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THE OLYMPUS PROJECT – The Phoenix Series Book 1 by Ted Tayler – my review

on 21/12/2016

If you are into thrillers about current terrorist attacks and you are also hoping for some sense of justice gratified, The Olympus Project is definitely your kind of book. Well, book series, to be more precise.

With fully developed histories for each character, the author introduces us to a secret organisation bringing punishment upon those who avoid the usual legal punishment. In an old-style elegance in narration and action, reminisicent at first of Roger Moore’s James Bond movies, gaining pace and action as the plot develops, we are led beyond the scenes of hidden, condoned, imminent and past crimes, and we are offered gratification to know they will be wiped out from the face of the earth. 

The thriller offers this enticing concept – vigilante organisation getting at those who elude the justice, sort of like the Avengers, minus the superhero stuff. Would YOU like to be drafted? However, where does one draw the line? Who decides what is right or not? I always wonder. Here is a quote which drew my attention to the issue: “the collateral damage is unavoidable. We have to think of the greater good.” The greater good is the phrase that always creeps me out. The author does not dwell on this or preach; he provides a cool account of events, no mushy emotional stuff, simply intense action, plots and execution. As the interaction between characters deepens, you get lured into guessing what will happen with the mysterious Athena, how long Colin the Phoenix can keep his cool about her, as well as about the assasinations and missions he is sent on, no matter how well justified they seem.

The Olympus Project is bound to have its readers’ following and I am glad there is an entire series available. Fans of secret agents, spy matters and action have a full meal served here.

Note: This review will also appear at Readers Review Room  Do drop by there for a reading recommendation, or join as a reviewer if you will. 

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