I listened to this book first and apparently the previous book was actually the first (lions game). This book is better than the first but has a few weak spots. However, overall it was an enjoyable listen.
I was so excited when I heard this book was coming out. It's a sequel to the novel "The Lion's Game", and yes, I think you need to read that one first. However, it won't be a chore. The main character, John Corey, is entertaining, funny, sarcastic, lovable and delightfully unpredictable. Added to this brilliant character is some fantastic storyline - a thriller in every sense.
"The Lion" met every expectation, every hope I had about this sequel. The plot was satisfying in that it answered a lot of questions while still being suspenseful and packed with humor - a great combo, in my opinion.
Scott Brick was genius as usual. I've said in other reviews that he IS John Corey - no one else could ever narrate these books but him. Even the author agrees, thankfully. So, no worries about bad narration detracting from the storyline.
I have yet to find a single person who hasn't thoroughly enjoyed the John Corey novels. If you haven't tried it yet, I would ask what you're waiting for.
I was waiting for this sequel to come out for sometime. Not only has DeMille continued the story of the Lion very well, he has left readers/listeners waiting for the next John Corey book. Scott Brick, as always, is top notch.
A co-worker recommended this book. He'd purchased the hard cover book and then purchased the audiobook. When he described the book, I thought, '..Meh!....' I decided to try it anyway. Wow. What a great writer. The fast-paced first chapter had my full attention immediately. I expected a book that would help me fall asleep and that could accompany me when I run outside... Forget the sleep, bring on the hills! My heart was racing so fast during the first chapter, I knew I'd be up for a while! Writing at its best, character development crystal clear--and so human.. completely believable plot and storyline... This is one of my favorite books of all time. (I just finished the sequel...that'll be another review!) I can't wait to read more from this author. Absolutely fantastic.
I love my books, over 1000 in my library. I have been a member since the year 2000.
In my humble opinion, if the book is written by Nelson DeMille and narrated by Scott Brick, you can't go wrong. I have yet to be disappointed by this combination. I hope that John Corey will come back.