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The Lion's Game (John Corey #2)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  19,884 ratings  ·  877 reviews
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Published November 6th 2006 by Hachette Audio (first published January 1st 2000)
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Andrew Smith
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 si
Mike (the Paladin)
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..
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 requ ...more
Jane Stewart
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
Clay Nichols
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, sa
Chris Schaeffer
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
زاهي رستم
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 ب
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 ou ...more
Jan 23, 2008 Stan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers / fans of wisecracking investigators
Recommended to Stan by: I took it off Marianne's shelf
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 th ...more
Maria Carmo
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.
Corey Tardif
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!
John Corey kind of reminds me of Spenser from the old Robert B Parker series. He's a great character. Flawed, yes, but human and very funny. This book was about Asad Khalil. A terrorist in a jihad. Seeking revenge for the death of his family. And John Corey is on a task force to figure out who he is and how to catch him. He has a new job since recovering from being shot as a cop for the NYPD. Kate Mayfield is his partner and the two of them are working together on the case. The setting is US, Ne ...more
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
Todd Wood
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 ro
Seth Irby
The Lions Game is about NYPD detective John Corey who works for the anti terrorist task force (ATTF). John's life changes forever when international terrorist The Lion commits the largest terrorist attack in history right on Americas front doorstep. John is thrust into a chase across the country to stop The Lion from seeking revenge against the american pilots who killed his family.

Author Nelson DeMille did a very good job of seeing both the Mideast and american point of view. He doesn't necess
Readers whose opinions I value have rated this book five stars. I rated it three because the story fizzled before the author ended his writing. The book was easy to read, and the mechanics of good writing were fine, except for the fizzle and too much extraneous material. The premise of the book was exciting and thrilling.

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
Kathy Davie
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 Take
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
Tess Mertens-Johnson
I can't get enough of Nelson DeMille.
His character, John Corey, is a wounded NYPD cop who recovered in the first book of this series, Plum Island (also a winner!)In the Lion’s Game, he and his partner Kate are brought in when an airliner lands itself on auto pilot, and when it is boarded all passengers are dead, including tow federal officers who were bringing back a fugitive. This is the beginning of a plot of revenge stemming back to the 1986 raid on Libya.
Corey, along with his partner Kate, f
Bookventures Book Club
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 inte ...more
After reading DeMille's THE LION'S GAME I chided myself for not staying current with his other tomes (I only read THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER previously; and that was 10 years ago.) TLG is an eerily prescient thrill ride (pre-911) that does not let up! Told in alternating chapters from the hero's and villain's point of view made for interesting narration. John Corey, last seen in PLUM ISLAND (I have done my research) is a likable hero, and someone you would want in your corner in times of trouble. He ...more
I was not familiar with DeMille’s writing (gross oversight) but downloaded The Lion’s Game and have been listening while mowing, showering, driving, doing the dishes, etc. It’s a real pageturner, so to speak. But what makes it really fun is
its wisecracking hero, John Corey, and the very talented,
low-key reader, Scott Brick. Corey has all these great lines I wish I had thought of. Stepping up to the airline ticket counter, he is asked, “Do you have a reservation?” “Lots of them,” he replies, “esp
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 ...more
Jill Jackson
Started off strong, especially intriguing considering the current situation of a missing airliner in today's news. After that, though, the book bogs down as the villain of the piece is rather boring in his methodical pursuit of murdering people one by one. The suspense factor is zero.
Paula Dembeck
When we left John Cory after the first book in the series, he was convalescing on Long Island and working “off duty” helping to solve a local case. His attempt at moonlighting got him in trouble with the NYPD disciplinary board, but he negotiated a disability pension and a gentle parachute out of his job. He is now working as a contract agent for the ATTF, the Anti Terrorist Task Force, a group made up of law enforcement types, mostly former NYPD cops but which also includes some FBI, CIA DEA a ...more
The author of, "The Lion's Game", Nelson Demile's purpose of writing this novel was for a thrill. It is a very intense action story, of four FBI/CIA agents dealing waiting for a terrorists at JFK airport, but then they find out that the terrorist poisoned everyone on the plane. The theme of the book is react responsibly and quickly, the four main characters find out that the plain had to be landed on autopilot and they know that they have to react to the situation responsibly, because people co ...more
After reading Plum Island I was really looking forward to more of John Corey. Right at the start DeMille lets us know that the second Corey adventure won't be just about Corey, as we see what is going on in an air traffic control tower as they deal with a problem flight. That makes an interesting start while also setting the tone for the book, that the good guys are behind and will be playing catch-up for most of the story.

After that interesting start, this book really drags. We swap points of v
Michael Greer
I was introduced to John Corey in one of Nelson's other books, Wild Fire. His tenacity and go get it done character was what intrigued me the most. Plus the political aspects mixed in made these some of the best books.
In this one it was a chase for a guy who was a lot like a lion who was killing off people who hurt him from the past. Anyone who had played a part in killing his family or got in the way became targets. It kept me wanting to see what happened next throughout the entire book. The o
Johanna Gail Tongco
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Listened to this book as narrated by Scott Brick, who did a fabulous job. I really enjoy the writing style of this author and had many laugh out loud moments even though this is definitely not a comedy.The main character, John Cory is some one I would like to meet, however Kate Mayfield is a bit too perfect, perhaps some envy on my part. The plot is well constructed and leaves you wondering. A good read/listen.
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille. He moved as a child with his family to Long Island. In high school, he played football and ran track.

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
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