Tom Clancy dies

One of my favourite authors has died.

Tom Clancy has died.

Tom Clancy, whose high-tech, Cold War thrillers such as The Hunt for Red Octoberand Patriot Games made him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time, has died. He was 66. 

Penguin Group (USA) announced that Clancy had died Tuesday in Baltimore. The publisher did not provide a cause of death.

Tall and thin, with round, sunken eyes that were often hidden by sunglasses, Clancy had said his dream had been simply to publish a book, hopefully a good one, so that he would be in the Library of Congress catalog. His dreams were answered many times over.

His novels were dependable best sellers, with his publisher estimating that worldwide sales top 100 million copies. Several, including The Hunt for Red OctoberPatriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, were later made into blockbuster movies, with another based on his desk-jockey CIA hero, “Jack Ryan,” set for release on Christmas. Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck and Harrison Ford were among the actors who played Ryan on screen.

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