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Tom Clancy Biography:
The quintessential spy novelist, Tom Clancy is a living legend among crime-fiction, thriller, and espionage writers alike. Born in 1947 just as tensions with the Soviet Union were heating up, Clancy centered many of his books on Cold War espionage. Born in Baltimore, Maryland Clancy graduated from Loyola College in Baltimore in 1969. Clancy did not immediately enter into the writing field as he first became a successful insurance salesman. When not writing, Tom Clancy spends his downtime taking in ball games at Camden Yards where he is a part owner of the Baltimore Orioles. Clancy is an active advocate for Republican and conservative issues in America. He has made frequent guest appearances on conservative radio and television shows. Many of his books are dedicated to famous right-wing politicians and carry subject lines straight from the news. Currently, Clancy resides in Baltimore County where he lives with his wife.
Tom Clancy passed away on October 1st, 2013. It is believed it was due to heart issues.
Clancy had written over 100 fiction and non-fiction books in his lifetime. His novels have been published around the world and have been met with many awards. Four of his novel have been made into extremely successful movies. The four novels are: The Sum of All Fears, Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, and The Hunt for Red October. The movies have attracted some of Hollywood’s most successful actors as stars. These stars include Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Alec Baldwin have all received critical acclaim for their staring roles in Clancy’s movies. Not only have Clancy’s movies become movies, but also they have been made into video games. In 1996, Clancy created his own video game company that produced many successful games. One example is the video game entitled Sum of All Fears. This first-person shooter game has a plot based on the same novel. Clancy’s most successful video games are based on the Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon novels. In 2008, the video game company Ubisoft purchased Clancy’s name and video game company for an undisclosed amount of money.
The majority of Clancy’s novels are written as a series and not as stand-alone books. Consequently, his novels are famous for their character and plot development that carry from one book to the next. Quite possibly his most famous books are those written about Jack Ryan. First seen in Clancy’s Hunt for Red October, the reader is introduced Ryan as a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. Before joining academia, Ryan was born in Baltimore where he attended Boston College and joined the Marines. During his time with the Marines, Ryan was injured in a helicopter crash that caused him to retire from the military. While teaching at the Academy, Ryan is recruited to join the CIA where he becomes an analyst. However, we quickly learn that Ryan is much more than just a paper pusher as he foils an assassination attempt against the Royal Family while vacationing in London in the novel Patriot Games. With each new Jack Ryan novel the reader is introduced to his family and are able to witness him age in each book.
Tom Clancy’s other book series include: Ops Center, Net Force, Net Force Explorers, Power Plays, Ghost Recon, and EndWar. Not every one of Clancy’s novels are written by the author himself as he utilizes several ghost writers. These ghostwriters utilize Clancy’s story lines and characters, but are written without his direct influence. Not only does Clancy write fiction novels, but also he writes non-fiction books. Tom Clancy has written non-fiction books that takes the reader on a guided tour of submarines, fighter planes, air craft carriers, Special Forces, and a Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Penned in 1984, Hunt For Red October is Clancy’s first venture into Cold War fiction and espionage. Red October is a Soviet submarine that has the capability to be completely undetectable by sonar. Consequently, the submarine could cross into American waters without anyone knowing. Once in US territory, the submarine could launch a nuclear strike against America without any warning. The commander of the submarine wants to defenct to the United States because he is angry with the Russian government over the death of his wife. In the novel, Clancy introduces us to his famous fictional character Jack Ryan. Ryan immediately recognizes the strategic importance of capturing this Soviet submarine and convinces the US military to offer the commander and his crew asylum. Quickly, the Soviets learn of the US involvement and send their military to intercept the submarine. As the plot thickens, Ryan must protect the submarine to prevent the US from being attacked. With suspense on every page, readers will be unable to put down this book.
Clancy’s second novel Red Storm Rising was co-written in 1986 with Larry Bond. This novel is one of only three stand alone books written by Clancy. In the novel, Islamic terrorists have destroyed an oil production facility in the USSR. The attack cripples the Soviet economy and the USSR chooses to react by attacking and taking control of the Persian Gulf oil fields. In the US, this act of aggression against a vital asset is seen as an act of war. The novel tells the story of increasing tensions between the US and the Soviet Union with only one being able to emerge victorious. Clancy did a masterful job of writing a novel that was plausible and containing historical facts that made the book relevant to his readers.
Tom Clancy is a living legend among writers of all genres. His novels have been met with critical acclaim and praise throughout the world. More importantly, Clancy represents one of the first writers to break through into the film and video game industry. Several of Clancy’s novels have become successful Hollywood movies and his ghost recon series books have been remade into a popular first person shooter video game. With Clancy’s knowledge of current events and military matters his books read like headlines from the newspaper. No matter which Clancy novel is being read, you will be swept into a world of suspense, terror, and intrigue that continues on every page.
He will be missed.
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