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See 2 questions about Without Remorse…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 01, Igor Ljubuncic rated it it was amazing Shelves: tom-clancy , techno-thriller , thriller , action , espionage.
This book is good for three reasons. One, it's not a Jack Ryan story. It tells us how John Clark came into being, who he is and what he is, and the plot actually happens roughly years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Clancy normally wrote Puritan Republican-voting cardboard emotions for his characters with the full knowledge that they would be portrayed in the cinema, so it must look good.
But here, he went the distance with John and actu This book is good for three reasons. But here, he went the distance with John and actually gave him something of a semblance of a real personality, and it's one of his more engaging works. All combined, it's a very decent, classic thriller, and you will like for a bunch of reasons, especially since John is sort of an anti-hero, and there are several unique, old era elements in the book, which make for a very refreshing departure from Tom's highly dense and detailed military flavored writing.
Now, we limerick: John met a girl with no name, After her death, a vigilante became, Vengeance he sought, In Vietnam fought, Delta Force operatives get no fame. Cheers, Igor Aug 20, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: spy-stuff , ebooks , to-re-read. Absolutely superb novel focusing on the enigmatic John Clark who is one of best, if not the best, spy novel characters ever. This is one of my favorite Tom Clancy novels despite being a much "smaller" scale story. Highly Recommended!!!!
Dec 01, C rated it it was ok Shelves: for-fun. This book was It wasn't terrible, but it certainly wasn't as good as I'd hoped, given Clancy's success. First gripe: There were FAR too many side plots, which I know where there in some attempt to round out the narrative, to show how things happen, but it just got distracting.
Stupidly so at times. Second gripe: What the hell was Clancy thinking when he started calling people by different names? Sometimes a character is referred to by his first name, sometimes by his last, sometimes This book was Sometimes a character is referred to by his first name, sometimes by his last, sometimes by his title.
It's irritating as hell to have a character introduced and then have to trace him back because in one pages you've got two or even three names for the same person. What an idiot. I almost stopped reading there. I'm giving Rainbox Six a try, but I doubt I'll go past that View all 11 comments. Nov 03, RM Alwaysdaddygirl Griffin alwaysdaddyprincess rated it really liked it.
Jun 11, Tim Greaton rated it it was amazing. So bad yet so good Tom Clancy has long been a hit and miss author for me. I should say that a lot of it has to do with his incredibly detailed and dense descriptions of everything military. He earns a lot of kudos for his intense knowledge of his subject matter and his ability to base his fiction in frighteningly realistic circumstances, but there are times when I just want to get on with the story and not learn about a firing pin and its historical significance to military maneuvers in the ea So bad yet so good He earns a lot of kudos for his intense knowledge of his subject matter and his ability to base his fiction in frighteningly realistic circumstances, but there are times when I just want to get on with the story and not learn about a firing pin and its historical significance to military maneuvers in the east pacific along the way.
However, Without Remorse is a book so deeply drenched in character building that it swallowed me up with sympathy, empathy, and then a deep personal need to see Mr. Clark succeed in finding revenge and yes "justice" for the many wrongs that had been done to him and his.
I, like many of us, had met Mr. Clark in other Clancy tales, where he was a cool and efficient military liaison to our government. But within the pages of Without Remorse, Tom Clancy brings him to life. Clark is soon revealed as a man with a history filled with flaws that maybe forgivable but are nonetheless frightening.
Back when he was called Kelly, Mr. Clark endured the loss of a wife and then another woman who was very important to him. Unfortunately for the men responsible, he wasn't prepared to accept that second loss. Is vigilante justice right? And can a man with the skills earned through U. The answers to those questions are sure to surprise you.
But please don't assume this novel is about revenge, because it's not. It's really about how a man changes in the face of severe personal adversity, and about how even the most righteous of causes can somehow get all twisted up. All these big issues aside, rest assured Mr. Clark is a man worth meeting and spending time with. His story isn't an easy one, but I, for one, would be pleased to learn that men like him are standing watch all around our world today.
This is our first meeting with John Clark This novel is quite a bit more violent than some of Clancy's other works that's saying something I know but that will hold true for the Clark centered novels in the series.
You get fast moving adventure with slightly less of the political twists you get when the books are about "Jack". This is an intense read. View all 7 comments. Dec 02, Tim rated it it was ok. The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. View 1 comment. What a fantastic book. Hating to start in the middle of a series I decided if I'm going to read a Tom Clancy book I might as well start at the beginning and enjoy them all assuming they're any good and boy am I glad I did!
This book isn't what I expected - I thought it'ld be more action, shooting and explosions with little substance, but no the What a fantastic book. This book isn't what I expected - I thought it'ld be more action, shooting and explosions with little substance, but no there's a great deal of substance to this book and the writing style is easy to read yet very detailed and atmospheric. There's action, shooting and explosions, but not mindlessly. The story at a basic level is one of revenge, a man John Kelly who has previously lost his wife meets a young lady Pam , it turns out Pam has been the victim of abuse, John Kelly falls in love with Pam and helping her recover and in doing so opens his heart for the first time since the death of his wife and is crushed when Pam is then murdered by her past abusers.
Enter John-the-serial-killer who seeks revenge on those who took his Pam from him. Amongst this there are a couple of other sub plots as well as the second main thrust of the story line which is John Kelly returning to Vietnam as well as being recruited by the CIA. It really was quite the moving story and you couldn't help but sympathise with John Kelly even as he killed again and again.
Dec 13, Silvana rated it it was ok Shelves: used-to-own , military-fiction. One of the worst Clancy's books I've ever read. Boring, too much description, too many unnecessary drama Yes, I know it's about the "making" of the legendary John Clark, but I still cannot enjoy it. View all 3 comments.
Aug 20, Matthew Esham rated it it was amazing. Kelly is a Navy Seal back in the states as Vietnam rages half way across the globe. He's done his service, and well, and is now working as an underwater demolitions expert. Of course, that all changes when his pregnant wife is accidentally killed. Several months pass. Then on a wimhe picks up a female hitch hiker while he is on the way to his boat. The hitch hiker has a horrendous past, she's running from some Kelly is a Navy Seal back in the states as Vietnam rages half way across the globe.
The hitch hiker has a horrendous past, she's running from some very bad people, and is addicted to drugs. That is where the book really takes off. He's tough, but the very same things that make him so resiliant also show his humanity. There is something touching about the two of them finding each other.
The bad That sucked. I like happy endings. The retelling of that tale is just to brutal. I actually debated about giving the book a lower rating because I found it disturbing. But then I argued with myself that if it was giving my nightmares, I guess it was effective. It was a lot of subplot for what I felt was little return. Kelly needed the out at the end, but I don't think the story needed that much detail to make it happen. He should have been the one in the high pressure chamber. A very good read, and the overall happy ending with Nurse O'Toole in the end was a nice touch.
I liked that Kelly was at peace by the last page. And while Jack Ryan is just barely in this book, it is considered the first in the series. Looking forward to reading the next one, although I think Kelly becomes a side character from here on in. Aug 24, Bill Varon rated it really liked it. Really good book, but the part that will stick with me forever is the torture episode that takes place on a very small unmapped military island on the Chesapeake Bay.
Don't gang rape and murder someone's girlfriend if you're not able to defend yourself against her angry, psycho, highly trained military boyfriend, John Clark. Especially gruesome because the torturee was kept alive for days after being placed in a decompression chamber turned up and up and up and up, until one by one his ear drums Really good book, but the part that will stick with me forever is the torture episode that takes place on a very small unmapped military island on the Chesapeake Bay.
Especially gruesome because the torturee was kept alive for days after being placed in a decompression chamber turned up and up and up and up, until one by one his ear drums burst, his eyes popped out, his joints explode one at a time, etc. I think his vocal cords were also destroyed so he couldn't yell for help and nobody could hear him if he could. He was slowly rendered deaf, dumb, blind, immobile, and the only sense perception he was left with was the ability to feel pain. Worth reading if only for the retaliation story and justice being served.
Just these 20 or so pages rank 7 stars. Another 'prequel' in the series there were to be even more. This one went way back to tell us where John Clark comes from. Long and not so engaging. And John Clarke is not a sympathetic character.
Did not care much for this one, but of course worse were to come View 2 comments. Apr 22, Kashif rated it it was amazing. Without Remorse was my first true Tom Clancy thriller and I was absolutely blown away by how excellent it is. Without Remorse is a chilling and dark story of abuse and vengeance, packed with an intriguing and brilliant narrative as well as fast paced and realistic action.
This is the origin story of John Clark, in another life. When Clark is faced with a brutal tragedy, he takes matters into his own hands and goes on a path of violent retribution. I found Clark to be a really interesting character from the get-go.
I was amazed by how human he felt as a character. His thoughts, his emotions, all so vulnerable. This really helped to invest me further into the events of the book, and every brutal tragedy hit me twice as hard. Every single character in the book felt like a living breathing personality instead of filler characters. Tom Clancy very aptly puts readers into the heads of the characters. The action was extremely fast paced and brutal. There is a healthy and interesting trivia of firearms and tactical equipment, which I immensely enjoyed.
The mentions of creating and fitting custom suppressors particularly drew my attention. The incorporation of the realistic tactical systems helped to give Without Remorse the rightful vibe of a professional eliminating evil individuals. Without Remorse seems like an inspiration for many thrillers nowadays and it is not hard to see why. It is a classic thriller that will stand the test of time no matter what.
Another brilliant aspect of the book was how multiple storylines were woven together so brilliantly, incorporating both Vietnam and US locales without overwhelming the readers. If anything, it just added to the fast pace of the thriller. It starts a bit slow, but that is worth building the foundation of the book. Started with audio and then found that I could not tell when scene and character changed.
I pulled a hard copy off the to-read shelf and had a great experience. I remember the time frame of the story and understand the military, the drug situation as presented. I recommend this to people on both ends of political spectrum Nixon is president after the LBJ admins. Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As I'm finishing up the book here, I decided to start writing my review. This is only my second Tom Clancy book. I read "Executive Orders" the year it came out I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book. Let me be clear. This was a good b As I'm finishing up the book here, I decided to start writing my review. This was a good book. I gave it 2 stars, almost 3.
The reason being is the book started off on such an atrocious note that I could hardly get past the first 7 chapters. It was that bad. The story starts off with John Kelly ex Vietnam Navy SEAL , driving to his boat when he picks up a random, yes random, chick hitchhiking on the side of the road. Not only is this girl young and fairly attractive, she's also a completely drug dependent prostitute.
Within 24 hours these two are in complete love with each other and have a life planned ahead. Now, in the real world, this is nonsense. This Pam Madden girl would have robbed him blind on the first night and been right back on the street doing dope and turning tricks Quickly, Kelly finds a doctor and his wife that nurse Pam off the drugs and get her cleaned up and presentable and all looks to be hunky dory for our guy Kelly and his new love, Pam.
Mind you, Kelly is also 6 months removed from his pregnant wife Tisha having been killed in an auto accident. Also killed was their unborn baby. Geeez, what luck. Almost put the book down at this point. Just not believable in the real world.
Then the book got better. After Pam is cleaned up, Kelly gets the bright idea or not so bright, especially for a SEAL to take Pam back to the city and scope out who the guys are that hooked her onto drugs and basically held her as a sex slave. While driving through the "hood", Pam is spotted by one of the main players on the street.
This is significant because already another girl wound up dead when she tried to escape. The drug dealers can't afford to let any girl escape because they have been witnesses to various crimes, including murder. A car pursuit enues and Kelly appears to get away but he makes a fatal mistake. Pam is taken from the car and later found brutally murdered another good grief and Kelly a former SEAL mind you , is shot by a low level street thug with a shotgun.
Kelly survives the assault and is treated by the same doctor, Dr. Rosen, who helped with Pam. Also a nurse named Sandy O'Toole makes her appearance and later marries Kelly Kelly at this point has nothing but revenge on his mind and gets to work, going on a mass killing spree in the city, ridding the streets of money, drugs, and drug dealers.
At the same time, the story gets a little confusing with other sub stories going on more like I'm not going to go into details into these parts of the story. Clancy leaves the reader to decide on the moral conundrum that Kelly presents. Is he right to kill truly bad people??? Is it any different then war??? Is revenge ok given the end result is good??
Clancy never answers the question, although the book clearly leans to approval of the hero. The book is very brutal. Clancy pulls no punches in the descriptions of abuse for the girls involved in the drug ring. Vivid descriptions of the torture Kelly puts some of these guys through even made me nauseous, which isn't easy to do. I liked the book.
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