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Tom Clancy Killed By Death At 66

Tom Clancy Killed By Death At 66Tom Clancy, the author of thrillers like The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games, has died in a Baltimore hospital at the age of 66. The Hunt for Red October happened along at a perfect time for a technologically driven thriller about a rogue Soviet submarine captain; President Ronald Reagan called it “the perfect yarn” and “non-put-downable.” Clancy returned the favor, dedicating 1997’s Executive Orders “To Ronald Reagan, The Man Who Won the War.”

The surprising success of Red October in 1985 — boosted by the thumbs-up from a president who liked to imagine he’d had an illustrious military career — helped establish the techno-thriller as a distinct genre; that first novel drew praise for Clancy’s almost obsessive attention to details of Soviet naval technology. The New York Times obit notes that in a 1986 interview, Clancy said

“When I met Navy Secretary John Lehman last year, the first thing he asked me about the book was, ‘Who the hell cleared it?’ ”

Clancy also translated his books’ popularity into several movie adaptations, as well as a profitable series of videogames with his name on them, although as the source of all knowledge drily states, “the extent of Clancy’s actual involvement with creation of the games and development of intellectual properties, if any, was unclear.” He also licensed his name to several series of books that he “created” but didn’t actually write, like Tom Clancy’s Op Center, Tom Clancy’s Net Force, Tom Clancy’s Power Plays, and Tom Clancy’s Shameless Exploitation Of The Mass Market.

So readers, when you encounter a novel where the technological details of major weapon is lovingly, accurately detailed and the characters require occasional infusions of wood pulp to retain their shapes, remember to thank Tom Clancy.

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  • (((JustPixelz)))

    Oct 2nd 14:18 ZULUClancy ascended the long staircase, his AR15 assault rifle locked and loaded. He glanced down at the people far below. They’ll miss him but this was a mission he couldn’t turn down. The stairs came to a crest. Ahead he saw a defile with intersecting kill zones surrounded by multiplatform delivery systems. Beyond that the gate. Shielding his eyes he popped a flash-bang, then sprinted toward the light. Within seconds he reached the gate. A Middle Eastern looking bearded old man wearing robes began to swing the gate open. Clancy fired. “Die you commie Muslim!” he shouted as Saint Peter fell in a hail of supersonic bullets. He moved rapidly through gate. A glint of light from someone’s halo flashed into his eyes. Firing blindly from the hip, he heard a groan and a body fall. “Shoot and scoot”, he muttered and ran forward again. He saw the body and blood of Jesus behind a rock, the right half of His face shot away. He was still alive. “Try turning the other cheek now,” he spat. Then fired again. He finally reached the throne at the top of the hill. God raised his hands in surrender. “There’s a new sheriff in town,” Clancy said solemnly. Then fired again.

  • Lazy Media

    I kinda liked “Red October,” but I was serving on an anti-sub destroyer when it came out. Everything after that was dreck. OK, I tried reading the one after that and gave up on it and everything else. His non-fiction was OK. Most famous for dickishly dismissing President Bill Clinton by saying (paraphrase from memory), “If the most you’ve ever made is $250,000 a year, you haven’t really accomplished much.”

    • $73376667

      Hey, the man pulled himself up by his own bootstraps, by writing novel-length advertising for government contractors.

  • malsperanza

    Is Orson Scott Card also dead yet, too?

  • $16965280

    Tried reading one of his novels once, in which he stated that an Army character had reached the ‘Master Marksman’ shooting grade. Put it down immediately as military porn by someone who had obviously neither been in the military or cared for accuracy.