The Lion's Game (John Corey Series #2)

The Lion's Game (John Corey Series #2)

by Nelson DeMille

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ISBN-13: 9780446520652
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/06/2000
Series: John Corey Series , #2
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 1,176,870
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.63(d)

About the Author

Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of nineteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther and Radiant Angel. His other New York Times bestsellers include The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast, Spencerville, The Lion's Game, Up Country, Wild Fire, and The General's Daughter, the last of which was a major motion picture. For more information, you can visit NelsonDeMille.net.

Hometown:

Long Island, New York

Date of Birth:

August 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974

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Chapter One


"You'd think that anyone who'd been shot three times and almost became an organ donor would try to avoid dangerous situations in the future. But, no, I must have this unconscious wish to take myself out of the gene pool or something.

Anyway, I'm John Corey, formerly of the NYPD, Homicide, now working as a Special Contract Agent for the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force. I was sitting in the back of a yellow cab on my way from 26 Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan to John F. Kennedy International Airport with a Pakistani suicide driver behind the wheel.

It was a nice spring day, a Saturday, moderate traffic on the Shore Parkway, sometimes known as the Belt Parkway, and recently renamed POW /MIA Parkway to avoid confusion. It was late afternoon, and seagulls from a nearby landfill-formerly known as a garbage dump-were crapping on the taxi's windshield. I love spring.

I wasn't headed off on vacation or anything like that-I was reporting for work with the aforementioned Anti-Terrorist Task Force. This is an organization that not too many people know about, which is just as well. The ATTF is divided into sections which focus on specific bunches of troublemakers and bomb chuckers, like the Irish Republican Army, Puerto Rican Independence Movement, black radicals, and other groups that will go unnamed. I'm in the Mideastern section, which is the biggest group and maybe the most important, though to be honest, I don't know much about Mideastern terrorists. But I was supposed to be learning on the job.

So, to practice my skills, I started up a conversation with the Pakistani guy whose name was Fasid, and who forall I know is a terrorist, though he looked and talked like an okay guy. I asked him, "What was that place you came from?"

"Islamabad. The capital."

"Really? How long have you been here?"

"Ten years."

"You like it here?"

"Sure. Who doesn't?"

"Well, my ex-brother-in-law, Gary, for one. He's always bad-mouthing America. Wants to move to New Zealand."

"I have an uncle in New Zealand."

"No kidding? Anybody left in Islamabad?"

He laughed, then asked me, "You meeting somebody at the airport?"

"Why do you ask?"

"No luggage."

"Hey, you're good."

"So, you're meeting somebody? I could hang around and take you back to the city."

Fasid's English was pretty good-slang, idioms, and all that. I replied, "I have a ride back."

"You sure? I could hang around."

Actually, I was meeting an alleged terrorist who'd surrendered himself to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, but I didn't think that was information I needed to share with Fasid. I said, "You a Yankee fan?"

"Not anymore." Whereupon he launched into a tirade against Steinbrenner, Yankee Stadium, the price of tickets, the salaries of the players, and so forth. These terrorists are clever, sounding just like loyal citizens.

Anyway, I tuned the guy out and thought about how I'd wound up here. As I indicated, I was a homicide detective, one of New York's Finest, if I do say so. A year ago this month, I was playing dodge-the-bullets with two Hispanic gentlemen up on West 2nd Street in what was probably a case of mistaken identity, or sport shooting, since there seemed to be no reason for the attempted whack. Life is funny sometimes. Anyway, the perps were still at large, though I had my eye out for them, as you might imagine.

After my near-death experience and upon release from the hospital, I accepted my Uncle Harry's offer to stay at his summer house on Long Island to convalesce. The house is located about a hundred road miles from West 2nd Street, which was fine. Anyway, while I was out there, I got involved with this double murder of a husband and wife, fell in love twice, almost got killed. Also, one of the women I fell in love with, Beth Penrose by name, is still sort of in my life.

While all this was going on out on eastern Long Island, my divorce became final. And as if I wasn't already having a bad R&R at the beach, I wound up making the professional acquaintance of a schmuck on the double homicide case named Ted Nash of the Central Intelligence Agency who I took a big dislike to, and who hated my guts in return, and who, lo and behold, was now part of my ATTF team. It's a small world, but not that small, and I don't believe in coincidence.

There was also another guy involved with that case, George Foster, an FBI agent, who was okay, but not my cup of tea either.

In any case, it turns out that this double homicide was not a Federal case, and Nash and Foster disappeared, only to reappear in my life about four weeks ago when I got assigned to this ATTF Mideastern team. But no sweat, I've put in for a transfer to the ATTF's Irish Republican Army section, which I will probably get. I don't have any real feelings about the IRA either way, but at least the IRA babes are easy to look at, the guys are more fun than your average Arab terrorist, and the Irish pubs are primo. I could do some real good in the anti-IRA section. Really.

Anyway, after all this mess out on Long Island, I get offered this great choice of being hauled in front of the NYPD disciplinary board for moonlighting or whatever, or taking a three-quarter medical disability and going away. So I took the medical, but also negotiated a job at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan where I live. Before I got shot, I'd taught a class at John Jay as an Adjunct Professor, so I wasn't asking for much and I got it.

Starting in January, I was teaching two night classes at JJ and one day class, and I was getting bored out of my mind, so my ex-partner, Dom Fanelli, knows about this Special Contract Agent program with the Feds where they hire former law enforcement types to work with ATTF. I apply, I'm accepted, probably for all the wrong reasons, and here I am. The pay's good, the perks are okay, and the Federal types are mostly schmucks. I have this problem with Feds, like most cops do, and not even sensitivity training would help.

But the work seems interesting. The ATTF is a unique and, I may say, elite group (despite the schmucks) that only exists in New York City and environs. It's made up mostly of NYPD detectives who are great guys, FBI, and some quasi-civilian guys like me hired to round out the team, so to speak. Also, on some teams, when needed, are CIA prima donnas, and also some DEA-Drug Enforcement Agency people who know their business, and know about connections between the drug trade and the terrorist world.

Other team players include people from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms of Waco, Texas, fame, plus cops from surrounding suburban counties, and New York State Police. There are other Federal types from agencies I can't mention, and last but not least, we have a few Port Authority detectives assigned to some teams. These PA guys are helpful at airports, bus terminals, train stations, docks, some bridges and tunnels under their control, and other places, like the World Trade Center, where their little empire extends. We have it all pretty much covered, but even if we didn't, it sounds really impressive.

The ATTF was one of the main investigating groups in the World Trade Center bombing and the TWA 800 explosion off Long Island. But sometimes we take the show on the road. For instance, we also sent a team to help out with the African embassy bombings, though the name ATTF was hardly mentioned in the news, which is how they like it. All of this was before my time, and things have been quiet since I've been here, which is how I like it.

The reason the almighty Feds decided to team up with the NYPD and form the ATTF, by the way, is that most FBI people are not from New York and don't know a pastrami sandwich from the Lexington Avenue subway. The CIA guys are a little slicker and talk about cafés in Prague and the night train to Istanbul and all that crap, but New York is not their favorite place to be. The NYPD has street smarts, and that's what you need to keep track of Abdul Salami-Salami and Paddy O'Bad and Pedro Viva Puerto Rico and so on.

Your average Fed is Wendell Wasp from West Wheatfield, Iowa, whereas the NYPD has mucho Hispanics, lots of blacks, a million Irish, and even a few Muslims now, so you get this cultural diversity on the force that is not only politically cool and correct, but actually useful and effective. And when the ATTF can't steal active-duty NYPD people, they hire ex-NYPD like me. Despite my so-called disability, I'm armed, dangerous, and nasty. So there it is.

We were approaching JFK, and I said to Fasid, "So, what did you do for Easter?"

"Easter? I don't celebrate Easter. I'm Muslim."

See how clever I am? The Feds would've sweated this guy for an hour to make him admit he was a Muslim. I got it out of him in two seconds. Just kidding. But, you know, I really have to get out of the Mideast section and into the IRA bunch. I'm part Irish and part English, and I could work both sides of that street.

Fasid exited the Shore-Belt-POW /MIA Parkway and got on the Van Wyck Expressway heading south into JFK. These huge planes were sort of floating overhead making whining noises, and Fasid called out to me, "Where you going?"

"International Arrivals."

"Which airline?"

"There's more than one?"

"Yeah. There's twenty, thirty, forty-"

"No kidding? Just drive."

Fasid shrugged, just like an Israeli cabbie. I was starting to think that maybe he was a Mossad agent posing as a Pakistani. Or maybe this job was getting to me.

There's all these colored and numbered signs along the expressway, and I let the guy go to the International Arrivals, a huge structure with all the airline logos, one after the other out front, and he asked again, "Which airline?"

"I don't like any of these. Keep going."

Again, he shrugged.

I directed him onto another road, and we were now going to the other side of the big airport. This is good trade craft, to see if anybody's following you. I learned this in some spy novel or maybe a James Bond movie. I was trying to get into this anti-terrorist thing.

I got Fasid pointed in the right direction and told him to stop in front of a big office-type building on the west side of JFK that was used for this and that. This whole area is full of nondescript airport services buildings and warehouses, and no one notices anybody's comings and goings, plus the parking is easy. I paid the guy, tipped him, and asked for a receipt in the exact amount. Honesty is one of my few faults.

Fasid gave me a bunch of blank receipts and asked again, "You want me to hang around?"

"I wouldn't if I were you."

I went into the lobby of the building, a [ep1[rs960s sort of crap modern architecture, and instead of an armed guard with an Uzi like they have all over the world, there's just a sign that says restricted area-authorized personnel only. So, assuming you read English, you know if you're welcome or not.

I went up a staircase and down a long corridor of gray steel doors, some marked, some numbered, some neither. At the end of the corridor was a door with a nice blue-and-white sign that said conquistador club-private-members only.

There was this electronic keycard scanner alongside the door, but like everything else about the Conquistador Club, it was a phony. What I had to do was to press my right thumb on the translucent face of the scanner, which I did. About two seconds later, the metrobiotic genie said to itself, "Hey, that's John Corey's thumb-let's open the door for John."

And did the door swing open? No, it slid into the wall as far as its dummy doorknob. Do I need this nonsense?

Also there's a video scanner overhead, in case your thumbprint got screwed up with a chocolate bar or something, and if they recognize your face, they also open the door, though in my case they might make an exception.

So I went in, and the door slid closed automatically behind me. I was now in what appeared to be the reception area of an airline travelers' club. Why there'd be such a club in a building that's not near a passenger terminal is, you can be sure, a question I'd asked, and I'm still waiting for an answer. But I know the answer, which is that when the CIA culture is present, you get this kind of smoke-and-mirrors silliness. These clowns waste time and money on stagecraft, just like in the old days when they were trying to impress the KGB. What the door needed was a simple sign that said keep out.

Anyway, behind the counter was Nancy Tate, the receptionist, a sort of Miss Moneypenny, the model of efficiency and repressed sexuality, and all that. She liked me for some reason and greeted me cheerily, "Good afternoon, Mr. Corey."

"Good afternoon, Ms. Tate."

"Everyone has arrived."

"I was delayed by traffic."

"Actually, you're ten minutes early."

"Oh . . ."

"I like your tie."

"I took it off a dead Bulgarian on the night train to Istanbul."

She giggled.

Anyway, the reception area was all leather and burled wood, plush blue carpet, and so forth, and on the wall directly behind Nancy was another logo of the fictitious Conquistador Club. And for all I knew, Ms. Tate was a hologram.

To the left of Ms. Tate was an entranceway marked conference and business area that actually led to the interrogation rooms and holding cells, which I guess could be called the Conference and Business Area. To the right, a sign announced lounge and bar. I should be so lucky. That was in fact the way to the communications and operations center.

Ms. Tate said to me, "Ops Center. There are five people including yourself."

"Thanks." I walked through the doorway, down a short hallway, and into a dim, cavernous, and windowless room that held desks, computer consoles, cubicles, and such. On the big rear wall was a huge, computer-generated color map of the world that could be programmed to a detailed map of whatever you needed, like downtown Islamabad. Typical of most Federal facilities, this place had all the bells and whistles. Money is no problem in Fedland.

In any case, this facility wasn't my actual workplace, which is in the aforementioned 26 Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan. But this was where I had to be on this Saturday afternoon to meet and greet some Arab guy who was switching sides and needed to be taken safely downtown for a few years of debriefing.

I kind of ignored my teammates and made for the coffee bar, which, unlike the one in my old detective squad room, is neat, clean, and well stocked, compliments of the Federal taxpayers.

I fooled around with the coffee awhile, which was my way of avoiding my colleagues for a few more minutes.

I got the coffee the right color and noticed a tray of donuts that said NYPD and a tray of croissants and brioche that said CIA and a tray of oatmeal cookies that said FBI. Someone had a sense of humor.

Anyway, the coffee bar was on the operations side of the big room and the commo side was sort of elevated on a low platform. A lady duty agent was up there monitoring all the gidgets and gadgets.

My team, on the operations side, was sitting around somebody's empty desk, engaged in conversation. The team consisted of the aforementioned Ted Nash of the CIA, and George Foster of the FBI, plus Nick Monti of the NYPD, and Kate Mayfield of the FBI. WASP, WASP, Wop, WASP.

Kate Mayfield came to the coffee bar and began making herself tea. She is supposed to be my mentor, whatever that means. As long as it doesn't mean partner.

She said to me, "I like that tie."

"I once strangled a Ninja warrior to death with it. It's my favorite."

"Really? Hey, how are you getting along here?"

"You tell me."

"Well, it's too soon for me to tell you. You tell me why you put in for the IRA section."

"Well, the Muslims don't drink, I can't spell their f-ing names on my reports, and the women can't be seduced."

"That's the most racist, sexist remark I've heard in years."

"You don't get around much."

"This is not the NYPD, Mr. Corey."

"No, but I'm NYPD. Get used to it."

"Are we through attempting to shock and appall?"

"Yeah. Look, Kate, I thank you for your meddling-I mean mentoring-but in about a week, I'll be in the IRA section or off the job."

She didn't reply.

I looked at her as she messed around with a lemon. She was about thirty, I guess, blond, blue eyes, fair skin, athletic kind of build, perfect pearly whites, no jewelry, light makeup, and so on. Wendy Wasp from Wichita. She had not one flaw that I could see, not even a zit on her face or a fleck of dandruff on her dark blue blazer. In fact, she looked like she'd been airbrushed. She probably played three sports in high school, took cold showers, belonged to 4-H, and organized pep rallies in college. I hated her. Well, not really, but about the only thing we had in common was some internal organs, and not even all of those.

Also, her accent was hard to identify, and I remembered that Nick Monti said her father was an FBI guy, and they'd lived in different places around the country.

She turned and looked at me, and I looked at her. She had these piercing eyes, the color of blue dye No. 2, like they use in ice pops. She said to me, "You came to us highly recommended." "By who? Whom?" "Whom. By some of your old colleagues in Homicide." I didn't reply. "Also," she said, "by Ted and George." She nodded toward Schmuck and Putz. I almost choked on my coffee. Why these two guys would say anything nice about me was a total mystery. "They aren't fond of you, but you impressed them on that Plum Island case." "Yeah, I even impressed myself on that one." "Why don't you give the Mideast section a try?" She added, "If Ted and George are the problem, we can switch you to another team within the section." "I love Ted and George, but I really have my heart set on the anti-IRA section." "Too bad. This is where the real action is. This is a career builder." She added, "The IRA are pretty quiet and well behaved in this country." "Good. I don't need a new career anyway." "The Palestinians and the Islamic groups, on the other hand, are potentially dangerous to national security." "No 'potentially' about it," I replied. "World Trade Center." She didn't reply. I'd come to discover that these three words in the ATTF were like, "Remember Pearl Harbor." The intelligence community got caught with their pants down on that one, but came back and solved the case, so it was a draw. She continued, "The whole country is paranoid about a Mideast terrorist biological attack or a nuclear or chemical attack. You saw that on the Plum Island case. Right?" "Right." "So? Everything else in the ATTF is a backwater. The real action is in the Mideast section, and you look like a man of action." She smiled. I smiled in return. I asked her, "What's it to you?" "I like you." I raised my eyebrows. "I like New York Neanderthals." "I'm speechless." "Think about it." "Will do." I glanced at a TV monitor close by and saw that the flight we were waiting for, Trans-Continental [ep1[rs75 from Paris, was inbound and on time. I asked Ms. Mayfield, "How long do you think this will take?" "Maybe two or three hours. An hour of paperwork here, then back to Federal Plaza, with our alleged defector, then we'll see." "See what?" "Are you in a rush to get somewhere?" "Sort of." "I feel badly that national security is interfering with your social life." I didn't have a good reply to that, so I said, "I'm a big fan of national security. I'm yours until six p.m." "You can leave whenever you want." She took her tea and rejoined our colleagues. So, I stood there with my coffee, and considered the offer to take a hike. In retrospect, I was like the guy standing in quicksand, watching it cover my shoes, curious to see how long it would take to reach my socks, knowing I could leave anytime soon. Unfortunately, the next time I glanced down, it was up to my knees.

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The Lion's Game (John Corey Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 363 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one week - it was just too hard to put down. John Corey comes back as the character I fell in love with in Plum Island and is just as funny as he was in that book. If the book had been all from the perspective of Asad Khalil, or if John Corey wasn't a funny guy, I probably wouldn't have liked it because it would freak me out a little more than I like to be freaked out. Aside from the humor, the book has some disturbing features, outlining just how easy it might be for America to be attacked, and also delving into the mind of a terrorist. I read it in 2006, needless to say way after 9/11, and when Corey was looking out at the Towers, wondering if something else would happen . . . goosebumps. Really. Sometimes I wondered if Nelson DeMille had some kind of phychic ability . . All in all a wonderful book. DeMille is definitely my favorite author, and he does his job well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest Demille books I have ever read. I love them all but this was special. So true to reality. You will wonder how this book was written prior to 9-11-01. A must read for any DeMille fan.
Laura61 More than 1 year ago
Nelson DeMille must be prescient. Written long before 9/11, but after the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center, his story of a foreign terrorist from the Middle East coming to American soil to seek vengeance for past wrongs done to him and his country is great, and a little creepy. John Corey is one of my favorite characters in modern literature: wise-ass, intuitive, smart, susceptible to romance--plus an Irish (former) cop from NYC. Who could ask for anything more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first page to the last, Nelson DeMille had me. I loved his "Wild Fire", so I decided to go back and read this one. Amazing how DeMille is able to take a real life scenario, the US bombing of Lybia, and make such a fantastic story about it. Could it happen... let's hope not! An excellent read. You won't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One heck of a great read. The downside.....I couldn't put it down. I stayed up way too late reading, I was tired at work all the following day. A really good story.
JLEnjoysToRead More than 1 year ago
This book is a little over 900 pages - I wished it was longer. It grabbed my attention for the begining and closley held it until the very last page. Another must read by DeMille.
vantoth More than 1 year ago
I could be very good friends with the main character John Corey. He is a wise-ass and a little irreverent. This is a very realistic book... I have enjoyed all of the John Corey series and look forward to more.
Mimi1942 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy DeMille's books but feel they are a little long. I like the way he goes between villain and hero in his writings. John Corey is a stand up comedian; he makes me laugh out loud at times. Was a little disappointed in the ending but he probably has another book in mind.
jebcpa More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. What Plum Island lacked, this book did not. Not much mystery but fast paced and well written. It's all about the chase. I like the author's sense of humor and enjoy a chuckle when I read. I'm neither a scholar nor a literary person. I like to read and I like to be entertained. For those of you who seek deep meaning in what the read, try the Internal Revenue Code. I found the book entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is truly DeMille at his best! At over 900 pages I was afraid to start, thinking it would take me forever to read. I was done in under a week! The plot is intriguing and the characters are well defined. The author does a great job of intertwining government agencies, various personalities and story lines to keep you turning the pages. I also liked how he took actual stories from the real world and fed off the headlines. With such a heavy plot line, the story could have become convoluted in detail and dragged a bit, but this never happened. The characters are portrayed as real life people and you are drawn into the storyline immediately. I highly recommend this book.
tlz More than 1 year ago
I love how the characters (even the bad guys) carry over into the next book. Very suspenseful and up to date. We devoured the John Corey Series and are waiting for June when The Lion comes out - my husband (retired military) and I read and talk about these together. We both highly recommend this book for a good read. We do suggest that one starts with Plum Island and reads this series in order.
Jilangmartyl23 More than 1 year ago
I so love John Corey... In this book he does not disappoints, but left me wanting more, that is why I am so glad the Lion is coming out in 2010. Kudos. As to the overall story, very sad.. but what sold it for me what the characters and John Corey. Thanks for a great read...
TimmyBede More than 1 year ago
Great thriller, right from the get go. This was my first introduction to DeMille and his leading character John Corey. The sarcastic humor is right down my alley. I would recommend any book in the Corey Series. It's a little creepy that this book was written before 9/11/01 but does make it more believable. Pick it up, you won't regret it.
friedah More than 1 year ago
The second book of a four novel series that will keep you entertained from the beginning to the end. The excitement will keep you engaged and you will fall in love with John Corey and Kate Mayfield.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At one point while reading this book, I went back and looked for the copyright date to be sure he wrote this before 9/11. Unbelievable that he had the foresight to envision what could 'possibly' happen. There were times when the book seemed to drag a little, but after the first 1/3 of the book, it was getting hard to put it down at night. I loved the fact that John and Kate end up together, although I find it unrealistic that she took his marriage proposal seriously. Reminds me of the marriage proposal in Jerry McGuire. Either way, loved the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a good book with a great main character, and good plot...but the book is meant to be a 400 pager instead of 930, Demille wastes many pages which are not necessary, and could probably lose people after a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do not read three books a week like my wife, but when I find a good book, I really enjoy reading. I'm a big fan of Clive Cussler books becasue of the action and adventure. I started Demille by reading Plum Island. It can take me sometimes up to two weeks to finish a book that I don't really like. I finished Plum Island in about two days. I then purchased The Lion's Game and finished it in another two days. These are exceptional books. I'm a police officer, and the antics on John Corey are what I would consider typical emotions of a police officer put in his situation. Though I believe that he gets away with more than the average officer. John Corey is an amazing character that I enjoy reading about. I can't wait for the next one. Maybe a continuation of The Lions Game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I guess the problem with Nelson DeMille's previous books is that they are so good that even he sometimes can't live up to them. That is the ONLY 'problem' with this book. Is it as good as Charm School, The Generals Daughter, or Plum Island? Nope. But it is still a very good book. John Corey continues his razor sharp sarcasm and DeMille provides another fascinating plot. The ending was unexpected but not improbable. DeMilles only sin is his creation of high expectations!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I was told, with fifty pages left to read of The Lions Game, that I would be writing a critical review of the book I would not believe it. But the ending was not just bad, it was ridiculous. The protagonists are at the end of their manhunt, they know the vicious killer, who has just told them he won't rest until they are dead, is nearby and armed. So what do they do? They go for a stroll, they make small talk, they tell jokes, and then,... well, you are free to write your own ending, because Mr. Demille failed to do so. The characters who for 680 pages are so intelligent apparently are rendered sensless for the denoument. The wise cracking humour adds levity to the book, but when injured and pinned down by a sniper, who is going to be cracking jokes? It is an assault on our intelligence to play along with the bizarre turn of events in this book. I am so dissapointed by the author, whose books Word of Honor and The Charm School are among my favorite works of any genre. He wove a fantastic carpet of characters and plot, and then pulled it out from under me in the last pages.
CynDaVaz on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I read this one ages - it's the first John Corey book about The Lion (a 'Radical' Muslim intent on exacting revenge on particular Americans). An excellent book - and one that sets the stage nicely for the latest DeMille thriller, The Lion.
SandyLee on LibraryThing 2 days ago
John Cory is no longer with the NYPD but works for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force in Washington. A flight carrying a Libyan defector lands in New York but everyone on board is dead. Asad Khalil has a list of people to kill and a host of compatriots stateside to lend him a helping hand. As the body count increases, John and FBI agent Kate Mayfield try to figure out Khalil's end game before he finishes his mission and escapes out of the country. Cory, as usual, is hilariously smart-mouthed and somehow, amid all the ruckus, finds time to get romantically involved with Kate. Although a little long (close to 700 pages) it is still another entertaining chapter in the Cory series.
Sentinel83 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This book is a pseudo-sequel to Demille's Plum island. John Corey has moved on to an anti-terror organization called the ATTF. He still has his smart-ass personality which makes the book entertaining to read and have great narrative. In both this book and in Plum Island, I felt as though the last 100 pages should have been completely different. This is a long book (~1000 pages) and the ending is totally disappointing. I understand that Demille may want to do something differently than the usual ending, but the book really doesn't have much of a conclusion. That was frustrating after such a long book to not have a conclusive ending. The plot and narrative were excellent, but in the end it didn't create much of an ending. I still recommend it though.
zrohit on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Great story, again good stlye of writting.
NWADEL on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Just about done. Excellent , riveting, fascinating, keeps you turning the pages kind of book. The horrible terrorist is on the move and John Corey and his partner are pulling all the shots to find him. Great thriller , highly recommend.
fishhook7 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
This is one of those books that I know I've read, but each time I read the description it doesn't sound familiar. Then I read the first few lines and it begins to be familiar and I think I liked it, but is that just because I've read the beginning a few times before, trying to remember if I'd read it?