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Like Lions

(Bull Mountain #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,478 ratings  ·  298 reviews
A powerful follow up to multiple award-winning debut Bull Mountain.

Brian Panowich burst onto the crime fiction scene in 2015, winning awards and accolades from readers and critics alike for his smoldering debut, Bull Mountain. Now with Like Lions, he cements his place as one of the outstanding new voices in crime fiction.

Clayton Burroughs is a small-town Georgia sheriff
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Joseph There's one overly gruesome death IMO. It doesn't take long but it seemed unnecessarily gruesome to me. Other than that, some nasty people (and some n…moreThere's one overly gruesome death IMO. It doesn't take long but it seemed unnecessarily gruesome to me. Other than that, some nasty people (and some not so nasty people) do kill and/or torture but it's not that bad.

I didn't see the book as "dark." Complex. yes. Folks living on the lower end of the socio-economic scale, yes. internal turmoil, yes. But not dark to me.


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May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melissa by: Minotaur Books
Pulse-pounding. Jarring. Wily. Mesmerizing. Elevated.

A rare literary feat, Like Lions is even more impressive than its predecessor, Bull Mountain. Yeah, I said it. I kind of had to. What Brian Panowich pulled off here, with the elevation of this sequel, is something that almost never happens.

I think what makes Panowich’s accomplishment even more noteworthy—other than the riveting qualities of the storyline and characters—is his frankness. If the 4-year span between releases isn’t enough of an i
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, grit-lit

The key to a happy ending was knowing when to roll the credits before the next tragedy struck.

before sitting down to write this review, i wanted to verify how long it had been since Bull Mountain came out, and according to goodreads, i finished reading b.m (heh) on january 19, 2015, and i finished reading THIS one on january 19, 2019.


it’s a shame about all those years in between, but i gotta say- this sequel was absolutely worth waiting for.

i really liked B
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great followup to Bull Mountain. Again, dark & grim & gritty, great writing. Reads quick, keeps you on the edge of the seat from start to finish. More to follow, would definitely recommend these two books to those who like crime and dark stories. And who can stand a pretty grim story.
Love the deep red cover by the way.
Susanne  Strong
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
5 Stars.

The Very Definition of Grit Lit! Full of heart, “Like Lions” by Brian Panovich is also dark, ominous and yes, it’s violent too. There’s just something about Panovich’s novels that makes it impossible to tear your eyes away.. even in the midst of pain and suffering, no matter whose blood it is or whose hands are responsible.

Clayton Burroghs is a broken man. A Sheriff whose life was almost taken away from him the last time we saw him on Bull Mountain. He’s the last of the Burroughs cl
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I've been drooling for this book since the very second that I finished it's predecessor Bull Mountain. I will admit...that book is hard to top.
Was this one as good? No
Is it still worth it? Totally

The story is set a year after the events of Bull Mountain. The family legacy of the Burroughs clan has pretty much ended. Clayton is not the man that he was in the first book. And let's be honest, for me the whole first half of this book pretty much had me not liking him in the least. AND I don't mean t
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grit-lit
The Burroughs sequel to Bull Mountain continues in the same gritty fashion with Clayton, the Sheriff, whose bloodline is connected with those redneck hillbilly criminals.
This one was a little slow to get some traction but once it finally did, it took off like a jack rabbit.
The twist at the end made me actually consider rereading the whole dang story but I have a mountain of books to get through! Just put it this way - things aren’t always as they seem and sometimes one must just go with it.
I’m g
Diane S ☔
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lor-2019
Clayton Burroughs is a shadow of the man he was once. Still with physical scars, it is the mental scars he cannot get over. Forced to do something he cannot forgive himself for, he has tAken to drink in a big way. His relationship with Kate is stressed because of it, but he hopes that at least the illicit trade on Bull Mountain has been stopped. Hope springs eternal, but reality bites. Money is missing, and where money is involved, trouble comes looking.

Brutal, a very big, bold and brutal story.

This story begins with a reflective prologue, set in the year 1972, back when Clayton’s family was still whole, living under one roof. A mother, father, and two brothers, filling in some gaps from the past, and then continues in the present.

The Burroughs family has lived on Bull Mountain for generations, but in the present time, his brothers are both gone, as is his father. His mother hasn’t been in his life for as long as Clayton can remember. The generations of men that cam
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
3.5 stars, rounded up

This is the second in the Bull Mountain series. This is an extremely violent book, so if that bothers you, steer clear. It’s also a very dark story. Several other reviews have called it “gritty” and that’s an apt description.

With the death of Clayton’s brother, the family “business” is in trouble and the remaining folks are vulnerable. The question is whether Clayton will step in to fill the void. When the young son of a rival family attempts the robbery of a bar on the mou
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

Back to Bull Mountain in North Georgia, revisiting scars, goiters, and red Solo cups of hooch and sweet tea.  Scabby Mike is here, and Coot Viner, as is a skinhead by the name of Nails McKenna.  There is business to attend to, and some question as to who has the loudest say-so about it.  This is a follow-up to the excellent Bull Mountain, so I don't want to wade into spoiler territory for those who have not yet read that one.  Just that fami
James Thane
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent sequel to Bull Mountain, which was one of my favorite books of 2015. Again at the heart of the novel is Clayton Burroughs, the last surviving member of a notorious rural Georgia crime family, and the only member of the clan who ever tried to walk the straight and narrow.

Clayton became the sheriff of the county where his family's criminal empire was located on Bull Mountain. This led the rest of the family to ostracize him, and the events that concluded Bull Mountain left him
I loved the first book in the series, Bull Mountain. Clayton Burroughs, the sheriff, was a good man, the only good man in the entire Burroughs clan, and the last man standing. But after the events of the first book, he is but a pathetic shell of his former self and became much less interesting to me.

The escalating violence in this book didn’t ramp up the tension as much as it made my stomach turn. The gore and violence seemed gratuitous and didn’t appear to serve a purpose. It was too much for
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow... I did not expect the part of the story that was in that epilogue 😮
This was a great follow up to Bull Mountain, the prologue gave information about the family that wasn’t mentioned in the first book. The story is riveting, grizzly, and brutal. I just love that Clayton Burroughs!
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1500th review. That’s proof I have no life a milestone moment. It would have been great if I had some knock-my-socks-off-everybody-best-run-and-get-it-immediately 5 Star rave or (even better) a 1 Star flamefest. Buuuuuuuuut it’s me who tends to fail despite her best intentions so you get this. On the bright side, Like Lions was my most highly anticipated release of 2019 and it made me break the “I don’t like to read sequels” S.O.P. whi
HA!......SLICK 1972 Prologue/Epilogue......VERY SLICK!

We're back at Bull Mountain with Sheriff Clayton Burroughs now the only surviving family member of "deddy's" old fallen blood-thirsty clan....and he wants no part of reviving it. Still ailing from past injuries and feeling responsible for all that has gone wrong in his world....including problems with his marriage, Clayton dulls his pain with drink and visits to his family's gravesite....until threats aimed at his wife and baby son bring him

Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Yikes! That was an intense read. The first chapter had my stomach in knots — one of the tensest opening scenes I ever remember reading. And then it doesn’t really let up. Like Lions is a sequel to Bull Mountain, which I did not read. It’s set in the mountains of Georgia and features a group of people who live by a whole different code of what’s right and wrong. The book opens in the 1970s when Annette Burroughs leaves her husband and three sons in the tensest of circumstances. The story then fla ...more
Brian Panowich
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I think this book is pretty damn great. But I’m a bit bias.
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like dark, avenging angels seeking their Shakespearean pound of flesh.....

Brian Panowich is on a purposeful quest to cover life's road with front door and back door grit. The telling involves people of all calibres existing in their own reality. Life on Bull Mountain has been long in coming. Generation after generation spews its devious and unrelenting nature into the next. It's a way of life that stares long and hard through the eyes of those so enmeshed in its tenacles as well as those who wis
Yep, this book does exist. I was a little confused about whether or not that was true at first and I'm not sure what the hell is going with this book's release. It was delayed a couple of times and then out of nowhere and with little fanfare, the book showed up on small online marketplace sellers, not available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or even in libraries, without an book or an audiobook. I actually doubted whether or not the novel was actually available at all, but I saw that some rev ...more
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Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grit-lit, buddy-reads
Bull Mountain was one of my favorite reads of 2015—or at least that’s what I was forced to tell folks to avoid Shelby’s wrath since she was kind enough to send me an advanced reader’s copy and thus knew where I lived.¹ 😰 That spring the ARC made an amazing journey across the Lower 48, starting life in the hands of Karen in NYC, then on to Shelby in the deep South, and over to me in Indian Territory, and finally up north to Becky. But even more amazing than its cross country trek was that all fou ...more
Tara Rock
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I so thoroughly enjoyed this continuing saga of Bull Mountain. Absolutely became very entranced by all the characters and way of life in the Ga. mountains. Mr. Panowich, that devious rascal, very successfully concocted a surprise which has me smiling yet. I should have seen it coming.
Up On the Mountain

Like Lions is a title that will make sense somewhere in this book. It's the sequel to the amazing novel Bull Mountain, which I would recommend you read first. Bull Mountain was a taste of Southern noir that pitted two brothers against each other in a complicated relationship that spanned generations. They were the Sheriff and the Outlaw King of the Mountain, the yin and the yang, sort of.

Like Lions takes place after the end of Bull Mountain and Clayton is broken in body and s
Monika Sadowski
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Glass of whisky in one hand and Like Lions in the other. Great story about bad families, gangs, drugs and paybacks. Characters are deep and serious, no messing around. I haven’t read the Bull Mountain but after meeting Sheriff Clayton Burroughs and his wife Kate I can’t wait to put my hands on it. I enjoyed every page of this very well written book.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jonathan K
Having noticed this in the new fiction section of the library, the summary and back cover quotes caused interest. Unfamiliar with the author, I had high hopes. The beauty of life is each spirit is drawn to certain elements and in this case, the story was far too simple, predictable with characters that lacked depth. Having read many authors who focus on Southern US culture, the 'red neck' types are of little appeal but this appears to be the author's focus. Regardless, it managed to hold interes ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
While back I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook of BULL MOUNTAIN by Brian Panowich, which I really loved, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to read LIKE LIONS. I'm overjoyed to report that this book is just as awesome as BULL MOUNTAIN.

A couple of years ago, my buddy Dan 2.0 sent me an ARC of Bull Mountain to read, and I freaking loved it. I'm not much of a hick-lit reader (or at least I wasn't) but that book hooked me right quick and kept me hooked. So, obviously, when the sequel came about, I had to read it. And so I have.

All of the things that I loved about Bull Mountain were here again in Like Lions. The quality of the writing is so great. The characters are real and interesting and compelling. I want to know what's going
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This book was phenomenal and it had so many surprising moments that were action packed and mind blowing . We get multiple points of view but it was very easy to follow and they were all necessary. The depth of the characters, the theme of community and taking sides was awesome. You really didn't know who to trust and that made the book all the more exciting.

This book had everything, and I loved how it all ended, it was quite shocking. The prose, the authenticity, the unstoppable conflict on eve
Marty Fried
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, brutal
This was a good follow-up to Bull Mountain, and I'd recommend reading that one first. This was pretty similar and I liked it a lot, although I occasionally got a little annoyed with Clayton, the sheriff. He kept doing things that he knew was wrong and self-destructive, yet did it anyway. There are lots of people who have problems with alcohol, drugs, or gambling, and get in a lot of trouble but don't realize they are making mistakes until it's too late. That's easier to take than someone that kn ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Lions by Brian Panowich picks up not too long after the ending of Bull Moutain. The novel follows Clayton Burroughs, a county sheriff and member of the Burroughs clan of Bull Mountain. Clayton is still trying to police the county without falling into the criminal-generational ruts of his family and is not recovering well from being shot by a rogue Federal agent in the first book.

He has dipped back into the booze while wallowing in self-pity and shame, barely trying to hold on the best he c

Even better than the first book.

And THIS ENDING! (again) I bet, you won't see it coming!

An awesome source material for a gripping thriller movie.

But very brutal, just letting you know.
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Brian is a Georgia based author who has topped the best thriller list on Apple iBooks, placed in the top twenty best books on Amazon, went on to win the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel, as well as the Southern Book Prize for Best Mystery. He has also been nominated for the Barry Award, the Anthony Award, The Georgia Townsend Book Prize, and was a finalist for the LA Times ...more

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