour Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my review copy. 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, ViolenceLike 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 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, ViolenceLike 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 from the beginning you know, besides the bad stuff that happened but it worked so well and the premise was really enjoyable to read.This totally gave me Charlie s Angels vibes, and I was so happy to see that the Athenas were created to save girls from human trafficking, by most means necessary They are experts in combat and espionage, and that was honestly so hot I love what their mission is all about, and honestly there needs to be something like that in real life, if there isn t already I think this was even cooler than the missions I ve seen in Charlie s Angels, but I m not about to girl on girl hate for a silly reason like that.I was so upset about what happened with Jessie, our MC, because I feel like it wasn t really something she should have been faulted for I understand that the Athenas never kill, but sometimes if they have no choice, can t they make an exception I don t know what that says about the kind of person I am, but if Jessie is able to kill someone to save the lives of so many girls from being trafficked, mistreated, and even murdered, then why should that be punished so harshly It always kills me when someone ends up being hunted by those they were initially close to, and they have to think out of the box in order to save their own lives from being snuffed out by their former partners Those kinds of story lines hurt me to my core, but it makes me wonder which ones of the former partners will end up doing what is right, versus what their orders are Is it better to be the good soldier who doesn t question orders, or to be cognizant of the decisions we have to make, and do what s actually right.Decisions, decisions.I d totally love to see this as a movie or something The imagery was just great, and I was so rooting for Jessie to prove herself again in the Athenas eyes, even though I knew that she was worth waythan she believed.Go read this, friends 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 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 cover for Athena, a company just as legit as it seems and which generatesthan enough capital to fund Athena s international missions Peggy Delaney is the second woman in charge, a former U.S ambassador turned civil rights crusader, who redirected her savvy into an organization dedicated to ferreting out heinous criminals around the globe The third of the triumvirate is Kit Love, a former superstar singer who converted her ambitions into creating a safer world following her retirement from the limelight Athena s missions are carried out by several young agents, some in their teens Jessie Archer is Kit s daughter, trained in every facet of espionage, and is on a mission to the African nation of Cameroon as The Athena Protocol opens Accompanied by agents Caitlin and Hala, Jessie s target is the lair of a sex trafficker named Ahmed, who is receiving a shipment of abducted women Jessie and her comrades dispatch of the guards and apprehend Ahmed, but Jessie knows he has the money and influence to wriggle out of all criminal charges and set up shop again after a slight delay Defying direct orders, she draws her pistol and sends a bullet through Ahmed s forehead It feels good, but Jessie s rash action will have consequences At their first meeting back in the U.S., tucked away in Li Chen s corporate building, Jessie knows she s in trouble Hala makes no secret of her disdain for what Jessie did, and Li and Kit are brimming with anger Jessie should muster at least a show of contrition to get back in Athena s good graces, but she isn t sorry She stopped Ahmed from ever exploiting another female wasn t that worth a breach in protocol The media is all over the story of Ahmed s unexplained death, and Jake Graham, a high profile television reporter, has expressed suspicions that will lead investigators in Athena s direction For a group that depends on total invisibility to the government, such attention could be its downfall On the eve of an undercover Athena sting in Serbia against one of the world s wealthiest sex traffickers, Li, Peggy, and Kit announce their stunning decision Jessie s employment with Athena is hereby terminated Caitlin and Hala will go to Serbia without her Access to her Athena equipment and support system is immediately revoked, but Jessie has no intention of staying home while the others risk their lives in Eastern Europe Gregory Pavlic heads a massive network of sex traffickers that pumps money into his personal bank account from every region of the planet Headquartered in Belgrade, Serbia, he ll have state of the art security protecting his computer files it is believed that Pavlic possesses incriminating evidence against hundreds of businessmen and politicians who have used his trafficking services If Athena steals the files containing this evidence, Pavlic can no longer blackmail his way out of criminal charges Jessie was Athena s best computer technician, and she smoothly hacks into Athena s mainframe unnoticed to conduct her own investigation of Pavlic once she arrives in Belgrade With Caitlin, Hala, Li, Peggy, and Kit all aware that Jessie might shadow them on this mission, staying off their radar won t be easy The bustle and pungency of Eastern Europe invade Jessie s senses as she settles into a small, grungy apartment in Belgrade She s close enough to surveil the art gallery owned by Pauline Pavlic, Gregory s daughter, who may or may not be part of her father s criminal enterprise Jessie gradually insinuates herself as a friend to Pauline, whose good looks and wit are extraordinary Under different circumstances she might accept Pauline s willingness to get very close as an invitation to apersonal relationship, but Jessie can t afford to let eroticism take the lead She hopes Pauline isn t privy to her father s sex trafficking racket, but Jessie can t assume she s innocent And she wonders would Pauline hate her if she knew Jessie wanted to send her father to prison for life Athena plans to make its move at Gregory Pavlic s lavish fiftieth birthday party, a gala attended by hundreds of family, friends, and clients Kit has managed to get herself booked as the featured music entertainment, and Caitlin will pose as her bodyguard while Kit is belting out her greatest hits onstage, Caitlin s orders are to sneak inside the mansion and track down Pavlic s encrypted files They should provide all the proof required to ensure this is Pavlic s last birthday as a free man Staying a step ahead of her former Athena cohorts, Jessie coaxes Pauline into inviting her to the party, but she must be cautious if Caitlin or Hala detect her presence at the event, they ll try to capture her Jessie senses that Caitlin will need help completing the tech aspect of her mission without alerting Pavlic s ever present bodyguards, but she has no idea how complicated and dangerous the whole operation is about to get A wall safe rigged to detonate, an Orpheus like voyage into the bloody bowels of a sex trafficking warehouse, and an assassination attempt by a trusted friend are only a preview of what s to come It would be hard enough under normal circumstances to discern who is a true ally and who would sell her out to Pavlic, but Jessie s common sense becomes unmoored as Pauline s interest in her turns romantic Jessie won t take it easy on Pavlic for Pauline s sake no matter how pretty she is, but Jessie isn t sure she can objectively evaluate the sex trafficker s gorgeous daughter After Jessie follows up on an explosive new lead, she realizes Pavlic s depravity is worse than anyone suspected trafficking women is only the tip of the iceberg But how can Jessie hope to complete the mission without access to Athena s infrastructure Would Li, Peggy, and Kit even consider reinstating her after her actions in Cameroon One way or another, Jessie has to get the goods on Pavlic soon, or not only will he get away with horrific human rights abuses again, but Athena may be dismantled from the inside out There is a Chinese saying that precious stones need sculpting before they become gems Li Chen, The Athena Protocol, P 282 Taking an unconventional approach to serious problems can work marvelously Li, Peggy, and Kit founded Athena to cross boundaries that governments either can t or won t, brushing aside the restrictions of bureaucracy to help people in need Athena s operatives are outraged by criminals like Gregory Pavlic who victimize vulnerable people, but they re trained to harness that outrage into useful action As Jessie notes, The best way to deal with fear is to channel the adrenaline into something that can help you, like an ingenious plan Easier said than done, but it s the ideal way to react in a crisis, a response worth cultivating Not just any concerned citizen could step into Jessie s shoes and achieve her same results as an agent of positive change in the world, and that leads to the central conflict of The Athena Protocol what simportant, obeying the rules or moving decisively to eliminate evil, even if it means taking morally dubious action To Jessie, killing Ahmed was an easy choice in the moment It spared myriads of future women from his violent oppression But what if Athena agents executed everyone they believe deserves it, assuming the power of judge, jury, and executioner Is that justice What if they re mistaken, and kill someone innocent What if agents taking the law into their own hands leads to Athena being publicly exposed It would be the end of their helping exploited people, and allow the rise ofmen like Gregory Pavlic and Ahmed The debate has no simple solution, and is sure to be revisited time and again when dealing with passionate agents like Jessie At least she and her bosses have one unifying conviction in Jessie s own words, We all believe in the work we do for Athena Author Shamim Sarif definitely has the juice to write a story like this The Athena Protocol is a well placed window into the thrills of the international spy game Strong themes are embedded in the narrative, questions of right and wrong we can wrestle with long after turning the final page The story is smart and cultured, from the vivid depiction of metropolitan Serbia to the learned vibe of Athena as an organization, beginning with its name as a reference to the Ancient Greek goddess of justice Athena was founded by sophisticates who understand the moral imperatives of Western civilization and see their goals as an outgrowth of it, valuing human lives above all else In the end, as good as The Athena Protocol is, it suffers when compared to the Tom Cruise movies of the Mission Impossible franchise The action isn t as captivating, and the deceptions aren t awesome on the same scale we see in the films, where my mind has been blown on at least a couple of occasions with each theatrical release The Athena Protocol is excellent, though I d likely rate it the full three stars, and Shamim Sarif deserves all the accolades A novel like this one is a joy to experience 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 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 her back from the criminals, her own organisation and from the enigmatic and attractive daughter of the human trafficker Ms Sarif is quite a versatile author, she has written romance, historical fiction and, now with The Athena Protocol , a young adult action book She s also an award winning filmmaker who has adapted her own books to the big screen All her works have different audiences and expectations but she doesn t fail to deliver and this book is no exception This is an action packed page turner, Jessie being like a kind of Jane Bond, together with advanced firearms, sophisticated spy gadgets and fancy vehicles Like the film franchise, don t expect this novel to be totally realistic but it surely is entertaining as hell.Written in first person from the point of view of Jessie, the readers see the world from her teenager eyes that have seen and experienced beyond her age She s a great character to hang around with her sarcasm, her sense of duty, her confused feelings for the villain s daughter, and her conflicted relationships with her mother and colleagues While there is a love interest, I wouldn t go as far as to call this a romance The secondary characters are all well written and have distinctive personality traits The end doesn t leave a cliffhanger but suggests that there might be a sequel coming which I would love to read.Overall, a very entertaining and action packed young adult book aimed at a teen audience but that the adults might enjoy 5 stars.ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.See all my reviews at www.lezreviewbooks.com