Obit of the Day: Author Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy, master of the political and espionage thriller, has died at the age of 66. Mr. Clancy skyrocketed to fame with the publication of his first novel The Hunt for Red October in 1984 became the leading writer in the genre which he enhanced with his intricate knowledge and descriptions of military strategy.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Clancy would follow Red October with 15 more Jack Ryan-focused novels.
Note: Command Authority, the final Jack Ryan novel is scheduled for publication for December 3, 2013.
Eleven of his novels were top-five bestsellers in the United States: Red Storm Rising* (1986, #2), Patriot Games (1987, #2), Cardinal in the Kremlin (1988, #1), and Clear and Present Danger (1989, #1), The Sum of All Fears (1991, #2), Without Remorse (1993, #4), Debt of Honor (1994, #2), Executive Orders (1996, #2), Rainbow Six (1998, #2), The Bear and the Dragon (2000, #3), and Red Rabbit (2002, #2).
Recognizing the power of his name, he would lend it two two separate thriller series, Tom Clancy’s Op-Center and Tom Clancy’s NetForce.
Mr. Clancy’s knowledge of military technology was not purely fictional. He wrote seven non-fiction books in his “Guided Tour" series that delved into topics including submarines, the Marines, and aircraft carriers.
A vocal conservative, and Republican supporter, Mr. Clancy did create controversy when he blamed liberals partially for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He claimed that it was Democrats who “gutted” the CIA budget.
Mr. Clancy’s death, on October 1, 2013 in Baltimore, was announced by his publisher.
Sources: @juliebosman, Wikipedia
(Image of Hunt for Red October first edition published by the Naval Institute Press is courtesy of Harropian Books)
Coincidentally the trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was released this week. It stars Chris “Capt. Kirk” Pine.