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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
The Athena Algorithm by Joseph Cottereaux is my kind of book. I like it because it is full of details. Details about American history. Details about various weapons and computer systems, details of locations all over the world, and details about the human body, and what it can and cannot do. If you want to learn a lot of interesting information about a variety of topics in the orbit of the action and espionage genres, then buy The Athena Algorithm now. It is something of an eye-opener and quite the wild ride. The Athena Algorithm reminds me of several conspiracy novels written by the late great Robert Ludlum, but while Ludlum usually focused on the psychology of the people involved, Joseph Cottereaux focuses more on the history and politics of the moment. They both excel at writing the action, which is why I love their books.
The Athena Algorithm is full of colorful characters, both minor and major, some you will love, most you will hate, or at least be uncomfortable with, but they all seem very real and believable, and are skillfully depicted. The protagonist of The Athena Algorithm is a CIA operative named Devlin and he is probably one of the most accurate portrayals of what a patriot-soldier looks like. We get to watch him make his journey from young recruit to seasoned veteran, and it is a wild ride indeed. This is a story bigger than the Edward Snowden bombshell, and Joseph Cottereaux tells it well and in colorful detail. A great book.