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 by Nelson DeMille; (P)2000 by Books on Tape; ©2000 by Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing.
"Sexy, humorous, fast-paced." (Washington Post)
"...DeMille has created the kind of rambunctious hero that readers will want to see again." (Chicago Tribune
The Lion?s Game ranks as one of my favorite this year. It has intriguing theme, realistic characters, interesting quotes, witticisms and plenty of educational/thought provoking issues.
Nelson DeMille skillfully uses witty escapism to deal with sensitive and frightening subjects. He holds your attention by crisscrossing between the wisecracking hero and the vicious master adversary. The Lion?s Game could be leaner; conversely, it is well written and entertaining.
Scott Brick is a superb narrator, although, with the exception of the Arabic taxi drivers and Boris the Russian, all his characters sound the same. Okay, not all narrators are as adept as Michael Beck.
I would have rather listened to the unabridged version. The plot was great but it would have been better to listen to the whole thing. I recommend but buy the unabridged version.
Even when downloaded at the highest quality,"2", the audio quality of this novel is horrible, about the same as a wind-up gramaphone. I listened to less than five minutes before hanging up. Shame, shame Audible!
This book started off pretty well and the plot seemed to be moving along at a nice clip but after the first couple of hours it got somewhat tedious. The plot centers around two FBI agents (1 male, 1 female) who fall in love while chasing a Libyan terrorist who is going around the country on a revenge mission. If you've always thought of terrorists as crazy people and as "our team" as the good guys you might come away with a different impression after listening to this book, as the author makes every effort to portray a the terrorist (really a cold blooded killer) as really just another guy who is out to avenge the killings of his mother and siblings. The guy might have come off as sane if he hadn't decided to knock off so many innocent people. The book is too long in my opinion, maybe look for an abridged version if one's available.
If you enjoy sitting in a room listening to someone who goes on for hours telling you how wonderful they are, how talented and gifted in virtually every aspect of life, you will love this book. The author turns his hero into a personality so repulsive that I found myself rooting for the villain. The main character not withstanding, I found the book to be very well written. The story was well developed and would have been a excellent book to listen to had I not had to endure the relentless hours of verbiage from the hero telling us how adroit he was in every thing he attempted.
The unabridged is very verbose, but if you're on a long drive, it's perfect. I thought it was a hoot, very enjoyable. My wife is hooked on it too.
This is my fave DeMille book- Totally engaging, believable and suspenseful!
John Corey is the main character you will have a love/hate relationship with- once you get over to him being a jerk, he's hilarious.
I'm listening a second time with my husband who is addicted as well.
Also listened to Up Country and Night Fall but this one is the best of the three.
Well whats next? I want to read about Corey, our ex cop turned Territorist catcher again in a new adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed this rolling fast paced book. The characters are believable, the details accurate, and the scene setting quite vivid. One draw back was the length of the unabridged version. The dialogue got a little repetitive at times but get the abridged version and enjoy a rollicking good book with a few twists and turns. Great in traffic and hard to turn down.
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