The Lion's Game (John Corey #2)
3* Plum island
3* The Lion's Game
TBR Busting 2013
These Corey books are too long for the reasons I have an mp3. Will keep the rest for the big-girl's computer but in all honesty, I keep tasty stuff for home listening.
Author Nelson DeMille did a very good job of seeing both the Mideast and american point of view. He doesn't necess...more
This 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---mo...more
I must point out: Scott Brick is hit or miss. This is one case I feel was a "hit" but the following book, The Lion, is a total miss.
Terrorist thriller. Loved the build up in the first chapters. It gets a bit brutal, and the perspective of Americans when it gets into "the other side of the story" might rub some the wrong way. That said, I really liked it.
One gripe: contains one of the dumbest sex scenes ever written. It hurt my brain and pr...more
The protagonist, John Corey, is a likable enough example of the species, but I found his wisecracking dialogue creaky (downright colorless when compared to, sa...more
Book 1 in this series was a mystery, this one was an action/drama. We spend 90% of the book following the exploits of the antagonist, while the protagonist plays catch up. Then 10% in reversal, but for no good reason. Unlike the mystery, we don't get to watch disparate clues be put together in unique and interesting ways, rather, breaks in the case come via sudden random outside events. Ultimately, it leaves one...more
When a Boeing 747 commercial flight, originating in Paris with live crew and passengers, landed at JFK with all souls, save one, dead, my interest was piqued. Khalil, the live...more
The Lion's Game is the squeal to Plumb Island, which was also a joy to read specifically because John Corey was...more
Chapters alternate between Corry and Asad, which ads a certain intrigue and understanding of both sides, but tends to make the middle of this story seem a bit drawn out and long, but at the same time, those same seemingly long winded stanzas also better help you understand what drives each of t...more
The first book I read by Mr. DeMille was Spencerville some years back. It was good enough to make me want to read "The General's Daughter" and that really impressed me. So I tried a couple of other books by him, coming to expect the same level of liking from everything he wrote. "The Lion's Game" however was totally different from everything I read till now...more
The 1st 4 hours were great, and I listened in one sitting. Funny main character, and very suspenseful and well researched. Now it flashes bac...more
The remarkable aspect of this book, aside from its quite inaccessible cast of characters, is that, as a pre-911 book, it points out where the prevailing thinking about terrorist attack on mainland America was off, and where it was presciently right on. First, the assumption in this book is that the attack would be by a solo daredevil, not the puppet-master running a cabal of Saudi and Egyptian dissidents that binLaden was; second, that it would arise from well-known terrorist supporters as Libya...more
DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action as an...more