Skip to comments.Best Selling Author Tom Clancy Dies at the Age of 66
Posted on 10/02/2013 1:23:22 PM PDT by k4gypsyrose
Best selling author, Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66 in his birth town of Baltimore, Maryland.
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Sum of All Fears pre-Hollywood: Muzzies attack stadium.
Post-Hollywood: Ultra white guys attack stadium
He took ya on a techno-crypto-psycho journey ..
And kept ya coming back for more..
I still have a number of his novels, unread.
The movie productions usually beat me to reading all of them first. :-)
Bless his Family
And Thanks for the Journeys!
RIP Tom Clancy
Haven’t read any of his books but I could appreciate the talents of a prolific author. RIP sir.
Great writer and I’m sorry to see him pass.
“Without Remorse” Was the first book I read because my
sister told me too. Then I read the rest. It was the
only way to read the whole Jack Ryan series.
Great writer, great American.
How sad. May he rest in peace.
He also lent his name to a string of stinker pulp mill paperbacks authored by ghost writers. (i.e. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.)
He will be missed.
Sad news indeed.RIP sir.
LAMB: What do you think of General Franks?
MR. CLANCY: He's a hero. You know, look, I'm a minstrel, I'm--and I'm a very well-paid minstrel. You know, I write books, and I'm very well compensated for it. But --when I make up characters, they're a pale imitation of what this guy really i--really did for 30-some years, OK? He went to Vietnam. It was a war in which our country probably should not have been involved. He probably knew that at the time, but he went anyway because he'd sworn on oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. He got badly hurt. 1971, as you read in that book, was a year of pure hell for Fred and Denise, and he bounced back from it and kept going and reached the pinnacle of his profession. I mean, a guy can't get much tougher than that. He's intellectually brilliant and one of the most human, thoughtful people you ever want to meet. I mean, this guy genuinely loves his soldiers. And if my son should have to go into com--God--you know, God forbid Tommy have to go into combat operations, I want somebody like Fred looking after him.
Strange that no cause of death is listed. In most of the photos with the article, he looks very pasty faced and red and puffy around the eyes, a condition that apparently went on for years.
Diabetes? Alcoholism? I don’t mean to speculate, but do want to know.
Without Remorse is one of my favorites... Liked how Mr Clark got his revenge in the end.
Red Storm Rising was a good one.
Debt of Honor was good too.
I call it the “Sum of All Rewrites”
So do I. Add to the above that he was a smoker. Clancy obviously not a physically well person as demonstrated by his premature demise. But that notwithstanding, it's amazing that he had the endurance and mental acuity to write so many good books.
He wasn't too far off. Some of it plagiarizes the Bible in tone. But was he enamored of it?
He basically seemed to say there’s not all that much difference between Christianity, Judiasm, and Islam. That, of course, glossed over the truly murderous parts of the Koran that have been repeatedly quoted in articles posted here. Indeed, he seemed to become an Islamist sympathizer, especially in the way he allowed Hollywood to rape “The sum of all Fears” and to do it immediately after 9/11. That lost me. I don’t forgive him. BTW, why haven’t they disclosed the cause of death?
I searched around and found nothing but a mention of his constant smoking in the long Baltimore Sun obit.
“I’ve been lucky,” Mr. Clancy said in the 1992 interview with The Sun, between sucks on an omnipresent Merit menthol cigarette.”
So we’ll just have to wait to see whether he had lung cancer. Or ....
Whatever it was, he was a very talented guy who left the planet too soon.
Red Storm Rising was one of my favorite novels.
Clancy also did several excellent non-fiction works. Armored Cav and Submarine were both very readable and informative.
I remember one anecdote that came out shortly after the publication of The Hunt For Red October.
Some defense oriented congressman was reading the book, which came across as militarily accurate, when he read about the fictional Soviet “caterpillar drive”. His immediate reaction was, “Why hasn’t the Navy briefed my committee about this?”
Getting his dander up, he made a phone call to the Pentagon, and the US Navy officer he reached hadn’t even heard of the book yet, much less a “caterpillar drive”.
Horrified that somebody had “scooped” the US Navy, there was a “flurry of activity” involving a lot of senior officers, before a junior officer, who had read the book, calmed everything down.