Without Remorse

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Over the course of seven novels, Tom Clancy's "genius for big, compelling plots" and his "natural narrative gift" (The New York Times Magazine) have mesmerized tens of millions of readers and established him as one of the preeminent storytellers of our time. Without Remorse, however, goes beyond anything he has ever done. Its hero is John Kelly, a man well familiar to Clancy's readers by his code name, Mr. Clark. In The Sum of All Fears, he hunted down nuclear terrorists. In Clear and Present Danger, he led ...
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Over the course of seven novels, Tom Clancy's "genius for big, compelling plots" and his "natural narrative gift" (The New York Times Magazine) have mesmerized tens of millions of readers and established him as one of the preeminent storytellers of our time. Without Remorse, however, goes beyond anything he has ever done. Its hero is John Kelly, a man well familiar to Clancy's readers by his code name, Mr. Clark. In The Sum of All Fears, he hunted down nuclear terrorists. In Clear and Present Danger, he led aerial raids against drug lords. In The Cardinal of the Kremlin, he spirited away a KGB chief's family by submarine. But nothing will ever be as deadly - or as personal - as the danger he must face in Without Remorse. John Kelly, former Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran, is still getting over the accidental death of his wife six months before, when he befriends a young woman with a decidedly checkered past. When that past reaches out for her in a particularly horrifying fashion, he vows revenge and, assembling all of his old skills, sets out to track down the men responsible, before it can happen again. At the same time, the Pentagon is readying an operation to rescue a key group of prisoners in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp. One man, they find, knows the terrain around the camp better than anyone else they have: a certain former Navy SEAL named John Kelly. Kelly has his own mission. The Pentagon wants him for theirs. Attempting to juggle the two, Kelly (now code-named Mr. Clark) finds himself confronted by a vast array of enemies, both at home and abroad - men so skillful that the slightest misstep means death. And the fate of dozens of people, including Kelly himself, rests on his making sure that misstep never happens. Men aren't born dangerous. They grow dangerous. And the most dangerous of all, Kelly learns, are the ones you least expect... As Clancy takes us through the twists and turns of Without Remorse, he blends the exceptional realism and au

The bestselling author of The Hunt for Red October goes beyond anything he has ever done with this phenomenal book. Its hero is Mr. Clark, the "dark side" of Jack Ryan, a man very familiar to Clancy's readers. But nothing will ever be as deadly--or as personal--as his new mission. Filled with intricate plotting and knife-edge suspense.

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Editorial Reviews

Walter Goodman
The author's narrative technique owes something to the old magazine-writer maxim: Tell them what you're going to tell them; tell it; tell them what you've told them. The dialogue is never elliptical, in, say, the le Carre manner. Everything that anybody might want to know is laid out explicitly and repeatedly. Maybe Mr. Clancy has a short memory span or maybe he assumes that his readers do not pay close attention between the action sequences. Either way, he takes no chances; if you hear a criminal's plan or a police officer's deduction once, you'll hear it again. Our author is without remorse....The nice people in "Without Remorse" and presumably Mr. Clancy's many readers see things Kelly's way. Others may find 639 pages of flapdoodle materially degrading.
— New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
YA-Casualties mount as bloodshed continues in Vietnam and ruthless drug pushers attack the unsuspecting on the streets at home. Enter John Kelly, hero of prior Clancy novels, who will wage war on both fronts. In Vietnam he leads a team, but in Baltimore, he works alone, illegally and violently, killing one after another of those responsible for the death of someone he loved. The author is a master builder, creating a cohesive novel with two separate plot lines and a central hero. He pieces together seemingly unrelated scenes and characters much like one constructs a jigsaw puzzle. This technique can be confusing, but good readers will stick with it and get hooked. Kelly is a well developed, complex character-ruthless but tender; confident and nervous; calculating and precise, but occasionally careless, too. The action is fast paced, especially the climax. There is some technical military jargon, but less than in The Hunt for Red October (Naval Inst., 1984). Readers who have previously met Kelly will want to see him through this personal crisis, but beware, Without Remorse is not for the squeamish.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Denise Perry Donavin
John Kelly, an ex-Navy SEAL in torment over the recent, accidental death of his wife and the murder of a friend who was mixed up with a drug ring takes on two free-lance jobs. First, he sets out to eliminate the man or men responsible for the murder by becoming judge and executioner skip the jury of any and all drug dealers who can lead him to the responsible party. Second, he agrees to return to Vietnam this is 1970, where he has already earned three Purple Hearts. He leads a raid into the north where U.S. officers are being held for interrogation by the Soviets. Clancy could have jettisoned 400 pages and still have retained his complicated plot and his marked hero. There is a good deal of extraneous staging and excuse-making for this commando-turned-vigilante. Once he gets the military action rolling, though, Clancy is in top form; his portrayal of the brutality of street life--while far more graphic--is not nearly so gripping. Clancy is guaranteed to be in high demand, of course, but this one is off the mark just a bit.
Kirkus Reviews
Superultramegatechnothriller bestseller Clancy drops the technobits for a story about a beached SEAL who—with nothing but low-tech knives and home-modified artillery—takes on the drug traders of Baltimore and the North Vietnamese Army at the same time. During the first Nixon term, recently widowed Vietnam vet and underwater-demolition expert John Kelly picks up a pretty pedestrian named Pam on his way to the diesel-powered yacht where he's been licking his wounds since the accidental death of his pregnant wife. Pam, a prostitute, is on the lam from her sadistic pimp Henry, an ambitious and rising drug-dealer. Even as Kelly is feeding a grateful Pam, Henry's henchmen are just down the Chesapeake Bay feeding an associate to the crabs. Out fishing the next day, Pam and Kelly have a cute-meet with physicians Sam and Sarah Rosen, who kindly clean up Pam's sexually transmitted diseases and drug addiction after Kelly fixes their corroded screws. Meanwhile, in North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh's fiends have locked up 20 downed and reportedly dead American flyers in a secret prison to be interrogated by a Soviet colonel about American air strategy. The US government knows about the prisoners but is willing to sacrifice them for the good of the Paris peace talks. Back in Baltimore, Kelly takes the rebuilt Pam back to her old haunts so he can punish her wrongdoers, but they themselves are the victims. Pam dies a cruel death, and Kelly takes a shotgun blast in the neck. Weeks later, a brokenhearted Kelly resolves to wipe out the drug-dealing dirt who did in his sweetheart, accepting at the same time a commission to rescue the flyers. He'll have to hurry. Henry has linked up with the mob, and itwon't be long before the pilots outlive their usefulness. Among the countless complications: a pair of dope-smoking Ivy League draft evaders, and some commendably persistent detectives from the Baltimore police force. Twice as long as the two rather creaky storylines can bear, but the millions of midlevel, desk-bound, action-loving bureaucrats whose adventurous wishes Clancy so faithfully fulfills are unlikely to complain. (Book-of-the-Month Main Selection for September)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425143322
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Series: Jack Ryan Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 71,005
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Clancy was the author of eighteen #1 New York Times-bestselling novels. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October, sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the bestseller list after President Ronald Reagan pronounced it "the perfect yarn." Clancy was the undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He died in October 2013.

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    1. Hometown:
      Huntingtown, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 12, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Baltimore, Maryland
    1. Date of Death:
      October 1, 2013
    2. Place of Death:
      Baltimore, Maryland

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    Starts with the Best

    This is my favorite Clancy book. It is gripping, emotional and downright thrilling! I have 4 copies of it now and have read it about 10 times. Each time finding more and more I missed the previous time through. Do not let the length deter you and skip all the professional readers out there who don't like it. They just don't get it. This is the beginning and without this book and the pain in Clark's past we would not be fully involved in the future books. This book is powerful and I fully agree with what Clark does and who he does it to. This is a must add to every Clancy collection.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Nook Book version has lots of errors

    I found many typographical errors, run-together words, funny symbols, and misspellings in the Nook Book version. These are not in the print version.

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    Great book!

    I have not read any of the other Tom Clancy books before reading this one and I was pleasantly surprised. The story moved along quickly and I had a hard time putting it down. I will not go into the plot since other reviewers have already done that. The story had me guessing what was going to happen next only to find out there was some kind of twist and what I thought would happen didn't happen at all. The ending was unexpected and I wondered while reading the last couple of chapters how it would work out since I knew the main character is in the later books in the series by the author. When I read the end I wanted to shout for joy but everyone was in bed so I left it to just a smile and put the book on my shelf by the next book in the series, Patriot Games. Yes, I did pick up all of the books in the series prior to reading Without Remorse and am glad that I did. This is a terrific read and would recommend it to anyone that doesn't mind the language and detail in the book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2000

    The secret of John Clark

    Unlike most Clancy novels, this one takes off from the beginning. When John Kelly's pregnant wife is killed in a car crash, it seems his life is over. But when he meets another woman(an abused prostitute who has run away) and falls in love with her he tries to help her with her recover from her drug addiction. But when she is killed by her former pimp, Kelly looks for revenge. Meanwhile, Kelly's new career with the CIA is beginning to form. An excellent book about one of Clancy's main characters.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Good book but nook errors

    The book itself is well writen but nook version has errors original book doesnt have like on page 517 miss o'tooles name is misspelt and in original book it is spelt correctly

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

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    Good Character

    I read this first in the Jack Ryan series of books. It does a good job of introducing a main character that continues to have a prime place throughout the series. Mr. Kelly (later Clark) is a conplex person with a unique sense of morality. Troubled by a personal tragedy with a need to save himself and others, Mr. Kelly deals a decisive blow against the bad guys. This book is well written and stays interesting from beginning to conclusion.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

    Don't Listen to the 'Professional Critics'

    In reading the professional critic's reviews, I was struck at how insulated from reality they are. They complain, whine, and moan about how immoral the actions are of the protagonist in this story. Yet, they give scant consideration to the types of individuals he is killing. The pro-critics like come from the place that insists that justice comes from only law enforcement and never the private citizen. What if law enforcement did not care? What if some part of law enforcement were in on the problem. This is the case in this book. What is a private citizen to do? Is he to simply let things continue?

    John Kelly, a navy seal, is living a solitary life as he grieves for the loss of his pregnant wife. He has disconnected from society. On the way back to his boat after a supply run, he impulsively picks up a pretty young hitcher by the name of Pam. He takes her back to his boat where out of sheer need and lonliness, they become lovers and fall in love in the process. Pam has a secret. She is a prostitute and a drug addicted drug mule. She is running from that life after witnessing one of her associates murdered for the sadistic pleasure of her pimp/drug lord. After chance encounter with a couple that also happen to be doctors, the story all comes out. Rather than abandon Pam, John helps her beat her addictions. She wants to help those girls she left behind. A bad bit of timing and a slight underestimation by Kelly leads to Pam being murdered and left in a fountain for all to see. It also leads to Kelly being left for dead. Kelly's doctor friends help patch him back up. He decides to take down the operation and the operators responsible for Pam's death. Complicating this aim is an operation to rescue POWs in veitnam. Kelly is reactivated and plans and ultimately is point man on the rescue. He is also now killing pimps and drug lords between his military related trips. The prostitution and drug ring has a cop on the inside. This cop is getting ever closer to Kelly. Will Kelly get the POWs out? What becomes of his quest to eliminate the operation that killed Pam? Will his admiration and care for the nurse that is his reluctant helper turn into more?

    This is a good book for those that realize that sometimes violence has to be the answer when all other options fail. This is for those that, under the right circumstances, can kill without remorse.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2006

    In the beginning...

    Tom Clancy's Jonh Clark is born in one of Clancy's best. John Kelly, a former Navy SEAL, loses his wife in a tragic traffic accident. After some time, Kelly picks up a female hitchhiker. He takes her to his island, falls in love with her, and learns of her past as a prostitute. After he learns the story of her life, he takes her with him as he recons the location the people who harmed her. He is spotted, shot in the back on the head with a shotgun, lucky for him, the window slowed the bullet, and his girlfriend is viciously murdered. Kelly goes on a roaring rampage of revenge as he kills drug dealer after drug dealer without remorse. A very human story that ultimately results in the death of a certain John Kelly and his rebirth as John Clark. Tom Clancy's portrayal of this human story is so wonderfully well-done that it surpasses even, im opinion, The Hunt for Red October in eloquence and wonder. After reading this book, you will look forward to the movie in 07.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Outstanding

    This is a great prequel to the Rainbow Six book, and really helps you get to know the John Kelly/Clark character. I highly recommend it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    No

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Without Remorse

    Great emotional, thrilling, edge-of-your-seat roller coaster. But the way the eBook was created has many typos. The actual book doesn't because I've read it before. Several times through each chapter, some commas will be periods. Sometimes there will be spaces between different sections, sometimes not. Two people talking in the same paragraph. A sentence that ends abruptly and a little farther down it will pick up with an indentation like that phrase sprouted a sudden new paragraph. Anyway, great book, 5 stars no doubt. But the eBook version does need to be cleaned up. Nevertheless, the dozens and dozens of typos won't distract your reading, or at least not me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Great read

    Probably the best in the Ryan series.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    Highy recomended.

    We are introduced to John Clark in this novel. We also are emersed in the writing style on Tom Clancy. While this wasn't his first book, I believe, it sets the stage for his very great series of stories that are both plausable and fast paced. It made me want more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Awesome

    This is my favorite clancy book of all time. Wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Hunter C.

    Amazing book. I recommemed it all peoplwho love war books.

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    Another Tom Clancy Great.

    Excellent Reading. Need more of the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Hhaam

    Haaaaaaaaaaam

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    This one is waaay, waay, too long. Could have been written in ha

    This one is waaay, waay, too long. Could have been written in half the pages. Not a bad story but too much chit chat and explaining and outlining the different situations. Too much hero worship. I served multiple enlistments and believe me, we're not all the "best and brightest" to be fawned over.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    An outstanding read. I've read it 3 times. Definitely my favor

    An outstanding read. I've read it 3 times. Definitely my favorite Tom Clancy novel, and I love them all. Great emotion and action in this novel.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    The best of Clancy's books

    A must read. You won't be able to put it down. John Kelly is amazing. A great revenge novel.

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