In this eagerly awaited follow-up to The Lion's Game, John Corey, former NYPD Homicide detective and special agent for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is back. And, unfortunately for Corey, so is Asad Khalil, the notorious Libyan terrorist otherwise known as "The Lion". Last we heard from him, Khali had claimed to be defecting to the US only to unleash the most horrific reign of terrorism ever to occur on American soil. While Corey and his partner, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, chased him across the country, Khalil methodically eliminated his victims one by one and then disappeared without a trace.
Now, years later, Khalil has returned to America to make good on his threats and take care of unfinished business. "The Lion" is a killing machine once again loose in America with a mission of revenge, and John Corey will stop at nothing to achieve his own goal - to find and kill Khahil.
©2010 Nelson DeMille (P)2010 Hachette
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
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!
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.
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 11-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.
John Corey was his usual sarcastic self and didn't disappoint, but this plot was pretty expected. And Mr. Demille needs to find a synonym for the words "reply" / "replied" - he used them at least 300 times in this book..so many times that I was distracted by counting the number of repetitions. It was a good book to take to bed and put me to sleep.
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.
No matter where you go, there you are.
Re: John Corey Series
DeMilIe, like all new (to me) authors, was read chronologically. The formula is identical in all these ponderous tales, with three or four climaxes along the way. The finale is usually anti-climactic and relatively weak relative to the gore and terror along the way. The demeanor and moral emptiness of Corey is revealed in Wildfire, where our 'hero' nearly succumbs to his primeval reality and allows that perhaps this end does justify this means. The sub-context of his work is that unless the Muslim world is annihilated, it is just a matter of time before nuclear war is delivered to our door by these madmen.
Huge sections of these books are interchangeable with similar parts of the others. They drone on and on with Corey defying the clueless machinations of the FBI and the sinister CIA. If you do not believe that we are helplessly fumbling our way toward global Armageddon, then these books are not for you.
Meanwhile DeMille rakes in millions by simply asking, "what if?". Are these books a call to arms to the violent, lunatic fringe? They may well be. DeMille's self-serving arrogance takes a grain of truth all the way to the bank.
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