Clancy shows how an ordinary man crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend Mr. Clark.
The story begins with John Kelly, the former Navy SEAL, who has to endure the death of his wife in a car accident. A year passes, and Kelly falls in love with a drifter named Pam. But it turns out that Pam is a prostitute, and her pimps kill her and wound Kelly.
After Kelly recovers, the CIA asks him to take part in a daring raid on a secret Vietnamese POW camp. Can Kelly balance his desire for revenge and still accomplish his mission with the Agency?
The book is fashioned after a classic revenge tragedy, with a twist. Readers may be shocked that they delight in reading the scenes that describe Kelly's revenge. But that's Tom Clancy for you--he really draws the reader in and allows them to associate with the hero through his effective writing.
Without Remorse is fiction at its best. It's not really a "techno-thriller" like the rest of the Jack Ryan books, but it establishes a framework for the stories to come.
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.Read more ›