I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .
Main character, John Corey, is such an obnoxious dick head, it's a wonder that one of the many people with guns, on his side, haven't simply blown him away by now. It also strains credulity that any, modern, 21st century woman would put up with his nonsense for five minutes, let alone want to spend the rest of her life being married to this jerk . . . and yet, there is Mrs Corey, the lovely and talented Kate Mayfield, along for the ride, whose main contribution to the first third of the novel are a few brief utterances of admonishment to her a-hole of a husband
As for the novel itself . . . it is a mean-spirited lump of trash, dripping with bigotry towards Middle Eastern culture, with lots of white throats being slashed by knives wielded by brown hands.
To make matters worse, this tripe was served up by that narrative equivalent of a very bad ham actor, Scott Brick. Brick's overwrought characterizations make the already awful writing sound even more insipid.
All in all, if you are the kind of person that likes being water boarded, you might find something to like in the Panther . . . but a third of the way through and I'm ready to tell everything I know and give up all my friends and loved ones, if somebody would just make this torture of a novel stop!!
By far, the best part of this audio book experience happens toward the end of the first part - and I quote "This audio book has been broken into multiple parts to make the download faster. You have reached the end of a part but not the end of the complete audio book. So, please check you library for the next part of this audio book."
And that's where I decided to quit!
I started listening to audiobooks to help with my commute to work. I now listen to books while I sew and do my crafts.
Scott Brick could read anything to me and he got me through this book. I admit that if I had read this book, it would have been hard to finish.
I enjoyed the reintroduction of Paul Brenner from a previous book, The General's Daughter. I did not enjoy the long descriptions of every place they went or details of of character relationships that held no relavence to the plot. I felt lost in character development. Because I have read all of the John Corey books, I knew John and Kate and their ability to work together and their deep feelings and respect for each other. If this had been my first Corey book, I would not know anything about their relationship or much about Kate. The CIA relationship to the Corey's was explained but without enough detail.Who is the Panther? We knew the Lion intimately. In this book, the Panther was a secondary character. This author is one of my very favorites and each one of his books have kept me on the edge of my seat. I have looked forward to this book all year. As I listened, I kept wondering when the story would start. If this is your first DeMille book, please read others.
Everything. He is a master story teller.
Catching a Panther for Dummies.
The book is much too long to get the plot across. I might enjoy the abridged version better.
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.
I've been a Nelson DeMille fan for years, but this series has peaked and I couldn't finish this one. Trite, dull, predictable. John's lines are tired and why he and Kate are together is more of a mystery than ever. The plot. . .yawn. A superhuman Middle Eastern terrorist. Haven't we seen this one before?
I've never liked Scott Brick as a narrator (I'm sure he's a swell person) and this book confirms it. Absolutely the wrong choice for a smart-aleck like John Corey--in every book he's read, he sounds like he's terminally depressed. He made some weird choices, too--like, why does the Arab terrorist sound like an Arab. . .when he was born and raised in New Jersey? Brick might be the right choice for a book about the end of the world. . .but not this one.
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.
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 am a big fan of Nelson DeMille. I have read or listened to all of his books. This is one I enjoyed the least. The story is very slow to develop. The only the protagonist is a semi-developed character. The other characters are one-dimensional. The narrator’s tone is down-right irritating.
I pushed my way through it and did not enjoy it. I would skip this book.
The storyline was very compelling. I enjoy pretty much every Nelson DeMille novel, as he writes such involved plots, forcing you to be sharp to keep up.
I liked the pairing of John Corey and Paul Brenner. I hope these two team up again, soon.
I did NOT like Scott's performance on this one. He was trying to give John a New York Accent, but it was spotty at best. And in an annoying way. I don't even know what accent he was trying to impart.... sounded Brooklyn with a mix of Boston and Mid-west. Very confusing. I will say he did great with the Middle Eastern accents. I have liked other Scott Brick performances, notably as Aloysius Pendergast. In that series, he does a commendable New Orleans accent. But this particular performance left me annoyed and unhappy.
No. Way too long for that!
Yes... While I find John Corey an interesting character, Nelson DeMille had too heavy a hand with the sarcasm, facetiousness and general smart-ass commentary the mark John Corey's character. It was distracting in many cases to hear smart-ass comments in rapid succession. And the OVER use of the word "right" sometimes 4 times in a 15-minute section of the book... well, I nearly stopped listening. The John Corey of this book would have been justifiably shot by Kate by the second chapter, and no jury in the world would convict her. Once the action got started (which was WAY too late in the story for my tastes) the sarcasm, etc. was used sparsely. I think a good editor could have saved a couple hours off the reading of this book by cutting the "right" and sarcasm, etc. down to more normal levels.