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The Panther (John Corey #6)

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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, h...more
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Published October 16th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Revo
Dec 08, 2012 Revo rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE
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Christa
I don't know how to begin to express how much I love the character of John Corey. He is often so obnoxious and inappropriate, yet somehow to me remains adorable and attractive. I admire the character of Kate, who is well matched to handle John and his antics. They make a wonderful couple. This installment in the series captured my attention in the beginning and held it throughout. I liked the storyline, and thought this book did justice to the series, which is one of my all time favorites.

John C...more
Dougw
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Thomas Block
A story that is vintage John Corey (and his wife Kate). The two of them travel into 'the belly of the beast' this time. It's got the usual DeMille array of laughs, insights and top-notch action - a great read!
StoryTellerShannon
MINI REVIEW: Corey is back. Maybe not better than ever but if you're a fan like myself then it's fun to revisit with the character. This time around he and his wife are being used as bait to catch a terrorist leader nicknamed “The Panther” in the Middle East (Sana'a, Yemen which is one of the most dangerous spots for Americans). Corey is his usual wisecracking and musing self but he does it so much at the expense of the plotting that you sometimes realize 50 pages have passed and you're still in...more
Webster Bull
This was my first Nelson DeMille thriller, and it will be my last. There's just not enough time in life for a novel that is 500 pages old before it gets to the point and, along the way, subjects you to the insufferable class-clown narration of NYPD cop–turned–anti-terrorist John Corey.

"The Panther" concerns a US anti-terrorist team that travels to Yemen to search for and destroy the Bin Laden–like Al Qaeda mastermind of the bombing of the USS Cole. If DeMille's latest is representative of Ameri...more
Clara
As far as DeMille books go, this is the lower-middle end of the road. The jokes often fall flat, especially in the latter half, and John Corey's culturally insensitive ("politically incorrect")commentary on the Yemenis is both hackneyed (ex: how many camels does it take to...?) and actively infuriating. I get that Corey is not the most cultured/sensitive/scholarly man in contemporary "lit," but his portrayal of Yemenis is so confidently one-sided that I nearly put the book down. I'd rather see t...more
Shelley Fearn
The opening chapter in The Lion's Game hooked me in what has turned into DeMille's John Corey series. That title was followed by The Lion that continued the fight against terrorism with Corey and his wife Kate Mayfield, members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. However, I think it's time for the series to end.

In the latest installment Corey and Mayfield are sent to Yemen to track down one of the Al Queda masterminds behind the Cole bombing. What could have been a thrilling novel is hindered by...more
Leslie
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RJ
Nelson DeMille’s John Corey Series is one of my Top 5 all-time favorites. That said, The Panther was too long and too slow. In Chapter 2, John and Kate are asked to participate in a dangerous mission to Yemen, and don’t actually reach the Yemeni airport until Chapter 16. This is typical of the novel’s pacing.

Most of the long gaps between action scenes were bridged by John’s wit and DeMille’s desire to share huge chunks of research on Yemen. If the novel was a meal and the action & tension...more
Malcolm
For the first time, John Corey seemed like a bit of an a** to me.

This book tracks John and his wife through an adventure into Yemen against a known terrorist (the Panther, no spoiler there). The exploration into International intrigue was interesting, but there was a quality of stupidity to his character that grated on me, just a little bit.

One particular example (which I will keep vague, no major spoilers again) involves the procedures for interacting with foreign intelligence/police personnel...more
Matt
DeMille returns with another sensational novel that taps into the multi-faceted adventures of NYPD Detective John Corey, one of his most popular characters. Examining another realm of the Islamic extremists and Corey’s ongoing skirmishes with those high in the al-Qaida chain of command, the novel grabs the reader's attention from start to finish! DeMille mixes a very serious storyline, filled with detail and historical background, with a dialogue dripping with sarcasm and off-handed humour (Core...more
Gloria Feit
It must get harder and harder for an author to sustain a popular series. In time, the characters become long in the tooth, and the plots more difficult to create. Such is the case in this 600-plus-page novel in the John Corey/Kate Mayfield series. This time, following the last adventure in which they killed The Lion, the husband-and-wife team is tasked with finding an American, known as The Panther, who returned to Yemen to lead an al Qaeda terrorist group.

Apparently The Panther was instrumental...more
Rachel Nislick
The only reason I gave this even 1 star is because of my loyalty to DeMille and John Corey. But holy crap what a bad book. I only forced myself to read through the whole thing so I could be complete in my reading of the Corey books. But like all other 1 star readers have said in their reviews, this book was not even in the same league as the others. I would estimate the whole 450 middle pages were painfully detailed about...plot making and the land of Yemen and its people. No action whatsoever....more
Nilesh
Disappointing on almost all fronts. DeMille's Corey is known for his political incorrectness, but the one-liners are too tasteless, over-the-top and prejudiced in this book. The descriptions are so repetitive with the same feelings of distaste, disrespect and narrow chauvnism whipped up again and again. The good guy's actions are not only from a single viewpoint, but the utter disregard for someone else's norms, territory and right for views is galling. The most bizzare is when an unsuspecting l...more
Debbie

John Corey NYPD retired and Kate Mayfield FBI have more in common that marriage, they work together for the multi-departmental, Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force. They’ve been through a lot together and fighting terrorists is nothing new. A past threat has risen, an American born jihadist and al-Qaeda top guy known as The Panther. He’s the suspected mastermind of the USS Cole bombing plus any number of atrocities against innocent victims and men-at-arms in the name of radical Islam. Kate and Joh...more
James Sparks
I am a big Nelson DeMille fan. I loved The Lion's Game, Night Fall, and Wild Fire.

Unfortunately, DeMille seems to now be interested in authoring Big Cat Diaries!

The Panther was massively disappointing. Perhaps it was a self-inflicted disappointment as I had such high expectations and over eagerness in waiting for the next John Corey installment.

It seems to be a steady decline from DeMille. The Lion's Game was great but the follow up, The Lion, seemed to miss the spot a bit. I put that down as a...more
Lauren McKeon Jenkins
Anyone who is a fan of DeMille's John Corey series will want to read this book, but I have to say, I was disappointed. I'm still glad I read it -- but I was let down. While Corey's acerbic wit and politically incorrect humor are ever-present, 85% of the book is dialogue in and out of Corey's head, with very little action. The ins and outs of a double-crossing, convoluted mission in Yemen require some explanation, sure-- but not at the expense of what could have been an action story like many of...more
Mindy
Oct 19, 2012 Mindy is currently reading it
Can't wait!
Sue
I have to say up front I wouldn't recommend this book to people who hadn't read the predecessors-you just won't get enough out of it.

Second, I do agree with people who point out that there is a lot of stuff going on inside John Corey's head, and not a lot of action for a good portion of the book. But, as I think about it, DeMille didn't have a lot of options. The situation in Yemen is so completely and totally screwed up I don't know that I would have understood or appreciated a lot of the nuan...more
Zora
Spoiler alert: nothing happens. End of spoiler alert. Reading this book to experience reading a thriller is like eating white rice to satisfy a craving for a rare steak.

Remember how solid a thriller Nightfall was? Yeah, me too. (sigh) And that memory is what kept me reading to page 300. I kept thinking, "okay, here I am at page 50, and I'll say in my review to start there because nothing happens in the first 50 pages." And I thought that again at page 93 and again and again and again as I read o...more
George Lichman
Years ago I read The Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille; I wasn't impressed. While an interesting story, I thought it was too long and too slow. Since then, friends have pushed more from DeMille. I resisted.
Until now.
I got my hands on an early copy of DeMille's latest novel, The Panther, released Tuesday October 16, 2012. It is the latest in the John Corey/Kate Mayfield series. The short version of this review: I can't believe I've missed the first five in the series. I have a lot of catching up to...more
Skip
Ex-NYC cop John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, are sent to Yemen to smoke out the Panther, an American-born Yemeni and Al Qaeda leader responsible for the attack on the USS Cole. As in the previous five novels, John's running wise crack and running commentary are the backbone of this series so if you like them, you'll like the books. Not to give too much away, but the good guys kill the bad guys, despite some treachery. The editors could have done better -- it was at least 100 page...more
Ron Hummer
John Corey is back, along with his wife, on his next mission to Yemen to stop The Panther, a vicious terrorist who in the opening scene killed tourists. He was also responsible blowing up the Cole. In any case, it’s up to Corey to put a stop to him.
One thing you can say about Corey is that he is full of jokes and wise cracks throughout this long 642 page book. I think it takes a certain talent to keep up the laughs for over 600 pages but DeMile does a great job. It doesn’t matter if Corey is...more
Yvonne
Oct 03, 2012 Yvonne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I was all set to like this book and it did not disappoint. I love John Corey and Kate Mayfield and was thrilled to find another of my favorite characters from other Demille's books in the mix along with them.

I received this as a digital advance readers copy from Net Galley.
Eric Wright
This is a long, long book, 799 pages in paperback with quite a thorough introduction to Yemen, the centre of much Al Qaeda activity these days. The Panther, is a very dangerous, radicalized American who planned the USS Cole bombing and threatens the whole country.

Anti-terrorist Task Force agent John Corey, and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield are poted to Sana'a Yemen to track him and bring him to justice. They join a mixed team of operatives, led by a strange CIA guy in the very dangerous gam...more
Jeffrey
Jan 10, 2013 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hard fans of Corey and DeMille
The October 12, 2000, terrorist attack on the USS Cole, an American guided missle destroyer at port in Aden, Yemen is the historical backdrop of the latest John Corey- Kate Mayfield thriller from Nelson DeMille.

Bulus ibn al-Darwish, an American born Al Qaeda terrorist operating in Yemen has been identified by the CIA and FBI as the mastermind behind the Cole attack, in which 6 American sailors died and over 30 were wounded. Al-Darwish, known as the Panther, needs killing, but he is hiding in Yem...more
Dick Reynolds
John Corey, an Antiterrorist Task Force Agent, and his FBI Agent wife, Kate Mayfield, are posted to Yemen. Their mission is to track down a high-ranking Al Queda bad guy known as The Panther. In case your geography is rusty, Yemen is bordered on the north by Saudi Arabia and the east by Oman. John and Kate are actually bait to bring The Panther out of hiding so they and their CIA and State Department teammates can eliminate him.
Nelson DeMille has written about our two protagonists before in Th...more
Liz Waters
The Panther by Nelson Demille is a continuation of the John Corey saga. A former NYPD homicide detective, Corey’s new career in the FBI Anti-Terrorist Task Force once again has him face to face with Al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen. Written in Demille’s engaging narrative style, the book is a page-turner that keeps you wanting more, and I always end up reading his books far too quickly.

In this book, as in the last, I am a little troubled that the Corey character is able to accept a mission that put...more
Kimberly
Oct 25, 2012 Kimberly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Only those who've read the first John Corey books.
Recommended to Kimberly by: Me, myself and I.
I really wanted to give this book five stars. This book went past the point of believability, even for someone who loves conspiracies. I love John Corey, but he was hard to handle in this book. His sarcasm went over the top and made him not very likable. Kate and John are called into their boss's office and told that they are needed in Yemen to capture and bring back an American citizen who is now an Al Quada leader and had masterminded the bombing of an American ship, killed Americans and other...more
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille. He moved as a child with his family to Long Island. In high school, he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action as an...more
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