Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
This book is definitely worth a credit. Most of DeMille earns and deserves the highest ratings, so the high standard is so expected its understandable when folks are disappointed. Especially since it features two of his best characters, John Corey and Paul Brenner (General's Daughter).
The great Scott Brick reads, but I find the humor of John Corey less funny and more irritating and snarky the way Brick portrays him. When I read the Corey books in the past, I found Corey hilarious.
In this case I found the story implausible, just as I did in Wildfire. The action and relationships save the book from disaster.
Great mix of current day technology, Cory and Brenner wit, and a captivating story. Can you call an audio book a "page turner"....?
As with all of the John Cory books I thoroughly enjoyed this one. My only criticism is that I wish the author had spent a little more time fleshing out the Panther character a little better. My opinion is that the character in the Lyon was more enjoyable to me because I felt I know him more personally due to the efforts of the author. Never the less I thoroughly enjoyed the Panther and I have recommended it to my friends. As with all the other John Cory books Scott Brick does a masterful job of bringing all the characters in the story to life. I continue to be a Nelson DeMille/Scott Brick fan.
Some action throughout the book, possibly killing off Corey.
Scott Brick was great as usual.
John Corey has become uninteresting, and definitely not funny. He has zero chemistry with his wife or any other character in the book.
DeMille obviously thinks he's stumbled onto comic genious through his character John Corey. Ever line out of Corey's mouth is a juvenille wisecrack. I found the book almost unlistenable and struggled to finish it. I've listened to all the other Corey novels in the series and have enjoyed them. This is my last.
The John Corey series by Nelson DeMille has been a dependable listen. While The Panther is classic DeMille/Corey and the story is very good, this one lacks anything new and different to really engage the listener (at least to those familiar with other Corey tales). In this plot, John and Kate venture to Yemen to hunt down the latest feline terrorist that is believed to have planned the Cole bombing. As usual, John suspects there is more than meets the eye (or at least more than what he has been told). As is typical, John follows his own hunches and salvages what would have been a huge US disaster while cracking Corey jokes along the way.
So what's the problem? Basically, the story is too formulaic for those familiar with the series. In spite of all the past investigative success in the past, John is still regarded as a simpleton by his boss, there's a new CIA agent that appears to be just a resurrected Ted Nash, another cocky feline themed terrorist, all around general ineptitude by everyone around John, and a familiar denouement. At the same time, the story drags for the initial two thirds with little actions and too much emphasis of repeating polysyllabic terrorist names. There's a bit of time disequilibrium with a close relationship to the Cole bombing that is now over a decade old, but appears more proximal.
Don't misinterpret these comments; the story is still good, just not fresh anymore. John needs a change of pace, another friendly nemesis rather than the CIA, a different boss who recognizes that he can't fool this guy, and perhaps different enemies, like North Koreans.
Scott Brick as usual is superb with range and tone that sets the mood and makes the listening easy and enjoyable.
The Panther is too long. The first two-thirds of the book should have been summarized in a chapter or two. The last third was considerably more interesting. I was happy I made it that far.
While I enjoyed "The Lion's Game", especially some of its more original elements, and I appreciated John Corey's point-of-view, I found John Corey to be a bit of bore in The Panther. How many times can you say: "right".
I also felt that some key questions were not answered at the end of The Panther. Perhaps this leaves room for one or more sequals, I felt I was short-changed.
Scott Brick, the narrator, did a great job adding expression to a so-so book.
Following the book, The Lion, which in my mind was a complete flop paired with poor narration, I feel The Panther showed a slight improvement in plot but a huge improvement by Brick in his performance. Still two stars is stretching it. I would not recommend this book to a friend. Corey becomes a stand up comedian for some reason. I like sarcasm, but every other line out his mouth is a sarcastic one liner. Not only does it slow up the book but it becomes very irritating about 5 hours into the book. And it doesn't stop until the end. The plot itself is too simple. A great history and description of Yemen, but I was more interested in a complex plot with a clever NYPD cop as the lead. What I got was a painfully slow moving simple plot with the main character becoming a nuisance.
I have been a huge DeMille fan to this point but now with two bombs back to back, the next book better be good or it will be a sad fall to my B list of authors. I will cross my fingers.
I can see why other reviewers were put off by all of Corey's wise cracks, but this is a very long book with extended sections that would sound like a travel guide if it weren't for Corey's smart-aleck witticisms, which I thought were mostly funny, though I'm sure if I had to sit beside Corey on an airplane I would jump out the window. I give the book and narration high marks as an engaging summer read.
Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!
First off, I have LOVED the other John Corey books. I loved the plots (mostly) and the humor. Most of all, I love John and Kate. That is until this book. I've never rooted for the bad guys in a book so much as I did this one.
The book is 95% setup and 5% climax. In between is an incessant, horrible, forced string of Corey sarcasm.
Again, I have loved this character in the past, especially his humor. I don't know if it's just me getting tired of the same old jokes and reactions to situations or if this is really bad writing.
The last John Corey novel was outstanding and according to Nelson DeMille, was supposed to be the last. He even did an interview with Scott Brick about why he was not going to do any more Corey books. Seriously, he should have quit while he was ahead. This really seems to be a cash grab.
The only high-point was Scott Brick as John Corey. Spot on as usual. Sorry he had such bad material to work with this time around.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
This is one I would have rather read just to avoid Scott Brick's narration of John Cory. Since most of the book is related through Cory, Scott's "wise guy" interpretation gets old quick. And of course, DeMille just can't seem to let up with the wise cracks that soon become trite and boring. When one reads the book, only the wise cracks have to be tolerated. And since most of them are trite enough to become predictable, your eyes and brain soon team up and you just skip and ignore them. This allows you to concentrate on the story which is above average, but not a megahit. Cheers.