Disappointing sequel to one of our favorite DeMille books. Not much happens until the end, and it's a LONG wait, with fairly tiresome conversation, until something finally occurs. Too little, too late.
He is a terrific narrator, and he makes the best of a bad situation, but he can't make the story shorter, and he can't create action that doesn't exist.
Nelson DeMille has finally teamed up his serial characteris of John Corey, Kate Mayfield and Paul Brenner (Up Country and The General's Daugher), to chase the next nasty terroist.
You can immediately imagine that something like this happens in the Middle East on a regular basis.
Scott Brick does his usual wonderful job reading.
Well worth the credit and the time spent listening!
Very clever plotting...John Corey at his wise-ass best. Excellent representations of the chracters by Mr Brick
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possibly, but very long...
Plot picks up speed as the story moves forward. Slow at first but humorous. As the humor gets old, the story picks up speed and keeps you wanting more.
Shootout in the tower.
I have liked DeMille's previous audibooks but have always just tolerated Scott Brick. In this installment he has numerous mistakes where he emphasizes the wrong word in a sentence and by doing so changes the sentence's meaning.
The story has interesting people in an interesting setting. Also with the recent release of the Benghazi report the subject matter is quite topical.
Overly dramatic and histrionic.
I feel that John Corey went over the top with the wisecracks in this book. The humor did not make up for the overall slowness of the book. One also is left wondering why on earth would Corey and his wife remain in their jobs when their colleagues are so untrustworthy.
I'm glad to see John and Kate back for more action.
Yes, the real situations and of course John's wit.
Yes, most of Scott Brick's performances have been of DeMille books, however I have heard others done with the same expression and enthusiasm. He really gets into his characters!
Nelson DeMille is one of my favorite (top ten) authors. I say that up front as I most often have no difficulty rating books by these authors (including DeMille) five stars....and, although I generally liked "The Panther", I found myself troubled by the basic premises that drove the book and its conclusion. Perhaps that was DeMille's purpose? If so, I think that he has done better......"Up Country" and "Night Fall" come to mind.
It does appear that, as a nation and society, we are tipping toward the troubling assertion that ends justify means; this is a basic premise and plot driver of "The Panther". As chapter after chapter builds the case for "justice" and revenge through Corey's relentless cynicism and distain, I became depressed and started to wish the story would reach it's inevitable conclusion quickly. The depression came from growing certainty that, if we believe that Corey's situation and the attitudes and capabilities of the world situation possible, how will we ever bridge the culture gap?
Too much time spent with basically nothing happening. Accelerated at the end, but then just kind of ended quickly.
As usual, Scot Brick is the best narrator I have heard in any story.
I would say yes if you are a fan of the John Corey series. But previous titles in the series are better.
I can't say it was a bad book, but I never found myself eagerly awaiting the next chapter or sitting in my car because I could not stop listening. In fact I would go days without listening and listen to some podcasts instead on my drive. With that in mind, I know this was not one of the better books I have listened to.
Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.
John Corey returns! Another wise ass tail by Demille that had me glued to the performance of "The Panther". I really want to visit Yemen after reading this, NOT...
I'm sure the story is great, but I couldn't make it past the horrible narration. I want my money back.