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The Lion Audiobook

The Lion

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In this eagerly awaited follow-up to The Lion's Game, John Corey, former NYPD Homicide detective and special agent for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is back. And, unfortunately for Corey, so is Asad Khalil, the notorious Libyan terrorist otherwise known as "The Lion". Last we heard from him, Khali had claimed to be defecting to the US only to unleash the most horrific reign of terrorism ever to occur on American soil. While Corey and his partner, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, chased him across the country, Khalil methodically eliminated his victims one by one and then disappeared without a trace.

Now, years later, Khalil has returned to America to make good on his threats and take care of unfinished business. "The Lion" is a killing machine once again loose in America with a mission of revenge, and John Corey will stop at nothing to achieve his own goal - to find and kill Khahil.

©2010 Nelson DeMille (P)2010 Hachette

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-03-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing sequel to The Lion’s Game."

    The only value is to satisfy your curiosity if you read The Lion’s Game. Do not read this as a stand alone.

    There were three action scenes in the beginning of the book with Asad killing people. Then the huge middle section of the book felt like filler. Too wordy with political ponderings. Too much internal thinking and monologuing. Too much repetitive thinking about past events. Finally we get some action toward the end.

    This book would have been better if we could have seen how Asad got his information, how his sources got information, and how Asad and those sources communicated.

    I did not understand why the authorities did not put Asad’s picture in the newspapers and on TV. Asad is running around the country interacting with people.

    One scene was kind of unbelievable. Two guys want to kill each other but they throw down their guns in order to fight hand to hand with knives.

    Scott Brick did a good job as John Corey because Scott does cocky arrogance well. John Corey’s arrogance was written in an entertaining way so it worked. But I’ve given Scott Brick 1 and 2 stars for his narration of other books where he was too arrogant, and it detracted from the book.

    Genre: suspense thriller

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    George Cedar City, UT, USA 07-06-10
    George Cedar City, UT, USA 07-06-10
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    "A Huge Step Down"

    The original Lion's Game had an awkward balance to it. You could, at the very least, see that violence is a spiral. This book takes violence and the emotional content in a World Wrestling Federation direction.

    DeMille now tells us what to think at every turn, and the universe is now black and white. Corey is now a Lee Child character, all alone, but always the smartest thing around. Well, Jack Reacher isn't a law enforcement professional, I guess, so the stretch for Corey is inane. The points are hammered home with a pile driver, with endless passages devoted to the rawest of emotions.

    The books used to be very funny. Now they are very heavy handed. I've reached the end of the line with DeMille, but I heartily recommend anything before Wild Fire, the Gate House, and the utterly miserable The Lion. I didn't get through half.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    charles Edison, NJ, United States 06-17-10
    charles Edison, NJ, United States 06-17-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Demille still a great read"

    Been reading DeMille forever- he is always a good read. Yes some are better than others, but on the whole very enjoyable.
    As a New Yorker this book may resonate more with me than with some others, still it was very enjoyable to listen to this one.
    Well worth the price of admission.
    Charlie G.
    NY, NY 2010

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 10-08-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 10-08-16 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "John Corey gets a second chance at Asad Khalil"

    I'm an avid fan of author Nelson DeMille, of the John Corey series, and of narrator Scott Brick. I listened to The Lion when it was released and again three years later. There is no favorite John Corey book for me; they are all my favorites. The Lion, the nickname of Libyan terrorist Asad Khalil, escaped from John Corey and the Federal Anti-Terrorism Task Force (ATTF) in Book 2 in the series. He is back in Book 5 with Corey and his FBI agent partner and wife take on the Libyan killer again. This intense suspense espionage thriller is a great book. Some reviewer have complained about Scott Brick's performance in narrating this novel. I strongly disagree!! Brick does a great job.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Glendale, AZ, United States 11-03-12
    David Glendale, AZ, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Big Let-Down"

    Every sequel faces a number of challenges. First is what to do for character development for the reappearing characters. Nothing new was learned about John Cory, no substatial new characters were introduced and nothing was done to elaborate on the 2-demensional Kate. Kate with her beauty, power, education and gender-challenging position in the FBI combined with the absurd relationship evolution with Cory in the previous episode could have been developed in any number of ways, but instead she is sidelined.

    Another challenge is building on the previous plot without repeating it. this was a complete repeat.

    Cory was most interesting in contrast to the feds and especially Kate. Almost none of that here. It was an NYPD show without the interesting aspects of the NYPD. NYPD just serve as the 'establishment' who demonstrates that their plodding methods aren't effective against 'this' kind of bad guy and provide an authority for Cory to disrepsect.

    The killing-machine villian who was so frightening because of his elaborate, surpising methods and his speed has developed an appetite for prolonged hand-to-hand combat. The swift, clever Kalil reduces the ranks of Lybian cab drivers and disaffected Serbians, contibutes nothing at all to the doomsday sub-plot and then devolves into Dolf Lundgren in the final showdown. Only knowing about explosives and such from book and movies, I was never really convinced that a conventional bomb set off in the middle of an enourmous crater was going to harm anything other than dump trucks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Monticello, GA, United States 03-19-12
    Debra Monticello, GA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Spectacular"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Yes! To NOT miss all the little details that led to the ending.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The strength that John Corey has to bringing down the Lion.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Emotion, excitement and enthusiasm.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    NO


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Have To Read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Montana Billings, MT, United States 11-11-11
    Montana Billings, MT, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2013
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    "I Love DeMille, BUT..."

    Nelson DeMille is one of my favorite authors, hands down, BUT this book rambled. Some chapters went on so long I wanted to skip forward but was afraid to miss something vital so just endured. A good book, good story, but get an abridged version if there is one. Or read the book so you can skim when needed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 02-01-11
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 02-01-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"

    DeMille had me reeled in with The Lion's Game since the bad guy got away I just had to read the sequel. I like this Corey character and his quick wit and smart mouth. This book is different in the fact it's written in more of the 3rd person than The Lion's Game so that took a bit off of it for me, however, it still has good gut grabbing action from page 1.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 11-30-10
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 11-30-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent follow-up to The Lion's Game."

    You have to listen to (or read) "The Lion's Game" to fully experience this novel. John Correy is at his best here, hiding both his arrogance and his insecurity behind a sharp, sarcastic wit, alternating shocking brutality with unexpected humor. The series was getting a little forced, but DeMille has done a great job with this follow-up.

    The story itself has its unbelievable moments, and the main villain, the Lion, has changed, perhaps without the author fully realizing it, since the original. In that one, he was understandable, using violence to avenge wrongs done to Islam and sometimes himself, rarely risking the mission for personal reasons. In this book, he is less coldly rational, more driven and overcome by his desire for personal revenge, more driven by rage than resolve. He is still the calculating mastermind, but more arrogant. The change made him less original, but then again, it's an action thriller, so character consistency isn't really the point.

    The story is a great revenge tale, full of danger, heartbreak, brutality, and triumph and all the usual stuff you expect from the drama, mixed with Correy's sarcastic humor and DeMille's excellent writing style. If you liked the first book, you'll like this one. Both writer and reader seem more sharp and inspired than in the previous couple of installments--and those weren't bad, anyway. The only letdowns, in my opinion, was a little less precision in the details--Khalil's murders in the first book were told with horrifying suspense and clarity--and a little less consistency in the characters--both Correy and Khalil do unexplained things that seem at odds with earlier books--but overall it's an excellent John Correy novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martha East Hampton, NY, United States 11-14-10
    Martha East Hampton, NY, United States 11-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "so disappointing"

    While Scott Brick did such a great job in Lions Game and Night Fall, he is very disappointing here. He makes John Corey sound so smug and totally overreads the character so that he sounds like a SNL character. I had to stop listening after about 35 minutes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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