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The Lion: Number 5 in series (John Corey) [Hardcover]

Nelson DeMille
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4 Nov 2010 John Corey

Have a safe jump, Mr Corey.'

Detective John Corey is floating to earth, his skydiver's parachute billowing above him. His wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, is mere metres away, beneath a chute of her own. And clinging to Kate in midair, aiming a knife at her throat and a Glock at Corey, is the most dangerous man alive: Asad Khalik, code name The Lion - infamous terrorist, ice-blooded assassin, and Corey's greatest nemesis.

'I promised you I would return, Corey...'

It's been three years since Corey last traded words - and bullets - with The Lion, who vanished after a devastating attack on American soil. But with Khalil's spectacular return, the threat of a terrorist apocalypse now darkens the globe. The Lion wants revenge. And with Kate's life in the balance, so does Corey.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (4 Nov 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1847441459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847441454
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 16.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nelson DeMille was born in New York City in 1943. He grew up on Long Island and graduated from Hofstra University with a degree of Political Science and History. After serving as an infantry officer in Vietnam, where he was decorated three times, DeMille worked as a journalist and short story writer. He wrote his first novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, in 1978 and has gone on to write many other international bestsellers, with sales of over 55 million copies in 24 languages. He lives on Long Island.

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Written with a neat, wry humour, it's full-on and fast one could fault the heart-stopeer of an ending (MAIL )

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The most gripping, the most exciting, the most relentlessly entertaining novel yet from one of the world's most popular storytellers

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to usual standard 7 Sep 2010
It may have been all the hype, the long period waiting for Nelson to write and then publish his book "The Lion" or it may simply be that Nelson has run his course. Up to now, I have enjoyed each and every one of his books as has everyone with whom I have shared them with.

One previous reviewer reckons that Nelson chickened out on some of his plot lines thus creating confusion within the story. No doubt that contributed to it. All I can say is that I am disappointed with The Lion as I believe it has fallen short of the usual high standard of storylines, featured in Nelson's other books, together with the dynamic interplay of characters that keep you entralled and stop you putting down the book because you have this need to finish it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lion 30 May 2012
By babs
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This is an amazing sequel to The Lion's Game.Lovers of Nelson deMille's work will be familiar with the story, but for anyone who hasn't yet read it. Buy it. It is a page-turner. A word of warning. Start reading on a day when you don't have work the following day because you won't be able to stop reading well into the night. Nelson deMille's last three works have been his best so far and I can't wait to read his next one. I bought several copies to give to friends to whom I had given The Lion's Game. We were all impressed with how the tension and action did not abate with this sequel. Watch out with Amazon for his next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars okay thriller 14 Nov 2010
This is the follow up to "The Lion's Game" - a game of cat and mouse between detective John Corey and "The Lion" a dangerous Libyan killer/terrorist. You don't need to read that to enjoy this, but it helps.

The Lion's Game was set just before 9/11 and this a couple of years after. The Lion is back to complete unfinished business which generally means killing people. He also has a side mission which may have much wider consequences...

Corey and wife Kate are good characters; their dialogue has much in the way of wit and banter. The Lion is a little more of a stock bad guy - utterly ruthless and single minded - and while the author does try to flesh out his motivation, it would be hard for anyone to find the smallest bit of sympathy for him.

So once again the chase is on as Corey and his colleagues try to track down The Lion while knowing that some of them might be targets themselves. Generally it runs at quite a pace, but there are one or two quite slow patches where Corey acts as bait.

The secondary mission doesn't quite work for me and felt crammed in at the end but generally this is a quite acceptable thriller with an engaging lead character.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good mindless action heroics 7 Oct 2010
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
DeMille isn't daft - he knows what he is doing, even if the hero of The Lion, John Corey, a maverick retired NYPD officer now part of an Anti-terrorist Task Force who does things his own way - the hard way, of course - does comes across as bit of a macho jerk. Constantly quipping in the face of danger, making sarcastic remarks at every opportunity, usually directed against women and Muslims (or basically anyone who isn't as all-American and as heroic as John Corey), DeMille knows that this is what a large proportion of his readership want. Nothing too complex, no "questions of moral equivalencies" - there are simply good guys and bad guys. The good guys are our own, the bad guys those evil foreign types who can't be trusted since they don't embrace the American way.

Just in case you still aren't sure where he stands, since Corey plays hard and fast with the rule book ("...skip the trial, pass jail, and go directly to the morgue") - he'll tell you in no uncertain terms. He's stoked up with "a patriotic buzz going, especially after 9/11" and the "Abduls" from "Sandland" are going to get what they deserve. It's not too difficult either to get where Corey's arch-nemesis Asad Khalil, also known as The Lion, is coming from. A Libyan Muslim terrorist, sponsored by Al Quaeda, Khalil has returned to American soil on unfinished business - a jihad to kill anyone involved in the US bombing of Tripoli that killed his entire family. Having failed in their last encounter, he's got Corey in his sights, after he settles a few other scores, and he's pretty ruthless in the grim manner in which he exacts his vengeance.

DeMille clearly isn't daft, and the plotting isn't stupid either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lion 22 April 2012
By Lenlev
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Another brilliant read by Nelson Demille with John and Kate. Full of the usual wit and sarcasm from John.
Strongly recommend.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You must compare "apples with apples"... 12 Jun 2010
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Some reviewers of "popular fiction", which is what Nelson DeMille writes, compare it to better, more nuanced fiction, books that win all sorts of literary awards. And the "popular fiction" always comes out worse in the comparison. Sort of like comparing "War and Peace" with the latest Danielle Steel. Couldn't, shouldn't be done. I believe in comparing books like "The Lion", with other books the author has written. I mean, if you didn't like previous DeMille books, you probably wouldn't even be thinking of buying and reading this one.

So, I'm giving "The Lion" five stars because it compares favorably with previous DeMille novels, particularly his previous John Corey novels. Nelson DeMille seems to have a great fondness for smart-mouthed middle aged men named "John". He uses "John Corey" as the protagonist of this series of books, and "John Sutter" as the protagonist of the Long Island series of books. The "Johns" are basically interchangable; foul-mouthed, sexists, and fairly contemptuous of anybody with power.

"The Lion" is a sequel of "The Lion's Game", which was published right before the attacks of 9/11. This book takes place in 2003, the post-9/11 New York City. The same protagonists, John Corey - ex-NYPD and current FBI - and his by-now wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield are back. The villain - possibly the meanest, cruelest, and nastiest since Hannibal Lector - is again in the US, to finish up his killing spree begun in the previous book. He is The Lion; a Libyan who was trained in terror killings by the KBG and is intent on killing anybody who was complicit in a bombing raid the US carried out against Libya in 1988, in which his entire family was killed. And killing any and all who tried to end his killing spree. Oh, and killing in the most grotesque ways possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lion
Excellent story telling by Nelson De Mille following on from same characters crossing swords with each other. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dennis McGillivray
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense with a bit of huour
I have really got to like the John Corey books by Nelson Demille, and this is one of the best. Topical, full of suspense but with enough rough humour to lighten the mood.
Published 3 months ago by Tim Harker
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
Nelson De Mille books are always very good to read
Will be buying more in due course
Service very good
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Elizabeth E Davison
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
great series of books that are very well researched and written. the characters are all very believable and the plot draws you in
Published 5 months ago by Mr. W. J. D. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
One of DeMille's best stories. The Corey novels are excellent. Pity DeMille intends to kill him off in his next book.
Published 5 months ago by F S ALDERSON
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lion
After enjoying the first book a couple of years ago but disappointed by the end (not realising there was sequel) I couldn't wait to read this one and on the whole it was pretty... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting read
fast paced , scary good holiday read! read a lot of mr de Mille 's books all different all good reads .
Published 7 months ago by S. Cliff
4.0 out of 5 stars Lions on the page
This was far better than the follow-up though the flippant stle more recently adopted by de Mille is very irritating.
Published 9 months ago by S. Snailum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I really enjoyed this book, although I found John Corey's aside a bit tedious at times, but found the way FBI /CIA run interesting
Published 9 months ago by Annie Aldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A tremendous read,fully in line with previous books br de Mille. That is all I have to say on this product
Published 10 months ago by pants
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