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The Panther | [Nelson DeMille]

The Panther

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 (the sixth book in the series) 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

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    Brian Lincroft, NJ, United States 11-23-12
    Brian Lincroft, NJ, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Just what you expect - a great book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great mix of current day technology, Cory and Brenner wit, and a captivating story. Can you call an audio book a "page turner"....?


    What did you like best about this story?

    sarcasm


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eulas Harris, NY, United States 10-21-12
    Eulas Harris, NY, United States 10-21-12
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    "Enjoyed it very much"

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John Lakeville, MN, United States 12-10-12
    John Lakeville, MN, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "My Last John Corey Novel"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some action throughout the book, possibly killing off Corey.


    Has The Panther turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick was great as usual.


    What character would you cut from The Panther?

    John Corey has become uninteresting, and definitely not funny. He has zero chemistry with his wife or any other character in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 09-18-13
    Frank 09-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Nelson's lost it; Brick never had it"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Chicago, IL, United States 09-12-13
    Brian Chicago, IL, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not as good as The Lion's Game"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 09-04-13
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not up to DeMille standards in my 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 06-18-13
    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2006

    Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!

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    "Wow... this sucked!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael East Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States 05-04-13
    michael East Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Skip this one - Slow story and annoying narration"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen NAPLES, FL, United States 04-29-13
    Stephen NAPLES, FL, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story, weak performance..."
    What did you love best about The Panther?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the pairing of John Corey and Paul Brenner. I hope these two team up again, soon.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Way too long for that!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-30-13
    David 03-30-13
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    "Talk, Talk, Talk"
    What would have made The Panther better?

    More action, less talk


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    His other books are exciting.


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Action, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Talk, Action, Action, Action

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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