The Panther: A Novel

“One of the greatest fiction writers of our day.”

Glenn Beck on novelist Nelson DeMille

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 in country the couple and a small team will be tasked with tracking down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: A high-ranking al Qaeda operative known as “The Panther.”

Ruthless and elusive, the Panther is wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders—and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter what 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’s more to their assignment than meets the eye—and that the hunters are about to become the hunted.

Filled with breathtaking plot turns, The Panther (the sixth installment of DeMille’s wildly popular John Corey series) vividly depicts 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.

The following is an excerpt from the opening pages of The Panther:

Some cried or begged for mercy, and some struggled, though it was futile, because the jihadists held them in a tight grip as The Panther cut their throats. A few accepted their fate quietly. Only one prayed, an elderly woman whom The Panther saved for last so she could finish her prayers. It was interesting, he thought, to see how people died.

In less than two minutes, it was over. All nine infidels and Wasim their servant lay on the floor of the temple, their life blood flowing freely onto the ancient stone.

Bulus ibn al-Darwish, al-Numair, The Panther, watched the infidels as, one by one, they went into a final death throe, then lay still.

One, however, the man who was the father of the young woman, suddenly stood, his wrists still bound behind his back, and began running down the stone steps. He quickly stumbled and fell face first onto the stone, then tumbled down the steep steps and came to rest at the bottom.

The Panther said to his jihadists, “I hope he was not injured.”

The men laughed.

The Panther stared at his jambiyah, red with blood, then slid it into its sheath.

He retrieved one of the tourists’ cameras and looked at the digital images on the small screen, which made him smile.

He called to one of his men, “Nabeel,” and handed him the camera to take pictures of the slaughter.

The Panther looked at the dead Europeans and said, “So, you came to Yemen for adventure and for knowledge. And you have found both. A great final adventure, and a great knowledge of this land. You have learned that in Yemen death comes.”

Check out DeMille on CBS This Morning discussing the details of The Panther:

Here’s DeMille chatting with Beck (and Vince Flynn) about crafting thrillers and how fiction sometimes becomes reality, as DeMille’s The Lion’s Game predicted events on 9/11:

A short trailer on The Panther: