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.
Love the Smart alecky nature of the character. He feels real to me! I work in law enforcement, and most of us deal with the "hard stuff" in that way. He is more clever though. I would like to be that clever! Very fun and makes you think in a relevent way about world events. Nelson Demille is Awesome! Scott Brick is the best narrator today! --Nelson, please keep giving us John Corey novels! Pretty Please!!
My audibook selection always hinges on the narrator. If it is Scott Brick or any other reader, Scott wins hands down! I like the way he reads both sexes. He slightly softens his voice for women, rather than getting high pitched and annoying. Too many Audiobooks have readers who make women sound screechy and dumb. I don't like that. Hard to pay attention when that happens!
Made me laugh a lot and contemplate about world affairs!
I usually like DeMille's books, but this one just seem to drone on about how horrible the FBI, the CIA, the State Department, and Yemen. I almost gave up...
If are looking for a good listen, look elsewhere.
The story was very long and was quite predicatble. The Panther was just not a scary villan. DeMille's character in the Lion was far more terrifying.
There really needed to be more conflict. We needed to be more fearful of the Panther.
I don't think I could have finished this book in print because it is unnecessarily long and many places are simply rehashes of earlier situations. It desperately needed an editor to cut it down by at least a third.
The reader was terrific, and that's what kept me reading. I don't know what has happened to Nelson DeMille, who is among my favorite authors. This one didn't cut it.
John Corey was on his game and the story was hard to put down.
John of course.
When they discovered the goats blood marked on the vehicles.
No, just very good listening.
Favorite books are Mystery & Thrillers followed close by SciFi & Fantasy.
Too much dialogue and not enough action. If it wasn't for Scott Brick, I wouldn't have finished this book. Very disappointing.