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L'ora del Leone (John Corey #2)

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THE LION'S GAME is another crime thriller from bestselling author Nelson Demille. A Libyan terrorist, Asad Khalil, defects, surrendering to American authorities in Paris. The Anti-Terrorist Task Force loses radio contact with the plane bringing him to New York and former cop John Corey has a sense of things rapidly turning wrong. But not even Corey predicted that when the ...more
Hardcover, 571 pages
Published 2001 by Mondadori (first published January 6th 2000)
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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..
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Jess
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
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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
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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
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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
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Bear
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
Stan
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
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!
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
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Deb
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
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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
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Linda
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
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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
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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
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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
Rob
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
Eric_W
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
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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.
Alex
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
Ted
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
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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
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Johanna Gail Tongco
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Terri
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.
Amy
I can read this book once a year and still love it. Still feel my chest get tight and still get tense as the story unfolds.

This is one of the greatest books I've ever read. John Corey is a great character with a lot of personality. His sarcasic humor is needed in this book with it's serious topic. I needed those laugh out loud moments.

Everyone I've recommended this book to has loved it as much as I did!
Frank Gruver
Here's another one of my favorite authors.He really knows how to tell a story and THIS IS A GOOD ONE!. The lion lands at the JFK airport.No one on the plane that just lands is alive (including the pilots) and from this piont the story begins. John Corey is going to figure out who did what to who along with help from a new partner Kate Mayfield. An outstanding story you'll want to tell others about. Enjoy.
Todd
This book had me sitting on the edge of my seat right from the first chapter. Most books build up until the end, but this one had a few mimi-build ups as I went through it. I was not crazy about the ending, which stopped me from giving it a 5 star rating. The last 20% of the book also was a little drawn out, but it did get me ready for the next in this series.
Jim
Learned nothing and grew tired of reading it. I was 2/3rd through this epic and these clowns still had no clue who was flying around killing Air Force pilots. Bad guy across the country in California, good guys in New York screwing. Ending was anti-climatic but after investing so much time in it I had to finish.
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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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