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The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille
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Jun 28, 2010

did not like it

Where is the DeMille of yore? I mean Charm School, Gold Coast, Plum Island, etc. These were well plotted thrillers with realistic characters and if I recall, a minimum of graphic violence. In the Lion's Game, DeMille goes overboard with his off-putting descriptions of the havoc wrought by a psychotic character whose nick-name is The Lion. The Lion is a Lybian religious fanatic whose entire family was killed by an American bomb in a mission ten years earlier. He vows to murder all of the pilots and intelligence personnel involved. This pits him against another macho two dimensional figure, retired FBI agent John Cory. People and plot are unbievable and the book was a waste of time. This was truly bad news for someone who has followed DeMille for the last several decades and have never been disappointed in his previous works.

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