This book, while very violent, didn't have any of the 'fear factor' I noted in the Lion's Game, one of my favorite books ever. John Corey seems bullyish, and a foolish risk taker. Maybe it's better when reading; this narrator tried to imitate John Wayne and is very annoying. Toward the end I began to root for the bad guys just to get it over. Sorry but I really disliked this book.
Scott Brick has been a long time favorite narrator of mine. I relistened to The Lion's Game before listening to The Lion. Scott is fabulous in the first but I didn't even recognize him in the second! He sounds like Howard Cosell!! Scott, please go back to your regular John Corey voice if there is another in the series!
There was never a moment when I didn't know what was coming next. I love DeMille, but this one was not good.
I was almost late for work on release date (not OK as evil minions do NOT set their own hours!) because I was immersed in the Kindle version and waiting to download the audio book. Scott Brick and Nelson DeMille never disappoint. Amazing! These guys and Brian Haig are the reason I have an Audible membership.
I don't think that this book is worth the money. It held my attention but it uses the predictable formulas of the tracking of terrorist meanies. There are some graphic death scenarios that involve too much gore and only serve as fill. The book isn't awful but I wouldn't recommend anyone taking the time to read it in an environment where there are lots of great spy and detective novels. I love most of Demille's books but this one didn't do anything for me
I have waited soooo long for this book and it did not disappoint me at all. I am thrilled that Scott Brick continues to be the narrator of these books. He is John Cory and anyone else reading the book for audio would detract from the book. I listened to the book in a little over 24 hours and will listen to it again soon. I highly recommend it as I have all the others in the series to many friends.
I have read or listen to all of the John Cory series except Plum Island which I can't find on audio. DeMille is a great writer and I would love for him to keep the series going. Also the character from The Generals Daughter would be great to revive.
I really enjoy the interview by Scott Brick of Nelson DeMille at the end of the tape.
Thanks Audible for getting this out to us and for Scott Brick who has become such a favorite of mine that I have a hard time listening to anyone else narrating a book on tape.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
I've liked all the books I've listened to by this author, but this might be the best one so far. Scott Brick did an excellent job of bringing out the slime that comprised the antagonist. I like my bad guys to be really bad, and Asad Khalil is about as slimy as they get. John Corey makes for a good character as does his wife. Boris was quite interesting too. But make no mistake about it, this book was titled The Lion for a reason. A riveting and satisfying ride.
The only value is to satisfy your curiosity if you read The Lion’s Game. Do not read this as a stand alone.
There were three action scenes in the beginning of the book with Asad killing people. Then the huge middle section of the book felt like filler. Too wordy with political ponderings. Too much internal thinking and monologuing. Too much repetitive thinking about past events. Finally we get some action toward the end.
This book would have been better if we could have seen how Asad got his information, how his sources got information, and how Asad and those sources communicated.
I did not understand why the authorities did not put Asad’s picture in the newspapers and on TV. Asad is running around the country interacting with people.
One scene was kind of unbelievable. Two guys want to kill each other but they throw down their guns in order to fight hand to hand with knives.
Scott Brick did a good 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.
Genre: suspense thriller
I have listened to a few of DeMille's books and like those this story is pretty good. It moves a little slowly and I found myself becoming very impatient at times.
What surprised me most was Scott Brick's narration. I usually like him and have gotten books simply because he's the narrator. However in this case he sounds almost bored and a little to melodramatic. So I suggest that you better be as much of a Scott Brick fan as a DeMille fan to really enjoy this.
Titles that should be made or remade into film by Amazon or Netflix... Department Q. Harry Hole. Noble House. Tai-pan. Gai-jin and Shogun.
I have read and or listened to every novel DeMille has written. With the exception of Wildfire, I recommend them all. This is a great story, highly entertaining.