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Like Lions

(Bull Mountain #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  167 ratings  ·  58 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
Expected publication: April 30th 2019 by Minotaur Books (first published February 8th 2018)
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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 Bull Mountain, but
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.
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 came before him were mo
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
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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
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
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
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

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.
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.
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.
Francesca Maccani
Secondo volume della trilogia su Bull Mountain.
Avevo adorato il primo. E ho sempre detto che non ha avuto il grande successo che meritava.
Questo secondo a mio parere è pure meglio.
Più asciutto e ansiogeno. Assolutamente circolare.
Crudo al punto giusto, avvincente e intrigante.
L'ho davvero divorato.
Un thriller dal sapore western, senza esclusione di colpi.
Figure femminili al top. Una meglio dell'altra.
Kate in primis.
Clayton, meno bacchettone e molto più umano, è il protagonista perfetto di questo
Alicia Sanders
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I stayed up til 1:30am on a school/work night finishing this book lol. Wow. Okay, let me just say this- this was a quick read. It was so easy to fly through. Just as good as Bull Mountain? Sure, but they are different. Book 1 jumps time lines and when they all line up at the end you’re like WOAH. This book is pretty much all present day. The Epilogue delivers that “Oh shit!” factor. It’s certainly a well done follow up. It does leave an opportunity for a 3rd, but I don’t think its neede ...more
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
#2 in the Saga of the Burroughs family. This 2018 sequel by author Panowich to the much noted Bull Mountain (2015) does not measure up. Set in 2015 this novel of backwoods drug running and an attempt to take over the fading empire of the Burroughs clan has a dearth of likeable characters. The protagonist has not recovered from severe injury suffered in the prior novel and the story arc suffers from his disability leaving his wife as the strongest character in the novel. A prologue and epilogue s ...more
switterbug (Betsey)
They say a book for every reader and for every reader a book. Well, this book just wasn’t for me. The description of “hillbilly noir” attracted me; I was thinking about Cormac McCarthy, for one. But there was nothing noir about this book, just lots of hillbillies, rednecks, and meth heads. Noir, to me, means stark, lean, and not a lot of translating and expounding on someone’s inner thoughts or decisions. There was too much clarifying, and not enough allowing the reader to figure it out. Moreove ...more
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
This book was phenomenal and it had so many surprising moments that were action packed and mind blowing . We get multiple point of view's 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 ev
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

In the foothills of McFalls County,
Waymore Valley.

“Clayton had defined himself as a good Sheriff—a good man and husband. The only good son born of a crooked tree.”

A place ruled by fear before and continues to try emerge.

The tales starts with a robbery pulled off by
“dumbest shit-bird this side of Bear Creek”

And then…

One adversary a member of the Viner clan said,
“Deddy will rain fire down on this place like you ain’t never seen. You know ain’t nobody up here got the juice no more to stop u
Darrell Grizzle
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bull Mountain, the modern-day classic Southern Gothic crime novel by Brian Panowich, started out with a first chapter that ended with an emotional gutpunch that left its readers reeling. The sequel, Like Lions, does the same, with an opening prologue that likewise ends with a gutpunch that sets the tone for the whole novel. It's a powerful beginning to a powerful novel. Sheriff Clayton Burroughs and his wife Kate struggle to deal with the devastating events of the first novel, and in many ways K ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good followup to Panowich's superb debut, Bull Mountain, sees sheriff Clayton Burroughs fending off challenges to his county and family from more evil people than anyone should ever have to face. With more than a little help from his amazingly strong wife Kate, they face everything head on with often violent results as it seems there may be some hidden money.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review of the book is now available as a Mystery Scene magazine online exclusive -
Matteo Mazzoli
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dopo Bull Mountain, che letteralmente avevo divorato e che aveva lasciato un solco profondo nel mio cuore di lettore, un solco sporco di sangue e fango, vendetta e memoria, non vedevo letteralmente l'ora di buttarmi sul secondo capitolo della storia dei Burroughs.. E che dire, è una BOMBA! Potente, mai scontato, epico e avvincente in ogni gesto dei protagonisti, in ogni parola, in ogni azione e reazione, nei luoghi e nei volti, nelle mani lorde di sangue, "Come leoni" è pazzesco. Non saprei qual ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like Lions is the sequel to Bull Mountain. This is the first book I've read by the author. It's a gritty violent story. It's a question of following rules or taking matters into your own hands to protect everything you love. The story shows the good and the bad in this world. It's well written and gripping with lots of action and twists and turns. The characters are complex, loyal and fierce. Fans of the author will enjoy this story. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest revie ...more
Mike Hughes
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The long awaited second book in the Bull Mountain world did not disappoint. If you liked the first one, then you will enjoy this one as well. Great characters, great setting and great story. Loved it, and the ending..........
The only bad thing is not knowing what Panowich will do next, and if we have to wait two years again.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this authors first book and loved this one as well. I like. Gritty mysteries and real characters and this one has it in spades and is true to the region he writes about.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book
Paige Green
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I greatly enjoyed Bull Mountain, but Mr Panowich has outdone himself with the sequel- a rare feat indeed to have a sequel even more engaging than the first. I read it in one day and was sad when I turned the last page. I was not ready to leave the well developed characters and stories of each.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Panowich has done it again! His sequel to Bull Mountain is full of strong women, strong writing, and suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat! This is a must read!!
Brian Panowich si conferma davvero un gran bravo narratore e questo libro ne è la prova.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There should be the ability to give a half star. I didn't give this one a 5 as it's not my typical favorite genre and the ending was a bit to pat.
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Brian Panowich is an award winning author, a Georgia firefighter, and a father to four incredible children. His first novel, BULL MOUNTAIN (Putnam Books) topped the best thriller list of 2015 on Apple iBooks, placed in the top twenty best books of 2015 on Amazon, and went on to win the International Thriller Writers Award (2016) for Best First Novel, as well as the Pat Conroy Award (formally the S ...more

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