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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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    Lillene Murphy Oklahoma City, OK, US 10-27-12
    Lillene Murphy Oklahoma City, OK, US 10-27-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Nelson DeMille at his best with John Corey"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book because I love the character of John Corey-he is so funny and a smartalec and Scott Brick makes him seem so real-I have read all the books in the series and hope Nelson Demille writes more of them!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Panther?

    When John realizes that the CIA plan to kill him and Kate


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many I couldn't really say


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    John Corey books always make me laugh because of his sardonic sense of humor


    Any additional comments?

    Read all the books in the series-they are GREAT! Nelson Demille and Scott Brick are wonderful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    victoria New York, NY, United States 10-27-12
    victoria New York, NY, United States 10-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Endless and tedious"

    I've listened to, and enjoyed, most of DeMille's previous books. But I'm not at all sure I'll make it to the end of this one -- despite Scott Brick's good narration. Seems to be mostly conversation, with more of DeMille's wise guy asides than needed. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick OBrien Cibolo, TX 10-26-12
    Patrick OBrien Cibolo, TX 10-26-12 Member Since 2006

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    "I think I am depressed that it is over"
    What made the experience of listening to The Panther the most enjoyable?

    The way DeMille has Corey tell the story! I laughed all the way to vegas listening to this book. People asked what comedian was it?


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    As with all DeMille books, there are surprises throughout. He has to be one of the best ever and Scott Brick is the best person to read his works!


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    No way to say other than the obvious, Corey, but they are all wound together and the brining back of a character from other books was really fun.


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

    I tried, but I have to work, sleep and eat. I wish it had lasted longer.


    Any additional comments?

    Great stand alone book, but sooooo much better if you have read/listened all the previous Corey books and UpCountry and General's Daughter too!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 10-26-12
    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Another DeMille hit!"

    I can't even begin to state how much I enjoyed The Panther. I so enjoy Mr. DeMille's style and subject of writing. Although I know it is fiction, I still feel that a lot of it is based in fact. I enjoyed the continuing story of John Corey, the ending in this one for me was a little anti-climatic, but it ended as it should.
    I cheered on the "heros" and booed the "villians", yet wondered how this could be when both represent our country!
    Scott Brick is a marvelously talented narrator and I am pleased he was still the narrator for the John Corey series.
    This is a great read but I would suggest one reads the prior John Corey novels first (especially The Lion).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 10-25-12
    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 10-25-12 Member Since 2003
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    "SCORE: 100 dead terrorists, 500 lame jokes"
    Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

    Too much wise-cracking and NOT enough action … A disappointment! I have enjoyed the books preceding this one. Easily, ⅓ of this book could have been shaved off. I am not pleased with the result. Of course, Scott Brick is always an excellent reader. Not his fault. Hey, maybe you people like this characters CONSTANT stupid jokes. Not me. SCORE: 100 dead terrorists, 500 lame wise crack jokes.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    I miss W United States of America 10-24-12
    I miss W United States of America 10-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "DeMille & Brick together again! What could go wron"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Panther to be better than the print version?

    No. Scott Brick did a decent job of narrating "The Panther", but DeMille's writing style had John Corey making sarcastic comments out loud, or in internal monologue, or seemingly out loud followed by "just kidding". That made for very confusing listening as I tried to figure out from the other characters' responses which form John's sarcasm had taken. Very tiring for the listener.


    What other book might you compare The Panther to and why?

    DeMille's "Wild Fire" which was also too long and had irritatingly improbable plot twists.


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

    On par with the other John Corey books. Brick does a spot-on rendering of John Corey's voice, but that's about it. Everybody sounds the same unless he's doing a Russian or Arabic accent.


    Any additional comments?

    "The Panther" is a decent 6-hour story dragged out to nearly 22 hours in length. It takes a thin plot (John Corey and his wife Kate volunteer to try and catch the mastermind behind the USS Cole bombing) and adds unrealistic plot twists to try and maintain tension, but in the end it just doesn't work. As Bilbo would have said, Panther was "stretched, like... butter scraped over too much bread".

    DeMille needs to end the Corey series now. He's run out of originality and has simply made Corey a tedious jerk. In Panther, nearly every sentence JC (not Jesus Christ) utters starts with "Right....". In an audiobook that has Corey telling the story from his viewpoint, that verbal tick is extremely grating.

    Corey also revels in acting like an idiot (but he's just doing that to fool everybody, see, because he's actually the smartest guy in the room). Seriously, "smartest guy in the room"--DeMille actually has Corey say that about himself, or words to that effect, several times during the story.

    Which brings up repetition. DeMille pads the book unmercifully by going over the same ground. The ruins at Mareb are painstakingly described several times. Yemen's faults as a nation, government, people, history, and geographic location are discussed in great detail (usually ending with "this place sucks") and repeated dozens of times. John Corey even repeats his sarcastic jokes ("nuke the place", "moderate Arab" joke, etc.). His wife Kate has little to do in this except to tell John to stop being a tiresome fool and then to be the butt of his jokes.

    Also, DeMille thinks people wouldn't laugh at his "jokes" without a laugh track, so Corey was continually saying someone was "funny" or that someone thought *he* was funny, or that he's "just kidding". Thanks for the assist, Nelson!

    In short, the first couple hours of "The Panther were interesting as we got reacquainted with the Coreys as they traveled to Yemen. Then the last few hours were exciting and worthwhile entertainment. Unfortunately, the very last hour was a letdown as DeMille rushed the ending and left openings for a sequel (free advice, Nelson: stop now).

    Four stars because I remember how good John Corey used to be and because there was *some* excitement in "The Panther".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon United States 10-23-12
    Sharon United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "such a let down!"

    I love Nelson DeMille and have read all of his John Correy books. So dissappointed with this book. Lost interest immediately. Never thought that I would dislike one of his books like I have this one. Sorry, but it was a real let down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul D. Irwin San Francisco Bay Area 10-23-12
    Paul D. Irwin San Francisco Bay Area 10-23-12 Member Since 2003

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is by far the worst in the otherwise wonderful John Corey series. After the thrill of The Lion's Game, Wild Fire, Plumb Island, etc., this is more of a boring study of the country Yemen than anything else. None of the usual sparks between Kate and John, in fact Kate is hardly a part of the narrative. Really, don't waste credits on this book, nothing happens.


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

    He's always great.


    Could you see The Panther being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-23-12
    Pam Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "John Corey at his best and also the most annoying."
    If you could sum up The Panther in three words, what would they be?

    Very cleverly put together.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Corey - one minute you love him the next you hate him.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    excellent


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes - can't say because i will give away a crucial piece of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The repetition of the USS Cole bombing went on and on.. We understand what happened. why did the writer have to keep bringing it up over and over again. Tiresome.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris arlington, TX, USA 12-13-12
    Chris arlington, TX, USA 12-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "DON'T MISS IT"

    One of Flynns best. Lots of action and characters you love and hate. Mitch is back with a vengence

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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