Skip to comments.Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Novelist of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66
Posted on 10/02/2013 4:33:51 PM PDT by SendShaqtoIraq
Tom Clancy, whose complex, adrenaline-fueled military novels spawned a new genre of thrillers and made him one of the worlds best-known and best-selling authors, died on Tuesday in Baltimore. He was 66.
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His novels were great, and the earlier (Red Storm) games were awesome, then the name was attached to Ubisoft and the quality (in my opinion anyway) dropped.
Gees, so soon! I will miss his novels. Great reads.
I was shocked when I found out he was a Leftist.
he was too, now he will vote Democrat forever
Well, the games were pioneering works and even though his novels were pretty good they were just good executions in an already standardized genre.
Fox News says that he was a Republican but I remember him bashing the Swift Boat group pretty hard.
Sure, he got ticked off about Bush and Rumsfeld (a fan) and Wolfowitz. Who didn't?
I hang my hat on getting as many things right as I can, Mr. Clancy once said in an interview. Ive made up stuff thats turned out to be real thats the spooky part.
Very true in a lot of cases. The one clean miss (and he wasn't the only one) concerned the stealth fighter portrayed in Red Storm Rising. Back in the mid 80s, my brother was in the Air Force. He and someone he worked with were in the PX looking at a Revel model of the F-19 "Frisbee." My brother's colleague shook his head and said, "Not even close."
My brother didn't know what he meant and was not aware the guy had worked on the F-117 project. The moment of clarity on the comment occurred in 1989 when it was officially unveiled.
Here’s to a life lived Without Remorse! RIP.
ErnBatavia, for one.
If I was to read only one of Clancy’s novels, which one should it be.
Not only that, but he used a Mac, too!
The loss of a great American writer of close to reality of events that are going on around us.
I must respectfully disagree. Back in the ‘80s I was a submarine qualified Quartermaster working for ComSubGru 2 in New London. I’d read quite a bit of submarine techno fiction, and the best of it was horrible. I’d always wanted to meet one of these clowns that wrote so “authoritatively” on a subject about which they knew nothing. Then there was a small note in the paper that one of these guys was going to be signing his new book over at the Waterford Mall. The SubWife and I went and purchased one of his books, and had him autograph it. He handed it to me and said, “I hope you like it.” To which I calmly replied, “I hope so too. Because if I don’t, I’m going to come back here and shove it down your throat.” I read it at work, and every so often slid out the intel board to make sure the Soviet fleet was still where it was supposed to be. I still have my autographed 0th edition of Hunt For Red October. The next year he was back with Red Storm Rising. I went over to get an autographed copy of that too. He signed it, and started to hand it over. But, took a closer look at me, paused and asked, “Did you like the last one?” I said, “Yes, very much!” Then he handed the book over. If I’d tried that a couple of years later, after he’d gotten famous, and made some connection, I probably would have finished my hitch counting trees in Antarctica. I only crossed paths with Tom Clancy twice, but he struck me as a pretty decent guy.
Even stranger, the Lockheed guys used some of Pyotr Yakovlevich Ufimtsev’s theories to design the Have Blue project and ultimately, the F-117.
he shocked military intelligence w/ the Hunt for Red October
had to “ change” a few details
“ The Sum Of All Fears was my favorite. Too bad they butchered the hell out of it on film.”
Hunt For Red October was the only film that did justice to the book (just my opinion.)
I can’t narrow it to one. I like all the jack Ryan ones ....Debt of honor, executive decision. Hunt for red October
Red storm rising
I don’t like his “virtual” ones
If you read them though look at the list and read them in order.
I swear to God though that the 9-11 terrorists read debt of honor.
The Only Movie that I Can Stomach Arek Baldwin In
He was a heavy smoker since 1964 - never quit and was a 2.5 to 3 pack a day smoker. His lungs probably look like a coal mine.
His hunting of Russian submarines in his “second Battle of the Atlantic” was true in its depiction of modern ant-submarine warfare at the time [”Red Storm Rising”].
Clancy was in ROTC, but his eyesight prevented him from serving in the military. He was a dedicated war game player and he [and his friends] were always dreaming up “what if” scenarios. Clancy liked to shoot and was a life member of the NRA. After his successes in the literary world, he bought a farm in MD and used to play around on his vintage M4 Sherman tank.
I will miss Tom Clancy. I loved his novels, their unique plots, and his enduring characters like Jack Ryan. Clancy was a favorite writer of Vince Flynn. [Flynn's “Term Limits” is a classic.]
Rest in Peace, Tom Clancy.
age 66...multi millionaire....so what did he die of....?
My favorite author also. I remember when I first read Red Storm Rising in 1987. It was the height of Perestroika and was a new LT who had just graduated with a degree in Russian Studies the year before. In the first pages he developed a political/strategic scenario that was incredibly realistic. I remember asking myself if it was real or Memorex? (you remember, the old cassette tape commercial). I couldn’t put it down. -— the man could write great story. RIP Tom Clancy, thanks for so many great stories!
I had no problem with James Earl Jones as Admiral Pipes. A group of us were watching the movie together. When we saw the casting of Jonesy, we all looked at each other and said, “No way.”
I heard in news report that he was worth $300,000,000. A self-made man of great talent and productivity.
Not even when they would have benefited from constructive criticism?
I haven't been able to find any evidence that Clancy voted for Obama or Kerry, let alone that he was a Democrat or a leftist (which ought to mean more than just somebody who votes for a Democrat).
To be sure, any evidence online gets buried when somebody dies, but somebody who gave money to Duncan Hunter (for president, 2008) and Herman Cain and Alan Keyes (senate races, 2004) probably doesn't deserve to be attacked as a leftist, no matter how much he disliked a policy of a Republican president.