Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.
As latecomers to a deadly game, John and Kate don't know the rules, the players, or the score. What they do know is that there is more to their assignment than meets the eye - and that the hunters are about to become the hunted.
Filled with breathtaking plot turns and told in John Corey's inimitable voice, The Panther is a brilliant depiction of one of the most treacherous countries in the world and raises disturbing questions about whether we can ever know who our enemies - or our allies - really are.
©2012 Nelson DeMille (P)2012 Hachette Audio
This is only my second abridged audio book. Both were mistakes on my part, a victim of clicking without looking. In the case of The Panther, the mistake was buying it not listening to it. I knew it was abridged before starting to listen so went in expecting the worst. I was pleasantly surprised. I could not tell what was left out and didn't feel I missed anything. They certainly didn't seem to leave out any of John Cory's wise cracks. If you like John and his wife, Kate, you will like this book. The author even throws in a couple of new characters to like as well. The good guys are good and the bad guys, which for Cory always include the CIA and to a lesser extent the FBI, are very bad. The book ran over 13 hours which is just about as long as most books in this genre. Worth your credit.
At first I had a difficult time visualizing, an hour into it I couldn't turn it off. I was laying in bed and the narrator had me hooked.
Definitely, the Lion's Game. Similar story structure and this one John was kinda somewhat soft spoken in comparison.
Awesome book, set aside a couple of nights. Once u start u will be hooked.
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