Skip to comments.Tom Clancy Dead: Celebrated Thriller Author Dies At Age 66
Posted on 10/02/2013 7:41:19 AM PDT by BenLurkin
According to the Publishers Weekly Twitter account, American author Tom Clancy died Wednesday in a Baltimore hospital at age 66. Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) October 2, 2013 The New York Times is also confirming:
Tom Clancy's publisher confirms to the NYT that he died last night in a hospital in Baltimore. Julie Bosman (@juliebosman) October 2, 2013
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66 is young. Any idea of the cause? Had he been sick?
He was a great author ... didn’t get to collect much of his SSI ...
The timing of his death is certainly symbolic of where we are now as a Nation.
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Wow — I wonder if he had any books in the pipeline.
Yes/ One reason I’m seriously considering taking mine at the earliest possible date.
People say — what if you live to be 90?
Could happen I suppose but just doesn’t seem likely.
“Tom Clancy has an estimated networth of $300 million”
Smoked like a chimney. The best doctors money could buy could not help him. I don’t know what he died from
“Threat Vector” was a great book he co-wrote that came out last year. Has to do with Chinese cyber warfare
An American hero. RIP, sir.
Tom Clancy was an intelligent author who understood his subject matter. He was also a great storyteller and wrote books that were both interesting and informative.
Considering most of his works were based on facts that were twisted into a fiction, I wonder if he was working on something that would have been destructive (or instructive) concerning the current political powers?
Vince Flynn...now Tom Clancy...
It largely depends on your genetics. But, a breakthrough in gene therapy in the next decade or so could make it possible for anyone to live much longer, if they haven't abused their body with toxins like alcohol and nicotine.
My grandfather, my father, and uncle lived into their early 90's. I expect to match or exceed that.
Among researchers of age-related diseases, there's a consensus: the first person to live to age 150 has already been born. The only question is how old they are at this moment.
I've been really disappointed in the books that Clancy "co-wrote" with various authors. In reality, I think the other authors wrote the books, and Clancy was just the editor.
But, I might check out the one you have recommended, and see if one of his "co-authors" has actually picked up the baton.
Such a great mind. Prayers for his family and friends.
This one is due for release on Dec. 13, 2013
Threat Vector was good!
I think he was proudest about having been “debriefed” by the CIA after publishing ‘Hunt for red October.
And I think, despite his facility with technology, what I liked best is that his ‘bad guys’ were well rendered.
Fiction works best when you can at least understand why the baddies feel and act the way they do and he had few equals at that. Even the bastards you wanted to see die, you saw how they came to believe and behave as they did.
Wow, that’s a shame. I really enjoyed his novels. I kinda lost track of his writing after Jack Ryan turned into a “Super Hero” but the early stuff (through Executive Orders) was so good.
One of the best novels I’ve ever read to this day has been Without Remorse.
No doubt he was my favorite author. Over the years I’ve read “red storm rising” six times. I loved cardinal of the Kremlin, because it was so much more about people.
Great author who often put his contractual imprimatur on lots oftotal crappola. I was often shocked.
LOVED HIS EARLY STUFF.
Just as Reagan did.
Ablecynic 36 minutes ago Report Abuse Met him back in the 1990s when I was on active duty with the Navy. He came to the Office of Naval Intelligence to do some unclassified research and as a senior enlisted, I was assigned to assist with his requests. He was as knowledgeable as any of our analysts regarding Russian military capabilities. As someone who has been "haze gray and underway" a few too many times, his books were like a diary of the sea. Some of them were, and are, required reading for Naval officers. 4 Replies
ShelleyM 35users liked this commentThumbs UpThumbs Down2users disliked this commentShelleyM 15 minutes ago Report Abuse What a thrill that must have been for you! Nice personal addition to these comments l33t_sh33p 1users liked this commentThumbs UpThumbs Down0users disliked this commentL33t_sh33p 5 minutes ago Report Abuse
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As an Active Duty Naval Officer on an Anti-Submarine Frigate, his coverage of this theater of warfare in Red Storm Rising is as detailed as it is accurate. That is what truly makes his work spectacular.
The last of his novels I read was “Rainbow Six”.
I lost interest after that.
I don’t know where he was in his relation with God.
I remember a few snide remarks in his novels about evangelical Christians, but he seemed to have a soft spot for Catholics and Mormons......
I do hope he found salvation by grace through faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross as payment for his sins.
Think I’ll play Ghost Recon in his honor tonight.
Maybe some of their fantasies of ridiculous conspiracies and twisted political intrigue were a little too close to the truth?
A great writer and patriot. Wasn’t he in D.C. for the Gathering of Eagles in 2007? I am almost positive I remember seeing a photo of him.
150 in an Obama world? No thanks.
I do hope so too.
Damn, he was only 3 years older than me. I loved his novels as well although like you I stopped reading them after Jack became president. When I first read Hunt for Red October I was amazed at all of the information in there that I had access to through classified documents was written in a novel. That hooked me. Great writer.
150 to be around much, much longer than Obama.
Thanks, God, for loaning us Tom Clancy for 66 years.
Oh maan, I actually drove him in New York city about 10 years ago when I was driving a taxi in between jobs. I was going up Madison avenue and saw this disheveled looking guy carrying all these bags and he hailed me and my first thought was “Oh no, a homeless guy” and I got out and helped him put all these bags in the trunk, they looked like a bunch of computer stuff and he got in and the first thing he asked was “You mind if I smoke” ha ha Yeah yeah go ahead Oy. Then he told me to take him to the Regency on Park avenue so I was like whaaat? OK. Good at least he doesn’t want me to drive around for 9 hours while he goes to sleep. So he started asking me about taxi driving blah blah, the traffic and all this. What I did before, then he asked me if I grew up in NYC, yes I did and I asked him if he did, and he told me he was from Maryland. And as we were talking, I was like this guy looks *really* familiar...I just couldn’t place it, then it hit me...the googly looking eyes, he wasn’t wearing glasses- and then Maryland. So I just blurted out “You’re the writer Tom Clancy right” “How did you guess?” lol lol Doh! A shock went up my spine. “Reagans favorite writer!” and he said “ Yes! The great man who gave me my career - great man great man!” ha ha! Then by then we were at the hotel and like 4 doormen ran up just totally kissing his butt, oh man just one huge highlight of my short career as a cab driver. I wish I got his autograph but I felt like a schmuck asking. Sad to hear he passed.
Thanks for the update, I just pre-ordered it.
That’s a pretty neat story!
I lived in San Francisco at the time and bought the book. I would go to Union Square and read it over my lunch hour a few times.
Not sure why I remember that; but I do.
He was a master story teller; truly gifted.
That’s a great story. :-)
That’s a great story! So cool that you recognized him.
That was a great job driving a cab even though it was stressful as hell. I drove a LOT of celebs, I picked up Bruce Willis once near the Time Warner center - I went to shake his hand and he shook my wrist instead, also Kareem Abdul Jabbar and drove him to Harlem, Lauren Hutton who wouldn’t shut up, David Blaine, Kevin Kline - who didn’t say one word, Tatum ONeil - who was a huge pain in the ass, Michael Stipe, Drew Barrymore, on and on and I never got any of their autographs lol lol I just felt like an idiot asking. Yeah that job was wild, but meeting Clancy was probably the highlight out of all of them, especially after seeing how down to earth he was. He was just a really cool guy, pretty much blew my mind why he was so interested in my life. Maybe that’s just the way he was though, he asks people about their lives and stores it away for writing.
I read “Hunt for Red October” during a drill weekend while a Reserve at NAS Coronado.
“Rainbow Six” was the first Clancy book I read. I was late to the party. My wife (girlfriend at the time) has all of his books in hard back. She’s a huge fan. I read “Patriot Games”, then Hunt, and was hooked from there. I enjoyed his recent book “Dead or Alive”.
I especially liked when he would try to talk sense into Bill O’Reilly on The Factor.
Will miss Tom Clancy. RIP.
Hunt for Red October was such a good book -- I've read it many times, and God willing, will read it at least a few more times in the years to come. Novels are like works of art -- when you get a painting, you don't just look at it once and put it away, instead you admire it repeatedly. Same thing with a good book. Reading it only once is like only looking at a fine painting once!
What a memory the man had.
I remember reading a blurb from someone who provided him research for one of his books. Clancy wasn’t writing anything down. The expert asked Tom why he wasn’t taking any notes and he just said that he had it “up here”.
Amazing. How do you compete with that kind of memory.
I loved his early work. Not the best writer of character. His heros were too good and his villains were too bad, but I loved the way his books began with several unrelated story lines that seemed impossible to weave. Then when they merged, it was like the most natural thing and supported the story.
At least he was good at good dialogue for writing characters larger than life. I remember when “Jack Ryan” met either the Soviet leader or the head of the KGB over tea — can’t remember which book but probably Cardinal of the Kremlin, it has been too long since I’ve read it. At first it seemed implausible that this journeyman CIA analyst is talking to one of the Soviet Union’s most powerful men, but as the dialogue went on it felt more plausible, even as the Ryan character best the soviet. You do measure your protagonists against the strength of your villains, as Sherlock Holmes is made greater by the brilliance of Moriarty.
As an engineer, my favorite thing about Clancy was that he constantly taught me delicious details about the military and government. Red October was like a primer on undersea boats and submarine warfare.
I miss that quality of writing.
I stopped reading him after Debt of Honor. Just didn’t work for me. Without Remorse is the last Clancy book I loved.
I really liked The Cardinal and the Kremlin and thougt it had by far the best character development of all his books....but I read and enjoyed every book in the Ryan series.
My only regeret about his career is that he let Hollywood change the villians in The Sum Of All Fears from Islamists to Americans. I don’t know if he could have stopped that, but if so, he should have fought for it.
That very succinctly describes why very few new movies are any good. The bad guys are usually just two dimensional monsters.
Yep the Pampanito is a great exhibit; as well as the Jeremiah O’Brian (Liberty ship).
Thanks for a great story.
I’m not surprised he was picking your brain about driving and traffic. He was constantly doing research.
Back in my navy days we would occasionally fly into NAS Pax River and while in the pattern you could occasionally catch a glimps of his house on the bluff. Sailors just called it “Toms place”. He knew the Crystal City VA area like the back of his and and spent a little time in Fred’s, a bar in the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) building, or so I’m told. Referred to Fred’s in a couple of his books. I used to watch for him when I went in there but never saw him. Great author. I sat up all night in the “Q” at NAS Sigonella and read Cardinal of the Kremlin from cover to cover. Impossible, to put it down.
and Breitbart etc, etc.
not necessarily a conspiracy theorist but.....