Author: K. Hanson
Publisher: self published
Date Published: March 3, 2017
Best friends Kayla Falk, an engineering student, and Olivia Bellamy, who is studying nursing, are nearing the end of their college career when terrorists attack their university. Through a combination of cleverness, bravery, and luck, the two manage to foil the deadly plot. A mysterious man from the United States government, Mr. Hightower, sees their potential and attempts to recruit Kayla and Olivia for a program to take on ISIS. They initially refuse, but another terrorist attack that strikes close to home pushes them to change their minds and join the Azrael Initiative.
After several months of hard training, the two women are dropped into Al-Raqqah, the capital of ISIS, in Syria. Once there, they must blend in with the locals as they strike from the shadows to kill ISIS leaders, destroy their facilities, and free captives. As Americans deep within enemy territory, they know that they will be killed if discovered. As women, they also know that they would suffer before death. Walking the line between vengeance and justice strains their relationship. As they work to resolve their differences, the symphony of brutality around them ultimately pushes them closer together and forges them into the warriors that they were meant to become.
As a thriller, The Azrael Initiative delivered, with non-stop adventure and plenty of action as two best friends join the fight against ISIS. The dynamic between Kayla and Olivia was fierce, turning tragedy into triumph. Kayla, an engineering student, and Olivia, a nursing student, stopped a terrorist attack on their university becoming famous in the process. The fame brought the attention of the government who tried to recruit them. The two refuse until tragedy strikes again. Combat and language training prepare them for a mission.
It was at this point that the plot started to unravel in my mind. If this book had been young adult, I might have understood a bit more, but the ease with which the girls blend into Syria seemed somewhat impossible. While there was violence and death, it was ridiculously easy for them to get in and out of situations. The writing was somewhat clunky and lacked a sense of reality. While I found, the girls plight interesting and the premise intriguing, the flaws were definitely distracting.
Note: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review
About the Author:
K Hanson is a new author and is currently working on launching his debut novel, The Azrael Initiative, which features two young women being thrown into the fight against ISIS. He is also working on Storm Raven, the first book in a new fantasy series.
K lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he works as a software developer. In his spare time, when he isn’t writing, he enjoys reading, working out, playing video games, and spending time with his wonderful girlfriend, Bobbi.
Some of his favorite authors are Tom Clancy, George R. R. Martin, and Sarah Maas.
Currently Reading: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Contact K Hanson at KHansonAuthor@gmail.com