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Tom Clancy passed away 10/1/2013. He was 66. He authored some 26 novels, 17 being NY bestsellers. He was known for his technically detailed espionage and military science story lines that are set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War. (I was going to use my own words here to describe his writing prowess, but wiki says it best.)
Several of his books were made into films, most notably in my mind 'Patriot Games' and 'Clear and Present Danger'. He helped elevate Harrison Ford's career with those two. He also had his story lines themed into a wildly popular video game franchise.
Clancy was a conservative when it came to politics, which is very evident in many (if not all) of his novels. He believed in small government. Clancy had a strong voice and an even stronger ability to paint a picture with a pen. While I didn't always agree with his viewpoints, I always respected the guy. RIP Tom Clancy. If you haven't read 'The Hunt for Red October', I would highly recommend checking it out. The film is good. But, as is in most cases, the book is much better.
What are your thoughts on Clancy, his legacy and his writings? If you were a fan, take a second to list why and what your favorite book(s) of his were. Might as well show your respects, no? If not a fan, why not? Just want to get conversation flowing on this guy. As far as the writing world is concerned, this is a big deal. Anyways, just thought I would let you guys know about this.