First off, the book's length is ok, it's just that nothing happens! and there isn't enough suspense to carry you through the long plodding plot. I have read all of the Correy books, and they have been great. The Lion had me on the edge of my "seat" due to it's great action and suspense. But this one is a real dud.
Trust me, you could listen to the first hour or 2, as the plot develops, catch a about 1 hour of action in the middle, and then skip to the last couple hours and not miss a thing. Well, as some others have said, you would miss about 5000 wise cracks. That's about 1000 for each of the characters. Does everyone have to be a wise a$$? Ridiculous! Even Kate gets in on the games. I'm no writer, but if I wanted my main character to stand out, I wouldn't surround him with 4 more copies of himself.
So what is the other 16 hours about? You too can become a Yemen expert. Well, I suspect not in the true sense, but in the "Yemen is just a breading ground for corruption and deceit."
I did give it 1 more star than I normally would because John is still John, and he's a fun character to read. A a thumb's up for Scott Brink, he was great as usual!
Let me begin by saying that I like Nelson DeMille. If you've read the Lion books, where Corey's sense of humor was rather amusing, you will soon find him entirely annoying, predictable and (by the end of the book) absolutely intolerable. I kept hoping his "straight man" wife would just shoot him. What ever you do, don't buy the unabridged version! The abridged version is much shorter. As usual, Scott Brick was great. In fact, I bought the book thinking: "Its Scott Brick, what could be the problem?" Now I know.
Learning about Yemen.
Mr. Brick is outstanding and is always at the top of his profession.
Not really, it's just a darn good and exciting story.
The bringing in of Paul Brenner to work with John Corey was a great idea by Mr. DeMille, but the wife character still comes out, to me at least, as a twit.
A different book. There is no way to save this turkey.
Absolutely, he is one of my favorite authors. I am hoping this book was just a fluke.
Serious disappointment. I have read all of his other books and loved them. It is hard to believe that DeMille actually wrote this.
If you fall asleep at night listening to this book and miss 8 hours of it, don't worry. You probably didn't miss anything. Seriously, nothing happens for hours at a time. This could have been a 30 minute book.
John Corey! I love anything that Scott Brick does.
I was just glad to see one more of the John Corey series. I hope there will be more.
I hope Nelson comes out with more books, soon.
The Panther was a good second to DeMille's The Lion's Game. The most enjoyable aspect was the character of John Cory who never disappoints. I just love this guy when he's sarcastic. He had a lot more humor going for him in this novel. It took the edge off the suspense, but then I welcomed the change of mood. I've read about twelve of DeMille's novels and would rank them all pretty high on the list; so I'm a big fan.
Moreover, if Scott Brick is narrating, you can bet every minute of listen will be worthwhile.
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I feel like a broken record when I write a review for a DeMille novel as he never seems to disappoint! I Loved The Book!
About Scott Brick, AWESOME!
I haven't read the print edition, so I can't comment.
The Lion....same characters, different enemy
hard to pick just one. Corey's humor is always enjoyable, especially when he interacts with Kate in his "I told you so" mode.
no, but it was a good listen.
I always enjoy these characters.
Too much wisecracking fill-in and overwrought prose. Doesn't compare to NightFall or The Lion. Brick has to go over the top to match the character's exaggerated dialogue.
I've never skipped through a Nelson DeMille novel before. He is one of my favorites.
There way to many setup scenes that play out sloooowly. The prose of the first 7/8 of the book is like the collaborative effort of le Carre' and Tolstoy. I'm used to John Corey running down hill with his hair on fire. This novel plays out in Yemen - one of the most dangerous places on earth - and there is less action and suspense than any single chapter of the Lion books.
The novel is almost devoid of suspense till the last few chapters. And the final scene/epilogue: well.... let's just say teleportation must have been employed. Very disappointing.
It won't stop me from buying his next book. I hope I don't feel like a sucker.