Excellent!! John Corey, Ex-NYPD, now Mideast Task Force Agent, is on the trail of a blood thirsty assassin, nicknamed the Lion. Tracking him across the US with his partner and new love, Kate Mayfield, Corey not only makes contact with the terror suspect, but manages to put himself on his hit-list with his wise mouth. His wisecracks crack me up!! Even had to laugh out loud a couple of times. This is a 926 page thriller, but, believe me..it never gets boring. Good Read!!!
Detective John Corey, last seen in Plum Island, now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family. Filled with unrelenting suspense and surprising plot twists at every terrifying turn.
The Lion will be landing. And at New York's JFK Airport, an elite American task force waits as the notorious Libyan terrorist prepares to defect to the West. Then, aboard Flight 175, something goes eerily, horribly wrong - a mere prelude to the terror that is to come. Ex-NYPD cop, now Task Force contract agent John Corey - together with is formidable and beautiful new partner, Kate Mayfield - will follow a trial of smoke and blood across the country. His quarry: a foe with the cunning of a lion and all the bloodlust of a man. To win a desperate game with no rules at all, Corey must invent a strategfy that leaves room for no luck at all...
With 926 pages I was surprised to find that there is no lull in the action. Even when providing background and descriptions of scenes and characters the author keeps your attention. While this is a novel about a deadly terrorists and efforts to track him down, Demille is able to layer in some really humorous comments. I found myself laughing out loud at John Corey and his wit. If you like espionage and thrillers, you'll really like John Corey and "The Lions Game"
Excellent book! Brilliant author. This was published one year before Sept 11. Too bad the US govt didn't read it. It basically laid out exactly how muslim extremists could (and then did) attack the US. Great plot. Couldn't put it down.
Good character and storyline development. Initially told that this book was about a "terrorist and task team to apprehend the terrorist" I did not think it would be interesting, but was also told I would enjoy it (by my husband who knows what I like). I read the book primarily because I had enjoyed another DeMille novel, and did indeed find that the storyline and characters were interesting and well-written.
"The Lion" will be landing at New York's JFK airport. An elite American task force awaits the notorious Libyan terrorist who is prepaaring to defect to the West. Aboard Flight 175, something goes eerily wrong-a mere prelude to the terror to come. Ex-NYPD cop, now Task Force contract agent John Corey, together with his formidable and beautiful new partner, Kate Mayfield-will follow a trail of smoke and blood across the country. His quarry: a foe with the cunning of a lion and all the bloodlust of a man. To win a desperate game with no rules at all, Corey must invent a strategy that leaves room for no luck at all...
New York City policeman turned FBI agent John Corey returns after his adventures in PLUM ISLAND. This time the courageous cop must stop the vengeful terrorist Asad Khalil, whose family was killed in the U.S. bombing on Libya in 1986, from assassinating every American involved in the catastrophe. Alternating between intense third-person accounts of Khalil's lofty mission and Corey's own first-person narrative, this book gives readers an abundant dose of blood, action, and personal drama.
John Corey and Asad Khalil have both lived hard-knock lives. As revealed in Nelson DeMille's monster bestseller Plum Island, the gruff, wisecracking NYPD homicide cop Corey stopped a hail of bullets--but he couldn't stop his wife from walking out on him. Asad, raised under Muammar Qaddafi's eye after his dad's murder, lost his surviving family in the 1986 bombing of Libya. He's heard the nasty rumors about his mom and the colonel, but he aims his rage at the infidels. The boy's got such a gift for terrorism he's earned the nickname "the Lion," and Boris, his vodka-sozzled, sex-addicted émigré mentor, knows precisely how to conduct a murder tour of America one step ahead of the police, the FBI, the CIA, and the ATTF (Anti-Terrorist Task Force), which combines members of all three. A pity Boris must die, but hey, he's an infidel too.
Asad pretends to defect, handcuffed to agents aboard a 747 bound for JFK, and he proves to be a worse seatmate than a siding salesman. Corey and his ATTF colleagues (most conspicuously the FBI's sexy Kate Mayfield, Corey's match in badinage and bad-guy busting) strive to halt Asad's methodical yet unpredictable bloodbath. Skillfully, DeMille alternates chapters told from Asad's and Corey's points of view. DeMille did his authenticity homework: when we're not savoring his gift for wiseacre dialogue in the Corey-Kate chapters, we're sweating alongside Asad on his ghastly, ingenious jihad.
The New York Times put DeMille's social satire on a par with Edith Wharton's, and he's great on the colliding folkways of the feuding, mutually doublecrossing crimebuster institutions. Naturally, he's on the side of the regular-guy flatfoots. "Cops sit on their asses and flip through their folders," he writes. "Feds sit on their derrieres and peruse their dossiers." And the CIA gets it in the shorts, satirically speaking. One deplores the mass murderers, but the book's real bad guys wear the priciest suits.
Detective John Corey, last seen in Plum Island, must somehow capture the worlds most dangerous terrorista young Arab known as The Lionwho will stop at nothing in his quest for revenge against America for bombing Libya and killing his family. Filled with unrelenting suspense and shocking plot twists at every turn, The Lions Game is a heart-stopping race against time.
* * * . Let me begin by saying: THIS BOOK IS NOT BAD. I enjoyed it; I was turning the pages feverishly.
The plot was good; the dialogue was captivating, especially the interaction between agencies. John Corey's character was very funny. This is not my first Demille novel, so I knew what I was getting myself into when I picked up this book. The joke about the CIA, FBI and NYPD still makes me laugh when I think about it. Even the terrorist Asid Kalil was intriguing as far as his motivation, mindset and intelligence were concerned.
What spoiled the book for me was that between one exciting or interesting moment and the next one, there was, unfortunately, an unnecessary amount of nothing; situations that didn't really move the plot forward. I was often tempted to skip paragraphs because I could anticipate what should happen next but I felt like I was at a stoplight and the light was red for just a little too long.
And often time "John Corey" would digress from a thought and clumsily seque back with "Well, anyway, back to ___". First time was ha, ha cute . After the sixth or seventh time, it lost its humor. Those are my only gripes about the novel.
I found the book chlling at times. In this post 9/11 world we live in, reading sentences that were, at that time, considered fiction, and are now a reality, were definitely unsettling. In one scene "John Corey" writes: "...jetliners were little more than flying bombs ... sailing through space with the potential to take out a few city blocks." Hindsight is, indeed, 20/20.
Regarding the ending, I won't spoil it for those who haven't read the book yet, but we've seen this type of ending in other books and movies too. Obviously there were a number of ways Mr. DeMille could have finished his novel and he chose the non-traditional route thriller readers don't anticipate as they near a 900+ book.
I look forward to reading other DeMille novels. I only hope he cuts out the fat and gives us the lean meat.
Feverish page turner, good plot, captivating dialogue.
What a thrill ride!! In this follow up to Plum Island, Det. John Corey encounters his most ruthless killer yet. In his new assignment to the Anti Terror Task Force, John Corey chases a Libyan terrorist on a killing streak across the country. You will hold your breath while the killer stays one step ahead of him. Will Corey catch him before he kills again? Or, does the next bullet have Corey's name on it? DeMille does not disappoint....this book is a must read!