John Corey has become one of my all time favorite characters. Scott Brick has BRILLIANTLY captured all the nuances of Corey. Perfectly written and narrated. I'm a retired cop and after reading Plum Island, Lion's Game and Night Fall, I can not wait until the next John Corey adventure...especially if it's read by Brick. DeMille's books are fast paced and written with style and humor. This is a must read for all DeMille fans.
As other reviewers stated, all but the ending had the making of an all time masterpiece. Unlike some other reviewers, I thought the writing style was superb. DeMille seems to have the knack to keep a listener captivated with either humorous anecdotes or intense suspense detail. The ride of a terrorist infiltrating the US countryside was chilling and somewhat believeable which helped to keep me in tune. Flashbacks into the past throughout the story help to piece together the storyline and I was left with a lasting impression of both the captive and captor. Again, without giving away the ending, it was just dissapointing to say the least. I guess 20 hours of heart thumping adventure outweighs the 1 hour of a dissapointing ending. With that said, I went on to read "Nightfall", a sequal to The Lions Game and had high hopes for it. From what I have heard, DeMille intends to continue the Lion's game saga in a future novel and I have the intention to listen to that one as well.
GREAT BOOK, BRICK IS A WONDERFUL READER. A BIT TOO LONG THOUGH. THE ENDING WAS A BIT DISAPPOINTING. BUT A GOOD READ.
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.