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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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  • Robert
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • 06-18-13

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.

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Good Story...Not a good listen.

This is one I would have rather read just to avoid Scott Brick's narration of John Cory. Since most of the book is related through Cory, Scott's "wise guy" interpretation gets old quick. And of course, DeMille just can't seem to let up with the wise cracks that soon become trite and boring. When one reads the book, only the wise cracks have to be tolerated. And since most of them are trite enough to become predictable, your eyes and brain soon team up and you just skip and ignore them. This allows you to concentrate on the story which is above average, but not a megahit. Cheers.

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  • michael
  • East Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
  • 05-04-13

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.

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  • Stephen
  • NAPLES, FL, United States
  • 04-29-13

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.

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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?

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  • Mel
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 03-18-13

Gold Coast was the best....

My first DeMille title was Gold Coast, then Gate House. Both OUTSTANDING. Then I got into his "fight the terrorists" collection with The Panther being his latest. I have now completed "the John Corey series". No DeMilles were ever as good as those first two.

This was way too much John Corey wisecracks.... enough already John (and Nelson). And the entire book takes place in Yemen. OK, I knew that going in. A little of Yemen goes a long way.

My favorite authors are James Lee Burke and CJ Box. DeMille's first two "Long Island stories" were as wonderful as anything I've ever enjoyed..... but leave the "fight the terrorists" to Vince Flynn, Brad Thor and Ben Coes.

Scott Brick was very good as always.

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Riiiggghht.

Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

Maybe DeMille, if it is not a John Corey book read by Scott Brick.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The sarcasm was waaayyy too thick. Maybe print or a different reader would have been less annoying.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably.

Any additional comments?

The story was compelling enough to finish. Just wasn't very enjoyable.

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  • Doug
  • Hamden, CT, United States
  • 12-26-12

Not very good

I have read everything written by DeMille. This is the very worst. The story didn't get the least bit interesting until the end. I agree with the other review writers that the wise cracks were very annoying and pretty much ruined the book for me.

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  • Eric
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 11-28-12

Great tale of Al Qaeda in Yemen

Would you listen to The Panther again? Why?

I almost never read a book twice

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

The Brad Thor novels, like Black List

Any additional comments?

I love crime, terrorism and intrigue, and am planning a trip to Yemen, so this book gave me a lot of insight into the place -- even though (disappointingly) the author has never been there. Loosely follows from the real-life story of Anwar al-Awlaqi and the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. The first-person protaganist hero is a prolific wise-guy. The book depicts the CIA in a very scary and frightening light.

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Cory uncorked

There are times when Nelson DeMille makes John Cory's sarcasm laugh out loud funny and there are other time when the listener just wishs Cory would give it a rest. In The Panther Cory comes out with so many one liners the listener might wonder if DeMille lay awake nights to come up with all of them. The book does leave me wondering how soldiers, used to more enviromentally pleasant surrounding, deal with the depression of the endless arid land. The obsession with killing leaves the listener hoping John Cory is heading for counceling upon his return home. Of course, Scott Brick is why I bought the book, he is an all time favorite!

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