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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • CoCo
  • Southern California
  • 12-26-02

Excellent and engaging

Although initially intimidated by the length, it turned out to be a non-stop thrill ride. Excellent book with engaging characters. Even though the subject has become slightly dated it is still very much captivating. Superb reading by Scott Brick.

63 of 66 people found this review helpful

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The main character's personna took a little while to grow on me. His NY style personality seemed to be your stereo typical male chauvenist type...but he grew on me nonetheless because it was smartly written. The author knows how to create interactions among his characters that were devoid of annoying behaviors, yet still have their imperfections. This is an important criteria since annoying characters can really ruin a good story. Last, but not least, it was well read. I found myself laughing and chuckling quite a bit while i listened to this book. It was very entertaining.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful story.

I love 20 hour books and this book does not disappoint. You get drawn in from the beginning, and stay to the end. My favorate character is the "villian", the book goes into his past helping you understand actions. After listening to well over 100 audio books I can say this ranks among the tops on my list.

I only wish he would continue the story, I was left wanting to know what is going to happen afterwards... Telling any more and I'd spoil the ending :-)

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Toni
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 03-02-09


This book was a feat of foresight. Almost two years before 9/11, DeMille understood the depth of anger of some Arab Muslims, the lengths to which they would go to strike at Americans, and the fact that these Muslims aren't buffoons, as some Americans thought after the first World Trade Center bombing.

DeMille researched and explains all this for his readers. Therefore the pace is somewhat slower than breakneck. This reader finds the explanations, and DeMille's depiction of even minor characters' thoughts, interesting and edifying.

In fact, I think DeMille is more correct than our politically correct media and politicians about why some Muslim men are angry. They don't hate our freedom. They hate what we do with it, especially sexually, and most of all they hate the possibility of losing control of their women.

Is the lead character, John Corey, a smart-aleck? Yes, and his wisecracks sometimes made me laugh out loud. Is the romance entirely plausible? No, but it enabled DeMille to carry the duo into two sequels, WILD FIRE and NIGHT FALL.

Of course, the proof is in the numbers. THE LION'S GAME came out in January 2000, has been in print for over nine years, and yet still ranks #16,718 on Boring doesn't sell, and continue to sell, millions of books.

This book is well worth your time.

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  • Michael
  • Covington, GA, USA
  • 03-24-04

All I can say is

Nelson Demille hit a homerun with this title. Not only was the main character, John Correy, interesting but he was extremely likeable. I hated coming to the end of this book. You may want to read "Plum Island" first, because there are references made to it in regards to understanding interactions between some of the characters. Well worth your time. I can't wait for the next installment!

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  • Jane
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 09-03-13

4 ½ stars. Excellent suspense thriller.

I didn’t want to stop reading. It’s a long book. I had a hard time putting it down. Lots of suspense. Many times I was saying come on, come on - eager to find out what was going to happen next. John Corey is a smartalecky, arrogant cop working for the FBI. He has many entertaining one-liners and jokes. I liked his humor, but humor is subjective and some readers may not like it. There were a few surprises along the way. Some parts were a little slow, but the last half was the best. The ending was good and complete enough for me, although the killer Asad was still alive and un-caught. The story continues in the sequel “The Lion.”

Asad was a well done bad guy. He’s a stealthy smart killing machine. I consider “The Day of the Jackal” by Forsyth as great. Lion’s Game reminded me of Jackal, but LG was missing the following. I wanted to see how Asad got his information, how his sources got information, and how Asad and those sources communicated.

Asad interacted with many people. It was hard to believe they did not recognize him. Asad’s picture was all over the TV and newspapers.

One negative - a stupid event: Two guys know Asad is in the area with a sniper rifle. So why are they walking outside alone with no bullet proof vests or other protection?

Scott Brick did an excellent 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. Scott narrated females nicely here.

Genre: suspense thriller

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  • Mark
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 04-30-03

Enjoyable detective novel

The Lion's Game was an excellent listen for these reasons:
- Credible, modern storyline tainted only by the faster-than-the-speed-of-light romantic subplot
- First person narrative style, along with typical sarcastic, biting NYC cop humor and observations about the world makes this an extremely conversational listen
- Outstanding narration by Mr. Brick; truly, he brings this story and each character to life. His timing, change of pace, accents and inflection are remarkable and he deserves tremendous credit for never losing steam, even near the end of the novel.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • 03-20-04

Who wouldn't love John Corey?

This is one of those books where you can really fall in love with the characters. The main character, ex-NYPD Detective John Corey, is hilarious and heart warming. He is very un-politically correct, which is so refreshing these days. Yet, he is such a good guy at heart. The characterization of the Libyan terrorist, Asad Kalil, is equally brilliant. You really get inside the minds and motivations of the characters, and the plot and action start with a bang and keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the story. For those of you who like some steamy romance, you'll find plenty of that woven throughout the story as well. I also learned a lot about the military and politics. I was very sad when it ended...Enjoy!!

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over-the-top (and slightly dated) but good.

Corey (the main character) is a loud personality. It is understandable why some readers love him, and some hate him. I think he is strong enough to command a presence and to stand central in this 24hr. book without changing colors.

That said, I though the plot was just average (at least by today's standards). There is nothing especially new or unique with the story-line or writing style, but is a solid CIA/Police action thriller.

Fans of the genre have probably already read this book, if not you might really love it.

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  • Louis
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 12-15-02


Detailed and yet fast paced. Pulled me along the whole way. Scott Brick is a great reader and it shows here.


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