The Lion

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Series: John Corey, Book 5
Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4,718 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Totally predictable

There was never a moment when I didn't know what was coming next. I love DeMille, but this one was not good.

19 people found this helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Predictable page turner

I don't think that this book is worth the money. It held my attention but it uses the predictable formulas of the tracking of terrorist meanies. There are some graphic death scenarios that involve too much gore and only serve as fill. The book isn't awful but I wouldn't recommend anyone taking the time to read it in an environment where there are lots of great spy and detective novels. I love most of Demille's books but this one didn't do anything for me

15 people found this helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

You better really like the narrator

I have listened to a few of DeMille's books and like those this story is pretty good. It moves a little slowly and I found myself becoming very impatient at times.

What surprised me most was Scott Brick's narration. I usually like him and have gotten books simply because he's the narrator. However in this case he sounds almost bored and a little to melodramatic. So I suggest that you better be as much of a Scott Brick fan as a DeMille fan to really enjoy this.

13 people found this helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Lotta filler - editor was mia

John Corey was his usual sarcastic self and didn't disappoint, but this plot was pretty expected. And Mr. Demille needs to find a synonym for the words "reply" / "replied" - he used them at least 300 times in this book..so many times that I was distracted by counting the number of repetitions. It was a good book to take to bed and put me to sleep.

8 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Totally satisfying

I was almost late for work on release date (not OK as evil minions do NOT set their own hours!) because I was immersed in the Kindle version and waiting to download the audio book. Scott Brick and Nelson DeMille never disappoint. Amazing! These guys and Brian Haig are the reason I have an Audible membership.

87 people found this helpful

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A Poor Example of DeMille

This book, while very violent, didn't have any of the 'fear factor' I noted in the Lion's Game, one of my favorite books ever. John Corey seems bullyish, and a foolish risk taker. Maybe it's better when reading; this narrator tried to imitate John Wayne and is very annoying. Toward the end I began to root for the bad guys just to get it over. Sorry but I really disliked this book.

18 people found this helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Not as good as the first one...

I LOVED the first book and I am a huge Nelson DeMille fan, but this one just didn't do it for me. It had a harder edge than the first book, but less action in my opinion. There was a lot of needless F-Bombs dropping too. It was just OK for me.

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  • 03-13-13

Another gem by DeMille

I've liked all the books I've listened to by this author, but this might be the best one so far. Scott Brick did an excellent job of bringing out the slime that comprised the antagonist. I like my bad guys to be really bad, and Asad Khalil is about as slimy as they get. John Corey makes for a good character as does his wife. Boris was quite interesting too. But make no mistake about it, this book was titled The Lion for a reason. A riveting and satisfying ride.

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What happened to Scott Brick?!!

Scott Brick has been a long time favorite narrator of mine. I relistened to The Lion's Game before listening to The Lion. Scott is fabulous in the first but I didn't even recognize him in the second! He sounds like Howard Cosell!! Scott, please go back to your regular John Corey voice if there is another in the series!

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The Lion

I have waited soooo long for this book and it did not disappoint me at all. I am thrilled that Scott Brick continues to be the narrator of these books. He is John Cory and anyone else reading the book for audio would detract from the book. I listened to the book in a little over 24 hours and will listen to it again soon. I highly recommend it as I have all the others in the series to many friends.

I have read or listen to all of the John Cory series except Plum Island which I can't find on audio. DeMille is a great writer and I would love for him to keep the series going. Also the character from The Generals Daughter would be great to revive.
I really enjoy the interview by Scott Brick of Nelson DeMille at the end of the tape.
Thanks Audible for getting this out to us and for Scott Brick who has become such a favorite of mine that I have a hard time listening to anyone else narrating a book on tape.


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