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Age a holy war against the murderers of his family As Khalil's history intentions and specific agenda gradually become clear Corey leads a diverse group of experts in an increasingly desperate attempt to anticipate the Lion's movements and prevent him from implementing his bloody ironic endgame As the lengthy narrative unrolls The Lion's Game moves backward in time from the present day to the night of the fateful bombing in 1986; the action shifts from New York City to Florida and from Florida to the Pacific Coast as DeMille skillfully switches back and forth from the first person viewpoint of John Corey to a third person narrative that takes us into the deranged perspective of Asad Khalil The result is a big wide ranging novel that is alternately funny and frightening; one that achieves an astonishing almost effortless narrative momentum; one that is grounded in DeMille's tragic view of the endlessly replicated blood feuds that dominate the landscape of 20th century geopolitics From its eerie opening seuence to its deliberately open ended conclusion THE LION'S GAME is the clear product of a world class storyteller a man who seems incapable of turning out a bland or boring paragraph DeMille is at the top of his own game in this one and has written a novel that will inevitably command a large enthusiastic audience I for one am glad to see it In a field too often populated by formulaic by the numbers fiction Nelson DeMille is an undisguised blessing I wish him health success and undiminished productivity in the decades to come Bill Sheehan reviews horror suspense and science fiction for Cemetery Dance The New York Review of Science Fiction and other publicatio. A guy’s book I really enjoyed this book about trying to figure out why a Libyan terrorist was in the US A large page count but kept me interested and Corey’s wiseass commentary cracked me up Took away a star for the initial flying scenario He needed a better aviation consultant or else something didn’t get explained correctly 4 Stars L'aveuglement de Napoléon of his family As Khalil's history intentions and specific agenda gradually become clear Corey leads a diverse group Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène (1) of experts in an increasingly desperate attempt to anticipate the Lion's movements and prevent him from implementing his bloody ironic endgame As the lengthy narrative unrolls The Lion's Game moves backward in time from the present day to the night La Commune et les Communards of the fateful bombing in 1986; the action shifts from New York City to Florida and from Florida to the Pacific Coast as DeMille skillfully switches back and forth from the first person viewpoint Les aides de camp de Napoléon et des maréchaux sous le Premier Empire (1804-1815) of John Corey to a third person narrative that takes us into the deranged perspective Mémoires, Chaque pas doit être un but (Tome 1) of Asad Khalil The result is a big wide ranging novel that is alternately funny and frightening; Ecorces one that achieves an astonishing almost effortless narrative momentum; Lettres à Anne: (1962-1995) one that is grounded in DeMille's tragic view Mélancolie française of the endlessly replicated blood feuds that dominate the landscape Opération bagration la revanche de Staline (été 1944) of 20th century geopolitics From its eerie L'État contre les juifs: Vichy, les nazis et la persécution antisémite opening seuence to its deliberately Nouvelle histoire de la France contemporaine, Tome 8 : 1848 ou l'apprentissage de la République, 1848-1852 open ended conclusion THE LION'S GAME is the clear product Les soldats de la honte of a world class storyteller a man who seems incapable Le traité de Versailles et la fin de la Première Guerre mondiale: Chronique d’une paix manquée of turning Le jour le plus long : 6 juin 1944 out a bland Itinéraire d'un triangle rose or boring paragraph DeMille is at the top Noirs dans les camps nazis of his Par le sang versé own game in this Le Monde selon De Gaulle : Tome 2, Le général à livre ouvert... one and has written a novel that will inevitably command a large enthusiastic audience I for Mai 68 l'arnaque du siècle one am glad to see it In a field too Ils partiront dans l'ivresse : Lyon (mai 43)-Londres (février 44) often populated by formulaic by the numbers fiction Nelson DeMille is an undisguised blessing I wish him health success and undiminished productivity in the decades to come Bill Sheehan reviews horror suspense and science fiction for Cemetery Dance The New York Review Vaincre sans gloire: Le corps expéditionnaire français en Italie (novembre 1942-juillet 1944) of Science Fiction and Opération "Torch" other publicatio. A guy’s book I really enjoyed this book about trying to figure L'Honneur, pas les honneurs: Mémoires, tome I. Avec le 2e REP en Algérie out why a Libyan terrorist was in the US A large page count but kept me interested and Corey’s wiseass commentary cracked me up Took away a star for the initial flying scenario He needed a better aviation consultant A la droite d'Hitler or else something didn’t get explained correctly 4 Stars

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The Barnes Noble Review January 2000 Since the publication of his first novel By the Rivers of Babylon in 1978 Nelson DeMille has produced a steady stream of intelligent hard edged contemporary thrillers the best of which — such as Cathedral The Gold Coast or Word of Honor — are absolute models of the form It's a pleasure to be able to report that The Lion's Game DeMille's tenth novel is as shrewdly constructed and compulsively readable as anything he has published to date Weighing in at nearly 700 pages The Lion's Game is the longest most ambitious novel of DeMille's career It is also his first attempt at a seuel bringing us a new installment in the colorful career of John Corey the acerbic narratorhero of 1997's Plum Island When last seen Corey had interrupted his convalescent leave from the NYPD long enough to solve a bizarre double murder on Long Island's Eastern Shore after which he formally separated from the police department and became an adjunct professor at John Jay University Not unexpectedly Corey grew bored with the uneventful world of academia and decided to return in a very different capacity to the front lines of law enforcement Admirers of Plum Island will be pleased to learn that he is as ornery insubordinate and politically incorrect as ever The novel opens on April 15th Corey has just signed on with the Middle Eastern division of the ATTF Anti Terrorist Task Force an organization staffed by an uneasy combination of FBI CIA and NYPD operatives Corey's firstassignmenttakes him to JFK Airport where together with an assortment of teammates he is scheduled to take custody of a defecting Libyan terrorist The terrorist in uestion is Asad Khali. Abandoning this book I just don't have time in my life right now for this kind of detail I think this is the kind of book that can appeal to people who watch 12 episode miniseries on Elizabethan England except it's nominally a 'thriller' so to be honest I'm not sure who the target population is People who are really really good at waiting for a payoff I suppose My mom enjoyed it but she's recently retired and was having trouble filling her time so that's another possible population we solved that by getting a 6 month old dogIt starts wonderfully; snappy pace ironic dialogue intriguing plot and decent character creation John Corey who was apparently a hundred times oinky in Plum Island has toned down the sexism There's a paragraph aside discussing how he hasn't hit on anyone at his new job with the Feds and how he's discovered life as a confidante for female co workers He still tries to provoke response with an assortment of ethnic jokes however but it's pretty clear he's doing it to be an ass and to show a rebellious spirit not because he actually cares about someone's ethnicity I found much of his commentary to be a great mix of hilarious and insightfulness Once the initial series of incidents occur the pace slows down significantly The Fed side is taken up with meetings analysis and flirting between Corey and another member of the team To compensate DeMille follows the terrorist the 'Lion' Asad through a pivotal moment in his upbringing and through following exploits in the US I had a fair amount of trouble with his perspective because while I found it started well it segued into zealotsociopath rather uickly I'm definitely a fan of subtle and nuance and while I would have expected a 700 page book to have time to give some development to understanding a terrorist he ends up being single note psychopathI found myself skimming large swaths to see if there was any improvement in pacing or narrative but there really wasn't I decided to abandon because there really is so much on Mount TBR to try rather than wading through thisMrsJoseph nailed the issue in the status comments below that this is a 300 400 page thriller trapped in a 700 page book My bookmark was trapped at page 279 when I uit Un été 16 : Eléments d'histoire culturelle européenne au regard du présent of his first novel By the Rivers Les mythes de la Seconde Guerre mondiale of Babylon in 1978 Nelson DeMille has produced a steady stream 1944-1945 of intelligent hard edged contemporary thrillers the best Jacques Chirac : Une histoire française of which — such as Cathedral The Gold Coast Adolfo Kaminsky, une vie de faussaire or Word Dans les archives secrètes du Quai d'Orsay : de 1945 à nos jours of Honor — are absolute models Mes combats of the form It's a pleasure to be able to report that The Lion's Game DeMille's tenth novel is as shrewdly constructed and compulsively readable as anything he has published to date Weighing in at nearly 700 pages The Lion's Game is the longest most ambitious novel Chirac intime - Un retraité comme les autres of DeMille's career It is also his first attempt at a seuel bringing us a new installment in the colorful career Les Pieds-noirs : L'épopée d'un peuple of John Corey the acerbic narratorhero Berlin of 1997's Plum Island When last seen Corey had interrupted his convalescent leave from the NYPD long enough to solve a bizarre double murder D'Izieu à Auschwitz : L'histoire de deux enfants dans la Shoah on Long Island's Eastern Shore after which he formally separated from the police department and became an adjunct professor at John Jay University Not unexpectedly Corey grew bored with the uneventful world Histoire de la guerre d'Algérie, 1954-1962 of academia and decided to return in a very different capacity to the front lines Koursk - L’été où Staline a vaincu Hitler of law enforcement Admirers Un train en hiver of Plum Island will be pleased to learn that he is as 1941 ornery insubordinate and politically incorrect as ever The novel "Ma vie avec Louis XIV..." Version integrale. opens Des sauvages, ou Voyage de Samuel Champlain, de Brouage, (Éd.1603) on April 15th Corey has just signed Petite Histoire de France: Vingt siècles d'Histoire illustrés de 60 lithographies et dessins des XIXe et XX siècles on with the Middle Eastern division L'encyclopédie de la chanson française : Des années 40 à nos jours of the ATTF Anti Terrorist Task Force an "Ma vie avec Louis XIV..." organization staffed by an uneasy combination L’histoire de France: Chronologie - De Vercingétorix à la Ve République (Petit guide t. 1) of FBI CIA and NYPD Histoire de la cuisine et de la gastronomie françaises (TEMPUS) operatives Corey's firstassignmenttakes him to JFK Airport where together with an assortment Dictionnaire historique des rues de Paris (complet en deux volumes et un supplément) of teammates he is scheduled to take custody Histoire et dictionnaire de la Révolution française : 1789-1799 of a defecting Libyan terrorist The terrorist in uestion is Asad Khali. Abandoning this book I just don't have time in my life right now for this kind HISTOIRE DE PARIS (GISSEROT HISTOIRE) of detail I think this is the kind Grandes dates de l'Histoire de France: Chronologie (Petit guide t. 280) of book that can appeal to people who watch 12 episode miniseries Les rois de France: La monarchie de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI 987 à 1792 - Chronologie (Petit guide t. 38) on Elizabethan England except it's nominally a 'thriller' so to be honest I'm not sure who the target population is People who are really really good at waiting for a payoff I suppose My mom enjoyed it but she's recently retired and was having trouble filling her time so that's another possible population we solved that by getting a 6 month Sénat sous la IIIe République (Le) (HISTOIRE) old dogIt starts wonderfully; snappy pace ironic dialogue intriguing plot and decent character creation John Corey who was apparently a hundred times Catacombes. 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Conséquences géopolitiques d'une grande opération d'espionnage (Histoire) occur the pace slows down significantly The Fed side is taken up with meetings analysis and flirting between Corey and another member Guide historique du Paris libertin of the team To compensate DeMille follows the terrorist the 'Lion' Asad through a pivotal moment in his upbringing and through following exploits in the US I had a fair amount Manuel du politiquement correct of trouble with his perspective because while I found it started well it segued into zealotsociopath rather uickly I'm definitely a fan Histoire de Rouen of subtle and nuance and while I would have expected a 700 page book to have time to give some development to understanding a terrorist he ends up being single note psychopathI found myself skimming large swaths to see if there was any improvement in pacing Le guide du pèlerin : Codex de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle attribué à Aymeri Picaud (XIIe siècle) or narrative but there really wasn't I decided to abandon because there really is so much L'âme des lieux - la revue - numéro 2 (02) on Mount TBR to try rather than wading through thisMrsJoseph nailed the issue in the status comments below that this is a 300 400 page thriller trapped in a 700 page book My bookmark was trapped at page 279 when I uit

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L aka the Lion the man believed to be responsible for a series of attacks on Americans living in Europe As Corey and company await the arrival of Khalil and his escorts it uickly becomes apparent that something has gone seriously wrong To begin with the plane for unknown reasons drops out of radio contact hours before its arrival in New York Eventually ignoring all commands from Air Traffic Control personnel the flight lands at JFK in an odd erratic fashion taxis to a stop and proceeds to sit silent and motionless on the runway Unable to establish communication airport authorities force their way onboard only to find that a tragedy of unprecedented proportions has occurred and that Asad Khalil the man responsible for that tragedy is nowhere to be found having slipped through the crowd of investigators and made his escape The bulk of the novel concerns the protracted hunt for an implacable killer with a very personal mission It would spoil a number of DeMille's expertly constructed effects to reveal too much of what happens as The Lion's Game unfolds But here briefly is the fundamental premise that dominates this book April 15th the day Khalil's plane arrives at JFK is not simply income tax day It is also the anniversary of the 1986 bombing of Libya a mission ordered by Ronald Reagan in direct response to a series of atrocities reputedly set in motion by Libyan president Moammar Gadhafi Asad Khalil who was 16 years old when the bombing occurred lost his entire family that day and developed an undying hatred for all things American Acting both on his own behalf and on behalf of the Great Leader Gadhafi he has made his way to America where he is determined to w. I'm a little surprised at how much I like this book While the first in the Corey seriesPlum Island was good it didn't inspire me to run right out and grab this one up I must say this one drew me in and held my interestThe book is of necessity a little dated as it was written before 9 11 and deals with Middle East Terrorists It's built partly around the 1986 bombing raid on Libya There are plots and counter plots there is the insistently New York cop John Corey who we met earlierbut with a new romantic interest The book opens well and doesn't spend any time in slow build up or aimlessness The plot and the characters are center stage from the get go and all the building is done on the fly You don't have a lot of oh let's stop and talk about all this and then we'll get back to the storyAs notedI like it I can recommend it I plan to go on with the seriesEnjoy Mitterrand, le grand initié of attacks L'espèce humaine on Americans living in Europe As Corey and company await the arrival 1943 of Khalil and his escorts it uickly becomes apparent that something has gone seriously wrong To begin with the plane for unknown reasons drops Les origines républicaines de Vichy out Le mythe du grand silence: Auschwitz, les Français, la mémoire of radio contact hours before its arrival in New York Eventually ignoring all commands from Air Traffic Control personnel the flight lands at JFK in an La vie des français sous l'occupation odd erratic fashion taxis to a stop and proceeds to sit silent and motionless Simone Veil et les siens: Album- préface d'Annick Cojean on the runway Unable to establish communication airport authorities force their way Les Français de l'an 40. Tome 1. La guerre, oui ou non ? onboard Un été 16 : Eléments d'histoire culturelle européenne au regard du présent only to find that a tragedy Les mythes de la Seconde Guerre mondiale of unprecedented proportions has 1944-1945 occurred and that Asad Khalil the man responsible for that tragedy is nowhere to be found having slipped through the crowd Jacques Chirac : Une histoire française of investigators and made his escape The bulk Adolfo Kaminsky, une vie de faussaire of the novel concerns the protracted hunt for an implacable killer with a very personal mission It would spoil a number Dans les archives secrètes du Quai d'Orsay : de 1945 à nos jours of DeMille's expertly constructed effects to reveal too much Mes combats of what happens as The Lion's Game unfolds But here briefly is the fundamental premise that dominates this book April 15th the day Khalil's plane arrives at JFK is not simply income tax day It is also the anniversary Chirac intime - Un retraité comme les autres of the 1986 bombing Les Pieds-noirs : L'épopée d'un peuple of Libya a mission Berlin ordered by Ronald Reagan in direct response to a series D'Izieu à Auschwitz : L'histoire de deux enfants dans la Shoah of atrocities reputedly set in motion by Libyan president Moammar Gadhafi Asad Khalil who was 16 years Histoire de la guerre d'Algérie, 1954-1962 old when the bombing Koursk - L’été où Staline a vaincu Hitler occurred lost his entire family that day and developed an undying hatred for all things American Acting both Un train en hiver on his 1941 own behalf and "Ma vie avec Louis XIV..." Version integrale. on behalf Des sauvages, ou Voyage de Samuel Champlain, de Brouage, (Éd.1603) of the Great Leader Gadhafi he has made his way to America where he is determined to w. I'm a little surprised at how much I like this book While the first in the Corey seriesPlum Island was good it didn't inspire me to run right Petite Histoire de France: Vingt siècles d'Histoire illustrés de 60 lithographies et dessins des XIXe et XX siècles out and grab this L'encyclopédie de la chanson française : Des années 40 à nos jours one up I must say this "Ma vie avec Louis XIV..." one drew me in and held my interestThe book is L’histoire de France: Chronologie - De Vercingétorix à la Ve République (Petit guide t. 1) of necessity a little dated as it was written before 9 11 and deals with Middle East Terrorists It's built partly around the 1986 bombing raid Histoire de la cuisine et de la gastronomie françaises (TEMPUS) on Libya There are plots and counter plots there is the insistently New York cop John Corey who we met earlierbut with a new romantic interest The book Dictionnaire historique des rues de Paris (complet en deux volumes et un supplément) opens well and doesn't spend any time in slow build up Histoire et dictionnaire de la Révolution française : 1789-1799 or aimlessness The plot and the characters are center stage from the get go and all the building is done HISTOIRE DE PARIS (GISSEROT HISTOIRE) on the fly You don't have a lot Grandes dates de l'Histoire de France: Chronologie (Petit guide t. 280) of Les rois de France: La monarchie de Hugues Capet à Louis XVI 987 à 1792 - Chronologie (Petit guide t. 38) oh let's stop and talk about all this and then we'll get back to the storyAs notedI like it I can recommend it I plan to go Sénat sous la IIIe République (Le) (HISTOIRE) on with the seriesEnjoy


10 thoughts on “The Lion's Game

  1. says:

    Abandoning this book I just don't have time in my life right now for this kind of detail I think this is the kind of book that can appeal to people who watch 12 episode miniseries on Elizabethan England except it's nominally a 'thriller' so to be honest I'm not sure who the target population is People who are really really good at waiting for a payoff I suppose My mom enjoyed it but she's recently retired and was having trouble filling her time so that's another possible population we solved that by getting a 6 month old dogIt starts wonderfully; snappy pace ironic dialogue intriguing plot and decent character creation John Corey who was apparently a hundred times oinky in Plum Island has toned down the sexism There's a paragraph aside discussing how he hasn't hit on anyone at his new job with the Feds and how he's discovered life as a confidante for female co workers He still tries to provoke response with an assortment of ethnic jokes however but it's pretty clear he's doing it to be an ass and to show a rebellious spirit not because he actually cares about someone's ethnicity I found much of his commentary to be a great mix of hilarious and insightfulness Once the initial series of incidents occur the pace slows down significantly The Fed side is taken up with meetings analysis and flirting between Corey and another member of the team To compensate DeMille follows the terrorist the 'Lion' Asad through a pivotal moment in his upbringing and through following exploits in the US I had a fair amount of trouble with his perspective because while I found it started well it segued into zealotsociopath rather uickly I'm definitely a fan of subtle and nuance and while I would have expected a 700 page book to have time to give some development to understanding a terrorist he ends up being single note psychopathI found myself skimming large swaths to see if there was any improvement in pacing or narrative but there really wasn't I decided to abandon because there really is so much on Mount TBR to try rather than wading through thisMrsJoseph nailed the issue in the status comments below that this is a 300 400 page thriller trapped in a 700 page book My bookmark was trapped at page 279 when I uit


  2. says:

    Having recently finished reading I am Pilgrim the superb thriller by Terry Hayes I was looking around for something in the same style Well I already had this loaded on my Kindle and I’m a long term fan of DeMille and his wisecracking hero John Corey Job doneA few chapters in I was already laughing at the constant stream of brilliant one liners but I was also convinced I was re reading the aforementioned Hayes tale I mean there were certainly differences but there were many similarities I stuck with it and I’m really glad I did It’s a weighty tome well obviously not uite so physically weighty on a Kindle at over 800 pages but its draw was so powerful I hardly noticed The story is brilliantly plotted and told in a way only DeMille can I won’t summarise the plot but suffice to say it was not a re tell of the Hayes book but a clever and compelling narrative of its own If you liked ‘Pilgrim’ I think you’ll find plenty to enjoy here tooIf you’re already a DeMille follower then you’ll probably have read not only this book but also the follow up The Lion and the other Corey adventures too If not give him a try and don’t be put off by the virtually uninterrupted insertion of humour there’s plenty of depth too And if you like what you see I’d suggest you seek out some of his other work with the Sutter and Brenner books being my personal favourites


  3. says:

    I liked the book however to be honest I had high expectations from it which did not live up to it The book is about two FBI agents on the trail of a Libyan terrorist who is on a plot to avenge the 1986 bombing of Libya massacring Americans along the way The book is interesting at places where it plots the terrorist's movements and at places it becomes a drag However the highlight of the narrative is the dry humour and the one liners the author uses liberally in this storyStrictly for DeMille fans only This was my first


  4. says:

    No one is shocked at my rating of The Lion's Game than I am I've had plenty of time to think about John Corey's second outing and my final judgment is I enjoyed the fuck outta this book While the issues I had with the previous book in this series Plum Island popped up this go around as well they were well balanced against the second narrative While Plum Island was a strict first person POV inside John Corey's cock oriented caveman mind The Lion's Game offers many different third person POVs in addition to Corey's strict first person DeMille deftly juggles all these threads to create one tight blanket Impressive My favorite addition was the view into the mind of the villain Asad Khalil a thoroughly dynamic baddie whose motivations are understandable Not condonable but understandable The biggest selling point of this novel is that it never lets up It takes place in several different states and two different countries It has branching timelines It has gun battles and bombing runs and one of the coolest hijacked plane seuences I've read about The Lion's Game brought back memories of watching Die Hard for the first time only this version of Die Hard is 30 hours long For me that aspect is a plus If you're a fan of over the top machismo slathered action flicks I highly recommend this guy's work You can start here too as the previous book is mentioned only twice and the relationships brought up in the first book have no bearing on this case The Lion's Game is far superior when compared to the first book in the seriesMy only complaint is a rather big one Big enough that I removed an entire star Yes that's right I wanted to rate this one five bigguns but the ending didn't sit right with me It was sufficient as an ending but I wanted I felt the final pages did not live up to the promise of the previous 900That being said I'm not uitting this series anytime soon So much fun In summation If you dig Bruce Willis action movies John Corey is his literary doppleganger Fast talking uick witted led around completely by the wrong head John Corey's adventures are big fun for those guys who like big books and cannot lieFinal Judgment Where's the next one?


  5. says:

    I enjoyed this book but I think I didn't take is as seriously as many others I enjoy the humor but the story kept it interesting I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much if it wasn't an audiobook though As an audiobook I listen while I'm doing other things so if it gets boring it's not such a big deal as I'm doing something else anyway and I don't worry about missing anythingThe terrorist in this story wasn't all bad He killed a lot of people for revenge and his religion He was smart but also ignorant in many ways I think he is typical of many of the fanatics that set off suicide bombs etc They are ignorant and are being used by others who take advantage of their beliefs He believes that killing the evil infidels will guarantee him a place in heavenThe story also shows how the need for revenge leads to never ending warfare in the Middle East and every act has a reaction which triggers a new reaction on and on They never forget and sometimes the revenge is many years later Pretty hopeless There will probably never be peace in the Middle East until there is only one person left standing And that person will probably commit suicideI enjoyed the book but I'm not sure if I particularly want to read


  6. says:

    I'm a little surprised at how much I like this book While the first in the Corey seriesPlum Island was good it didn't inspire me to run right out and grab this one up I must say this one drew me in and held my interestThe book is of necessity a little dated as it was written before 9 11 and deals with Middle East Terrorists It's built partly around the 1986 bombing raid on Libya There are plots and counter plots there is the insistently New York cop John Corey who we met earlierbut with a new romantic interest The book opens well and doesn't spend any time in slow build up or aimlessness The plot and the characters are center stage from the get go and all the building is done on the fly You don't have a lot of oh let's stop and talk about all this and then we'll get back to the storyAs notedI like it I can recommend it I plan to go on with the seriesEnjoy


  7. says:

    Fantastic A great follow up to the first book Plum Island In this book John Corey has joined at elite task force comprised of FBI CIA ex NYPD current NYPD some lawyers accountants and whoever else they could think of to throw into the mix Their job anti terrorism with a fixation on Mid Eastern issues John has his eyes set on the IRA division and puts in a reuest to be moved because everyone knows that the IRA is inactive which will provide John with nothing to do However his reuest is being ignored So off he heads to JFK airport to a secret facility called the Conuistador Club There he and his team await the arrival of a prisoner being transferred from Paris Unfortunatley something has gone wrong with the plane and it's currently in a No RAD state which means there has been no radio contact Now John and his team are forced to chase a crazy terrorist around the US to stop him before he completes his missionUnlike in Plum Island there was no lag to the beginning of this book It just jumps right in and I think this might have been the best beginning to a book that I have read in a long time It had me completely entranced for at least a hundred pages before I realized what time it was This book is split into 5 mini books and the POV switches between John and the terrorist It was really fascinating to see how each man was thinking throughout the book and how John was struggling to understand what was going on before it was too late John was of course at his sarcastic best and again I love him He has some issues in this book regarding his new boss Kate and it was really amusing to watch the verbal sparringI'll definitely read the next book that has Corey in it


  8. says:

    A guy’s book I really enjoyed this book about trying to figure out why a Libyan terrorist was in the US A large page count but kept me interested and Corey’s wiseass commentary cracked me up Took away a star for the initial flying scenario He needed a better aviation consultant or else something didn’t get explained correctly 4 Stars


  9. says:

    4 ½ stars Excellent suspense thriller I didn’t want to stop readingIt’s a long book I had a hard time putting it down Lots of suspense Many times I was saying come on come on eager to find out what was going to happen next John Corey is a smartalecky arrogant cop working for the FBI He has many entertaining one liners and jokes I liked his humor but humor is subjective and some readers may not like it There were a few surprises along the way Some parts were a little slow but the last half was the best The ending was good and complete enough for me although the killer Asad was still alive and un caught The story continues in the seuel “The Lion”Asad was a well done bad guy He’s a stealthy smart killing machine I consider “The Day of the Jackal” by Forsyth as great Lion’s Game reminded me of Jackal but LG was missing the following I wanted to see how Asad got his information how his sources got information and how Asad and those sources communicatedAsad interacted with many people It was hard to believe they did not recognize him Asad’s picture was all over the TV and newspapersOne negative a stupid event Two guys know Asad is in the area with a sniper rifle So why are they walking outside alone with no bullet proof vests or other protection?NARRATORScott Brick did an excellent job as John Corey because Scott does cocky arrogance well John Corey’s arrogance was written in an entertaining way so it worked But I’ve given Scott Brick 1 and 2 stars for his narration of other books where he was too arrogant and it detracted from the book Scott narrated females nicely hereDATANarrative mode 1st person John Corey 3rd person other characters and scenes Unabridged audiobook length 24 hours and 52 mins Swearing language strong including religious swear words but not often used Sexual language none Number of sex scenes 6 referred to no details Setting 2000 various US locations with a little back story in 1986 Libya Book copyright 2000 Genre suspense thriller


  10. says:

    I have a special place in my heart for sarcastic characters and John Corey the main character in The Lion's Game an international thriller is a one of those guys you just love to read about There's always a great one liner waiting on every page If I were to go back and highlight each time Mr Demille's writing made me laugh the book would look like a freshmen year chemistry bookThe Lion's Game is the sueal to Plumb Island which was also a joy to read specifically because John Corey was the main character in that book as well This sueal is one heck of a story weighing in at 673 pages in the hardback edition but the suspense never lets upThis book is not euivalent to the summer blockbuster movie There are no explosive battles and crazy stunts Instead Mr Demille entertains using merely wit and colorful characters In this installment I found the main character to be just as interesting as the antagonist The point of view changes between our hero John Corey and the foe that repeatedly shocks the reader with sporadic insights into the daily life of an American I found myself reflecting on typical American circumstances in a whole new light due to the antagonist's interesting point of view as a foreigner traveling across the countryThe Lion's Game was a lot of fun to read not merely for the humor but also because Nelson Demille can dish out so much than your typical crime novel I consider the John Corey series to be among the best crime and mystery books I've ever read