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RIP Tom Clancy

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Today is a sad, sad day, dear readers. The Penguin Group announced this morning that spy thriller writer Tom Clancy passed away yesterday at the age of 66. The cause of death was not included in their statement.

Clancy first gained popularity in 1984 with the publication of his Cold War thriller, The Hunt for Red October, which was later turned into a highly successful blockbuster in 1990 starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin. Other blockbusters based on his books include Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of all Fears. Additionally, the video games series “Splinter Cell,” Ghost Recon,” and “Rainbow Six” were inspired by Clancy’s writings.

He published twenty-eight books in his lifetime, seventeen of which appeared on the New York Time’s bestseller’s list. His last book, Command Authority, will be published this december by Penguin Group imprint, G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

You will be missed, Tom Clancy.

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2 thoughts on “RIP Tom Clancy

  1. Too young for him to die. When they announced his passing on the news, they prefaced it with a shot of him lighting up a cigarette, which I interpreted as a veiled message. A shame.

    • I agree, 66 is far too young. I don’t know if I agree about the cigarette message, just because I’ve seen a lot of pictures of writers with cigarettes and/or a drink in hand (I think guys like Hemingway and Salinger made this a popular image for writers back in the day), but regardless, very, very sad. Definitely a loss for the literary world.

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