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This harrowing #1 bestseller is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness. Without mercy. Without guilt. Without remorse.
Avid readers of Clancy's bestselling techno-thrillers ( The Hunt for Red October et al.) know agent John Kelly, code-named Mr. Clark, as Jack Ryan's "dark side." Here, in 1970, Vietnam vet Kelly gets involved in a secret operation to rescue 20 American pilots from a North Vietnamese prison camp. Betrayed by someone in Washington, the mission ends in apparent failure. Clancy balances the military movements with a dark narrative of Kelly's tragic personal life. While mourning the death of his pregnant wife in a traffic accident, Kelly picks up a young hitchhiker named Pam, a prostitute and drug "mule" fleeing her cruel masters. The pair fall in love and set out to bring down the drug lords, but an error on Kelly's part leads to Pam's horrible demise at the hands of the vengeful criminals. After his own recovery from a shotgun blast, Kelly begins methodically to murder his way through the drug ring. Clancy attempts to rationalize this amoral crusade with passages of introspection by characters who are either noble warriors or human scum, but the technique doesn't wash. Although full of failings of style and moral judgment, this overlong, often melodramatic novel seems destined to follow its predecessors to the top of the bestseller lists. BOMC selection.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Generally enjoyed the birth of John Clark - perhaps not the elements leading up to it, but understanding how he got where he is today.Published 3 days ago by Joel Pitchford
I'm an avid clancy fan, and love his style. This is a fantastic description of how John Clark came to be.Published 5 days ago by Davis Barkley
How Mr. C became Mr. C. The myth, the man, the legend John Clark is born.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Multiple story lines at the beginning may be hard to follow until they start to merge. Good book! Had to keep reading to see how it would end!Published 5 days ago by Martha Frasier
Great book, if you are a Clancy fan you will love this book. Set during the Vietnam war with wonderful plot twists and character development. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Robert Verant
This is a good story, Clancy-style, and well written. The problem I had was with the e-formatting. It was sloppy and completely unprofessional: missing scene breaks, paragraphs... Read morePublished 16 days ago by CLindler
I just finished reading this saga for the second time. I first read it years ago when it was first released. That was so long ago I hardly remembered much about the book. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer