Without Remorse

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 John Kelly, former Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran, is still getting over the accidental death of his wife six months before...

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Title:Without Remorse
Author:Tom Clancy
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Number of Pages:750 pages pages

Without Remorse Reviews

  • Eric
    Aug 01, 2007

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

    Ah, yes. Now I remember. I remember why I so enjoyed Tom Clancy in high school/college. This book has motivated me to re-read the entire Ryanverse set of novels (save for "Red Rabbit," which I just finished and was less than impressed with). I tried 4 or 5 times over the last 15 years ...

    This one gets 4 stars (even though its from Tom Clancy) because the main character //ISNT// Jack Ryan (shudder), kills a dude in a deep sead diving pressure chamber. Also because John Kelly (main character) becomes John Clark, who was the mission briefer in all the Rainbow Six games I ...

    The first time I picked up a Tom Clancy book was almost 10 years ago. I remember back then "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" turned out to be a bit too much for me. The technical detail was so mind-boggling that I couldn't continue beyond 100 pages. When I was growing up, I regularly u...

    This was an excellent novel except for the prolific profanity. I deducted 2 stars for it. ...

    He had to look away. What more would fate take away from him? Why not just take his life and be done with it? But it wasn't just his life that fate was interested in. It never was. He was responsible, as always, for more than that. Kelly reached for his radio and flipped it on. Be...

    Unbelievably my first Tom Clancy book, but will not be my last! This is the story of John Kelly a man who lost his wife, found a new love, and had her taken away from him by the drug lords who enslaved her and tortured her. John has a mission: to rid the streets of the drug dealers who...

    4 Stars ~ My 90's reading contained many of Clancy's Jack Ryan stories including this one, which is John Kelly's (Mr. Clark) story. Jack's father Emmett is a detective that plays an integral role throughout this story. There's a brief scene with a very young Jack who is about to enlist...

    This is by far, my favorite Tom Clancy book. Clancy departs from Jack Ryan being the center of attention, and focuses on a minor character--but a good one--from his other books, which we have never known well, but would like to. In this book, we get to know John Kelly (alias Mr. Clark)...

    In what is easily the best book I've ever read, Tom Clancy creates a cast of characters that trancend the series of Jack Ryan. John Kelly, the main character of the novel, is easily the most astounding person I've ever read about. From his times in Vietnam as part of the Third Speci...

    I read this back when it was first published. As a Clancy fan I was up to date until Rainbow Six,then the novels started going off in all directions with collaborations and I lost track and although I've bought more of Tom's books I can't stand reading a series out of order. But if you...

    This book is the best of Clancy's. It is also a must read for anyone who has read or is planning on reading any of Clancy's other books (at least up through Rainbow-Six, which is as far as I have gotten). Definitely adds a lot of background information that seeps into other characters...

  • C
    Dec 01, 2008

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

  • Silvana
    Dec 13, 2007

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

  • Andy
    Dec 11, 2007

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

    Ah, yes. Now I remember. I remember why I so enjoyed Tom Clancy in high school/college. This book has motivated me to re-read the entire Ryanverse set of novels (save for "Red Rabbit," which I just finished and was less than impressed with). I tried 4 or 5 times over the last 15 years ...

    This one gets 4 stars (even though its from Tom Clancy) because the main character //ISNT// Jack Ryan (shudder), kills a dude in a deep sead diving pressure chamber. Also because John Kelly (main character) becomes John Clark, who was the mission briefer in all the Rainbow Six games I ...

  • Bill Varon
    Aug 24, 2008

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

  • Stephen
    Aug 20, 2008

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Oct 23, 2009

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

  • Kevin Murphy
    Jun 02, 2010

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

    Ah, yes. Now I remember. I remember why I so enjoyed Tom Clancy in high school/college. This book has motivated me to re-read the entire Ryanverse set of novels (save for "Red Rabbit," which I just finished and was less than impressed with). I tried 4 or 5 times over the last 15 years ...

  • Alison
    Jul 26, 2011

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

    Ah, yes. Now I remember. I remember why I so enjoyed Tom Clancy in high school/college. This book has motivated me to re-read the entire Ryanverse set of novels (save for "Red Rabbit," which I just finished and was less than impressed with). I tried 4 or 5 times over the last 15 years ...

    This one gets 4 stars (even though its from Tom Clancy) because the main character //ISNT// Jack Ryan (shudder), kills a dude in a deep sead diving pressure chamber. Also because John Kelly (main character) becomes John Clark, who was the mission briefer in all the Rainbow Six games I ...

    The first time I picked up a Tom Clancy book was almost 10 years ago. I remember back then "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" turned out to be a bit too much for me. The technical detail was so mind-boggling that I couldn't continue beyond 100 pages. When I was growing up, I regularly u...

    This was an excellent novel except for the prolific profanity. I deducted 2 stars for it. ...

    He had to look away. What more would fate take away from him? Why not just take his life and be done with it? But it wasn't just his life that fate was interested in. It never was. He was responsible, as always, for more than that. Kelly reached for his radio and flipped it on. Be...

    Unbelievably my first Tom Clancy book, but will not be my last! This is the story of John Kelly a man who lost his wife, found a new love, and had her taken away from him by the drug lords who enslaved her and tortured her. John has a mission: to rid the streets of the drug dealers who...

  • Kay
    Feb 17, 2013

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

    Ah, yes. Now I remember. I remember why I so enjoyed Tom Clancy in high school/college. This book has motivated me to re-read the entire Ryanverse set of novels (save for "Red Rabbit," which I just finished and was less than impressed with). I tried 4 or 5 times over the last 15 years ...

    This one gets 4 stars (even though its from Tom Clancy) because the main character //ISNT// Jack Ryan (shudder), kills a dude in a deep sead diving pressure chamber. Also because John Kelly (main character) becomes John Clark, who was the mission briefer in all the Rainbow Six games I ...

    The first time I picked up a Tom Clancy book was almost 10 years ago. I remember back then "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" turned out to be a bit too much for me. The technical detail was so mind-boggling that I couldn't continue beyond 100 pages. When I was growing up, I regularly u...

    This was an excellent novel except for the prolific profanity. I deducted 2 stars for it. ...

    He had to look away. What more would fate take away from him? Why not just take his life and be done with it? But it wasn't just his life that fate was interested in. It never was. He was responsible, as always, for more than that. Kelly reached for his radio and flipped it on. Be...

    Unbelievably my first Tom Clancy book, but will not be my last! This is the story of John Kelly a man who lost his wife, found a new love, and had her taken away from him by the drug lords who enslaved her and tortured her. John has a mission: to rid the streets of the drug dealers who...

    4 Stars ~ My 90's reading contained many of Clancy's Jack Ryan stories including this one, which is John Kelly's (Mr. Clark) story. Jack's father Emmett is a detective that plays an integral role throughout this story. There's a brief scene with a very young Jack who is about to enlist...

  • Ian Sandusky
    Aug 17, 2010

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

    Ah, yes. Now I remember. I remember why I so enjoyed Tom Clancy in high school/college. This book has motivated me to re-read the entire Ryanverse set of novels (save for "Red Rabbit," which I just finished and was less than impressed with). I tried 4 or 5 times over the last 15 years ...

    This one gets 4 stars (even though its from Tom Clancy) because the main character //ISNT// Jack Ryan (shudder), kills a dude in a deep sead diving pressure chamber. Also because John Kelly (main character) becomes John Clark, who was the mission briefer in all the Rainbow Six games I ...

    The first time I picked up a Tom Clancy book was almost 10 years ago. I remember back then "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" turned out to be a bit too much for me. The technical detail was so mind-boggling that I couldn't continue beyond 100 pages. When I was growing up, I regularly u...

    This was an excellent novel except for the prolific profanity. I deducted 2 stars for it. ...

    He had to look away. What more would fate take away from him? Why not just take his life and be done with it? But it wasn't just his life that fate was interested in. It never was. He was responsible, as always, for more than that. Kelly reached for his radio and flipped it on. Be...

    Unbelievably my first Tom Clancy book, but will not be my last! This is the story of John Kelly a man who lost his wife, found a new love, and had her taken away from him by the drug lords who enslaved her and tortured her. John has a mission: to rid the streets of the drug dealers who...

    4 Stars ~ My 90's reading contained many of Clancy's Jack Ryan stories including this one, which is John Kelly's (Mr. Clark) story. Jack's father Emmett is a detective that plays an integral role throughout this story. There's a brief scene with a very young Jack who is about to enlist...

    This is by far, my favorite Tom Clancy book. Clancy departs from Jack Ryan being the center of attention, and focuses on a minor character--but a good one--from his other books, which we have never known well, but would like to. In this book, we get to know John Kelly (alias Mr. Clark)...

    In what is easily the best book I've ever read, Tom Clancy creates a cast of characters that trancend the series of Jack Ryan. John Kelly, the main character of the novel, is easily the most astounding person I've ever read about. From his times in Vietnam as part of the Third Speci...

  • Susan
    Oct 28, 2018

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

    Ah, yes. Now I remember. I remember why I so enjoyed Tom Clancy in high school/college. This book has motivated me to re-read the entire Ryanverse set of novels (save for "Red Rabbit," which I just finished and was less than impressed with). I tried 4 or 5 times over the last 15 years ...

    This one gets 4 stars (even though its from Tom Clancy) because the main character //ISNT// Jack Ryan (shudder), kills a dude in a deep sead diving pressure chamber. Also because John Kelly (main character) becomes John Clark, who was the mission briefer in all the Rainbow Six games I ...

    The first time I picked up a Tom Clancy book was almost 10 years ago. I remember back then "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" turned out to be a bit too much for me. The technical detail was so mind-boggling that I couldn't continue beyond 100 pages. When I was growing up, I regularly u...

    This was an excellent novel except for the prolific profanity. I deducted 2 stars for it. ...

  • Justin Poe
    Jan 12, 2014

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

  • Henri Moreaux
    Mar 06, 2013

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

  • Michael Barnett
    Feb 25, 2012

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

    Ah, yes. Now I remember. I remember why I so enjoyed Tom Clancy in high school/college. This book has motivated me to re-read the entire Ryanverse set of novels (save for "Red Rabbit," which I just finished and was less than impressed with). I tried 4 or 5 times over the last 15 years ...

    This one gets 4 stars (even though its from Tom Clancy) because the main character //ISNT// Jack Ryan (shudder), kills a dude in a deep sead diving pressure chamber. Also because John Kelly (main character) becomes John Clark, who was the mission briefer in all the Rainbow Six games I ...

    The first time I picked up a Tom Clancy book was almost 10 years ago. I remember back then "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" turned out to be a bit too much for me. The technical detail was so mind-boggling that I couldn't continue beyond 100 pages. When I was growing up, I regularly u...

    This was an excellent novel except for the prolific profanity. I deducted 2 stars for it. ...

    He had to look away. What more would fate take away from him? Why not just take his life and be done with it? But it wasn't just his life that fate was interested in. It never was. He was responsible, as always, for more than that. Kelly reached for his radio and flipped it on. Be...

    Unbelievably my first Tom Clancy book, but will not be my last! This is the story of John Kelly a man who lost his wife, found a new love, and had her taken away from him by the drug lords who enslaved her and tortured her. John has a mission: to rid the streets of the drug dealers who...

    4 Stars ~ My 90's reading contained many of Clancy's Jack Ryan stories including this one, which is John Kelly's (Mr. Clark) story. Jack's father Emmett is a detective that plays an integral role throughout this story. There's a brief scene with a very young Jack who is about to enlist...

    This is by far, my favorite Tom Clancy book. Clancy departs from Jack Ryan being the center of attention, and focuses on a minor character--but a good one--from his other books, which we have never known well, but would like to. In this book, we get to know John Kelly (alias Mr. Clark)...

  • Tim Greaton
    Jun 11, 2011

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

  • William
    Feb 26, 2017

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

  • Matthew Esham
    Aug 20, 2012

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

  • Aniruddha
    Jan 20, 2019

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

    Ah, yes. Now I remember. I remember why I so enjoyed Tom Clancy in high school/college. This book has motivated me to re-read the entire Ryanverse set of novels (save for "Red Rabbit," which I just finished and was less than impressed with). I tried 4 or 5 times over the last 15 years ...

    This one gets 4 stars (even though its from Tom Clancy) because the main character //ISNT// Jack Ryan (shudder), kills a dude in a deep sead diving pressure chamber. Also because John Kelly (main character) becomes John Clark, who was the mission briefer in all the Rainbow Six games I ...

    The first time I picked up a Tom Clancy book was almost 10 years ago. I remember back then "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" turned out to be a bit too much for me. The technical detail was so mind-boggling that I couldn't continue beyond 100 pages. When I was growing up, I regularly u...

  • Neil
    Jul 01, 2016

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

  • Igor Ljubuncic
    Apr 01, 2014

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

  • Rob
    Oct 21, 2017

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

  • Enock Maregesi
    Jan 17, 2013

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

    Ah, yes. Now I remember. I remember why I so enjoyed Tom Clancy in high school/college. This book has motivated me to re-read the entire Ryanverse set of novels (save for "Red Rabbit," which I just finished and was less than impressed with). I tried 4 or 5 times over the last 15 years ...

    This one gets 4 stars (even though its from Tom Clancy) because the main character //ISNT// Jack Ryan (shudder), kills a dude in a deep sead diving pressure chamber. Also because John Kelly (main character) becomes John Clark, who was the mission briefer in all the Rainbow Six games I ...

    The first time I picked up a Tom Clancy book was almost 10 years ago. I remember back then "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" turned out to be a bit too much for me. The technical detail was so mind-boggling that I couldn't continue beyond 100 pages. When I was growing up, I regularly u...

    This was an excellent novel except for the prolific profanity. I deducted 2 stars for it. ...

    He had to look away. What more would fate take away from him? Why not just take his life and be done with it? But it wasn't just his life that fate was interested in. It never was. He was responsible, as always, for more than that. Kelly reached for his radio and flipped it on. Be...

    Unbelievably my first Tom Clancy book, but will not be my last! This is the story of John Kelly a man who lost his wife, found a new love, and had her taken away from him by the drug lords who enslaved her and tortured her. John has a mission: to rid the streets of the drug dealers who...

    4 Stars ~ My 90's reading contained many of Clancy's Jack Ryan stories including this one, which is John Kelly's (Mr. Clark) story. Jack's father Emmett is a detective that plays an integral role throughout this story. There's a brief scene with a very young Jack who is about to enlist...

    This is by far, my favorite Tom Clancy book. Clancy departs from Jack Ryan being the center of attention, and focuses on a minor character--but a good one--from his other books, which we have never known well, but would like to. In this book, we get to know John Kelly (alias Mr. Clark)...

    In what is easily the best book I've ever read, Tom Clancy creates a cast of characters that trancend the series of Jack Ryan. John Kelly, the main character of the novel, is easily the most astounding person I've ever read about. From his times in Vietnam as part of the Third Speci...

    I read this back when it was first published. As a Clancy fan I was up to date until Rainbow Six,then the novels started going off in all directions with collaborations and I lost track and although I've bought more of Tom's books I can't stand reading a series out of order. But if you...

    This book is the best of Clancy's. It is also a must read for anyone who has read or is planning on reading any of Clancy's other books (at least up through Rainbow-Six, which is as far as I have gotten). Definitely adds a lot of background information that seeps into other characters...

    Tom Clancy is the kind of guy I enjoy reading. One of his fictional heroes, John Patrick Ryan, a National Security Adviser and President of the United States, is one of my biggest fictional inspirations! Tom Clancy (in Without Remorse) has given us a new hero, and his name is John Clar...

  • Jane
    Oct 18, 2012

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

    Ah, yes. Now I remember. I remember why I so enjoyed Tom Clancy in high school/college. This book has motivated me to re-read the entire Ryanverse set of novels (save for "Red Rabbit," which I just finished and was less than impressed with). I tried 4 or 5 times over the last 15 years ...

    This one gets 4 stars (even though its from Tom Clancy) because the main character //ISNT// Jack Ryan (shudder), kills a dude in a deep sead diving pressure chamber. Also because John Kelly (main character) becomes John Clark, who was the mission briefer in all the Rainbow Six games I ...

    The first time I picked up a Tom Clancy book was almost 10 years ago. I remember back then "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" turned out to be a bit too much for me. The technical detail was so mind-boggling that I couldn't continue beyond 100 pages. When I was growing up, I regularly u...

    This was an excellent novel except for the prolific profanity. I deducted 2 stars for it. ...

    He had to look away. What more would fate take away from him? Why not just take his life and be done with it? But it wasn't just his life that fate was interested in. It never was. He was responsible, as always, for more than that. Kelly reached for his radio and flipped it on. Be...

    Unbelievably my first Tom Clancy book, but will not be my last! This is the story of John Kelly a man who lost his wife, found a new love, and had her taken away from him by the drug lords who enslaved her and tortured her. John has a mission: to rid the streets of the drug dealers who...

    4 Stars ~ My 90's reading contained many of Clancy's Jack Ryan stories including this one, which is John Kelly's (Mr. Clark) story. Jack's father Emmett is a detective that plays an integral role throughout this story. There's a brief scene with a very young Jack who is about to enlist...

    This is by far, my favorite Tom Clancy book. Clancy departs from Jack Ryan being the center of attention, and focuses on a minor character--but a good one--from his other books, which we have never known well, but would like to. In this book, we get to know John Kelly (alias Mr. Clark)...

    In what is easily the best book I've ever read, Tom Clancy creates a cast of characters that trancend the series of Jack Ryan. John Kelly, the main character of the novel, is easily the most astounding person I've ever read about. From his times in Vietnam as part of the Third Speci...

    I read this back when it was first published. As a Clancy fan I was up to date until Rainbow Six,then the novels started going off in all directions with collaborations and I lost track and although I've bought more of Tom's books I can't stand reading a series out of order. But if you...

  • Jake C.
    Jun 10, 2013

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

  • Tim
    Dec 02, 2017

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

  • Conor
    Jul 04, 2014

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

  • Thomas Strömquist
    Mar 26, 2015

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

  • RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
    Nov 03, 2018

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

  • Megan
    Apr 18, 2019

    5.0 Stars. 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!!!! ...

    This book was...well, ok. 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 distr...

    4 stars. ??? ...

    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 15-20 years before the main series. Two, Vietnam, so it's low tech and gritty Ramboism. Three, Tom Cla...

    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...

    The beginning was slow and mildly interesting. The end is well-done and elevates the rating. 5 of 10 stars ...

    What a fantastic book. Having seen Hunt For Red October/Patriot Games/Sum of all Fears at the movies and finding them to be good movies I thought I'd try out the actual books. 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 sta...

    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... ...

    This is our first meeting with John Clark...if you follow Clansy's novels that tells you the back ground on this one. 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 th...

    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. ...

    Executive Summary: I found this book good at times, and tedious at others. It rounded out to be a so-so thriller overall. Audiobook: Much like the other Clancy books he's narrated, Michael Prichard does a fine job, but nothing spectacular. He speaks clearly and with good volume. He ...

    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 peo...

    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...so a while back. I decided to start with book 1 in the Jack Ryan series (yes, he's mentioned briefly in this book). This ...

    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 wim...

    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...

    All I need to say Is John Kelly is a BAD ASS! This was my first Tom Clancy book and won't be the last, I read this book because my friends have talked about how great of a writer Tom Clancy is. So I took a look at some of his books. And to be honest at first I did judge his books by th...

    3.5 Stars. A tense, well written thriller by the master of the genre. While the military operation plot was somewhat dragged out and bloated the revenge plotline was one of the most gripping stories of it's type that I've read. There were a number of likeable and memorable (althoug...

    Tom Clancy was the Steven Seagal of writers ...

    Ah, yes. Now I remember. I remember why I so enjoyed Tom Clancy in high school/college. This book has motivated me to re-read the entire Ryanverse set of novels (save for "Red Rabbit," which I just finished and was less than impressed with). I tried 4 or 5 times over the last 15 years ...

    This one gets 4 stars (even though its from Tom Clancy) because the main character //ISNT// Jack Ryan (shudder), kills a dude in a deep sead diving pressure chamber. Also because John Kelly (main character) becomes John Clark, who was the mission briefer in all the Rainbow Six games I ...

    The first time I picked up a Tom Clancy book was almost 10 years ago. I remember back then "The Cardinal of the Kremlin" turned out to be a bit too much for me. The technical detail was so mind-boggling that I couldn't continue beyond 100 pages. When I was growing up, I regularly u...

    This was an excellent novel except for the prolific profanity. I deducted 2 stars for it. ...

    He had to look away. What more would fate take away from him? Why not just take his life and be done with it? But it wasn't just his life that fate was interested in. It never was. He was responsible, as always, for more than that. Kelly reached for his radio and flipped it on. Be...