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Publisher's Summary

A powerful follow-up to award-winning debut Bull Mountain.  

Brian Panowich burst onto the crime fiction scene in 2015, winning awards and accolades for his smoldering debut, Bull Mountain. Now, with Like Lions, he cements his place as one of the outstanding new voices in crime fiction.  

Clayton Burroughs is a small-town Georgia sheriff, a new father, and, improbably, the heir apparent of Bull Mountain’s most notorious criminal family. As he tries to juggle fatherhood, his job, and his recovery from being shot in the confrontation that killed his two criminally inclined brothers last year, he’s doing all he can just to survive. Yet after years of carefully toeing the line between his life in law enforcement and his family, he finally has to make a choice.  

When a rival organization makes a first foray into Burroughs' territory, leaving a trail of bodies and a whiff of fear in its wake, Clayton is pulled back into the life he so desperately wants to leave behind. Revenge is a powerful force, and the vacuum left by his brothers’ deaths has left them all vulnerable.  

With his wife and child in danger and the way of life in Bull Mountain under siege for everyone, Clayton will need to find a way to bury the bloody legacy of his past once and for all.

©2019 Brian Panowich (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Brian Panowich’s glorious return to Bull Mountain is another sprawling, brutal, no-holds-barred novel that held me in a death grip from page one until it kicked me out of the door with an ending I never saw coming.” (C.J. Box, author, Wolf Pack)

"Brian Panowich makes a triumphant return to Bull Mountain, Georgia, in his second novel, Like Lions, as he continues to mix crime fiction with a violent family drama, perfectly melding characters with a sense of place." — Associated Press

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Panowich has written one even better then Bull Mountain. Reminded me a lot of Hunter’s Dirty White Boys.

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Justified + Deliverance = Like Lions

One cannot read this without first reading Bull Mountain. When you've read Bull Mountain, you MUST read Like Lions. The title makes no sense but don't let that stop you.

If you enjoyed the TV series Justified you will enjoy this ... if you didn't, you probably won't. I did... and I did.

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Not up to his first in the series.

A fairly interesting story, but not up to his first effort. Lots of flashbacks and story dwells and depends too much on protagonist's struggle with alcoholism. I was a bit disappointed.

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Bull Mountain is great, Like Lions is better...

I grew up in the small town of Harlem, Ga. Many of the places and landmarks Panowich uses are part of my upbringing. Pollard’s Corner, Pair of Jack’s, Pumpkin Center...hell, I fished Boneville pond more times then I can count. But besides my familiarity with the places around Bull Mountain, these novels give us characters that are so “real”, especially if you grew up in small town Georgia. Characters like the Buroghs and the Viners are people I can picture and place amongst my friends and enemies from my childhood.

I highly recommend Like Lions. It is the right mix of violence, grittiness, and suspense that makes it an page turner and a book I couldn’t put down. Much like in Bull Mountain, Panowich paints pictures with his prose. He is a modern day Flannery O’Connor, but injects his own poetic view of the real South.

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Another Great Entry in the Bull Mountain Series!

The second book in the Bull Mountain series was as good as the first. Clayton Burroughs survived a shooting by the FBI, but he is not the same. Back to drinking heavily, his marriage is rocky, and the choices he is making are not great. Clayton is shattered man, and he is no longer the principled man that he once was. This book, like the first, is dark and gritty, and I loved it. You either love books like this, or you don’t, and I certainly do! It is about flawed characters who have stepped on both sides and know where they need to be. I won’t say more; I highly recommend this series if you are looking for something different. I listened to this on audiobook via Audible and the narrator Brian Troxell did an excellent job bringing the story to life. I am looking forward to the next episode in the series. I gave this 4 stars.

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Not as good as Bull Mountain

Pretty decent book, and I love the way the author develops his characters. On the whole, this one didn’t ring as true and gritty as Bull Mountain, which I highly recommend.

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Great!

I really hope this a series! Kate is amazing! Fantastic follow up to Bull Mountain.

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Please write the next one!

So glad I stumbled on these books! Written and read so very well! I’m just sad I don’t have another in the queue.

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Excellent sequel

Loved this book. Our was as good as the first one. Lots of twists and great characters.

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Very Good Sequel to Bull Mountain

Bull Mountain the 1st book in the series was a pleasant surprised. The sequel did not disappoint. Another good story with great narration by Brian Troxell. Hopefully Brian will continue the story.

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