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Clancy’s publisher, the Penguin Group, said the author died in Baltimore on Tuesday. The written statement did not indicate the cause of death.
Clancy’s 1984 novel “The Hunt for Red October” propelled him to fame, fortune and status as a favorite storyteller of the American military. Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin brought the Cold War drama to life in the big screen in 1990.
“Spending time with Tom prior to shooting was the best part of that whole experience for me,” Baldwin said Wednesday. “Tom was smart, a great story teller and a real gentleman.”
Harrison Ford took the big screen role of CIA analyst Jack Ryan in “Patriot Games and “Clear and Present Danger.” Ben Affleck was cast as Ryan for “The Sum of All Fears.”
“I’m deeply saddened by Tom’s passing,” said Penguin executive David Shanks, who worked with Clancy on each of his novels, quoted in the company’s statement. ”He was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time. I will miss him dearly and he will be missed by tens of millions of readers worldwide.”
“Command Authority,” his last book, is due to be published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in December, the company said. Putnam is an imprint of the Penguin Group.
“It was an honor to know Tom Clancy and to work on his fantastic books,” said Ivan Held, president and publisher of G.P. Putnam’s Sons. ”He was ahead of the news curve and sometimes frighteningly prescient. To publish a Tom Clancy book was a thrill every time. He will be missed by everyone at Putnam and Berkley, and by his fans all over the world.”
A Baltimore-born former insurance agent, Clancy was known for writing meticulous thrillers focusing on political intrigue and military tactics and technology.
Seventeen of his 28 books appeared on the New York Times best-sellers list, according to his website. Many of them reached the No. 1 spot.
His writings also provided the inspiration for the “Rainbow Six,” “Ghost Recon” and “Splinter Cell,” video game series.
His writing gained him a loyal following within the armed forces in the United States and abroad, giving him inside access that frequently informed the plots of his books. But in a 2003 CNN interview, Clancy said he was always careful not to reveal classified information or sensitive details of how the elite troops he often wrote about operated.
“I’ll never decide for commercial reasons to put something in that endangers our national security. You just can’t do that,” he said in a 2003 CNN interview. “There was one thing, I discussed with a friend of mine in the Royal Navy. I told him a story I knew, and he said, ‘Well, Tom, you may never repeat that, as long as you live.’ And I haven’t.”
CNN’s Oliver Janney, Marc Balinsky and Rachel Wells contributed to this report
Thank you CNN.
Thomas Leo “Tom” Clancy, Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American author best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines that are set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War, along with video games which bear his name for licensing and promotional purposes. Seventeen of his novels were best-sellers, with over 100 million copies in print. His name was also a brand for similar movie scripts written by ghost writers and many series of non-fiction books on military subjects and merged biographies of key leaders. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and Vice Chairman of their Community Activities and Public Affairs committees.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Literary career
- 3 Political views
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Death
- 6 Bibliography
- 6.1 Works, by year of publication
- 6.2 Non-fiction
- 7 Video games
- 8 Board games
- 9 Achievements and awards
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Clancy wrote a string of best-selling spy and military thrillers. His 17th novel, Command Authority, is due out in December.
Several of his books featuring CIA analyst Jack Ryan have been adapted into successful Hollywood films.
Clancy, who died on Tuesday, was remembered as “a master of his craft” by Tom Weldon, chief executive of Penguin Random House UK.
“Tom Clancy changed readers’ expectations of what a thriller could do,” he said. “He will be greatly missed by millions of fans in the UK and around the world.”
Written in his spare time, The Hunt for Red October (1984) was Clancy’s first published novel and sold more than five million copies.
President Ronald Reagan helped to fuel the success of the book when he called it a “perfect yarn”.
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The novel was made into a film in 1990, starring Alec Baldwin as Ryan and Sir Sean Connery as Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius.
Baldwin paid tribute to “the great writer Tom Clancy” on Twitter, remembering him as “a real gentleman of the old school”.
Clancy usually wrote a book a year, making him one of the wealthiest authors in the world.
In 2002 he was ranked at 10 in Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100 list with estimated earnings of $47.8m (£33m).
As well as a successful writer, Clancy also became closely associated with the world of video gaming.
TOM CLANCY IN BRIEF
- The Hunt for Red October was Clancy’s first published book, launching his career as a successful writer in 1984
- Red October spawned a Hollywood film as well as a naval war game
- In all he wrote and co-wrote 20 books, including 17 New York Times number one best-sellers
- In 1993 he joined a group of investors to buy the Baltimore Orioles baseball team
- Clancy wrote about commercial airliners being used as missiles several years before the attacks in the US on 11 September 2001
- The French video game manufacturer Ubisoft purchased the use of Clancy’s name for an undisclosed sum in 2008
- Clancy’s final novel, Command Authority, is due to be published in December 2013
Clancy was known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines. One, written in 1994, told of a crazed Japan Airlines pilot who flies into the Capitol building in Washington.
In a 2003 interview, CNN presenter Wolf Blitzer suggested his precise accounts of the US military techniques were giving away secrets to terrorists.
“I never got any fan mail from Osama bin Laden, and I don’t really know how many books I sold in Afghanistan,” the author replied.
“You have to talk to the marketing people about that. But I’m not really concerned about it.”
“He was ahead of the news curve and sometimes frighteningly prescient,” said Ivan Held, president of Penguin imprint G P Putnam’s Sons.
“To publish a Tom Clancy book was a thrill every time.”
As usual, Wolf Blitzer is a fuckin idiot.
Rest In Paradise Tom Clancy.
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