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Without Remorse: TOM CLANCY’S (John Clark series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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This harrowing #1 bestseller is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness. Without mercy. Without guilt. Without remorse.

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Avid readers of Clancy's bestselling techno-thrillers ( The Hunt for Red October et al.) know agent John Kelly, code-named Mr. Clark, as Jack Ryan's "dark side." Here, in 1970, Vietnam vet Kelly gets involved in a secret operation to rescue 20 American pilots from a North Vietnamese prison camp. Betrayed by someone in Washington, the mission ends in apparent failure. Clancy balances the military movements with a dark narrative of Kelly's tragic personal life. While mourning the death of his pregnant wife in a traffic accident, Kelly picks up a young hitchhiker named Pam, a prostitute and drug "mule" fleeing her cruel masters. The pair fall in love and set out to bring down the drug lords, but an error on Kelly's part leads to Pam's horrible demise at the hands of the vengeful criminals. After his own recovery from a shotgun blast, Kelly begins methodically to murder his way through the drug ring. Clancy attempts to rationalize this amoral crusade with passages of introspection by characters who are either noble warriors or human scum, but the technique doesn't wash. Although full of failings of style and moral judgment, this overlong, often melodramatic novel seems destined to follow its predecessors to the top of the bestseller lists. BOMC selection.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2308 KB
  • Print Length: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Jan. 22 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QEAQQW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 254 customer reviews
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By A Customer on May 4 2003
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Clancy's talent lies in producing characters that have real motivations, while his weakness tends to be in over-elaborating his plots and wiring them to a subconsciously irritating pro-American world view. No problems there really, coz he's American and is supposed to be pro-USA. But it does get under the skin just how often we have to swallow the concept that America's military people are the finest creatures ever to grace the planet. This problem does dog Without Remorse but not as much as in other novels. As a result, the emotions he manages to generate around John Clark are wonderfully ambiguous and gripping. In a similar vein to the Day of the Jackal, we find ourselves cheering on a man who is bent on killing without legal sanction. His own struggle to justify this to himself in the latter stages is by turns fascinating and annoying as it veers towards Clancy's veneration of the military honour code. This book is at its best when it combines emotional tension with Clancy's superb grasp of action writing. The decompression chamber episode is particularly enthralling. As others have commented, WR is a good first Clancy read for the uninitiated as it is mercifully free of the most cloying Americana and techno-babble.
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Without Remorse By Tom Clancy
As one of Clancy's best books so far, I believe Without Remorse deserves all five stars. It is different than other Tom Clancy books. In his other books, the main conflict deals with another country, however, in Without Remorse, the main conflict occurs on the streets of America. The book is set throughout the later years of the Vietnam War and deals with the life of John Kelly. The book tells about his beginnings and how he eventually came to join the CIA. Several people who have read other Clancy novels will identify John Kelly as the CIA legend Mr. Clark. John Kelley was still emotionally depressed by the loss of his first wife and his soon to be born child when he meets up with a hitchhiker named Pam. He quickly falls in love with her and he soon discovers about her past life as a drug addict and prostitute. On the boat ride to his island off the coast of Baltimore they befriend a married pair of doctors. The doctors tell him that he needs to bring Pam into Baltimore so they can check on her. But once he enters Baltimore, his life unravels right before him. Some gangsters spot and recognize Pam. They follow John's car and riddle it with bullets. They kidnap Pam and eventually kill her. They leave John for dead but he is just hanging on to life. When John realizes what has happened he cannot deal with the stress of losing another loved one in so short a period of time. He decides to do something. He will take revenge for Pam on the gangsters that killed her. This is when Kelly's history comes into play. John is an ex-Marine. He is also part of an elite group of Marines called the SEALs. He uses the knowledge that he has and trains himself for his task. He disguises himself as a homeless person and starts to stalk drug dealers around the city.
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Part Death Wish and part Missing in Action, this tells the story of how former navy seal John Kelly became CIA operative John Clark.
Set in the waning years of Vietnam, we meet recently widowed John Kelly as falls in love with a prostitute. She is brutally murdered by her drug running pimp and most of the book chronicles Kelly's quest for revenge, interspersed with the CIA's attempt to rescue american POWs from North Vietnam.
It's not a bad book, but for most part it is just a standard revenge fantasy. Yes we'd all like to imagine what a trained special forces operative could do to street gangs, but the joy of reading a Tom Clancy book is to be immersed in the world of murky and clandestine geopolitics- and this book has very little of that.
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This story is set in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. By the chronology of that series it is the first book, but should NOT be read first. In order to appreciate its finer points, readers should be familiar with CIA operative John Clark and his behind-the-scenes role. This is John Clark's backstory.

John Clark was once John Kelly, a Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran. He sails, dives and enjoys life. When his girlfriend is killed by drug dealers, John is devastated. His anguish turns to rage as he learns about the trafficking in drugs and human lives in his city, unnoticed by John and almost everyone else. He puts his combat skills back to work as he stalks and kills violent criminals. He also begins working for the Federal government on very similar missions. It becomes increasingly likely that his two lives will collide.

This is an excellent book which explains much about the skills, attitudes and loyalties John Clark demonstrates throughout the Jack Ryan series. Several familiar faces appear briefly in the story, making intriguing connections. Well-read Tom Clancy fans will enjoy these revelations, but they are not necessary to follow the story. The story itself is a good one, but has some very disturbing events and implications. Not for the squeamish.
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If you have ever been bullied and wanted revenge, wanted sweet, brutal revenge, wanted to have your tormentors bruised and bloodied and begging for mercy, then this is the book for you.

John Kelly is one of those archetypical Hollywood American heroes--the quiet, honorable soldier who, when pushed, is capable of doling out large doses of mayhem.

I liked the book, honest. But I think Clancy missed a chance to plumb a deeper emotional well and show what a man in his situation would endure.

You have a man who has gone through a truly horrible experience, the death of his wife and unborn child. I don't want to say Clancy glossed over that tragedy, but his wife's death didn't create the same kind of anguish that Pam's death does. That anguish leads Kelly to begin what amounts to a serial murder spree.

Now, sure, these guys "deserved" to die. They were drug dealers, pushers, scum, etc, and the world isn't worse off now that they're no longer breathing. But...you just don't go around whacking people you hate, no matter what they did to deserve it.

Or, if you do, it should be treated with much more depth and sophistication than Clancy does in this book. Did I root for Kelly to waste the bad guys and gain his revenge? Yup.

But there should have more consequences for his actions. The title of the book is "Without Remorse", and that troubled me. Have I ever fantasized about being a highly trained killer and deftly disposing of that bully in junior high who always punched my in the hallway? You betcha.

But I didn't because of the laws of the land, which state that if I do that kinda thing, I go to jail, which is bad.
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