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Book 23 - 2017

Book 23: Without Remorse by Tom Clancy – 750 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
John Kelly, former Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran, is still getting over the accidental death of his wife six months before, when he befriends a young woman with a decidedly checkered past. When that past reaches out for her in a particularly horrifying fashion, he vows revenge and, assembling all of his old skills, sets out to track down the men responsible, before it can happen again. At the same time, the Pentagon is readying an operation to rescue a key group of prisoners in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp. One man, they find, knows the terrain around the camp better than anyone else they have: a certain former Navy SEAL named John Kelly. Kelly has his own mission. The Pentagon wants him for theirs. Attempting to juggle the two, Kelly (now code-named Mr. Clark) finds himself confronted by a vast array of enemies, both at home and abroad - men so skillful that the slightest misstep means death. And the fate of dozens of people, including Kelly himself, restson his making sure that misstep never happens. Men aren't born dangerous. They grow dangerous. And the most dangerous of all, Kelly learns, are the ones you least expect...

A few years ago, in a particular mood, I decided I wanted to read some more action/adventure style novels and I picked up a copy of Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October on sale. I then realised that Red October, whilst the original release, is not chronologically the first book in the Jack Ryan series. As I hate to read out of order, I went and tracked down the rest, and have been putting together a collection (mostly sourced at second hand book sales) over the last few years. Without Remorse, which hardly features Jack Ryan at all, was really hard to come by, so I ended up buying it off book depository, only to have the postman leave it down the side of my house where I failed to notice it for several days. It got wet in the rain, and the book is novel double the size due to the way it dried. But nonetheless, it was readable. I read most of book while on a cruise with friends (when my friends were sleeping off their hangovers - I don’t drink). This book is mostly about John Clark, who features in the John Ryan novels. It’s a solid story, that kept my enthralled despite its ridiculous length. I’m sure some serious editing could have been done, but the book didn’t necessarily feel bloated as I’ve heard some of Clancy’s later books could use. I was most moved by the story at the beginning, that kicks off Clark’s journey - the story of the young woman who Clark develops affection for. It’s really sad, and a total kick in the face to the idea of trying to better yourself. Overall, a good read.

23 / 50 books. 46% done!

10102 / 15000 pages. 67% done!

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Tags: mystery, thriller
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