The Lion's Game - Boyd Gaines, Nelson DeMille, Bruce Davison

The remarkable aspect of this book, aside from its quite inaccessible cast of characters, is that, as a pre-911 book, it points out where the prevailing thinking about terrorist attack on mainland America was off, and where it was presciently right on. First, the assumption in this book is that the attack would be by a solo daredevil, not the puppet-master running a cabal of Saudi and Egyptian dissidents that binLaden was; second, that it would arise from well-known terrorist supporters as Libya's Gaddafi, not an erstwhile unknown Saudi millionaire, and, that the attack would be on specific revenge targets, such as Ronald Reagan in this book, when the eventual 9/11 target was a generic American public who could be counted on to feel the terror most. On the other hand, the book got the concept of an airplane attack, as a further development of the Lockerbie attack, on the money.

Other than this, there is not much to say about this book. It does romanticize the terrorist to the level of the Jackal mystique - invincible, ruthless and smarter than any of his hunters - making him a stark contrast to the wise-cracking-to-the-point-annoyance character of NYPD cop John Corey. Demille may have been trying to paint the terrorist as a more likeable character than that of Corey. Perhaps, post-9/11 this no longer a PC approach. Not to those who are just six degrees of separation from victims of the fateful and real attack.

Based on this performance, I'm not sure if I'd read another book in this series or from this author. But something may change my mind later ...