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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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    Marc Worley San Diego, CA USA 02-08-04
    Marc Worley San Diego, CA USA 02-08-04 Member Since 2010
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    "Wow! Xlnt audio book!"

    Don't let the length of this audiobook scare you away. The story is very good and moves at a quick pace. While the story is a bit dated after 9/11, it is still an excellent choice

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Stratford, PE, Canada 02-08-04
    Donald Stratford, PE, Canada 02-08-04 Member Since 2002

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    "The Lion's Game"

    I gave this a one for the very good reading.
    As to the book itself the plot was quite transparent. Most of the big surprises could be seen coming. The book is filled with inane dialogue. The writer resorts to excessive use of gratuitous profanity in place of exciting narrative and intelligent dialogue .

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Birmingham, AL, USA 01-31-04
    Susan Birmingham, AL, USA 01-31-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Amazing, enthralling, captivating book"

    This was the book that got me hooked on Demille. I've since read Plum Island, the first book to use this character, and both are excellently written. Although Demille's other books usually have military themes, all of them to date are very enjoyable and well written books. If you've never tried his books, I highly recommend this one to get you hooked!

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    Scott Baton Rouge, LA, USA 01-18-04
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    "Best of the best!!!"

    I have listened to over a hundred audible books since joining Audible.com. This one is my all time favorites. Not only is the story incredibly intense but the reader, Scott Brick, absolutely nailed the essence of the main character. You will not be dissapointed!!!.

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    J. Olszowski New York, NY USA 01-11-04
    J. Olszowski New York, NY USA 01-11-04 Member Since 2001

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    "Top Three on Audible"

    This book has to be in my top three on Audible that I have heard to date. I've been with audible for almost three years and have heard over 60 books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CT 12-14-03
    CT 12-14-03 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating"

    I did not want to stop listening. Characters were well developed and believable. And very well narrated.

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    Jerry Memphis, TN, USA 11-29-03
    Jerry Memphis, TN, USA 11-29-03 Member Since 2014
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    "Runs out of steam."

    The book starts out ok, but central issues of the plot remain unresolved. It left me feeling unfulfilled at the end.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 11-20-03
    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 11-20-03 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the Best So Far..."

    After reading other's reviews I wasn't sure I could add much more praise for this book. However, I for one like to look at the reviews and get a feel for what the majority thinks - and I wanted to be counted as a high recommender of this book. I found myself wanting to listen to my Otis at every given opportunity and even making stuff up so I COULD HAVE the opportunity. You will laugh out loud, you will cringe in disgust, you will feel sorrow and of course how could we not all be reflective after some of our recent history here in America. It certainly made me think and wonder "why". I do have to say that some of my questions were left unanswered which was a little disappointing (hence the 4 stars instead of 5)- I can smell a sequel in the works. I absolutely LOVED the narration by Scott Brick - I hope they get him to read all of Nelson DeMille's work from now on.

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    RJP Diver NJ 09-02-09
    RJP Diver NJ 09-02-09 Member Since 2014

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    "Tedious and horribly dated..."

    It's unfortunate that I didn't note the publication date of this book before buying it, but post-9/11 a novel about middle-eastern terrorism that starts off with a jumbo jet flying into NYC with no radio contact and no one knows what to do is just plain silly. The entirety of the book is just as laughable in the reality of the world we live in today.

    That would be somewhat forgivable. What is not, however is the tedious pace of this glacier. This made even worse by the ponderous 1st-person narrator of the protagonist - "As a man of action, I'm not one to stand around and wait for things to happen." DUH!! And every third line is a (failed) attempt at humor. The reader is pretty bad as well, attempting to put such little differentiation between the charachters' voices that it is very difficult to follow.

    Frankly, I'm not sure what book the writers of the other reviews here downloaded, but it was clearly a different book than I've just listened to.

    If you're a fan of contemporary spy/terrorism/espionage novels (eg Vince Flynn, etc) you'll want to steer clear of this one. If you've been in a coma since 1998 and just woke up - and want to go back to sleep - this is the book for you!

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Taylorsville, UT, USA 12-14-04
    Robert Taylorsville, UT, USA 12-14-04 Member Since 2012
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    "Good plot but too much sex and bad language"

    Nelson DeMille is an extremely talented writer, and this book kept my attention. However I am growing weary of books like this that have so much unnecessary bad language, and the sex scenes did not add anything substantial to the plot. Yes there are those of us that still care about chastity and virture, and we try hard to avoid bad language. Perhaps books like this are just accurate reflections of the general moral degradation of our society, but there are many of us who do not experience that kind of life except sometimes by proxy in books and movies. To be sure, other authors are much worse in these regards. I prefer authors like John Grisham, Mary Higgins Clark and esp. Ted Dekker that usually steer clear of sex and offensive language, particularly when the plot does not warrant it. Thrillers like this still have a lot to offer if they could just leave out the these undesirable elements. Sex should be a private matter, definitely not something to be paraded to the public in books and movies.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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