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The Lion's Game | [Nelson DeMille]

The Lion's Game

To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: DeMille proves himself at the height of his game with The Lion's Game. This one has it all: action, suspense, humor, romance, captivating characters, a seriously bad bad-guy, and an endearingly bad good-guy. Scott Brick's perfect narration raises the stakes to a higher level. A master of pacing, Brick's measured delivery makes the suspense behind the surpentine plot come alive. My stomach was tied in knots and I loved every minute of it." (Corey Thrasher)

Publisher's Summary

To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. The hero of DeMille's No. 1 New York Times best seller, Plum Island, Corey has been through a lot, not the least of which was surviving three bullet wounds while serving on the NYPD. Now he signs on with the government's Anti-Terrorist Task Force in an attempt to stop an alleged Libyan terrorist known simply as "The Lion".

The Lion has the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey. And now he's loose in America. Can John Corey stop him? Or has his allotment of luck just run out? Nelson DeMille spins an epic tale of heart-pounding suspense.

©2000 Nelson DeMille (P)2000 Books on Tape and Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"Well worth hearing." (Book)

"DeMille has created the kind of rambunctious hero that readers will want to see again." (Chicago Tribune)

"Sexy, humorous, fast-paced." (Washington Post)

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    Tamara St. Louis, MO, USA 07-17-05
    Tamara St. Louis, MO, USA 07-17-05
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    "Hooked from the very beginning"

    I certainly disagree with some of the other reviews (especially those who reviewed the abridged version), as I found the characters entertaining and likable. I even felt guilty for coming to "understand" SOME of the motivations of the terrorist. My boyfriend and I listened to it with another couple while on a long drive, and everyone couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.

    I disagree that the story doesn't come to an end. . . but, I did feel as if the stage were being set for a sequel. Hollywood does it all the time, why shouldn't the author?

    If you're on a particularly long drive, this book is a great companion. If you listen to it in bits and pieces during your daily commute, it will probably seem to go on forever - it should be enjoyed in as few "chunks" as possible to more easily keep up.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Beaumont, TX, USA 04-16-05
    Randy Beaumont, TX, USA 04-16-05
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    "Thought-Provoking and Entertaining"

    I rarely rate a book this high. 5-stars is usually reserved for "The Green Mile" or "Beach Music." But 4-stars is not enough for this one. "Night Fall" was my first John Corey novel and it was just shy of 4-stars. But "The Lion's Game" soars much higher. It's still the same Corey with the same attitude, but with much more action. We also get a peek into the mind of a killer with no regard for anyone but himself and how he justifies all of his actions based upon his distorted views of God as one who demands the murder of all Americans. Scott Brick is far and away the best reader since we lost Frank Muller and he gives the attitude to Corey that makes these novels so entertaining. I would have preferred less profanity. Although it appears that I am going backward in the John Corey series, I am stymied; Plum Island was the first, I think, and it is no longer in production. I hope Audible will change that with another great unabridged John Corey story. If you liked "Night Fall" you will love "The Lion's Game."

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye Huntsville, AL 01-03-03
    Kaye Huntsville, AL 01-03-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Love Nelson DeMille"

    I liked the character Jack Corey in "Plum Island" and enjoyed him even more in "The Lion's Game".

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ursula Kensington, MD, United States 06-26-10
    Ursula Kensington, MD, United States 06-26-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Crude and shallow characters"

    I downloaded this title because the sequel just came out and seemed interesting. The protagonist is rude, crude, sarcastic, and unappealing. His adversary, Then Lion, isn't credible. Plus, the author doesn't "get" federal rules and has federal employees flying first class and being served food by Uncle Sam. Neither is legal. No wonder folks get such a poor picture of federal employees.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    rjmeyer 06-29-03
    rjmeyer 06-29-03 Member Since 2002
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    "okay"

    I enjoyed the character of John Corey - a coarse New York cop personality out of an older detective genre. I was surprised - mostly pleasantly, but sometimes feeling taxed - at so much detail invested in the development of the story. The buildup got me expecting a spectacular finish, when all of a sudden the book was done with no resolution to anything that had been so laboriously developed - other than the romance! I had expected much more, though it was an enjoyable listen.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Taby, Sweden 04-25-10
    Mark Taby, Sweden 04-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "More than a pleasant surprise"

    Have listened to about 40 audio books now and this is one of the best, especially since I didn't really know what to expect (didn't know the author or narrator).
    Anyway the storyline was good and the characters great. The Narrater did a fantastic job in bringing the characters to life, added timing on the humor etc.
    Thoroughly engaging read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ranch Girl Colorado, USA 01-11-10
    Ranch Girl Colorado, USA 01-11-10 Member Since 2001
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    "May have the most appeal to men"

    It is amazing that this was written pre-9/11. The character of the terrorist is well drawn and provides good insight into his culture and life experience. I enjoyed the story overall, but I had several issues that made it somewhat less enjoyable. It didn't keep me guessing much, and it had too much detail that wasn't necessary to advance the plot. While the main character made me laugh a lot, I didn't actually like him all that much. Finally, it is difficult to believe that an FBI agent who is flawlessly beautiful and 14 years his junior has the hots for him - sounds like every man's fantasy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Lincolnton, NC, USA 12-14-09
    Charlotte Lincolnton, NC, USA 12-14-09
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    "Scott Brick is FANTASTIC!!!"

    Other than the Alex Cross series I have not read any other suspense/thrillers with a man as the leading character. Scott Brick's narration was superb!!! This was a great book which grabbed you from the first. The author's humor throughout the story was great! Loved the book!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Mesa, AZ, United States 07-22-07
    Jared Mesa, AZ, United States 07-22-07 Member Since 2004
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    "I'm torn"

    This has been one of my all time favorite books. My only complaint is that I get so tired of hearing the F word every few minutes. Here and there, I can deal with, but the author makes use of the F word for all of its varied definitions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicolas Georgetown, TX, USA 06-18-05
    Nicolas Georgetown, TX, USA 06-18-05
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    "Frightening, Engaging, Foretelling"

    Published before 9/11, this book follows Middle Eastern terrorists and planes figure heavily into the plot. I found myself with a hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach a couple of times knowing that it was written bfore the day that changed our history.

    It does drag in a couple of places which is to be expected in any book of this length, but the high points more than make up for it. Really worth the investment. Kept me entertained on a drive from Virginia to Texas.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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