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)
Just finished The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille (audio) and it has me wondering, can a thriller be over-researched? I finished this pre-9/11 story of a dogged NYPD cop on the trail of a Libyan terrorist, and definitely had moments of frustration as DeMille paused to observe the scenery, sit in on a bureaucratic meeting, or watch cops shag.
The protagonist, John Corey, is a likable enough example of the species, but I found his wisecracking dialogue creaky (downright colorless when compared to, say Elmore Leonard, but then...). The plot was plausible (see research above), and I appreciated the narrative techniques of switching back and for the between cop and terrorist -- PC points scored on that one.
It's not that this is a bad book (I listened to all 25 hours of it, after all), it's that it took our heroes a good 16 hours (of listening time) to even pick up the bad guy's trail. I felt the Corey romance with his partner Kate, was cookie-cutter and given an awful lot of air time. Lion's Game had it's hair raising moments, but it took a lot of meetings to get there.
In other words, cut to the chase.
pros and cons
This book is: gleefully racist, slow, and bad in pretty much every way you can think. Also, let us hope that those in charge of our national security are not as dumb as the central characters in this book. If so, we are all in serious trouble.
The plot is interesting but the book is too long. Did not find myself in much of suspense for almost entire book. Slept through decent chunks of the narrative without missing much substance.
Briefly, this book really holds your attention and imagination. I got it for a long plane ride and couldn't stop listening to it. My compliments to the narrator. One of the best I've heard!
This was my first Demille read and it was great! It was over 20 hours, but I ended up listening to it on my computer just because I only had 4 hours to go and wanted to continue.
There is much detail in this novel. I liked the way that each chapter changes protagonist from good guy to bad guy until the end when they merge together. It was long, so maybe some of the details were irrelevant, however, I can see how it also added to the storyline. I got to really know the characters.
I would recommend this novel. The narrator was also great, which can make/break the audio book. I tend to avoid the audio books where reviewers have said the narration is bad, better to get a paperback on those.
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
LOVE this author and narrator...give me more. I have to say my favorite combination. Anything by these two I will buy. Did not want this book to end. Hope that John Corey comes back again.
The only redeeming quality in this overblown meandering mess is narrator Scott Brick. Unlike the book, I'm going to get to the point.
Don't waste your time on this. In the end, you will have gained nothing and feel ripped off. Mainly because, after hours and hours of unrealistic nothingness, this garbage had no real finale. The book that would never end, didn't!
Yawn. 1 star is generous.
A real page turner... and very well read.
I personally was a bit disappointed with the end... but on the whole listening to this book was a very enjoyable XX hours.
I am generally a DeMille fan, but found this book too filled with trivial detail. I listened to the first half of the unabridged version and got tired of hearing about compass headings and directions. I switched to the abridged version for the rest of the book and enjoyed it a lot more. I only wish Scott Brick was the narrator for that version. I enjoyed him a lot more than Boyd Gaines, who narrated the abridged version.
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