I rarely rate a book this high. 5-stars is usually reserved for "The Green Mile" or "Beach Music." But 4-stars is not enough for this one. "Night Fall" was my first John Corey novel and it was just shy of 4-stars. But "The Lion's Game" soars much higher. It's still the same Corey with the same attitude, but with much more action. We also get a peek into the mind of a killer with no regard for anyone but himself and how he justifies all of his actions based upon his distorted views of God as one who demands the murder of all Americans. Scott Brick is far and away the best reader since we lost Frank Muller and he gives the attitude to Corey that makes these novels so entertaining. I would have preferred less profanity. Although it appears that I am going backward in the John Corey series, I am stymied; Plum Island was the first, I think, and it is no longer in production. I hope Audible will change that with another great unabridged John Corey story. If you liked "Night Fall" you will love "The Lion's Game."
I didn’t want to stop reading. It’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 sequel “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 communicated.
Asad interacted with many people. It was hard to believe they did not recognize him. Asad’s picture was all over the TV and newspapers.
One 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?
Scott 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 here.
Genre: suspense thriller
I downloaded this title because the sequel just came out and seemed interesting. The protagonist is rude, crude, sarcastic, and unappealing. His adversary, Then Lion, isn't credible. Plus, the author doesn't "get" federal rules and has federal employees flying first class and being served food by Uncle Sam. Neither is legal. No wonder folks get such a poor picture of federal employees.
I enjoyed the character of John Corey - a coarse New York cop personality out of an older detective genre. I was surprised - mostly pleasantly, but sometimes feeling taxed - at so much detail invested in the development of the story. The buildup got me expecting a spectacular finish, when all of a sudden the book was done with no resolution to anything that had been so laboriously developed - other than the romance! I had expected much more, though it was an enjoyable listen.
Have listened to about 40 audio books now and this is one of the best, especially since I didn't really know what to expect (didn't know the author or narrator).
Anyway the storyline was good and the characters great. The Narrater did a fantastic job in bringing the characters to life, added timing on the humor etc.
Thoroughly engaging read.
It is amazing that this was written pre-9/11. The character of the terrorist is well drawn and provides good insight into his culture and life experience. I enjoyed the story overall, but I had several issues that made it somewhat less enjoyable. It didn't keep me guessing much, and it had too much detail that wasn't necessary to advance the plot. While the main character made me laugh a lot, I didn't actually like him all that much. Finally, it is difficult to believe that an FBI agent who is flawlessly beautiful and 14 years his junior has the hots for him - sounds like every man's fantasy!
Other than the Alex Cross series I have not read any other suspense/thrillers with a man as the leading character. Scott Brick's narration was superb!!! This was a great book which grabbed you from the first. The author's humor throughout the story was great! Loved the book!!!
This has been one of my all time favorite books. My only complaint is that I get so tired of hearing the F word every few minutes. Here and there, I can deal with, but the author makes use of the F word for all of its varied definitions.
Published before 9/11, this book follows Middle Eastern terrorists and planes figure heavily into the plot. I found myself with a hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach a couple of times knowing that it was written bfore the day that changed our history.
It does drag in a couple of places which is to be expected in any book of this length, but the high points more than make up for it. Really worth the investment. Kept me entertained on a drive from Virginia to Texas.