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  • Mass Market Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Open market ed edition (Aug. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425143325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425143322
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 4.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "kiwiscribe" 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DAve on Feb. 22 2001
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dea on July 1 2004
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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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As is true of all of Clancy's novels that I have read, this could be improved by an awareness of the truth of von Moltke's observation that essentially "No plan survives first contact with the enemy". So often, the bad guys' plans are irretrievably foiled by a curve thrown at them by the good guys. The Americans, on the other hand, enjoy flawless execution. Literally. Life just isn't like that.

Also, Clancy made his name with The Hunt for Red October as a creator of techno-thrillers. We were all amazed at his grasp of the gadgetry of war, but other than Jack Ryan, to some small extent, the people were only present as operators of technology, superbly trained, confident, and unencumbered by any awareness of collateral damage.

As his production of doorstop sized tomes has continued, the techno-babble has become boring, error-riddled, and unable to paper over the almost total lack of real people. Even to call them two-dimensional is to be far too kind. And the plots are just too simple and shallow, with holes big enough that you could steer a secret tractor-impulse-drive Soviet hunter-killer sub through them.

Also, the reason for him throwing the likeable Jack Ryan overboard and "promoting" Clark in his catalog of characters is simply that he committed to sell the rights for any Jack Ryan movie prospects for what later seemed like a bargain basement price. Hence, he needed to quickly find a substitute without throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Well, negotiating the rights for Cardboard Clark stories going to Hollywood hasn't been a big burden for him, and for good reason. Nobody cares, which is a shame because HFRO and Patriot Games were reasonably entertaining movies. Nothing to change your life, but a good couple hours' diversion.
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