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*Starred Review* Following closely on the heels of The Lion (2010), this gripping thriller (set early in 2004) finds antiterrorist agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, joining an investigative team in Yemen. Their stated mission: to continue looking into the suicide bombing of the USS Cole, the military vessel that was attacked by al-Qaeda in the port of Aden three-and-a-half years earlier. Their unstated mission: to bring to justice the mastermind of the Cole bombing, the man known as the Panther. As with previous Corey novels, the book balances suspense and action with humor: Corey relates the story in the first person, spicing his narrative with witty or sarcastic asides and other entertaining verbal meanderings, as though he’s telling us the story at a far remove, when the tense and potentially deadly events of the mission have been tempered by time and distance. Packed as usual with memorable characters (including one who’s starred in a couple of his own DeMille novels), political commentary, gritty atmosphere, and action, the book will be gobbled up by the author’s many fans, but readers unfamiliar with DeMille’s work (if there still are any) should be steered in its direction, too. It’s a first-class thriller, regardless of whether John Corey is the reader’s old friend or a new acquaintance. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: DeMille’s latest will draw on both the author’s sterling track record and an A-list promotion campaign to vault it onto best-seller lists. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Die-hard fans and new readers will discover hours of entertainment "―Library Journal on THE PANTHER

"Corey ranks as one of the best protagonists in thriller fiction... DeMille again proves that he has the master touch with "The Panther," a suspenseful action free-for-all."―The Associated Press on THE PANTHER

The Panther" is a fast-paced thriller, and Mr. DeMille offers a good number of gritty action scenes along with the snappy dialogue. Nelson DeMille, 69, a former infantry officer who served in Vietnam, also infuses the thriller with a good bit of information about the state of terrorism today."―The Washington Times on THE PANTHER

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Product Details

  • Series: A John Corey Novel (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446699616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446699617
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,668 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in New York City in 1943. My father was a Canadian, serving at that time with the American Navy, and my mother was a Brooklyn native, trying to figure out how to grow a Victory Garden for the war effort.

My family moved to Elmont, Long Island, New York in 1947 where my father was a house builder, and my mother was a homemaker raising four boys.
I attended Elmont public schools, played football, ran track, and was on the wrestling team. I graduated Elmont Memorial High School in 1962 and spent the summer at the beach.

I attended Hofstra University, but left before graduation to join the Army in 1966. I served three years in the United States Army as an infantry lieutenant and spent one year in Vietnam as a platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division. You'll see that I used this experience in my novels "Word of Honor" and "Up Country."

After the end of my military service, I returned to Hofstra where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. I married and had two children, Lauren and Alex, and eventually divorced.

I held a series of good and bad jobs between 1970 and 1974, and in that year, for some reason I can't remember, I decided to be a writer. My first books were paperback originals, New York City police detective novels, thankfully all out of print and hard to find.

In 1978, I published my first major novel, "By the Rivers of Babylon," which was a commercial and critical success. Since then, I've written fourteen other novels and had a good time creating my characters John Corey, Ben Tyson (played by Don Johnson in the TNT movie of "Word of Honor"), foxy Emma Whitestone, Paul Brenner (played by John Travolta in the Paramount movie of "The General's Daughter"), sexy Susan Sutter, the never-say-die CIA officer Ted Nash, and my favorite villain, Asad Khalil, a misunderstood Libyan terrorist with unresolved childhood issues.

I am a member of The Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America (past President), American Mensa (thank God I don't have to retake that test), and I hold three honorary doctorate degrees (thank God I didn't have to study for them) from Hofstra University, Long Island University, and Dowling College.
I'm married to the love of my life, Sandy Dillingham, whom I met while I was on a publicity tour in Denver. We have a son, James, two years old, and he's keeping me young.

There's more about me on my website. Thanks for reading about me here, and I hope you enjoy my novels.

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232 of 249 people found the following review helpful By T. Kunikov VINE VOICE on October 23, 2012
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I was introduced to DeMille by reading 'The Lion's Game'. That was a book I couldn't put down. Since then I've read a half dozen of his other books but in the John Corey series they seemed to be getting progressively worse. With 'The Panther', it reads easily enough, but the interest and engagement I originally found with 'The Lion's Game' is wholly absent. Initially John Corey was a great character who had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions and his commentary added to everything else DeMille had created. In this newest addition to the series, the commentary is the book. The action is missing and where once the commentary was either a nice break from the storyline or a witty addition to it, in this case it's a chore that I'd rather avoid. If even half of Corey's musings and banter were cut out, the plot would move just as quickly and the book would probably be over a hundred pages shorter. Unfortunately this is a mediocre effort and a disappointment when compared to 'The Lion's Game'.
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204 of 233 people found the following review helpful By M.Jacobsen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2012
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Admittedly, I am a long-time John Corey fan. I keep expecting the author to eventually run out of the smart-alec remarks that John Corey is famous for, but he just keeps 'em coming. In The Panther, John and his wife Kate are sent over to Yemen ("If the earth had an anus, it would be located in Yemen"), ostensibly for one purpose, but of course office politics within the Anti-Terrorist Task Force, FBI, and CIA quickly turn it into something entirely different and, of course, far more dangerous. Nelson DeMille's talent lies in maintaining the irreverent character of John Corey while simultaneously writing a tense, thriller plot. The story is fast-paced, which keeps the reader's attention, while experiencing laugh-out-loud moments when Corey makes his random observations ("But the problem, as I saw it when I was there, was that we had a very small American presence in a very hostile environment. A recipe for disaster. Ask General Custer about that.")

As usual, DeMille uses current Middle East events to fuel his plot. Given his character's ties to 9-11, he creates taut, believable (for those of us not in law enforcement, lol) scenarios that keep you on the edge of your seat. If you haven't read a John Corey novel, it's perfectly okay to start with this one. Just be prepared to want to go back and read all the previous ones! As long as DeMille keeps writing them like this, I'll be buying them.
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217 of 254 people found the following review helpful By bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Whatever happened to the Nelson DeMille who wrote such excellent books as Word Of Honor, Up Country and The Gold Coast, just to name a few? It's sad to see when an author goes from "can't miss" to "don't bother." For me, this has been the situation over the past several books; and after The Panther, I will not be able to bring myself to read any more books by DeMille.

I won't spend time describing the plot of The Panther since you can get this from the Amazon Book Description above. I will say, however, that the plot is tissue paper thin, overly bloated, mostly predictable and, except for the last 60-70 pages, seriously lacking in action and suspense. As a result of my disappointment with the plot I considered giving up on the book at various times. Instead, out of a sense of respect for an author that used to be one of my favorites, I decided to read on -- but I could only get to the end by skimming through many passages.

While I obviously didn't care much for the book's plot, my biggest problem with The Panther pertains to what has become a steadily growing dislike of DeMille's main character, John Corey, who has been featured in six books. His portrayal in The Panther is now "the straw that broke the camel's back" for me. I no longer can tolerate Corey's constant wise cracks and know-it-all attitude, which is much more annoying to me than humorous. This is disturbing because I had always considered character development to be a major strength of DeMille's in his early works. Yet, in The Panther all of the characters are one-dimensional and the villain -- who is rarely "seen" -- has some serious credibility issues.

Based on my above comments, it is obvious that I don't recommend this book.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Hey Lobo on November 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Let me begin by saying that I have read every book that Mr.De Mille has written and this was, by far, the most disappointing to this loyal fan. Respectfully, I would say that it is not so much the Corey character that is worn out, but the use of one-liners, cynical jokes and scathing sarcasm has killed the character. I thoroughly enjoy these techniques in a book but this was far too overdone, and, for me, it ruined the book.

I would like to see a return to books such as Cathedral, the Talbot Odyssey, The Generals Daughter, etc. Recurring characters diminsish a writer as brilliant as is De Mille. If are familiar with DeMille , read this book. If you'd like an intro to Mr. De Mille's novels, let me suggest reading the older novels first.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 19, 2012
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I would suggest if your thinking of buying this book, find something else to read. Hate to say because I am a big DeMille fan but the Panther was not worth the time or the money. Very slow with almost zero action and John Corey's humor has hit a wall.
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