The Lion by Nelson DeMille is the fifth book in the “John Corey” thriller series. Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, June 2010

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 U.S., but he then unleashed a deadly reign of destruction on American soil. While Corey 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’s Game, THE LION is a chilling novel about global terrorism—and the consequences 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.

This was one thrilling ride that I did not want to get off. The Lion returns to pick off his enemies, two of whom are the Coreys, for the death of his family. The Lion leaves behind a trail of destruction where ever he goes until he gets the one person he want most in the world, John. This action was fast-paced and riveting while we wait for the inevitable showdown between the two. My rating: 4 stars

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