Nelson DeMille

The Lion

"..his storytelling is second to none."


John Corey, former NYPD homicide detective and now a special agent for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is back. Unfortunately for Corey, so is Asad Khalil, the notorious Libyan terrorist otherwise known as "The Lion." When last we heard from him, Khalil had claimed to be defecting to the U.S. only to unleash the most horrific reign of terror ever to occur on American soil. While Corey and his partner, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, pursued him across the country, Khalil methodically eliminated his victims one by one and then disappeared without a trace.

Now, three years later, Khalil has returned to America to make good on his threats and take care of unfinished business. "The Lion" is a killing machine once again loose in America with a mission of revenge and John Corey will stop at nothing to achieve his own goal - to find and kill Khalil.

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Terrorism seems to be the popular theme of the moment for thriller novels and whilst I find the whole terrorist/religious war a tad mundane, I have to say Demille has a certain way about him. His main character, Corey, was an instant hit with me and managed to bring a wry smile to my face on more than one occasion with his humour and sarcasm, which is something that does not often travel well from the States. The plot is very intricate and intelligent, as is the writing and, although I have not read any of Demille's previous books, it is obvious he is an established and successful author as his storytelling is second to none. The Lion is a traditional good versus evil, one man having to save the day type of book. But there is plenty of action to be had, together with some superb dialogue. And even though I am finding the whole terrorism plot tiresome, this book kept me entertained from start to finish, although I would like to see Corey on a good old fashioned serial murder case. A thoroughly gripping read.

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