Retired math & CS majors that grew up on SF of 50s-70s, and now is a devotes of Clancy, Ludlum, Greaney Child, Connerly, DeMille ,& Baldacc
If you can stomach violence, a great story.
Not unlike Child's Jack Reacher character: making things "right", after the bad guys did their things.
This is the second Tom Clancy's book I've read, but this is the first book I've bought... After listening to Dead or Alive I decided give Without Remorse another try. Michael Prichard keeps the same tone of voice through the book, and it is hard to know when the POV changes. The only good thing about his narration is that he speaks clearly.
No. I would buy the e-book edition if it was available.
The book has a slow start. When the story picks up the pace, it is hard to put the book down.
Scott Brick, Paul Micheals, Rudnicki, DeCur,,,,abetter narrator
I read the book when it first came out in print and thought it was great,
monotone. no feeling for the story
I enjoyed Clancy’s first 4-5 books but have not kept up. When I decided to listen to Locked On, a reviewer (who appeared to have similar tastes to mine) said it was imperative to have listened to the previous books in the series for full enjoyment. The first one he mentioned was Without Remorse. This was actually great news because I have been looking for a series (like Aubrey/Maturin) that I can enjoy without having to do research for each book. Without Remorse was 11 or so books away from Locked On so this would set me up for quite a while.I mention this to note that I was really pre-disposed to like Without Remorse. And I tried, well beyond where I would normally quit, but ultimately I could not finish. I noted early on the awkward relationships and unrealistic plot complexities. Characters to things to drive the plot, not because that is what their character as developed would do. I thought the technical details and overall picture would pull me through, but it got worse as I went along; I even fast forwarded through a couple of the many plot threads. That helped for a while, but eventually I ran out of caring about anything other than the police investigation.I went back to other reviews of later books to see if I stuck it out, things would get better. I looked mainly at the 1-star reviews to see if others were bothered by the same things. And there in Locked On was this - “the word choices, the cliches, the lack of character depth”. The reviewer was referring to Locked On being ghost-written and the words not being Clancy’s, but this could apply 100% to Without Remorse. “Speculation was rampant but not too rampant”; “his thoughts were more complex than theirs”. What does this even mean since it is said by the narrator, not the hero, and no other discussion follows?I guess I’ll listen to Simon Vance read the Master and Commander series for the 5th time and look for something else.
Some reviewers disliked this reader. I have enjoyed Michael Prichard for many hours through 60+ Nero Wolfe mysteries at least 3 times. I cannot imagine anyone else as Archie Goodwin. And while I agree with those who disliked the reader, I chalk it up to bad writing; I’m not sure any reader could save it.
I would in that the audio book gives you a reader that was able to change with characters...in the print version your imagination is limited to the character you create...
John kelly progression from military, victim to CIA operative.
Kelly, was my favorite followed by Greer and Mancuso.
Moved..no, but my favorite part was when he was attacked and hospitalized and PAM was killed...showing he was not a superhero and invincible, but made mistakes...
Great book, Michael prichard did an outstanding job assimilating characters, changing characters and reading this book...
Yes, in fact I have listened to it 3 times already. I think the story is just great. John Kelly is such an interesting character. He has his own set of morals that make his actions quite understandable. Plus he is really yummy :)
That is a difficult one since the book plays at so many different levels. Without giving any spoilers, there's a moment where Kelly's arrogance has made him mess up badly. I always dread hearing that part.
On the whole I like the parts where Kelly goes 'undercover' to get to the truth and make amends for his own stupidity (and keeps the police busy while at it) best. I think my favourite scene must be the scene at the end of the book when the truth is out and there's a short chase.
The narrator doesn't use a lot of intonation and he speaks in rather a bleak way. But I think it fits the story very well.Truth be told, I did check if the narrator that's actually mentioned on the cover - David Dukes - does a better job of it. I listened to a sample of his narration, but I DEFINITELY prefer Michael Prichard's narrating.
This book is a nice peek into the background of the mysterious John Clark who features prominently in much of the later parts of the series. It also gives some backstory to other characters in the series. While it doesn't carry the Jack Ryan series forward in particular, it does add some depth to the series. There are a few contrivances in the book that I found a bit strained as a way to add extra connections between characters.
Regardless, this is definitely worth a listen. Michael Prichard is not my favorite narrator, but he does an adequate job in the telling.
I've listened to this book 3 times already! I went back to ensure I didn't miss anything, then again just for the enjoyment.
Clark of course!
Prichard was okay, but I did have to get use to his style.
the narrator(or is it the director or lack of one)
you couldnt tell when he switched subjects, characters or years
Rescue, Protect, Love
His isolation pierced by an act of kindness, he takes care of her, then cares for her, then falls in love. When she is killed, his revenge is not really revenge, and is so subtle even the police are hard-pressed to figure out what is really going on: he is cleaning up the streets using the only way he knows to solve a problem.
Prichard's voice is evocative, and brings the characters to life.
The day the doctor demanded that Kelly be treated for his STD without the nurses telling him that he has it.
Without Remorse illustrates that prostitution is not a "victimless crime." It is a wake-up call to our society on the workings of the dark world of drugs and prostitution. Tom Clancy brilliantly wrote a story that will touch, break, then heal your heart.