Flowering House Plants (Encyclopaedia of Gardening) Hardcover – 1 Oct 1977
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John Corey and Asad Khalil have both lived hard-knock lives. As revealed in the monster best-seller 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 Moammar Gadhafi's eye after his dad's murder, lost his surviving family in the 1986 bombing of Libya. He's heard the nasty rumours 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 seat mate 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 blood bath. Skilfully, DeMille alternates chapters told from Asad's and Corey's points of view. DeMille did his authenticity homework. When we're not savouring 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 double-crossing crime-buster 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.
DeMille reportedly has a quarter-billion-dollar book contract. With fast, funny, absorbing thrillers like The Lion's Game, he's earned it. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
The pace wasn't as fast as I'd like but the main character John Corey is very likeable and this book is full of jokes, funny "one liners" and plenty of suspense.
I've read 4 of Demille's books now and I enjoy the way he writes. I'm looking forward to coming back to another in the John Corey series sometime soon; got to get in a classic and a factual first ;)
It is a pity that other reviewers have divulged rather a lot of the plot; suffice it to say that, from a clever opening involving a strange occurrence with a passenger jet incoming to JFK, it pits Corey against a ferociously committed foreign killer with a mission. There are good surprises.
There is nothing new in cross-referencing characters and events from the author's previous books, and it didn't bother me as it has some, but the book's ending is far from what might have been anticipated. Full marks for that.
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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Very Good Story. Could not put it down. Recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customerztan Stan CallerStan Caller
Great book an avid reader of this author great books with great stories well written and absorbing stories ok plPublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
A great book in a great series. The protagonist is clearly a relatively unpleasant character, but you can't help but root for him when he gets into scrapes. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Oli Walker
As ever he keeps us on our toes, exciting stuff. Time to move on to the next in the seriesPublished 11 months ago by A Jordan
I think his books have good storylines and he writes well but I don't enjoy the politically incorrect language used by John Cory... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chrissy