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.
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"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)
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.
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."
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I've been reading espionage thrillers for almost 50 of my 72 years. I'm looking back to some of the best such novels in my Audible library that I listened to before I began writing reviews. There is one author and series, Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp, who is clearly my favorite, but there are several others who are close. Of living authors my current favorite is Mark Greaney with both his Gray Man (Court Gentry) series and his continuation of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. Beyond Flynn and Greaney there are several that are essentially tied. They include Nelson DeMille and his John Corey series, Brad Thor and his Scott Harvath Series, Ben Coes and his Dewey Andras series, Brad Taylor and his Pike Logan series, Daniel Silva and his Gabriel Allon series, Tom Wood and his Victor the Assassin series, Brett Battles and his Jonathan Quinn series, Barry Eisler and his John Rain series, etc. I could add Clancy,Baldacci, Ludlum, Follett, Forsyth,and Griffin. Then there are Marc Cameron, Alex Berenson, and Mark Dawson which are a step below the best but still very good. (I leave Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series off the list ONLY because the genre is not espionage.)
The 7 novel John Corey series by Nelson DeMille began in 1997 with the release of Plum Island with Corey being an injured NYC cop on leave to have time for gunshot wounds to heal. The Lion's Game, the topic of this review was released in the year 2000. The novel starts with Corey teaching at John Jay, but is soon recruited into the Anti-Terrorism Task Force as a NYPD representative. The Lion is a Libyan terrorist with almost unimaginable audacity. At almost 25 hours in length the audiobook is NOT too long. Once it starts the intensity of suspense never abates. The Lion is not captured or killed in the book. Novel 5 in the series, The Lion, finally completes his story.
It is remarkable that The Lion's Game was written and released before 9/11. That fact is a sound indication that DeMille clearly saw the possible future of jihadism.
All 7 books in the wisecracking John Corey series are a rock solid thrillers. As an added bonus Scott Brick narrates all of the audiobooks. The combined length of the 7 audiobooks is approximately 125 hours, and not a minute of it is wasted.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I was out of credits, but put this one on the credit card because I enjoyed "Plum Island" so much.
Although I kind of liked "Plum Island" better, this was a good, solid thriller. I love DeMille's character in John Corey. No political correctness here. Cynical--actually hilarious in his cynicism. I found myself actually laughing at his wit; it takes a lot to make me laugh. This author tells a story very well. Long book, but well worth it. DeMille may have spent a tad too much time describing the terrorist's tracking down of his targets, but this is only a minor criticism.
Too much vulgarity for my tastes, but, oh well, what can I do about that? Have to put up with it to enjoy the story.
Scott Brick: One of the best, if not THE best of narrators. He's my favorite right now anyway. This is one of his "straight-laced" performances. Although I prefer his more emotive works, he's still solid five stars when he narrates in this fashion.
I definitely don't regret the credit card charge for this one. Kept my interest. Very entertaining.
I would say, if you're going to listen to any of the books in this series that Scott Brick narrates - listen to the others first, THEN this one. I listened to this, then started The Lion, and ended up returning The Lion. I loved his narration here too much - there's a flippant, snarky cheeriness that he conveys beautifully in this book.
In the next, he seems to go for a more gumshoe/hardbitten vibe and I missed this book's narrative style. Alas.
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