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Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Vol 2 1994 (Without Remorse, The Old House at Railes. Decider, and King of the Hill)
Reader's Digest Condensed Books Vol 2 1994 - Without Remorse, The Old House at Railes. Decider, and King of the Hill Author:Tom Clancy, Mary E. Pearce, Dick Francis, A. E. Hotchner Without Remorse by Tom Clancy : 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 someon... more »e 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 the Hardcover edition.
The Old House at Railes by Mary E. Pearce : Set in the Cotswolds in the mid-19th century, Pearce's ( The Apple Tree Saga ; The Two Farms ) new historical romance proceeds largely according to genre convention. Martin Cox, a stonemason's son living in poverty, unexpectedly is offered an education by the well-to-do Tarrants at their manor, Newton Railes. The relationship between Cox and the Tarrants is eventually reversed, however, and they accept his financial help. Romantic tension between Cox and one of the Tarrants' daughters, Kate, who is married to a (temporarily) wealthy clothier, endures through the narrative, as does the problem of the ownership of the manor. Pearce favors highly descriptive prose about domestic settings and situations--such as in the many scenes centered around afternoon tea--and she often writes lively dialogue, particularly between male characters. What ultimately disrupts these thematic and stylistic continuities is a TV-like shifting point of view in the numerous fragments that make up chapters. The fact that practically none of Cox's internal thoughts are revealed keeps him psychologically remote from the reader, but the plot tugs on the heartstrings, and Pearce's fans will enjoy its ironies and its sentimental denouement.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Decider by Dick Francis : Dick Francis knows horses, but in this deeply satisfying novel of intrigue, he shows that he also has a handle on architecture, construction, even crowd control. Narrator Lee Morris, 35, is an architect/builder specializing in restoring "ruins" like his own splendid barn house inhabited by his six sons and his lovely, but increasingly remote, wife. He is also one of few shareholders in Stratton Park racecourse, ownership of which is being hotly contested by the heirs of Lord Stratton. Lee's mother had married and quickly divorced the baron's vicious son Keith. Since part of her divorce settlement included the racecourse stock, Lee (accompanied by his five eldest sons) attends a shareholders meeting. With few exceptions the Strattons are a very nasty crew--cheats, blackmailers, just plain vicious--and during the course of the fight over selling or restoring the track, Lee is beaten, nearly blown up and finally forced to race to save his sons at the excruciating climax. Francis's deft plotting and sharp characterization are, as usual, on the mark: both Lee and his progeny are realistic and appealing. And as usual, he excels in exposing some of England's nastier class habits, meanwhile affirming the morality of his protagonist. BOMC main selection; QPB alternate; Reader's Digest selection; author tour.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
King of the Hill by A. E. Hotchner : Reissued to coincide with the release of the major motion picture directed by Steven Soderbergh, and with Robert Redford as executive producer, King of the Hill is the emotionally powerful story of a 12-year-old boy coping with the hardships of life in St. Louis in the summer of 1933.« less