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
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.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
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.
This was a good thriller. Details of police/FBI operations was good, as well as the story of the characters going through this experience. Kept my attention.
Nelson brought back the nastiest of nasties, Asad Khalil. Why won't this guy die??? Bad guys should never win!! Typical DeMille humor and cleverly keeps us hanging on the edge of our seats.
I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!
Having read all of DeMille's previous work, I was prepared for the great, twisting story and clever dialogue in other John Cory novels. This one was far more graphic in depicting violence than in others, which crystalized the cruelty and psychosis often dealt with by law enforcement professions. Worth the cringe moments, however.
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