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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (Oct. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0705405532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0705405539
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,503,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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I enjoyed this read!
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 ;)
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This is the journey of Khalil and his quest for vengeance and what better than hundreds of lives to quench this lion's thirst? On his tail, John Corey, who has got to be the most humorous lead I have ever come across in a novel, let alone the crime genre. Demille's time spent in the military comes to light here, increasing our knowledge in aviation that bit further. It is also evident that Demille, either in research or experience, knows well the politics of the NYPD, CIA and the Terrorist Task Force. This is a well researched novel, and although the beginning I felt was a bit too drawn out I felt it added to the suspense and helped develop the characters of both Corey and Khalil. I give this 4 stars because I felt it was a bit ignorant towards Arabs and Muslims, I understand this was released around the 9/11 attacks and felt that the author could bank on the stereotypes and ignorance of most Americans. I feel that the author is well informed of the ways of Arabs (see Gabriel Haytham )yet portrayed the character this way because it was a characteristic most commonly accepted.
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This is the second Nelson DeMille book I have read featuring John Corey and I really loved it. It is fast moving and holds the readers expectations right through to the last page. I will definitely read the next book in the series.
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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 protagonist's weakness for the flippant wisecrack is not an easy trick to pull off, but he is able to make it work. Unsurprisingly, some of the jokes are better than others ("Have you experience of terrorism? I was married.")

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.
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2009
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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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