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The Barnes & Noble Review January 2000 Since the publication of his first novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, in 1978, Nelson DeMille has produced a steady stream of intelligent, hard-edged, contemporary thrillers, the best of whichsuch as Cathedral, The Gold Coast, or Word of Honorare absolute models of the form. It's a pleasure to be able to report that The Lion'sThe Barnes & Noble ReviewJanuary 2000 Since the publication of his first novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, in 1978, Nelson DeMille has produced a steady stream of intelligent, hard-edged, contemporary thrillers, the best of which — such as Cathedral, The Gold Coast, or Word of Honor — are absolute models of the form. It's a pleasure to be able to report that The Lion's Game, DeMille's tenth novel is as shrewdly constructed and compulsively readable as anything he has published to date. Weighing in at nearly 700 pages, The Lion's Game is the longest, most ambitious novel of DeMille's career. It is also his first attempt at a sequel, bringing us a new installment in the colorful career of John Corey, the acerbic narrator/hero of 1997's Plum Island. When last seen, Corey had interrupted his convalescent leave from the NYPD long enough to solve a bizarre double murder on Long Island's Eastern Shore, after which, he formally separated from the police department and became an adjunct professor at John Jay University. Not unexpectedly, Corey grew bored with the uneventful world of academia and decided to return, in a very different capacity, to the front lines of law enforcement. Admirers of Plum Island will be pleased to learn that he is as ornery, insubordinate, and politically incorrect as ever. The novel opens on April 15th. Corey has just signed on with the Middle Eastern division of the ATTF (Anti-Terrorist Task Force), an organization staffed by an uneasy combination of FBI, CIA, and NYPD operatives. Corey's firstassignmenttakes him to JFK Airport, where, together with an assortment of teammates, he is scheduled to take custody of a defecting Libyan terrorist. The terrorist in question is Asad Khalil, a.k.a. the Lion, the man believed to be responsible for a series of attacks on Americans living in Europe. As Corey and company await the arrival of Khalil and his escorts, it quickly becomes apparent that something has gone seriously wrong. To begin with, the plane, for unknown reasons, drops out of radio contact hours before its arrival in New York. Eventually, ignoring all commands from Air Traffic Control personnel, the flight lands at JFK in an odd, erratic fashion, taxis to a stop, and proceeds to sit, silent and motionless, on the runway. Unable to establish communication, airport authorities force their way onboard, only to find that a tragedy of unprecedented proportions has occurred and that Asad Khalil, the man responsible for that tragedy, is nowhere to be found, having slipped through the crowd of investigators and made his escape. The bulk of the novel concerns the protracted hunt for an implacable killer with a very personal mission. It would spoil a number of DeMille's expertly constructed effects to reveal too much of what happens as The Lion's Game unfolds. But here, briefly, is the fundamental premise that dominates this book. April 15th, the day Khalil's plane arrives at JFK, is not simply income tax day. It is also the anniversary of the 1986 bombing of Libya, a mission ordered by Ronald Reagan in direct response to a series of atrocities reputedly set in motion by Libyan president Moammar Gadhafi. Asad Khalil, who was 16-years-old when the bombing occurred, lost his entire family that day and developed an undying hatred for all things American. Acting both on his own behalf and on behalf of the Great Leader Gadhafi, he has made his way to America, where he is determined to wage a holy war against the murderers of his family. As Khalil's history, intentions, and specific agenda gradually become clear, Corey leads a diverse group of experts in an increasingly desperate attempt to anticipate the Lion's movements and prevent him from implementing his bloody, ironic endgame. As the lengthy narrative unrolls, The Lion's Game moves backward in time from the present day to the night of the fateful bombing in 1986; the action shifts from New York City to Florida and from Florida to the Pacific Coast, as DeMille skillfully switches back and forth from the first-person viewpoint of John Corey to a third-person narrative that takes us into the deranged perspective of Asad Khalil. The result is a big, wide-ranging novel that is alternately funny and frightening; one that achieves an astonishing, almost effortless narrative momentum; one that is grounded in DeMille's tragic view of the endlessly replicated blood feuds that dominate the landscape of 20th-century geopolitics. From its eerie opening sequence to its deliberately open-ended conclusion, THE LION'S GAME is the clear product of a world-class storyteller, a man who seems incapable of turning out a bland or boring paragraph. DeMille is at the top of his own game in this one and has written a novel that will inevitably command a large, enthusiastic audience. I, for one, am glad to see it. In a field too often populated by formulaic, by-the-numbers fiction, Nelson DeMille is an undisguised blessing. I wish him health, success, and undiminished productivity in the decades to come. Bill Sheehan reviews horror, suspense, and science fiction for Cemetery Dance, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and other publications....

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  • Carol.
    2018-11-28 19:07

    Abandoning this book. I just don't have time in my life right now for this kind of detail. I think this is the kind of book that can appeal to people who watch 12 episode miniseries on Elizabethan England, except it's nominally a 'thriller,' so to be honest, I'm not sure who the target population is. People who are really, really good at waiting for a payoff, I suppose. My mom enjoyed it, but she's recently retired and was having trouble filling her time, so that's another possible population (we solved that by getting a 6 month old dog).It starts wonderfully; snappy pace, ironic dialogue, intriguing plot and decent character creation. John Corey, who was apparently a hundred times more oinky in Plum Island has toned down the sexism. There's a paragraph aside discussing how he hasn't hit on anyone at his new job with the Feds, and how he's discovered life as a confidante for female co-workers. He still tries to provoke response with an assortment of ethnic jokes, however, but it's pretty clear he's doing it to be an ass and to show a rebellious spirit, not because he actually cares about someone's ethnicity. I found much of his commentary to be a great mix of hilarious and insightfulness. Once the initial series of incidents occur, the pace slows down significantly. The Fed side is taken up with meetings, analysis and flirting between Corey and another member of the team. To compensate, DeMille follows the terrorist, the 'Lion' Asad, through a pivotal moment in his upbringing and through following exploits in the U.S. I had a fair amount of trouble with his perspective, because while I found it started well, it segued into zealot/sociopath rather quickly. I'm definitely a fan of subtle and nuance, and while I would have expected a 700 page book to have time to give some development to understanding a terrorist, he ends up being single-note psychopath.I found myself skimming large swaths to see if there was any improvement in pacing or narrative, but there really wasn't. I decided to abandon because there really is so much more on Mount TBR to try rather than wading through this.MrsJoseph nailed the issue in the status comments below, that this is a 300-400 page thriller trapped in a 700 page book. My bookmark was trapped at page 279 when I quit.

  • Andrew Smith
    2018-12-10 03:15

    Having recently finished reading I am Pilgrim, the superb thriller by Terry Hayes, I was looking around for something in the same style. Well, I already had this loaded on my Kindle and I’m a long-term fan of DeMille and his wisecracking hero, John Corey. Job done.A few chapters in & I was already laughing at the constant stream of brilliant one-liners but I was also convinced I was re-reading the aforementioned Hayes tale. I mean, there were certainly differences but there were many more similarities. I stuck with it, and I’m really glad I did. It’s a weighty tome (well, obviously not quite so physically weighty on a Kindle) at over 800 pages, but its draw was so powerful I hardly noticed. The story is brilliantly plotted and told in a way only DeMille can. I won’t summarise the plot, but suffice to say it was not a re-tell of the Hayes book but a clever and compelling narrative of its own. If you liked ‘Pilgrim’ I think you’ll find plenty to enjoy here too.If you’re already a DeMille follower then you’ll probably have read not only this book but also the follow-up (The Lion) and the other Corey adventures too. If not, give him a try and don’t be put off by the virtually uninterrupted insertion of humour - there’s plenty of depth too. And if you like what you see I’d suggest you seek out some of his other work, with the Sutter and Brenner books being my personal favourites.

  • Rohit Enghakat
    2018-12-05 20:10

    I liked the book however, to be honest, I had high expectations from it which did not live up to it. The book is about two FBI agents on the trail of a Libyan terrorist, who is on a plot to avenge the 1986 bombing of Libya, massacring Americans along the way. The book is interesting at places where it plots the terrorist's movements and at places it becomes a drag. However, the highlight of the narrative is the dry humour and the one-liners the author uses liberally in this story.Strictly for DeMille fans only ! This was my first.

  • Edward Lorn
    2018-12-05 01:08

    No one is more shocked at my rating of The Lion's Game than I am. I've had plenty of time to think about John Corey's second outing, and my final judgment is: I enjoyed the fuck outta this book. While the issues I had with the previous book in this series, Plum Island, popped up this go around as well, they were well balanced against the second narrative. While Plum Island was a strict first person POV inside John Corey's cock-oriented caveman mind, The Lion's Game offers many different third-person POVs in addition to Corey's strict first person. DeMille deftly juggles all these threads to create one tight blanket. Impressive. My favorite addition was the view into the mind of the villain, Asad Khalil, a thoroughly dynamic baddie whose motivations are understandable. Not condonable, but understandable. The biggest selling point of this novel is that it never lets up. It takes place in several different states, and two different countries. It has branching timelines. It has gun battles and bombing runs and one of the coolest hijacked-plane sequences I've read about. The Lion's Game brought back memories of watching Die Hard for the first time, only this version of Die Hard is 30 hours long. For me, that aspect is a plus. If you're a fan of over-the-top machismo-slathered action flicks, I highly recommend this guy's work. You can start here, too, as the previous book is mentioned only twice and the relationships brought up in the first book have no bearing on this case. The Lion's Game is far superior when compared to the first book in the series.My only complaint is a rather big one. Big enough that I removed an entire star. Yes, that's right, I wanted to rate this one five bigguns, but the ending didn't sit right with me. It was sufficient as an ending, but I wanted more. I felt the final pages did not live up to the promise of the previous 900.That being said, I'm not quitting this series anytime soon. So much fun. In summation: If you dig Bruce Willis action movies, John Corey is his literary doppleganger. Fast talking, quick witted, led around completely by the wrong head, John Corey's adventures are big fun for those guys who like big books and cannot lie.Final Judgment: Where's the next one?

  • StoryTellerShannon
    2018-12-05 19:20


  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2018-12-03 03:06

    I'm a little surprised at how much I like this book. While the first in the Corey seriesPlum Island was good, it didn't inspire me to run right out and grab this one up. I must say this one drew me in more and held my interest.The book is of necessity a little dated as it was written before 9-11 and deals with Middle East Terrorists. It's built (partly) around the 1986 bombing raid on Libya. There are plots and counter-plots there is the (insistently) New York cop John Corey who we met earlier...but with a new romantic interest. The book opens well and doesn't spend any time in slow build up or aimlessness. The plot and the characters are center stage from the get-go and all the building is done on the fly. You don't have a lot of "oh let's stop and talk about all this and then we'll get back to the story".As noted...I like it. I can recommend it. I plan to go on with the series.Enjoy.

  • Jess
    2018-11-22 22:14

    Fantastic!! A great follow up to the first book Plum Island. In this book, John Corey has joined at elite task force comprised of FBI, CIA, ex-NYPD, current NYPD some lawyers, accountants, and whoever else they could think of to throw into the mix. Their job, anti-terrorism with a fixation on Mid-Eastern issues. John has his eyes set on the IRA division, and puts in a request to be moved because everyone knows that the IRA is inactive which will provide John with nothing to do. However, his request is being ignored. So off he heads to JFK airport to a secret facility called the Conquistador Club. There he and his team await the arrival of a prisoner being transferred from Paris. Unfortunatley, something has gone wrong with the plane, and it's currently in a No-RAD state, which means there has been no radio contact. Now John and his team are forced to chase a crazy terrorist around the US to stop him before he completes his mission.Unlike in Plum Island, there was no lag to the beginning of this book. It just jumps right in, and I think this might have been the best beginning to a book that I have read in a long time. It had me completely entranced for at least a hundred pages before I realized what time it was. This book is split into 5 mini books, and the POV switches between John and the terrorist. It was really fascinating to see how each man was thinking throughout the book and how John was struggling to understand what was going on before it was too late. John was of course at his sarcastic best, and again I love him! He has some issues in this book regarding his new boss Kate, and it was really amusing to watch the verbal sparring.I'll definitely read the next book that has Corey in it.

  • Chris Schaeffer
    2018-12-15 03:21

    I have a special place in my heart for sarcastic characters and John Corey, the main character in The Lion's Game, an international thriller, is a one of those guys you just love to read about. There's always a great one-liner waiting on every page. If I were to go back and highlight each time Mr. Demille's writing made me laugh, the book would look like a freshmen year chemistry book.The Lion's Game is the squeal to Plumb Island, which was also a joy to read specifically because John Corey was the main character in that book as well. This squeal is one heck of a story, weighing in at 673 pages in the hardback edition, but the suspense never lets up.This book is not equivalent to the "summer blockbuster" movie. There are no explosive battles and crazy stunts. Instead, Mr. Demille entertains using merely wit and colorful characters. In this installment, I found the main character to be just as interesting as the antagonist. The point-of-view changes between our hero, John Corey, and the foe that repeatedly shocks the reader with sporadic insights into the daily life of an American. I found myself reflecting on typical American circumstances in a whole new light due to the antagonist's interesting point-of-view as a foreigner traveling across the country.The Lion's Game was a lot of fun to read, not merely for the humor, but also because Nelson Demille can dish out so much more than your typical crime novel. I consider the John Corey series to be among the best crime and mystery books I've ever read.

  • Jane Stewart
    2018-12-13 01:07

    4 ½ stars. Excellent suspense thriller. I didn’t want to stop reading.It’s a long book. I had a hard time putting it down. Lots of suspense. Many times I was saying come on, come on - eager to find out what was going to happen next. John Corey is a smartalecky, arrogant cop working for the FBI. He has many entertaining one-liners and jokes. I liked his humor, but humor is subjective and some readers may not like it. There were a few surprises along the way. Some parts were a little slow, but the last half was the best. The ending was good and complete enough for me, although the killer Asad was still alive and un-caught. The story continues in the sequel “The Lion.”Asad was a well done bad guy. He’s a stealthy smart killing machine. I consider “The Day of the Jackal” by Forsyth as great. Lion’s Game reminded me of Jackal, but LG was missing the following. I wanted to see how Asad got his information, how his sources got information, and how Asad and those sources communicated.Asad interacted with many people. It was hard to believe they did not recognize him. Asad’s picture was all over the TV and newspapers.One negative - a stupid event: Two guys know Asad is in the area with a sniper rifle. So why are they walking outside alone with no bullet proof vests or other protection?NARRATOR:Scott Brick did an excellent job as John Corey because Scott does cocky arrogance well. John Corey’s arrogance was written in an entertaining way so it worked. But I’ve given Scott Brick 1 and 2 stars for his narration of other books where he was too arrogant, and it detracted from the book. Scott narrated females nicely here.DATA:Narrative mode: 1st person John Corey, 3rd person other characters and scenes. Unabridged audiobook length: 24 hours and 52 mins. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words, but not often used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: 6 referred to, no details. Setting: 2000 various U.S. locations with a little back story in 1986 Libya. Book copyright: 2000. Genre: suspense thriller.

  • Clay Nichols
    2018-12-13 03:02

    Just finished The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille (audio) and it has me wondering, can a thriller be over-researched? I finished this pre-9/11 story of a dogged NYPD cop on the trail of a Libyan terrorist, and definitely had moments of frustration as DeMille paused to observe the scenery, sit in on a bureaucratic meeting, or watch cops shag.The protagonist, John Corey, is a likable enough example of the species, but I found his wisecracking dialogue creaky (downright colorless when compared to, say Elmore Leonard, but then...). The plot was plausible (see research above), and I appreciated the narrative techniques of switching back and for the between cop and terrorist -- PC points scored on that one.It's not that this is a bad book (I listened to all 25 hours of it, after all), it's that it took our heroes a good 16 hours (of listening time) to even pick up the bad guy's trail. I felt the Corey romance with his partner Kate, was cookie-cutter and given an awful lot of air time. Lion's Game had it's hair raising moments, but it took a lot of meetings to get there.In other words, cut to the chase.

  • Wesley
    2018-11-16 22:03

    The second book in the John Corey series. Well written, witty with edge of your seat suspense. Next, I will read book one, Plum Island to get the full back story of the protagonist.

  • Noah B. 8B
    2018-12-09 21:09

    3/5. Not my cup of tea.

  • Luffy
    2018-11-26 02:09

    What sorted out this thriller from others of its heft is the dedication of the author to assiduously make every sentence count. Where I used to peg stuff as filler, I counted now as suspense. The most unexpected part was the end. The last chapter negated all the expectations I had regarding who would live and die. I don't want to spoil, so let us say that such and such gal doesn't die even after the hero proposes something to her. One thing I noticed was that when Arabic or Latin words were cited and quoted, they were in italics, but French words were not. It looks like not only the English but even Americans have inculcated French words into their dictionary. There were some untruths which made this novel simpler if not naive. E.g moss doesn't grow the northern side of trees. Also, shooting a bullet through an empty plastic bottle doesn't a silencer make. Hell, even real silencers aren't sound proof. I was glad about the fate of Boris. The hero's dubious sense of humor was welcome. I don't mind wise cracking. I wonder why others do. The writing style of the author is ascetic. I am almost sure that this effect is not a side effect but a deliberate choice. Despite lingering on the sex scenes, no details were forthcoming. This book has renewed my interest in thrillers and in this very series. The four stars I give this book are gladly given. Time to move on and keep experimenting with new genres. Bye.

  • Bookventures Book Club
    2018-12-15 19:27

    I’ve read the reviews for The Lion’s Game and from all indications this book was really good. So venturing into The Lion, I had a lot of expectations; after all, it is the sequel to The Lion’s Game. Yet for some reason it took me 3 CD’s (and approximately 10 chapters) to actually get into the story. Lately I've become pretty impatient with stories that take too long to develop and this was the case with The Lion. The story could have been cut down significantly for want of a substantial and interesting one. If this had been done then the story would have come in at 10 or maybe 11 CD’s maximum.Additionally, though I love suspense thrillers, I just didn't quite feel this one. It wasn’t as exciting and gripping as it was purported to be. Perhaps it had to do with the tone of the narrator. The excitement didn't translate in audio the way it might have been on the page. Sure Khalil was the ultimate bad guy and his antics were nothing short of the stuff you find in great action/suspense/thriller movies but all of that had no effect on me. Instead the story just read slow and boring. On top of that saying that the author has a dry wit is an understatement. It was this dry and often arrogant wit that had me disconnected from the characters. I couldn’t relate to them even in their direst of situations.I acknowledge that Nelson DeMille is a pretty good writer and he writes in one of my favourite genres but The Lion just wasn’t what I had expected.

  • Bear
    2018-11-24 02:15

    I preferred the mystery-style story of Plum Island to this book. The Lion's Game is more easily likened to the style of Tom Clancy. John Carey has left the police force and signed with an anti-terrorist agency. I did not like the way the POV of Lion's Game bounces back and forth between first person limited (Carey's investigation) and third person limited (the terrorist's plot as it unfolds.) Carey's still a great character and his chapters are excellent. Seeing the terrorist's side pulled me out of the story a bit. The technique functions perfectly in this book because we need to see what was really happening on the terrorist end both to make us hate the villain and to feel for Carey as he desperately tracks down bad lead after bad lead. However, very little suspense is created through this method until we near the climactic battle. On its own, the book stands up well. However compared to the mystery of Plum Island, The Lion's Game (a thriller, through and through) doesn't stand up quite as tall. On the bright side, he gets a little more likable in the way he handles coed relationships. It would probably make an excellent movie, too--sort of an actiony thriller like Sum of All Fears or State of Play. It's a good book, but not what I was hoping for as the follow up to Plum Island. Worth the read.

  • Corey
    2018-12-14 19:19

    Another solid Demille read! I thought the premise in this one was very different from Plum Island, this one was about terrorism, and Plum Island had nothing to do with that. The book was really lengthy but it kept me on the edge of my seat up until the end. John Corey's character is still pretty much the same, cocky, sarcastic, and has a lack for authority. I can't wait to start book #3!

  • Kathy Davie
    2018-11-18 00:13

    Second in the John Corey suspense series revolving around a former NYPD detective. This story takes place before the Twin Towers and after the World Trade Center bombing and TWA 800.My TakeThis one was depressing. Oh, Corey is just as snarky as ever...thank god. I do enjoy his brand of humor. You'll crack up at his explanation for why the feds created the ATTF. Critical points like pastrami sandwiches play a huge role. I must say, though, that I can understand why those around him sometimes---most of the time---want to bash his head in!I also enjoy how he manages to bash his way through to success! There's a lot to be said for ignoring protocol and procedure. Certainly a lot of lives were saved by doing so. It's a treat to encounter a character who is more concerned with the reality of the mission rather than simply the theory. Makes me wish that more politicians and politicos truly did represent the people. And that the CIA had compassion!The depressing part is religion. Extremists. While the rabid antagonist in this story is a Libyan Muslim mujahideen, his type is found in any religion. The fanatical zealot who twists and turns his religion to suit his particular thoughts and desires. Who sees nothing wrong with destroying anyone and everyone. The same idiotic morons who excuse their "sins" by blaming it on women. Hmmm, sounds like men's excuses for raping, too. The major religions in the world all have at their central core to do unto others what they would wish done unto themselves, so it totally screws with my mind when a religion's basic tenets are twisted around.Hmmm, does this mean the extremists want to be shot, blown up, destroyed? I mean, do unto others...I think that Asad is psychotic anyway, considering his treatment of Bahira. Of course, it doesn't help Asad that the man who influenced his upbringing, his life, was a nutcase himself. More concerned with his particular desires than caring for his people.I think Boris is right. Eventually, I hope, Muslim women who are being repressed by their idiot men are going to rise up. Reading about Asad's views about women, I want to kill him. He's such a moron! Not to mention a hypocrite. Ya know, if the CIA is gonna tattoo dots on a defector, why not implant a homing device along with it? That way, when Asad goes on his cross-country killing spree, maybe we could have stopped him earlier. Or, then again, if there had been true inter-agency cooperation…Crack me up...John's description of his dream where he solves it all...and then wakes up. It's his metaphor for the frustration that is too funny.Okay, the whole marriage thing just doesn't work for me. It's too fast. It doesn't make sense. I kept expecting it to fall apart what with all the demerits, but then again, there's those moments when "the panic was suddenly gone, and this weird feeling of peace flooded over me". Of course, I also expected Kate to back out, especially after events in California.The StoryJohn is missing the action of law enforcement, of making a difference, and Dom has come up with a way for John to become involved again. Only, he's still being punished. Yup, he has to work with the CIA and FBI. Even worse, Ted Nash and George Foster requested him!When a major terrorist incident occurs, it's John's insight, street smarts, and stubborn determination that sets the ATTF on the right path.The CharactersJohn Corey had taken a three-quarter disability and a professorship at John Jay College of Criminal Justice after Plum Island, but it wasn't enough. Now he's a Special Contract Agent for the ATTF. He's sarcastic, politically INcorrect, and doesn't know when to stop. Corey is currently seeing Detective Beth Penrose of the Suffolk County Homicide Division. Dom Fanelli was Corey's NYPD partner.Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force (ATTF)ATTF is a combination of NYPD, CIA, FBI, ATF, and DEA. Ted Nash is a CIA agent and a major jerk. George Foster is FBI and while he's a nice guy, he's a little too indoctrinated. Both men were involved in the Plum Island incident. Nick Monti is NYPD Intelligence. Kate Mayfield is FBI. Or as John puts it: WASP, WASP, WOP, WASP. Jack Koenig, a.k.a., King Jack, is the Special-Agent-in-Charge in NYC while Captain David Stein represents the NYPD and is co-commander of the ATTF in NY. Special Agent Alan Parker is the PR guy fascinated by his one-third, one-third, maybe-third. Robert Moody is the NYPD Chief of Detectives; Captain Henry Wydrzynski is Deputy Chief of Detectives with the Port Authority police; Sergeant Gabriel Haytham is an Arab; and, Edward Harris is CIA.Professor Abbah Ibn Abdellah is the FBI's Muslim expert with interesting points to be made about Islam. Naturally, the news prefers to tell us about all the negatives, so we never learn the good side of Islam. It's too bad the extremists exist and are so active... Roger, Kim, Edie, Scott, and Chuck are agents on the ground in California. Doug Sturgis is the SA-in-C in LA and a former lover of Kate's.Secret ServiceGene Barlet is head of Reagan's protective detail. Fred Potter is one of the agents.New York Air Traffic ControlSam Walters first raises the NO-RAD alert and his boss, Bob Esching, passes it on to Ed Stavros who pulls in Guns and Hoses, er, I mean, Port Authority-Emergency Service personnel. One Sergeant Tintle who also possesses that cop snark, *giggle*. Crew Chief Sergeant Andy McGill is the guy who gets on the plane.The bomb squadronLieutenant Chip Wiggins, Weapon Systems Officer (a.k.a., wizo), has since acquired his pilot's license and flies for a cargo service. Bill Satherwaite, the pilot has really gone downhill---and we don't learn why. Now-General Terry Waycliff, pilot, and now-Colonel Bill Hambrecht, wizo, are in Remit 22; Bob Callum, pilot, and Steve Cox, wizo, in Remit 61; and, Paul Grey, pilot, and Jim McCoy, wizo, in Elton 38. Stacy Moll is one of several private pilots Asad uses.The Libyans and associatesAsad Khalil lost his family in the bombing attack on Al Azziziyah. Great Leader Moammar Gadhafi rules Libya with a religious fist. Malik spied, at the same time, for the Americans, Germans, and Italians during World War II, setting each up against the other. Now he's teaching young terrorists in Libya. Yusef Haddad contributed his all to the initial attack in this story. Boris is former KGB and now instructs Libyan extremists about American culture.Gamal Jabbar is a Libyan taxi driver in NYC. Karim Khalil is Asad's father. Was, rather. He was murdered in Paris. Boutros Dharr paved the way. Azim Rahman is another driver in LA.The CoverThe cover is a deep royal blue with the author's name writ large in silver and a much smaller title in yellow. The graphic is a metaphor for the antagonist and the story's introduction: a black lion rampant on the tail of a plane.The title gives it all away for it is The Lion's Game, and we're losing.

  • زاهي رستم
    2018-12-14 03:21

    يبدو أن الكتاب يتبع سياسة النقاط الثلاث، فقد وردت في الصفحة 24 ما يلي:هذا المرتد... الجنسية. ويمكنك أن تملء الفراغ بأي جنسية عربية. وكأن الدار تعتبر أن حذف الترجمة تحافظ على شعور القارئ.يبدو لي بعد قرأتي للنسخة العربية من هذه الرواية، أن البلاد العربية لم تعد بحاجة لما يسمى مراقبة المطبوعات، فقد باتت دور النشر والترجمة تقوم بحذف ما يتعارض مع أفكارها وسياستها.. رغم أن واجبها الأمانة في نقل الكتاب من لغة إلى أخرى.. من مبدأ أن ناقل الكفر ليس بكافر.. ولكن ما زال القارئ العربي يرزح تحت وطئة ما يسمى بسياسة النقاط الثلاث والتي ذكرتها سابقاً في ترجمة كتاب جواسيس جدعون.. وبت على قناعة واسعة أن القارئ الأجنبي، أوفر حظاً وأكثر كرامةً من مثيله القابع في سجن يحلو تسميته بوطن عربي. ولوضع الرفاق والأصدقاء في صورة ما تعمد لفعله هذه الدور.. قمت هذه المرة بكتابة معظم النقاط الثلاث الواردة في هذه الرواية، مع العلم أني لم أذكرها كلها.. لأن بعضها غير مؤكد أن مكان لكلمة أو كلمات أو فقرة محذوفة.وكان من الأجدر على من قام بترجمة ونشر هذه الرواية، احترام من سيقرأها على الأقل بذكر ما يلي في مقدمة الكتاب:عزيزي القارئ، بما أننا على ثقة كبيرة بوعيك وثقافتك، نرجو منك ملء الفراغات في هذه الرواية بما يناسبه من كلمات.. وشكراً جزيلاً جداً..وقبل استعراض الفراغات، سأخبركم سراً، أن معظم الفراغات يمكن استبدالها بكلمات مثل ليبيا، معمر القذافي، عربي...إلخالفراغات، بثلاث نقاط:ص24 فإن هذا المرتد... الجنسية،ص104 على أن تسلك الطريق الأطول إلى... بعد رفض فرنسا وإسبانيا + سيقصف أحد مقار القائد في...،ص108 إياكم وذكر... في حديثكم.ص109 المسؤول في لاكينهيث إلى... بأنها جامعة الجهاد،ص110 القاعدة العسكرية المعروفة باسم... + وصل هذه الليلة بعينها إلى...ص111 العاريتين... وشعر بقلبه يدق + أما حول مجمع... ،ص115 ظننتها تلك الع... تلك التي نقصدها. + فصاح فيه...!ص118 ... (اعتقد هنا أنه تم حذف فقرة كاملة).ص136 الغارة الجوية على...ص143 هذا هو مدخل الطريق السريع...ص260 وكانت... تماماً + ورأى خليل... وهي تنزل إلى الماء.ص265 أهلاً عبد الـ...،ص270 أن نخفي خطأنا في... أياً يكن الخطأ.ص290 نحن لم نقم أبداً بقصف... أم أننا فعلنا ذلك؟ص 302 في مكان ما يدعى...،ص316 لدي رجل في غرفة الاستجواب... الجنسية،ص319 بأنه سيصطحب... من المطار؟ + إن كان زبونه ذاك... أو لاص322 لا ترد علي وتخرج مع...ص375 أن تسقط القنبلة على تلك الخيمة...ص377 وهو يرسم علامة... على جسدهص 398 السيدة خليل والسيد...ص399 في حي للـ...ص415 قصف إحدى المواقع...ص416 لعلكِ تقصدين... ص417 الذين قصفوا... ما اسمها؟ + ... أحدهم قتل في الخليج،ص432 للقصف الذي تعرضت له...ص436 كانت تستهدف... + مقتل الجنرال وايكليف...ص439 نساؤكم...ص447 أنت من... إذاً يا عظيمص450 كانت على منطقة تدعى... + لدي ابن عم اسمه... + أنه اسم مكان في...ص455 الإيطاليين وشهود... (علماً أنها ذُكرت في أول الكتاب بدون حذف وهي شهود يهوه.. فلست أدري لما حذفت هنا!!).ص488 في مكان ما يدعى...ص502 فابتلع ريقه وقال من...ص507 من الجالية...ص550 إنها زوجة...ص567 أم كان ذلك لأجل...؟ص591 لاجئين آخرين تؤكد...ص 592 كان هذا بعد أن نعته... + ناهيك عن...ص605 ما هو تعريف... المعتدل؟فهنيئاً للقارئ العربي، الذي سيحل هذه الكلمات الغير متقاطعة ليفوز برواية كاملة بالنسخة العربية.والسؤال هنا، كم نجمة ينبغي أن أمنح هذه الرواية؟؟ النسخة الانكليزية قد أعطيها أربع نجمات.. ولكن العربية منها ولا حتى نصف نجمة.. وحتى لا أظلم الرواية، خير الأمور الوسط، لذلك كنا نقتل الأنبياء والمجرمين... (ليست نفس النقاط الثلاث ;) ).

  • Shivam Kalra
    2018-11-19 02:14

    I read Plum Island first, as someone said it's good, sarcastic and witty. But 10 chapters down that book, John Corey was a really annoying character. Not only that, he was also sexist, to which I draw the line, was it the character I hated or was those author's thoughts? Because every girl Corey meets, he wants to have sex with her and every guy he meets is an asshole to him. And since that was a first person narrative, it made the book little more biased towards how mentally smart John Corey is. While reading that book, it got so annoying that I gave up, but picked after 1 week, because I thought at least just finish the book and maybe it'll get interesting. I did but it didn't.And then the same person told me that next book in the series, The Lion's Game is more interesting; fine, I gave John Corey another try. But no, still the same annoying character, this time he annoyed me more. He has major superiority complex. Also the book is so damn slow. The book starts that Asad, a potential terrorist is landing, it's noon, and Corey needs to leave the airport by 6 as he has a date to go to with his Plum Island case sweetheart, Beth Penrose. 100 pages down and the plane is still fucking landing. Nelson is definitely an overwriter and that's why I decided to give up. Also, while Plum Island was a first person narrative, I expected this book to be the same as first chapter started and he gave a mini flashback to the Plum Island case, good, it made the book standalone, even if one hasn't read Plum Island. But the chapters in this book alternatively switched between First Person and third person narrative, and at times he switched from first person narrative to third person in the same chapter which, after a point, I really started finding annoying. John Corey is a very casual guy who has zero fucks to give to anyone but the "Ladies" and condescends everyone, which makes those first person narrative chapter little repetitive. But those parts which were written in third person, even they had the same casual sense that John Corey speaks in, so there is no distinctive feature in the narratives. You almost feel like in one chapter he's explaining the situation and place he is in, and in the next chapter he's a floating omniscient head somewhere narrating a story of someplace he's not physically present at.So, in conclusion, if you like really dry humor which are more of insults than jokes and then pick this book up or any of John Corey series, but 924 pages of this prick is not something I can continue with. And I'm really starting to think that the author, Nelson Demille, has imposed his ideologies on John Corey, which as a result, makes me not like Nelson Demiile. I may be wrong in this assumption, but at least this is what reflects in the book. Also, I gave up this book at 150 pages or something.

  • Margarida
    2018-12-12 01:19

    Segunda obra protagonizada pelo ex-detective da Polícia dos Homicídios de NY, John Corey, que passou a integrar a Brigada Anti-Terrorista que juntava elementos do FBI, da Polícia e também da CIA. Acompanhamos, por um lado, a visão de John Corey dos acontecimentos e, por outro lado, a visão de Asad Khalil da sua missão nos EUA. Trata-se de um terrorista líbio, que vem com a missão de vingar as mortes da sua mãe e irmãos no ataque dos EUA a Tripoli (capital da Líbia), ao acampamento onde estava Khadafi e a família de Asad Khalil, que era muito próxima do líder líbio. Apesar de ser uma vingança, conseguimos compreender os motivos que levam Asad Khalil a fazer o que faz, que é impulsionado pelo que ele acredita ser uma missão divina e que está protegido por Alá, tendo começado por assassinar com gás todos os passageiros e tripulantes do voo que o levou de Paris para NY e durante o seu percurso matou cerca de 15 pessoas, sendo 8 parte do seu objectivo de missão, por serem pilotos dos caças que bombardearam a Líbia em 1986. No final, tenta assassinar Ronald Reagan, que era Presidente dos EUA na altura dos bombardeamentos à capital líbia, mas na época em que se passa a obra (segunda metade da década de 90), já era ex-Presidente e doente com Alzheimer. Mais uma vez, a acção rápida e que nos provoca uma leitura compulsiva do livro é preenchida com o humor sarcástico da personagem John Corey.Já sabia que o final não ia ser o normal, com o assassino a ser apanhado ou morto, pois existe o volume "O Leão" que é a sequela desta obra. Mas senti-me um pouco defraudada, pela forma repentina como a obra acaba após a última tentativa de Asad Khalil matar John Corey e Kate Mayfield e a recuperação dos ferimentos no hospital. Não sabemos nada do paradeiro de Asad Khalil, que desapareceu no ar, e assistimos ao casamento de John Corey com Kate Mayfield, que era sua colega da brigada, pertencente ao FBI.

  • Todd Wood
    2018-11-29 02:28

    Lion's Game is the second book I've read by Nelson DeMille, and I was again really impressed by his plot-line and humorous dialogue. John Corey is a major bad-ass, and his irreverent one-liners totally cracked me up. Despite being book 2 of the John Corey series, you didn't need to read the first one (Plum Island) to know what was going on.Asad Khalili, the antagonist, is a really competent and scary killer with just enough humanity (albeit horribly misplaced)that leads a small part of you to root for him during the book (think the assassin from Day of the Jackal).... The book was a real page-turner, and I liked how it turned the normal murder/mystery on its head (i.e. we as the reader knew very early on who the killer was, and what his motives were, and the bulk of the story was watching John Corey attempt to figure it out). As a side note, I found it pretty ominous/prescient that the book was written in 2000, one year before the events of 9/11. The topic (unfortunately) remains highly relevant and compelling though, despite being written 14 years ago. Overall,any novel that makes you stay up 4+ hours past your bed time in order to "finish off the last 300 pages" is worthy of a 5 star in my book.

  • Stan
    2018-12-14 03:16

    Fastest 900 page book I've ever read. DeMille uses the device of telling two separate stories, which don't intersect until near the end of the book. What is interesting is that the two have quite different tones. One tale is a deadly serious story, reminiscent of Ken Follett, of a Libyan terrorist who comes into the U.S. and proceeds to locate and kill numerous individuals involved in a bombing raid over Libya many years before. The other story, told in parallel in alternating chapters, is of the antiterrorist force trying to catch the guy. The main character here is an ex-NYPD cop who tosses off jokes and wisecracks nonstop, making me think of (a male version of)Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. There is lots of humor in this thread, more like a light comedic P.I. novel. So do these two styles work together in the book? In the end, it still seems a sort of unnatural pairing -- like peanut butter and pickles -- but I would say yes, it works, primarily because each of the tales is so highly engaging in its own way.I learned from this book a great old proverb: "Man plans, God laughs." Also, I liked this new twist on an old standard: "when the turds hit the turbines."A thoroughly enjoyable read.

  • Michael
    2018-12-13 23:08

    I had an excellent experience re-reading this thriller from 2000 in preparation for taking up last year's sequel, "The Lion". This book starts with the horror of a Libyan terrorist, Asad Khalil, causing a 747 from Paris to New York to land with all 300 passengers dead from posion gas. Our hero in tracking Khalil on his Jhihad through America is the wise-cracking John Corey, the Irish ex-NYPD detective introduced in the prior novel, "Plum Island". Tough, but good hearted, he has street smarts and an affinity for direct action that leaves his bureaucratic FBI and nefarious CIA team members far behind in his quest. But he manages to snare the respect and love interest of FBI agent Kate Mayfield, who becomes an effective partner and foil to his impulsive person. Having John's story in first-person and Khalil's in third-person is a challenge that DeMille handles well.

  • Maria Carmo
    2018-11-26 03:27

    These are more than seven hundred pages of unending adventure, mystery and humour! John Corey reappears larger than life, with all his chauvinism but also his witty way of solving in truly detective way the case of Asad Khalil! This first appearance of Kate Mayfield, also establishes her strong personality and sense of humour.Loved this book, which is already the third John Corey I read,and I intend to read other John Crey adventures...Maria Carmo,Lisbon 30 December 2014.

  • Deb
    2018-12-14 02:01

    Team John Corey and a Libyan terrorist, and you have a fast paced thriller. Plus John gets a girlfriend in this book! Good, good, good! DeMille must really do his homework

  • Rex Fuller
    2018-11-26 20:24

    I chanced upon John Corey, the character in DeMille’s main series, in the 2017 collection of short mysteries entitled Matchup. His basic humanity, in part veiled byand in part revealed by his wisecracking attitude, his anti-PC attitude, and lightning quick mind struck chords with me. So, I read the first book of the series, Plum Island. That sold me and I then read straight through all of the books in the series.The Lion's Game (Corey Book 2). Maybe even better than the first Corey book. The lion is a Libyan named Asad (which translates to "lion") with a grudge against the American Air Force F-111 crews that bombed Libya in retaliation for the terrorist attack on the Berlin nightclub. This book has the best beginning of any fiction that I can recall. Corey is absolutely perfect as the take-charge-and-do-something guy you want him to be. Don't try to find errors (which are few), just race along with the pace of this and enjoy it.

  • Emily Cullen
    2018-11-24 01:26

    DeMille's Book #2 finds former NYPD detective John Corey on an anti terrorist task force. The task force's mission seems pretty standard, escort a well known Libyan terrorist who is defecting to the west. But John will soon learn that this mission is anything but simple and will lead him on a cross-country search for the terrorist. I really like the John Corey novels. John is an old school cop who is on the ball and so far the two books I've read in the series have had great plots. Looking forward to book #3!

  • Laura
    2018-12-07 21:18

    Riveting, if you like this niche

  • Jb17112
    2018-12-07 03:19

    I like his writing and the sarcastic main character. However this book is lacking in mystery and suspense. Would have been a much better book with 200 fewer pages.

  • Lis
    2018-11-27 20:16

    Secondo capitolo con l'ex-detective Corey. Migliore del primo capitolo, un pò perchè mi sto abituando al personaggio, un pò perchè meno descrittivo e più avvicente