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Blog Tour: Review + Quotes: The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif + Giveaway

The Athena Protocol is an action packed thriller. Asking questions about justice and revenge, The Athena Protocol delivers a cast of bad ass women determined to bring people to justice.


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.


Good people suffer. We work like mad, risking everything to save other women, but we don’t see justice done for the people closest to us.

(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 justice into her own hands, this action gets her thrown out and she goes rogue.

Precious stones need sculpting before they become gems

The Athena Protocol begins to ask us some very pressing questions – what use is the justice system if the guilty can just bribe themselves out of trouble? Who will uphold the idea of a fair trial if we take justice into our own hands? But, unfortunately, I just didn’t feel like this theme was explored as much as I would have liked. If you look beyond this theme (which I think is the propulsion for the whole plot), then I could really enjoy this spy thriller featuring a f/f romance. These kind of spy thrillers with queer characters are exactly what I want more of!


While The Athena Protocol could be a story that delves deeply into (vigilante) justice, ethics, and spy, it delivers a novel that begins to ask bigger questions, but remains entertaining and action packed. I also felt like the characters could use some more depth. There were plot threads that were introduced, but not really explored as much as I would have liked. But if you are just searching for a queer spy thriller with action, then definitely pick up The Athena Protocol!

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Prize: Win a copy of The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif (US Only)

Starts: 2nd October 2019

Finishes: 16th October 2019

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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.

Blog Tour Schedule

October 2nd

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

October 3rd

Kait Plus Books – Guest Post Novel Lives – Review Book-Keeping – Review Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist

October 4th

Phannie the ginger bookworm – Review + Favourite Quotes Utopia State of Mind – Review + Favourite Quotes Writing with Wolves – Review The Reading Life – Promotional Post

October 5th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes A Dream Within A Dream – Review Life With No Plot – Review

October 6th

Malanie Loves Fiction – Review The Baroness of Books – Review Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes Reads Like Supernovae – Promotional Post

October 7th

Cafeyre – Review + Favourite Quotes PopTheButterfly Reads – Review Novelishly – Review To All The Books I’ve Read Before – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

October 8th

Young Adult Media Consumer – Interview Shalini’s Books & Reviews – Review In Between Book Pages – Review + Favourite Quotes The YA Obsessed – Review


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