I generally don't submit reviews, but do depend on them when making book selections. But I enjoyed this book so much, I felt compelled to share the experience. This was my first DeMille book, and his writing style is excellant. I chuckled throughout the entire book, and the narrator really brought the saracstic main character to life. If you like a good cop yarn, and enjoy a good laugh, give this book a try.
Reading since 1968.
i became distracted by the romantic angle and didn't feel it was necessary for DeMille to include the lovey-dovey business in this otherwise suspenseful terrorist/chase plot.
and this is a long one! much longer than any average round-trip road trip i take. so i found myself listening to smaller bits each day driving to work just to get thru the story.
The Lion's Game ranks as one of my favorite this year. It has intriguing theme, realistic characters, interesting quotes, witticisms and plenty of educational/thought provoking issues.
Nelson DeMille skillfully uses witty escapism to deal with sensitive and frightening issues. He holds your attention by crisscrossing between the wisecracking hero and the vicious master adversary. The Lion's Game could be leaner and the ending, to me, is deficient; conversely, it is well written and entertaining.
Although this is an excellent book, I suspect it will be disconcerting to those with similar background of the Lion.
Scott Brick is a superb narrator. With the exception of the Arabic taxi drivers and Boris the Russian, all his characters sound the same. Okay, not all narrators are as adept as Michael Beck or Frank Muller.
This book starts off quite well, as a plane appears to land itself. The terrorist is wily and unstoppable and the hero is also OK. But a book with a beginning and a middle needs an....
that's right! an ending. And this book has none. I won't give anything away, but this author apparently just gets tired of writing, or reaches his page quota, and then stops, wrapping things up clumsily in the last few pages. Was someone calling him to dinner? Cop chases terrorist from coast to coast and then... nothing really.
Sarcasim and wit abound in this book with colorful, well rounded characters. A present day terrorist novel unfolds with an eery hint of 9-11 that hits too close to home! Couldn't stop listening!!
This book was published a year before 9/11. I found it to be thoroughly engaging with wonderful character development. John Corey is witty, ironic and the compleate New Yorker. I recommend this story and both the prequel PLUM ISLAND and the sequel NIGHT FALL.
I have listened to several dozen books by terrorist type authors who kept me on a hook, but nothing like this man's book. If you like Tom Clancy's stories you will love this one. A 5 star from start to finish. Bravo!
Once you start listening to the mellow tones of Steve Brick's narration you are in for the duration. I work hours alone and that was beneficial when enjoying this story. On the minus side, there were times when some repeated references to past events got to be repetitious, and given what we know now, they seem fairly minor in significance. On the positive side, the story never lags and you will long to slip away just to listen for a few more minutes.