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‘The Panther”  by Nelson DeMille

If you haven’t read anything by Nelson DeMille,  you haven’t read a book with as much amusing people-to-people interaction,  accurate geographical background, and historical information,  coupled with a dynamic,  interesting topical plot.  Like all of his books,  this one is just terrific.  Once you begin,  you’ll turn off the TV,  quiet the kids and the dog,  and forge ahead to find out what is in store.

This book finds John Corey an ex-NYC cop,  and his wife an FBI agent who was forced to shoot and kill a CIA in the last book,  enticed to go to Yemen to act as bait in order to capture (or kill) an American who has become a top Al Qaeda operative.  “The Panther” as he likes to be called,  is determined to kill all Yemen outlanders ,  and restore the country to its early Islamic roots.

Yemen is considered the wasteland of the world,  and is fought over by its warlords,  corrupt government, FBI, CIA, and the US State Department all of whom have divergent agendas.  Thrust in this volatile mix is John Corey  and his wife Kate Mayfield,  and a couple of honest fellow do-gooders who,  they soon learn,  are pawns in a big orchestrated scheme which  sees them expendable and threatening,  by not the Yemeni government,  but our own!  John Corey’s street smarts honed in NYC,  are beneficial even here in the remote desert of Yemen.  And  it’s a good thing,  because it is the only thing that will save their lives.

This is a must read for the serious reader who enjoys a superb thriller that will keep you interested throughout the 625 pages that seem to fly by too quickly.

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