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An Intelligent Thriller With New Relevance,
This review is from: The Lion's Game (Mass Market Paperback)
Written several years ago, Nelson DeMille's "The Lion's Game" is not so far removed from reality any longer. In fact, I would be surprised if there were not at least one group similar to the task force described in the book that is working right now. This could be a good thing or a bad thing, at least in John Corey's (the book's main character) eyes. But, that is another story.
"Lion's Game" is a combination of intense (I *refuse* to say "taut") thriller and scathing satire on the business of Protecting National Security. John Corey, NYPD homicide cop, father, and wannabe stand-up comedian lets us in on the secrets of international crime-fighting. Of course, he graciously offers us his own interpretation and commentary on the events he finds himself caught up in. His is the sort of black humor often found in those underappreciated individuals who just try to do a good job without the upper brass getting in the way. Unfortunately for Corey, the "upper brass" in this case are the FBI, CIA, and several more alphabet agencies who have a vested interest in catching one Asad Khalil, a terrorist from Libya who decides to make his international debut in New York City.
(...)The novel moves back and forth between the first person (Corey) and third person (Khalil). Corey is the one whose head we get into, but we are still offered insight into Khalil's motivations. What we see is chilling. His logic, to himself, is flawless. His reasoning is perfectly clear. Is this the way all terrorists think?
The secondary main character is the requisite love interest, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield. (...) A well-drawn character, at least for this genre, she has her own quirks and foibles.
I read a review of this book written about a year ago, and the plot was described as "far-fetched". Well, so...