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The Panther (John Corey Book 6) by [DeMille, Nelson]
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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

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"Former NYPD Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey (The Lion) is back, with all his wit and cynicism intact. Die-hard fans and new readers will discover hours of entertainment here."―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

"Tricks and twists abound in this fast moving thriller where everyone has their own agenda and survival is the ultimate goal."―Publishers Weekly on THE PANTHER

Product Details

  • File Size: 1860 KB
  • Print Length: 641 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446580848
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076DCT2G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By M.Jacobsen TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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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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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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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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I am a great fan of Mr. DeMille and have read all of his books, some of them two or three times. What has always fascinated me is his uncanny ability to write in many fifferent genres, cop stories, travelogues - Up Country" - and simply good mainstream novels like Gatehouse" or Gold Coast" and always combine good writing, action and background. And most books are nicely seasoned with humor.

The Panther" to me is quite the opposite: continuous witticism seasoned with almost no story, excepting some action in the final 10% of the book. One could say witticisms interspersed with narrative. And sometimes the witticisms are not only bad but definitely in bad taste.

And that the plot and the actions of the protagonists are somewhat (to say the least) improbable also is not to Mr. DeMille`s credit..

The reason why I still give the book two stars is due to the fact that what I learned about Islam and the failed state ofYemen was quite interesting. But I could have read this in a textbook without being bothered by 5 to 10 witticisms per chapter.

It is really sad that a great writer has to fail like this - and what really pains me is that this is the third time in a row that this happens to me (I recently gave one star to Larry Niven for his Bowl of Heaven" it and hated it to Lee Child`s "A Wated Man" but was too lazy to write a review. Hopefully my list of favorite writers will not continue shrinking -
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