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The Lion's Game: Number 2 in series (John Corey) [Paperback]

Nelson DeMille
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2 Aug 2001 John Corey

April 1986 : American F-111 warplanes bomb the Al Azziyah compound in Libya where President Gadhafi is residing. A 16-year-old youth, Asad - Arabic for 'lion ' - loses his mother, two brothers and two sisters in the raid. Asad sees himself as chosen to avenge not only his family but his nation, his religion and the Great Leader - Gadhafi. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

Twelve years later, Asad arrives in New York City, intent on killing all five surviving pilots across America who participated in the bombing, one by one. John Corey - from the international bestseller PLUM ISLAND - is no longer with the NYPD and is working for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force. He has to stop Asad's revenge killings. But first he has to find him.

A thrillingly entertaining read from a master storyteller.

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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Edition edition (2 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751528234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751528237
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As usual, DeMille artfully constructs a compulsively readable thriller around a troubling storyline, slowly developing his villain from a faceless entity into a nation's all-too-human nemesis. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

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International no.1 bestselling novelist's taut, fast-paced and witty thriller about the hunt for an Arab assassin bent on revenge.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic rollercoaster of an adventure 12 Feb 2004
By Darren Simons TOP 500 REVIEWER
This was the first Nelson Demille book I read and certainly won't be the last. This is a story of a dangerous terrorist (known as The Lion) and his attack on the United States. Written in the first person as one of the main agents in pursuit of the Lion, John Corey is an arrogant ex-NYPD cop who despite his high opinion of himself is actually very good at his job - he has been assigned the task of capturing the Lion. To add to the story, he's assigned to work with Kate Mayfield, who's younger, more senior and of course, a woman - their ability to basically co-exist is key to the success of their mission. Intertwined with this, is the story of the Lion, what he does, why he does it, what he's thinking.
The Lion is some way ahead through most the book but the overall story is riveting and superbly written. If I was to say one thing negative about it, the end seemed a bit weak, but not weak enough for me to drop a star from its rating. In terms of the style of Demille, he's a bit like Tom Clancy but without the detailed technical specification of any weaponry referred to in the book.
All in all, definitely worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SLEEPING LION WAKES... 6 Oct 2009
I confess that I love the character, John Corey, the tough talking, wise-cracking NYPD homicide detective that the author first introduced in his mega bestseller, "Plum Island". I was, therefore, delighted to find him headlining this novel. No longer with NYPD, John Corey is now with the federal government's Anti-Terrorist Task Force (ATTF).

When a Libyan terrorist, Asad Khalil, known as "the Lion" decides to defect to the West, a jumbo jet from Paris carrying him, as well as hundreds of other passengers, is approaching the runway at JFK airport in New York City. The plane has been incommunicado and remains so, when it lands. Something is terribly wrong.

Asad Khalil is apparently on a mission, and his goal is to kill by any means necessary all those who were involved in the 1986 bombing of Libya that killed his family. He leaves a swath of carnage as he seeks to complete his personal jihad. John Corey and ATTF colleague, FBI agent Kate Mayfield join forces, and when these two are not busy trading light-hearted banter, they are at the top of their game in trying to stop Asad Khalil from completing his mission.

This is a top-notch action thriller. The author is definitely at the top of his game with this book. The book presents perspectives of both John Corey and Asad Khalil, so that the reader knows what makes them each tick. Great dialogue, non-stop action, and interesting characters, including one of the most intriguing and interesting villains of all time, are some of the hallmarks of this page-turner. With a fiendishly clever plot, peppered with many twists and turns, this novel is sure to thrill those readers who enjoy action packed thrillers. I loved this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that gets under your skin - immense!! 25 Mar 2011
Wow - what a fanatastic story by Nelson Demille! I couldn't put this book down and read it in a week - it really gets under your skin. Action packed fast thriller - Libyan terrorist chased by NY's finest,CIA and FBI!! a kind of Day of the Jackal thriller. I was even getting up in the middle of the night just to read it!! What a fantastic film this and the sequel The Lion would make. The characters are so real and exciting and one of the lead characters is female! Box office stuff!! I have recommended this book and The Lion to all my friends. You have got to read this and The Lion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Man Against The Establishment 23 April 2008
Nelson Demille does it again.Another book you can't put down.Fast moving full of action,great characters some good wise cracks and some not so good.The story is about a Libyan terrorist,The Lion,who has went to the American embassy in Paris and told them he wishes to defect to the west.He is flown from France to JFK airport in New York.Our hero John Corey along with other agents are waiting for the plane to land.All radio contact with the plane has been lost for about two hours.When the plane lands Corey finds everyone aboard the plane is dead and the plane has landed using the automatic pilot.The Lion is not amongst the dead but the agents who were bringing him from France to the USA are dead.So starts a story of a terrorist attempting to assassinate all the USA airmen that took part in an air raid on Libya that killed his brother and sister when they were young.Corey has to work with his new partner,Kate Mayfield who is his senior in rank but junior in age.Corey is an ex New York cop and tends to go off at tangents and forget about paper work.Before all the different agencys begin to understand what The Lion is doing he has already killed about nine people,that is apart from the people in the plane.Demille has never failed to entertain me with his books and this one is up there with all the rest.Great read well worth the money.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Gripping 1 Oct 2001
This was the first DeMille book that i have read, hence why i am back online looking to buy more! I simply found it impossible to put down. I thought it amazing how well he managed to flick between Asad Khalil's progress and the FBI's floundering behind him. He is a truely fantastic writer and i can't wait to read more of his work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with it 10 Mar 2014
By prepps
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading several pages, the story has become boring and bland. Had to donate this book to a charity. Don't waste your money on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lion's Game
The book was as good as described. I am very pleased with it.. Will use this site again and suggest it to my friends.
Published 4 months ago by ANN MARKHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've I've read of this Genre
Brilliant!! - very plausible plot - fast moving - great characters.
Loved it and can't wait to read the follow-up ('The Lion' but got to read 'Night Fall' 1st though). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Argy
4.0 out of 5 stars Comical, Ignorant, Intelligent.
This is the journey of Khalil and his quest for vengeance and what better than hundreds of lives to quench this lion's thirst? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amon.E.Mus.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Game without Rules
Having read four previous John Corey novels, I didn't need much persuading to like The Lion's Game. DeMille's practice of counterpointing violent and often evil events with his... Read more
Published 9 months ago by G. M. Sinstadt
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A gripping story from start to finish... A terrific plot involving terrorism ,revenge,and an invite into the world of American security. . Les,, from Wales.
Published 11 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book by a great writer. Buy it :) When you start reading you just cant stop. Can't wait for the next one in this series.
Published 12 months ago by Miss Nielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I thought it was good fun, but I'm annoyed that there is a word count on this to validate the review.
I will not be doing this again
Published 13 months ago by David Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good!
Lots of detail, suspense and the leading man is very witty, giving a humorous edge. The romance aspect was sweet but a little fast to be believable
Published 14 months ago by Debbi G
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good book
I have to say this was a really good book to read. It is quite a ride that the lion takes you on and it is gripping all the way. Read more
Published 17 months ago by pilotboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Demille
What a writer. Start to finish, keeps you on the edge of your seat. Best book of the genre. Look forward to the next one
Published 17 months ago by John A. Day
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