John Cory AND Paul Brenner in the same book! What's not to love? Nothing could possibly go wrong. Right? Right? Well, plenty could go wrong. Like the usually reliable Nelson DeMille producing a book as flat and monotonous as the Yemen landscape.
Finishing this beast was more painful than listening to John's incessant whining about the lack of booze everywhere he goes. Yes, that's how bad it is in places - the consistently witty and engaging John Cory comes across as a whiny little twit.
The saving grace is a typically great performance by Scott Brick. As other reviewers have noted, he is the only reason I was able to finish The Panther.
Ultimately, I don't regret using a credit on this book. Nelson DeMille is worth the risk. If baseball players can fail 70% of the time and end up in the Hall of Fame, DeMille is allowed to produce a dud now and then. I won't recommend The Panther to my friends, but that won't stop me from taking this same risk again when his next book comes out.
Not really! I love ND, but this book was so dull. I had to force myself to finish listening to it. There wasn't any action.
Write like you wrote when The General's Daughter was out, and the books right after that.
Maybe reading it would have been better.
I was thrilled to have a new John Corey/Kate Mayfield adventure. I enjoy the uncanny relationship and chemistry between the two characters as they navigate the professional lives of modern day anti terrorist scenarios. DeMille's descriptive prose of sights and sounds is second to none.I always feel as though I am standing next to his characters as they travel the world in search of the bad guy. This story, although interesting in nature was stretched like an elastic band ready to snap. Mr. DeMille is one of my favorite authors but I believe the pace of this story is dreadfully slow. Once the initial plot line was established it took forever to get moving and I found myself drifting in and out of interest during the middle chapters. That being said, DeMille brilliantly sets the reader up for a sequel to this tale. The publisher is most fortunate to have Scott Brick return as narrator. His portrayal of each character is consistent with what I have experienced in the past.
Action, action, action. Demille writes like LeCarre. Just boring stuff until the last 3 chapters.
Never, I love this genre but DeMille dropped the ball.
Not Scott's fault, he is a wonderful narrator and it's not his fault that the story was uninteresting, more of the same blah blah blah, until finally he meets with the Panther.
The characters were okay, only that the story was uninteresting and boring.
I think Demille should read the latest books by Baldacci and Flynn. They start off with action and suspense and keep the interest level high thru-out their novels.
DeMille new book "The Panther" with Dan Corey is a great read. Corey is after another terrorist but, this time it is a home grown terrorist with roots in the USA. Dan Corey travels to the one place he never wanted to see again, to track down and bring to justice The Panther. I love the humor of this character. I can't wait till the next Dan Corey novel.
Funny passages, yes; slow and tedious at times, yes; Scott Brick good; Nelson deMills: not his best, by far
I am looking for something new and fresh
Few memorable characters
I will always recommend a DeMille book to friends who know the John Corey back story and character. He is endearing, irritating, predictable and resilient.
This is not one of DeMille's most creative endings, but it could have gone several ways.
Scott Brick adds a depth to the ethnic characters and has Corey down pat.
I always look forward to a Nelson DeMille book. The Panther is not one of his best, but keeps all the characters you care about alive and kicking for one more adventure. I look forward to the next one.
Not only does DeMille bring you an action packed John Corey/Kate Mayfield story, you get an incredible history lesson of Yenen. As always, Corey is ruthless and quite amusing. Scott Brick is the only one to read this! Twenty one hours and I hated to see it end!
Country Livin' Lady
Scott Brick is a great reader! I did not read the print version so the audio version was wonderful for me to listen to.
John Corey because of his sarcastic nature and desire to complete the job assigned to him in the best way he can.
He has the ability to change his voice for the different characters so the story is easy to follow and his reading is the best.
It gives insight to the middle east, I don't know how accurate the author was but I'm sure it was researched. I don't think we really understand the people of this culture and why they do what they do.
Previous novels by Mr DeMille had a bit more "meat on their bones". This book was just not interesting or engaging. The little snatches of historical detail felt presented only begrudgingly and in a very small-minded way. I have the impression that Yemen and its people have no redeeming value whatsoever. The characters were poorly developed as well. John Cory, while usually a pompous, arrogant New York cop, was here just insufferable. The constant one liners excused one after another by his unusually spineless wife Ms Mayfield, almost made me not finish the book. The main theme of the book could be summed up as "payback at any cost". Not very interesting or thought provoking.
Scott Brick, usually a bit more subtle in his portrayal, was just aggravating. Here's only so many times you can hear that grating "Right.", before you go through the car roof...
If I were you, I'd skip this one, it's just not up to Mr De Mille's usual standard.