I am very excited to learn that Nelson Demille has published book number six for his character Detective John Corey, The Panther. I first discovered John Corey in the novel The Lion\’s Game, which is the second in the series. It was so wonderful that I sought out and began the series properly by reading book one, Plum Island.
John Corey is a NYPD homicide police officer who was wounded in the line of duty. He\’s lived through and seen quite a lot in life, and has a personality as brash and raw as one would expect for his experiences. Yet, there is a dry, witty sense of humour on top of that exterior, and a steadfast, loyal, honest integrity that does not waver. Throughout the seriousness of the tales, there are snippets of levity. One book scene that has stayed with me is John, knowing that he must complete a police report but continually avoiding it, decides that perhaps he will be more motivated if he works from the ending towards the beginning. So he begins to type his report with \”And in conclusion,….\”
When we are first introduced to John, he is convalescing after his initial injury in a rural area of Long Island, alone and liking that arrangement just fine. Tragically, a young couple he knows is found, on their family patio, shot to death. John begins investigating. The clues and evidence lead him to Plum Island, a research site that is rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. We\’ve only reached Chapter Two by this point and things crescendo from that point onwards in a manner that makes you lose all track of time. The twists and turns are unexpected, but feasible and logical when assessed on the whole. Despite having already read book one, and knowing without doubt that his life is never in danger, the author, Nelson Demille, still had me guessing that certainty while the situations unfolded on Plum Island.
Shortly after the adventures on Plum Island, John Corey is recruited by the FBI and becomes a member of an elite Anti-Terrorist Task Force. His partner is Kate Mayfield; a young, intelligent, attractive, and \’tough as nails\’ FBI veteran. Their chemistry in their interchanges are palpable even through text – a sign of a well-written author in my opinion.
Nelson Demille is a suspenseful author that litters his story-telling with swashes of humour, factual events of recent history, and locations of real-life, accurate geography. Presenting the extremely unexpected to the reader is a norm for him. His tales are heart-racing, sometimes heart-breaking, and always heart-felt. In one of the novels, Demille takes us with John, on September 11, 2001, to his 9am meeting on the upper floors of World Trade Centre Tower One. As a reader, I already knew what was to occur moments after his arrival. Demille tells us the current location of many major and minor characters, including Kate Mayfield, and ends the book with the first tragic plane crash.
Based on my past five experiences with Demille\’s John Corey I can not imagine the journey he may take us on, but I am confident that it will be wild ride.
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 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.
You can buy The Panther on Amazon.ca.
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