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