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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Harriet Nelson
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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?

Dave
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Dave

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… Read more »

mcfalger
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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-

TrailDust
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TrailDust

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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