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.
Super long listen, but I can honestly say it didn't seem that long. The narrator is one of the best. I will look for other books he has read. This book had me laughing and laughing hard. It's tough to believe that a book about a terrorist can include comedy.
On the serious side, the way Asad (the main character) gets around while in the U.S., if it is factual and can be accomplished, is scary.
This book gets the listener into the mind set of a terrorist and a cop trying to stop him. It offers an insight of how the middle eastern countries think. A great listen.
Scott Brick's narration really drives this audiobook home. His NYC accent and the way he does John Corey's smart-alec thoughts and one liners has gotta be Audie Award material. The reason I only gave this book four stars instead of five is because of the ending. Not a terrible ending, just sort of a non-happener. A ho-hum ending after an incredible novel. It left me kind of disappointed.
It was nice to get to know the characters better as I listened to Night Fall before this one, which is out of the order of publication. I highly recommend Night Fall in addition to this download.