Best-selling author Tom Clancy dead at 66

ClancyThomas Leo “Tom” Clancy, Jr., the best-selling, politically conservative author of technically-detailed military thrillers like The Hunt for Red October (which was made into a movie with the same title), died yesterday (Oct. 1) in Baltimore.

He was only 66 years old.

The New York Times says Clancy died at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a brief illness. Neither Clancy’s lawyer, J.W. Thompson Webb, nor his longtime publisher, Ivan Held, president of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, said they knew the precise cause of death.

According to Wikipedia, Clancy was a lifetime member of the NRA since 1978.

I’ve read several of Clancy’s novels and found them gripping and well-versed in the technicalities of military hardware and in the complexities of the equally-deadly political world.

How sad . . . .

Rest in Peace, Mr. Clancy.

H/t FOTM’s CSM.

~Eowyn

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  1. I feel in Love when I read The Hunt for Red October. So sad ,rest in peace. I wonder why the big secret is about the cause of death?

     
  2. America has lost one of it’s best.

    Tom Clancy was my favorite novelist, and I was saddened to learn of his passing.

    He was one of my personal heroes, as the man could compose a story like no other.

    The first Clancy novel I ever read was Red Storm Rising, which was loaned to me by a friend.

    I began reading it well into a Friday evening, and called in sick the following Monday just so I could finish it.

    I could not put it down.

    I didn’t shower, shave, or even cook for the two and a half days it took to burn through it.

    LOL – I literally subsisted on single malt scotch and cigars for nearly three days (back when I could afford those simple yet not inexpensive pleasures), but did somehow manage to order a couple of pizzas – delivery, of course.

    I may have even managed to feed the dogs.

    Once.

    Needless to say, I was hooked, and promptly bought a copy of The Hunt for Red October and blew through it in two days.

    Those two novels are neck-and-neck when it comes to my all-time favorite Clancy works.

    With the exception of Red Storm Rising, Clancy’s best works will always be the books that included Jack Ryan.

    I was astonished to learn that Clancy didn’t write from an outline, which I think speaks volumes about his mental organization skills.

    He earned my eternal respect when he once referred to book critics (and I’m paraphrasing here) as people who cannot write, and hate anyone that can.

    I won’t say he single-handedly created the techno-thriller genre, but he elevated it to a level that has yet to be equaled – much less surpassed.

    He was a master at his craft, and a true American original.

    God speed, Mr. Clancy.

    -Dave

     
  3. Just an amazingly creative man- I couldn’t get over Red Storm Rising and how it hit me when I first read it- sorry to hear that he had passed-

     
  4. My first Tom Clancy book, “Clear and Present Danger”, was a Christmas gift in 1990. After that book, I was hooked. RIP Tom. 🙁

     
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