Bestselling author Tom Clancy passed away Tuesday at a hospital in Baltimore at age 66. Seventeen of his novels were No. 1 New York Times best sellers, including his most recent, “Threat Vector,” which was released in December 2012. His next book, “Command Authority,” is planned for publication on Dec. 3.
His first novel, “The Hunt for Red October,” was sold for $5,000.00, and he received praise from Former U S President Reagan, saying his book was “non-put-downable.” It was later made into a blockbuster film starring Sean Connery. Two of his other novels have been made into highly successful films: “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger.”
The success of Clancy’s books resulted in his ‘adoption’ by the military. He was regularly welcomed aboard jets, submarines, and destroyers. Admirals and generals gave him access, Pentagon officials debriefed him, and many of his books are required reading at military colleges.
Since the phenomenal worldwide success of ‘The Hunt for Red October’, Tom Clancy has become one of the world’s fastest-selling thriller writers, with a string of international bestsellers to his name. He is also the author of the non-fiction books ‘Submarine, ‘Armoured Warfare’, ‘Fighter Wing’ and ‘Marine’, and the co-creator of the Op-Centre series.
His storylines have also been made into a very successful video game franchise with titles such as “Splinter Cell,” “Ghost Recon,” and “Rainbow Six.”
His presence will be missed by readers everywhere.
Here is a link to the New York Times Obituary