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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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.
THAT'S WEIRD, RIGHT?
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 ...more
Love the deep red cover by the way. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Brutal, a very big, bold and brutal story. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
1500th review. That’s
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION! ...more
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 ...more
This book had everything, and I loved how it all ended, it was quite shocking. The prose, the authenticity, the unstoppable conflict on eve ...more
He has dipped back into the booze while wallowing in self-pity and shame, barely trying to hold on the best he c ...more
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. ...more