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.
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.
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.
Another great story.
John Corey. Scott Brick brings out his personality.
Scott Brick is John Corey. It wouldn't be as good to read the book.
Nelson DeMille has become one of my favorite authors and Scott Brick my all time favorite narrator.
Say something about yourself!
DeMille is back!
DeMille's last book, THE LION, was a disappointment to many, simply because you kind of knew John Corey had to get The Lion. I mean, he had to.In this novel, Corey meets a new foe...well, several actually. Some of them are supposed to be his allies, so it's fun to see how John and sexy wife, Kate, navigate all the treachery. There were at least two twists that made me sit up and go, "Whoa, I didn't see that coming."
How could it possibly be anyone other than John Corey? Scott Brick inhabits the character. In fact, I suspect John Corey is actually Scott Brick. Or is Scott Brick actually John...I'd better stop this crazy thinking right now!
I'm not generally a reader of this type of book (love literature, both modern and classic). But my husband got me hooked on DeMille, and on John Corey and Kate Mayfield in particular. If you know John, you know you're going to laugh. And Kate will be there with the even-better comeback.Actually some familiar old faces that you wouldn't expect to see show up in THE PANTHER, bringing with them competition for John Corey's funny-man schtick. Chuckles abound!
This has many plot twists and a few surprises that will make you, "Oh, cool!" Our 23-year-old son is listening right now, and he called me long distance, laughing about the re-appearance of a character (no, it's NOT Ted Nash!). I was laughing with him, saying, "I know! Isn't that great? And did you totally not see that coming?"
THE PANTHER is a fine addition to the John Corey-Kate Mayfield series.