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The Lion's Game (John Corey #2)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  25,258 Ratings  ·  1,036 Reviews
Detective John Corey, last seen in Plum Island, now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family. Filled with unrelenting ...more
Paperback, 720 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 6th 2000)
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Andrew Smith
Dec 19, 2014 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing
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
Edward Lorn
Dec 27, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with high levels of testosterone
Recommended to Edward by: Viagra commercial
Shelves: paperbacks
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-pe
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 05, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
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..
Apr 11, 2010 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
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 ...more
Chris Schaeffer
Aug 19, 2010 Chris Schaeffer rated it really liked it
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
Jane Stewart
4 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
Mar 07, 2011 Bear rated it liked it
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 ...more
Clay Nichols
Jan 07, 2011 Clay Nichols rated it liked it
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
Kathy Davie
Jan 24, 2013 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
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
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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
Shivam Kalra
Jun 19, 2016 Shivam Kalra rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Mar 26, 2015 Margarida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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 ...more
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 ...more
Todd Wood
Jan 04, 2016 Todd Wood rated it really liked it
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
Jan 23, 2008 Stan rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Maria Carmo
Dec 30, 2014 Maria Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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.
Dec 11, 2014 Corey rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 13, 2009 Deb rated it really liked it
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
Nov 15, 2008 Eric_W rated it it was amazing
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
Freda Malone
May 06, 2015 Freda Malone rated it really liked it
It was said by the writer, Nelson DeMille, that Plum Island was going to be a stand alone but he changed his mind when he received such positive remarks and observations. Nelson DeMille then needed to bring John Corey out of retirement and back into the vitality of solving even the most complex crimes. I’m glad he did but not sure I like the way he did it in his writing and this particular story. The Lion’s Game is the second in this series of John Corey and much like ‘I am Pilgrim’ by Terry ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Seth Irby
Apr 21, 2013 Seth Irby rated it really liked it
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
Feb 11, 2011 Rob rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Tess Mertens-Johnson
Oct 15, 2012 Tess Mertens-Johnson rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 01, 2015 Kellie rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The Lion's Game, DeMille's sequel to Plum Island, features the return of NYPD Detective John Corey whose task it becomes to apprehend one of the world's most dangerous terrorists. In Corey, DeMille has cleverly created a character who evokes feelings of both disgust and fondness. Chauvinistic and arrogant, yet warm and witty, Corey is frantically determined to capture the vengeful Libyan before more American lives are lost. While I enjoyed Plum Island, I was far more engrossed by the fast action ...more
Dec 01, 2012 Nelson rated it it was ok
having a hard time with Nelson DeMille. he's popular, he writes charming characters, funny dialogue, and believable situations. unfortunately I found the plot to be really straightforward and boring. I guess I just need some twists and surprises to be satisfied. especially if we're talking a 24 hour audio book. I am considering checking out some of his other work, but the fact that this is one of his highest rated makes me a little nervous.
Sep 28, 2010 Terri rated it really liked it
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, then moved with his parents to Long Island. He graduated from Elmont Memorial High School, where he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army where he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United S
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