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First, I am a BIG Nelson Demille and John Corey FAN. I enjoyed Lion's Game, but thought the sequel, The Lion, was not as good. With the Panther John & Kate have a new nemesis, the Panther, and he is a good bad guy.
I really enjoyed this book, and think Scott Brick's narration is spot on. The addition of familiar characters like Brenner, from Up Country, and references to encounters in previous books, like Wild Fire (one of my favorite Demille books), made the book even more enjoyable.
On the flip side, the Panther, Bulus ibn al-Darwish's name is mentioned over and over and over again throughout the book. This repetition was annoying.
Too, while I REALLY enjoy John Corey's quips and sense of humor, it was unclear sometimes what he was really saying, and what he was just thinking. I do not think this was a narration issue.
Final analysis if you enjoyed Lion's Game, and Wild Fire you will equally enjoy the Panther. I know I did.
I buy Scott Brick
Panther is OK but was disappointed in the book as to me it jumped around for no good reason≥ I have all of DeMilles books on audible. Will not jump at the next DeMille book will let the reviews post then make up my mind. Up Country got me hooked on this writer. Hopefully the next one will be as good as Up Country .
I love John & his protection over Kate, she's a lucky girl. Nelson shines again with his wit and sarcasm.
The most memorable moment was when Brenner came into the story
Scott's voice is perfect for John. His voice is easy to listen to.
The story was nice and entertaining. It was not amazing but pretty nice and engaging. A nice book to listen to if you are familiar with the series.
I cannot imagine what book other reviewers read that kept them interested in The Panther. The main character, John Corey, is a wise-ass with little redeeming characteristics and virtually no endearing ones. His wife is hidden behind a veil (literally) for most of the book and other than metaphorically wringing her hands and saying "Oh John!" there was little for her to do. As far as the other operatives, um, who were they again?
There is a one-note plot and it plods along for page after page, chapter after chapter. No intrigue, no twists, no mysteries. The only reason I finished the book was because I really couldn't believe it was THAT BAD.
But it was. And at the risk of being accused of being politically correct, it was also sexist and racist. But hey, when all the references to the only woman in the book are about sex and every Arab is sneaky and blood-thirsty, what other words apply?
Scott Brick was, as he always is, entertaining and engaging. But even he couldn't save The Panther.
Save your money and your time. Get something else.
I loved this as much as the others! John Corey's sarcasm and wit make me laugh out loud. Great book, if you loved the others you'll like this too!
YES! Nelson DeMille is a very consistently good listen.
John Cory is a very sarcastic, cynical and brainy character that make me laugh out loud in the car or wherever I'm listening to him.
Mr Brick is a very talented reader and performer. He reads for several authors and I've never been disappointed in one of his performances.
I didn't cry, but had several laughs at comments or thoughts by John and also Kate got in a few "zingers" in this book.
Again, another winner by Mr. DeMille and if I had to find fault in it, I would say that it's a touch long, but he had to do it to complete the story. I look forward to his next effort.
I like crafts, gardening, reading and camping.
Another story about John Corey fighting Al Qaeda, oh no; but this was an OH YES! I am a big Nelson DeMille fan but I didn't want another The Lion book and it wasn't. And as an added surprise - not a spoiler - Paul Brenner is back - from The General's Daughter and Up Country. A story with John, Kate and Paul how could you go wrong; Oh, and a few love to hate characters.
Nelson DeMille did not disappoint me, I like an author who has more then one great character and this story has room for more stories to come.
Possibly an abridged book where Mr. Coreys wisecracks are eliminated
Just the author and character
not a problem by itself
The plot lacked any drama or suspense.
No, DeMille has written some great books and I would recommend most of his other books.
If you listen to the John Corey character by Scott Brick in earlier books, the character spoke more quickly. The slow delivery and slow plot made a bad combination for the listener.
I learned a lot about Yemen just like I learned a lot about VietNam in "Up Country." DeMille can be very descriptive and I think he spends time researching topics and locations. I think I have learned something from every book he's written.
Start with any other John Corey book if you haven't read Nelson DeMille. I would recommend almost all of his books. This just isn't his most interesting.