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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Pamela]]'s brutal and horrifying murder is the inciting incident for most of the novel's plot.


* CantHoldHisLiqour: After Robin Zacharias is severely beaten by his NVA captors, Gerasimov gives him vodka to help numb the pain (and also loosen his tongue). Zacharias, being a devout Mormon who doesn't drink, at first resists because but then relents after Gerasimov tells him that it's for medicinal purposes. Gerasimov is amazed by how quickly the alcohol starts to take effect on Zacharias, and deduces that Zacharias has never drank a drop of alcohol in his life and thus never built up a tolerance for it.

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* CantHoldHisLiqour: CantHoldHisLiquor: After Robin Zacharias is severely beaten by his NVA captors, Gerasimov gives him vodka to help numb the pain (and also loosen his tongue). Zacharias, being a devout Mormon who doesn't drink, at first resists because but then relents after Gerasimov tells him that it's for medicinal purposes. Gerasimov is amazed by how quickly the alcohol starts to take effect on Zacharias, and deduces that Zacharias has never drank a drop of alcohol in his life and thus never built up a tolerance for it.

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* CantHoldHisLiqour: After Robin Zacharias is severely beaten by his NVA captors, Gerasimov gives him vodka to help numb the pain (and also loosen his tongue). Zacharias, being a devout Mormon who doesn't drink, at first resists because but then relents after Gerasimov tells him that it's for medicinal purposes. Gerasimov is amazed by how quickly the alcohol starts to take effect on Zacharias, and deduces that Zacharias has never drank a drop of alcohol in his life and thus never built up a tolerance for it.

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* StealthHiBye: Kelly demonstrates his almost-impossible stealth abilities during a test halfway through the book. Having volunteered to be the spotter for the Sender Green mission, the Admirals in charge (and the Marines doing the mission) decide that he has to prove himself by getting to his planned position on a hill overlooking the simulated prison camp. However, the Marines will be guarding the hill, know that Kelly is coming, and have a huge incentive[[note]]in addition to the Navy/Marine rivalry, Sergeant Irwin implies that there will be some hefty punishment if they let Kelly though[[/note]] to find and stop him. After about 4 hours, they conclude that Kelly failed, since they haven't seen him, and one of the men on the hilltop asks for a light. Podulski lights the cigarettes and is scared to death to see that the man is ''Kelly'', who announces that he's been there for ''two and a half hours'' without them noticing.

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* DoubleTap: Kelly makes extensive use of it, largely because of his SOG/SEAL training, with his Colt .45. When he goes hunting, he configures the pistol as a .22 with a home-built suppressor with a little help from a machine shop and a conversion kit, relying on the double-tap headshot due to the .22's relative weakness. This tips off the investigating policemen that they're dealing with an experienced professional. When he switches it back over to .45 configuration, he changes to two in the chest, one in the head, a sign that he's discarding subtlety for the last push.


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* PostRapeTaunt: Billy flings one at Kelly about Pam, mixing in with WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied. Really dumb of him, considering at the time he's Kelly's prisoner and Kelly is ''actively torturing him''.


''Without Remorse'' is the sixth ''Literature/JackRyan'' book written by Literature/TomClancy, published in 1993. It serves as a {{Prequel}}, being the first book to chronologically happen in the Ryanverse by a wide margin (taking place at the end of the VietnamWar, when Jack was still in college).

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''Without Remorse'' is the sixth ''Literature/JackRyan'' book written by Literature/TomClancy, published in 1993. It serves as a {{Prequel}}, being the first book to chronologically happen in the Ryanverse by a wide margin (taking place at the end of the VietnamWar, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, when Jack was still in college).


* TheHunter: John Kelly deliberately fits himself into this persona while hunting the drug dealers [[spoiler:who killed his girlfriend]].

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* TheHunter: HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: John Kelly deliberately fits himself into this persona while hunting the drug dealers [[spoiler:who killed his girlfriend]].

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* MeaninglessVillainVictory: [[spoiler:The Russians are able to thwart the planned assault on Boxwood Green, but Kelly still captures Grishanov, which provides Ritter with enough political leverage to get the prisoners released anyway. When Grishanov is released, even though his notes on the interrogations are confiscated, he can probably reproduce a lot of the data from memory, but it doesn't matter - all the information is high-level strategic stuff that the Americans don't expect to need to use unless WWIII breaks out, and since they know he had compromised the prisoners, the plans will be changed well before the Russians are in a position to try to exploit them.]]


* {{Badass}}: John Kelly.


* OutsideContextVillain: Kelly is this to Henry Tucker and Tony Piaggi. Throughout the book, both of them assume that the murders or disappearances of Tucker's employees must be part of a power play by someone else in the Baltimore underworld, eventually coming to believe that one of Piaggi's disgruntled underlings is guilty. Only at the very end do they discover that they're actually being targeted by the revenge-driven, very angry, and Navy SEAL trained ex-boyfriend of one of their victims.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideGenreFoe: Kelly is this to Henry Tucker and Tony Piaggi. Throughout the book, both of them assume that the murders or disappearances of Tucker's employees must be part of a power play by someone else in the Baltimore underworld, eventually coming to believe that one of Piaggi's disgruntled underlings is guilty. Only at the very end do they discover that they're actually being targeted by the revenge-driven, very angry, and Navy SEAL trained ex-boyfriend of one of their victims.


* {{Badass}}: John Kelly.
* BadassGrandpa: Admiral Casimir Podulski has a Medal Of Honor, plus enough kills to make him an ace.



* FakingTheDead: The culmination of the novel ends in this, with John Kelly faking his death to escape all the murders he's committed, and eventually becoming John Clark.

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* FakingTheDead: The culmination of the novel ends in this, with John Kelly faking his death to escape all the murders he's committed, and eventually becoming John Clark.Clark. The spectacular nature of his boat capsizing also results in [[NeverFoundTheBody his corpse not being recovered]], though this isn't particularly uncommon for deaths at sea. He also has help from the CIA in replacing his fingerprint records.


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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Vo Nguyen Giap is one of the officers involved in [[spoiler:belaying the orders to kill the American prisoners of war at Sender Green after the failed rescue attempt]].


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* {{Prequel}}: To the Literature/JackRyan series. Jack himself has a cameo appearance as the teenaged son of one of the detectives investigating John Kelly's RoaringRampageOfRevenge.


* NotSoDifferent: several cases.
** Grishanov says this verbatim to Colonel Zacharias, and genuinely feels it. It's both technically true in that they have similar career paths, and more deeply true in that he sees them as kindred spirits with a similar soldier's code.
** Subverted with Henderson and [[spoiler:his KGB handler]]. The latter plays up the similarities between them, saying that it's important for reasonable people like the two of them to work together in the service of world peace and to counteract the influence of hard-liners on both sides. Of course, [[spoiler:he doesn't believe a word of it and is just trying to portray treason in a more palatable light]].
** In the eyes of both Grishanov and Ritter, the United States and Soviet Union in some ways. It's pointed out that both are superstates rich in land, space, and resources, and so little reason for either country to attack the other. Main characters on both sides have personal histories rooted in World War Two and the trauma inflicted by the fascists. Their intelligence officers both adhere to a rudimentary code of honor in dealing with each other (Grishanov in his treatment of the American prisoners, the CIA [[spoiler:in its treatment of Grishanov]]). Finally, both experience similar predicaments as global superpowers; the Soviet Union's troubled relations with Asian client states like North Vietnam is compared to the United States' dubious alliances with Latin American dictatorships.



** Also discussed and deconstructed by the villains when Henry Tucker speculates that he's being targeted by a "professional." His Mafia associate Piaggi reflects that this is mostly a Hollywood created illusion. The Mafia doesn't ''have'' a special class of hitmen - it remembers which of its employees are good at (or at least unaffected by) killing and goes to them when needed, but those employees don't do it for a living and spend most of their time doing more mundane and profitable work. He doesn't want to admit any of this to Henry, though, so he just ends up saying "it isn't one of mine."

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** Also discussed and deconstructed by the villains when Henry Tucker speculates that he's being targeted by a "professional." His Mafia associate Piaggi reflects that this is mostly a Hollywood created illusion. The Mafia doesn't ''have'' a special an elite class of hitmen - it remembers which of its employees are good at (or at least unaffected by) killing and goes to them when needed, but those employees don't do it for a living and spend most of their time doing more mundane and profitable work. He doesn't want to admit any of this to Henry, though, so he just ends up saying "it isn't one of mine."


* OutsideContextVillain: Kelly is this to Henry Tucker and his Mafia associate Tony Piaggi. Throughout the book, both of them assume that the murders or disappearances of Tucker's employees must be part of a power play by someone else in the Baltimore underworld, eventually coming to believe that one of Piaggi's disgruntled underlings is guilty. Only at the very end do they discover that they're actually being targeted by the revenge-driven, very angry, and Navy SEAL trained ex-boyfriend of one of their victims.

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* OutsideContextVillain: Kelly is this to Henry Tucker and his Mafia associate Tony Piaggi. Throughout the book, both of them assume that the murders or disappearances of Tucker's employees must be part of a power play by someone else in the Baltimore underworld, eventually coming to believe that one of Piaggi's disgruntled underlings is guilty. Only at the very end do they discover that they're actually being targeted by the revenge-driven, very angry, and Navy SEAL trained ex-boyfriend of one of their victims.


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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: the premise of the book. Kelly spends the book killing his way to the top of the drug dealing/white slavery ring that [[spoiler: killed his girlfriend]].

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** Also discussed and deconstructed by the villains when Henry Tucker speculates that he's being targeted by a "professional." His Mafia associate Piaggi reflects that this is mostly a Hollywood created illusion. The Mafia doesn't ''have'' a special class of hitmen - it remembers which of its employees are good at (or at least unaffected by) killing and goes to them when needed, but those employees don't do it for a living and spend most of their time doing more mundane and profitable work. He doesn't want to admit any of this to Henry, though, so he just ends up saying "it isn't one of mine."

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* OutsideContextVillain: Kelly is this to Henry Tucker and his Mafia associate Tony Piaggi. Throughout the book, both of them assume that the murders or disappearances of Tucker's employees must be part of a power play by someone else in the Baltimore underworld, eventually coming to believe that one of Piaggi's disgruntled underlings is guilty. Only at the very end do they discover that they're actually being targeted by the revenge-driven, very angry, and Navy SEAL trained ex-boyfriend of one of their victims.


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* RealPersonCameo: General Giap, commander-in-chief of the North Vietnamese Army, makes a brief appearance. James Jesus Angleton, the CIA's chief of counterintelligence, does not appear but is named as one of the people running the search for the mole inside the CIA.

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