Welcome to the blog tour for The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif, hosted by the Fantastic Flying Book Club!
About the Book
Title: The Athena Protocol
Author: Shamim Sarif
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, LGBT
Blurb: 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 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.
Review: This book was so good! Very different from what I usually read and I could not put it down!
Jessie is probably one of the most dynamic characters I’ve read in a very long time. She is tough and a fighter but is in no way perfect. She gets in trouble for shooting someone at the beginning of the book but honestly, you don’t blame her. It is difficult to see her get punished for her actions, but at the same time, you understand why. The members of Athena are supposed to be level-headed and to follow orders without question. Jessie’s emotions got the best of her, which is also what leads her to try and complete the mission outside of the organization. She is smart, very resourceful, and so exciting to read about.
The whole concept of this book is exciting, to be honest. I love that there is a women-led vigilante group going after human trafficking. I want this to be a real thing! I loved reading about all the tech and all the planning and scheming they had to do (especially Jessie after she gets kicked out) in order to complete their mission and take these people down. There was a pretty good twist at the end that involved one of my favorite side characters, but I don’t want to spoil that here. Suffice to say that it took me by surprise and made everything even more complicated.
If you love mysteries, thrillers, spy movies and vigilante justice, be sure to check this book out. It was an absolute blast.
GoodReads rating: 5 stars all the way!
You can also click here to read an excerpt! Check it out!
About the Author
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 recently, Despite the Falling Snow. The book was published by Headline in the UK and St Martin’s Press in the US. The movie stars Rebecca Ferguson and Charles Dance in a story of love and betrayal in cold war Russia. Her films have won 47 awards internationally.
Shamim’s third novel, I Can’t Think Straight, formed the basis of her cult hit film of the same name.
Shamim’s book festival appearances include Hay-on-Wye, Cheltenham and Edinburgh.
An accomplished speaker, Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Disney.
Shamim lives in London with her wife, Hanan, and their two sons.
This tour includes a giveaway! Enter to win a copy of The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif. This giveaway is open to the U.S. only. The deadline for entering is October 16th. You can enter via this Rafflecopter link. Good luck!
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Be sure to check out the other stops on this tour, which you can find here. Lots more reviews, plus interviews, guest posts, and more! Big thanks to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting and letting me come along for the ride! 🙂