Review: The Olympus Project by Ted Tayler

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Blurb:

A man rescued from a watery grave by strangers. Headhunted because of his particular skill set; that of a super efficient stone cold killer.

This brand new series covers the activities of the secret organisation which recruited the man they have named ‘The Phoenix’ as they send their agents across the world removing anyone who poses a threat to political or economic stability.

We follow ‘The Phoenix’ as he exacts revenge and rights wrongs in his own inimitable style. Always a loner in the past, can he and his new colleagues work together as a team to prevent a terrorist cell from causing havoc in Central London?

Review:

This one is different from many I’ve read. It has a bit of an espionage feel to it. The way the organization tracks down and eliminates threats sounds like something out of a James Bond movie. But instead of a government-sanctioned intelligence outfit, The Olympus Project is a group of well funded vigilantes that hide their activities from the world. They have the money and the skills to fight evil from the shadows. So it’s like 007 and Batman teamed up and created a family of rich, fed-up, badasses who will do whatever it takes to keep their world safe.

I will say that I enjoyed the book immensely. Being a bit of a comic junkie, I thrive on the tragic back-story and the members of The Olympus Project is full of more material than an X-Men issue. But unlike comics, these stories hit a little closer to home. Someone loosing those they love to a murderer or a terrorist is a very plausible scenario in our world and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever watched an episode of Bones or NCIS (or any other show) and thought about how I would handle such a situation. The characters in this book manage to take their own personal tragedies and use it as motivation to fix the world; and each of the bigwigs in the organization has their own cross to bear that has driven them to become a protector of the weak and defenseless.

The story was very intriguing and well written. The author throws in a lot of detail about the people and the scenery so it is easy to picture the story in your head. There was a bit of a language barrier for me though. Yes, it is written in English but the dialect is very British. Now, words like boot and jumper, I understand perfectly but there are some words used very differently across the pond than here in the states and I’m not an anglophile so some of it went right over my head. The majority of it I was able to discern from context but there were a few words that I never did understand.

I also found difficulty with the structure–particularly paragraphs and punctuation. I’m not sure if it is a difference in writing conventions or if it may have been a formatting issue but dialogue was separated from the paragraphs and sometimes it took rereading to see who was speaking, then internal commentary was also in quotations so it was difficult to know if the character was speaking or not. There were also comma issues and an excessive use of exclamation points that I found distracting enough to negatively impact the overall rating. I say this one deserves an 8.5 out of 10. It has a great story and well developed characters that I look forward to reading more about in the future.

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