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It ain't original, but its a damn fine book,
This review is from: Without Remorse (Paperback)
Without Remorse is set in 1970, and tells of John Kelly ex-Navy SEAL Vietnam veteran, and soon to be known as CIA agent John Clark. This book tells us of how he came to the CIA. 6 months after his wife dies, he meets a young woman whom he falls in love with who turns out to have been a prostitute working for a drugs ring which consists of some major sickos. One night, she is spotted along with Kelly and after a chase, Kelly is shot and left for dead, while she is taken away to be gang-raped and tortured to death. Kelly recovers and vows revenge. While he's bumping off drug dealers and pimps, the CIA and Pentagon are planning a major rescue operation in North Vietnam, and they need Kelly's help to do this. So now he has two missions to fulfill. When the rescue mission goes tits-up thanks to a slimy Washington aide, he returns to the States only to find that the police are now beginning to suspect what he's been up to on the streets of Baltimore. Kelly is forced to tell his CIA superiors what he's been up to, and amazingly, they agree to help him if he comes to work for them, helping him to stage his own death after he's killed all the bad guys, and become John Clark.
Now this was a real surprise when I read this. Despite obvious inspirations (Death Wish, Rambo) the atmosphere and tension, and a more complicated action hero than Kersey and Rambo, makes it far better than many amateur attempts at revenge-thrillers.
The only real flaws are the length (did it really have to be this long) and one sub-plot too many (like the POW scenes, which, although not boring, seem a little superfluous and unnecessary). However, its far easier to get into and much more pacier than some of Clancy's other books.
I would rank this alongside RSR and CAPD as among the author's best.