The Azrael Initiative was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Azrael Initiative by K Hanson
Genre(s): Thriller, Action & Adventure
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.
The Azrael Initiative
This isn’t the type of book that I would normally pick up but when author approached me about reviewing an advanced copy, I couldn’t say no. The premise is great – two badass females who take on ISIS after an attack on their college. I devoured it and I can honestly say that I can’t wait for the sequel… and this book isn’t even released yet.
However, that being said, there a couple of small things that prevented me from giving this book 5/5 stars:
- The dialogue between the characters was a little too formal and struggled to flow naturally.
- I don’t think it’s very realistic that the main characters could become fluent in Arabic / become highly skilled operatives over the course of just a few months.
Besides those two things, I found the book super addicting. I wanted to know what happens and struggled to put it down. Though I predicted the plot twist, I was so happy it ended up like that because it makes a great segue into the sequel. Also, I loved the powerful and refreshing friendship between the two main characters. It was a really fun read and I’m very excited to see what else the authors comes up with.
I think my favorite line from the book sums it up quite nicely:
“we are not some wilting flowers”
Overall, I highly recommend you pick this book up. Especially if you like thrillers and non-stop adventures. And badass female characters.
The Azrael Initiative is released on March 3 of this year.
Thanks again to the author for gifting me this copy. Visit the authors’ website here.
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