Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Lion - A Review

Disclaimer:  A copy of this audio book was provided by Hachette Audio Books for review. The views expressed here are honest and are in no way influenced by the author or the publishers.

Synopsis (from the back cover)

The last time Federal Agent John Corey of the Anti Terrorist Task Force heard from Asad Khalil – Known in the world of international terrorism as The Lion -  Khalil claimed he was defecting to the US., but he then unleashed a deadly reign of destruction on American soil. While Cory and his partner, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, chased him across the country, Khalil methodically eliminated his victims one by one and then disappeared without a trace- no leads, no clues, no signs of life.

Finally, after the horrific events of September 11th, Khalil has resurfaced, returning to America to take care of unfinished business-the murders of a select group of perceived enemies, with Kate and John topping the list. This time Khalil also has another assignment from his backers in the Middle East, one that, if successful, will have a devastating effect on the nation. As the bodies begin to pile up, Corey finds himself back on the hunt, following an increasingly bloody trail. The Lion is a killing machine loose in America with a mission of revenge, and John Corey will stop at nothing to achieve his own goal; find and kill Khalil before he himself is killed.

As suspenseful, gripping and prophetic as The Lion Game’s, The Lion is a chilling novel about global terrorism-and the consequence of fighting a war with no end in sight. Told with his signature dry wit and filled with the fast paced action for which he is famous, this is DeMille at his very best.

My Review

I’ve read the reviews for The Lion’s Game and from all indications this book was really good. So venturing into The Lion, I had a lot of expectations; after all, it is the sequel to The Lion’s Game. Yet for some reason it took me 3 CD’s (and approximately 10 chapters) to actually get into the story. Lately I've become pretty impatient with stories that take too long to develop and this was the case with The Lion.  The story could have been cut down significantly for want of a substantial and interesting one. If this had been done then the story would have come in at 10 or maybe 11 CD’s maximum.

Additionally, though I love suspense thrillers, I just didn't quite feel this one. It wasn’t as exciting and gripping as it was purported to be. Perhaps it had to do with the tone of the narrator. The excitement didn't translate in audio the way it might have been on the page.  Sure Khalil was the ultimate bad guy and his antics were nothing short of the stuff you find in great action/suspense/thriller movies but all of that had no effect on me. Instead the story just read slow and boring. On top of that saying that the author has a dry wit is an understatement. It was this dry and often arrogant wit that had me disconnected from the characters. I couldn’t relate to them even in their direst of situations.

I acknowledge that Nelson DeMille is a pretty good writer and he writes in one of my favourite genres but The Lion just wasn’t what I had expected.


jewelknits said...

I won this on another blog over the summer. I really DO think that the style of narration really plays into one's enjoyment of an audiobook. There have been a couple where I said to myself, "This would have been much better on the page"!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

Amy said...

I have read some other reviews that spoke of being disappointed by this audio, too. I am impressed that you continued on listening but sorry that it wasn't a better experience dfor you.
~ Amy

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