Tom Clancy Dies at 66
Here's a quick excerpt from one of the news reports. I've read more Clancy than anything else, by far! May he rest in peace...
"Bestselling novelist Tom Clancy, best known for his Jack Ryan books like The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games as well as for blockbuster video game franchises such as Rainbow Six and Splinter Cell, has died at the age of 66.
Clancy died in a Baltimore hospital on Tuesday evening, according to his publisher. A cause of death has not been disclosed.
The Maryland author was best known for writing compelling, intricate and plausible spy and military-themed thrillers set during and after the Cold War.
Born Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. in Baltimore in 1947, the lifelong military enthusiast initially worked in the insurance industry, but long hankered to write novels based on the armed forces.
His debut, The Hunt for Red October, emerged in 1984 after Clancy sold his manuscript to the Naval Institute Press for about $5,000 US. It marked the publisher's first foray into original fiction.
The book introduced the world to Jack Ryan, the fictional hero who would eventually star in many of Clancy's novels, including Patriot Games, The Sum of All Fears and Clear and Present Danger."