I read Night Fall, The Lion's Game and The Lion in that order. The first two were great (especially Night Fall), but DeMille should have quit after The Lion's Game. It was just the right touch to leave people with the ending in their own minds.
I really like the character Cory in all the books. I think DeMille has captured the essence of a New York detective pretty effectively. But this book had Cory in countless boring meetings describing the boring nature of the meetings. Even Scott Brick, who was phenomenal in all of the other books, failed us here. Everyone sounded exactly the same and it was not good. The book does pick up near the end and it has one unexpected twist, but not enough to defeat the very didactic ending. Also, in this book Ahsad Khalil lacks any depth and there is not nearly enough of what was going on in his mind.
Worth it? I suppose, but I think this was a book DeMille did not really want to write.
I have read (or started to read a few bad books before), but nothing is as bad as this book. There is no story or anything remotely revealing or interesting at all in the book. Top that off with the most pathetic readers you could imagine, including the "professional" reader who sounds like something too melodramatic for even 1940's and '50s movie theater film shorts. I really should demand my credit back.
DON'T BUY, DON'T LISTEN, DON'T READ, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY. BAD, BAD, BAD. THE ONLY REASON I DIDN'T RATE IT A ZERO IS THAT YOU HAVE TO PUT AT LEAST ONE STAR.
I am sorry to say that this book was very disappointing on many levels. The reader was excellent except that he could not do anything resembling a woman's voice. Fortunately, he did not have to worry too much as there are only three women in the book. He was not able to capture young people either, but it was still pretty well read.
The biggest problem, of course, was the writing. The author continuously developed characters and stories that just disappeared. The main character ended up being a lot less than the main character. A love interest was developed to just go away completely with no more mention of it. The story was tremendously tedious. Most of the time was spent building the reader up for a huge main character who never really delivered the goods. There is absolutely no action until the last chapter or two and that action is just not worth the wait. And I am not sure where the title came from as it does not seem to have anything to do with the reality of the story.
I fell asleep on this one many times. Sorry, it was not good.
You don't want to think about it, but what if it happened? What if you had to live without the things we take for granted? It would probably unfold very much like this story reveals. Information worth knowing, thinking about and preparing for.
And it was always interesting. Never a dull moment. Could not wait to find out what happened next.
This book was one of the most delightful books I have ever read. The reader had the perfect voice for this book. The story was just a lot of fun. I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud.
A story of childhood as though you were actually reliving it. A coming of age in a time of significant change. A story that seems to have no plot until the end and it all comes together with an enormous surprise.
This is a fabulous classic book. The reading was flawlessly superb and sadly, no one will ever write the English language so eloquently again.
A must read for everyone. Relish, not only the story, but the exquisite language.
First, allow me to say that I liked this book in spite of a number of flaws. I thought I would be getting some keen insight into the Russian Mafia, however the bad guys turned out to be Serbian, not Russian. And they were pretty secondary to the book. They just provided canon fodder for the Hero Joe Pike. Joe Pike was a great hero though. In many books the hero is presented as incredibly tough, but ends up being pathetically week. This guy is a real Jack Bauer (24) type. And what an array of guns he carries. If the author wanted to show his knowledge of all guns in the world, he dropped his entire amount of knowledge in this book. But that was OK too. I like guns and he had all the ones I like and he wasn't afraid to use them. The plot had very little twist to it, but still, I liked the book despite all these flaws. It had plenty of action that kept on coming.
I struggled for a long time when purchasing my last book, but finally decided on this one. I am glad that I chose this book because, not only was it an intriguing mystery, but it was also a critical look into the psychology of families and the impact their actions have on children. The whole premise of the novel from the description made it seem like it had nowhere to go but into nap time, but it kept me very involved. I had to put off a few things at the end because I could not wait to see what happened in the last 5 or 6 chapters. Also, the reader was excellent. A perfect choice for this particular novel. And since you usually figure out the end of novels like this well before the end, it was refreshing to be pretty surprised at the outcome. Lots of twists and turns and surprises all along the way to keep you fully involved.
I bought this book because it was rated so highly by Audible. However, Audible failed to reveal that the book was filled with extensive desctiptions of all kinds of sexual deviancy that had no real meaning to the story line whatsoever. Much of the book was written in a style that I would describe as being Camus like, however it did not have the same impact. I did not need a detailed description of everything people bought when they went to the store. I did not need to read, "she went to the front desk and was told she had to wait half an hour. She went to her car and smoked three cigarettes. She went back to the desk." The truth is that the plot was extremely weak and most of the book was just mundane boring filler. The actual book could have been completed easily in four or five chapters.
I thought I would never get through the book. But I persevered. And the ending? Certainly not worth the wait. Not even close.
Also, the reader, while a very excellent reader was British. The characters were all Swedish, so they all had a British accent. And almost all of the male characters had this exaggerated deep voice that made them sound ridiculous.
Don't waste your time or money on this one.
And Audible would do us a real favor by telling us something about objectionable content.
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