Novelist, Tom Clancy, died at age 66. The news was released by his publisher, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, but did not disclose what the cause of death was. He started his career in 1984 with the publication of his first novel, The Hunt for Red October, which is a drama that takes place in the Cold War and is about the U.S.S.R trying to gain control of a runaway submarine that belongs to the Soviet Union. The film later got turned into a film.

Tom Clancy single handedly created the genre of government conspiracy thrillers. He wrote many books, each one as big and thick as a brick, and he sold millions of copies. He soon became a New York Time’s bestselling author. Many of his novels such as Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and Sum of all Fears revolved around the character of Jack Ryan. Jack Ryan was a character that Clancy seemed to enjoy writing about and people cared about Jack Ryan and are invested in his stories.

Although Clancy has faced some criticism, fans of his novels compliment how he writes of patriotism as well as including technical details such as weaponry.

Tom Clancy was born on April 12, 1947 and was a native of Baltimore just like his character, Jack Ryan. He attended Loyola University Maryland in hopes of becoming a writer. He wrote his first novel while working at an insurance company. The novel was originally turned down by major publishing houses but finally got it published when he sent the manuscript to Naval Institute Press. Tom Clancy also wrote several military nonfiction works in addition to his fiction novels.

He was able to finish his last novel, Command Authority, before his death. It once again is about Jack Ryan, following his storyline. The book will be released in December.

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