The author of the Jack Ryan series of novels, Tom Clancy, has died at the age of 66. His series of spy and military novels, such as the Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games, thrilled millions of readers for decades. The cause of his death was not immediately known.
As news of Clancy’s death spread, tributes poured in from his peers and colleagues.
"He was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time. I will miss him dearly and he will be missed by tens of millions of readers worldwide," said Penguin executive David Shanks, who had the chance to work with the author from the beginning of his writing career
Clancy grew up in Baltimore and graduated from the Maryland’s Loyola University in 1969. He worked as an insurance broker before selling his first novel.
His books focused on a range of subjects from the cold war with Russia to terrorist attacks on American soil. The author’s precise and creative style of writing allowed him to write some real page tuners, which kept the reader glued to the text.
Clancy’s works were equally at home on the big screen as they were on paperback. The Hunt for Red October had Sean Connery in the lead role as Russian submarine captain, Ramius, who planned on defecting his vessel to the United States so that the Americans could inspect its technology. What follows is the submarine crew’s thrilling - and at times nerve wracking - journey across the Atlantic from Russia to the United States. Others novels that were successfully adapted to the screen were Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger as well as The Sum of All Fears.
Those who starred in these movies held the author in the highest regard.
Rest in peace the great writer Tom Clancy. A real gentleman of the old school.— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) October 2, 2013
He was "a master of his craft," said Tom Weldon, the chief executive of Penguin Random House UK."Tom Clancy changed readers' expectations of what a thriller could do. "He will be greatly missed by millions of fans in the UK and around the world," Weldon told the BBC.
His publishing house tweeted similar sentiments over the author’s passing.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tom Clancy. He was a master of his craft and it was our privilege to work with him.— Penguin Books UK (@PenguinUKBooks) October 2, 2013
Clancy’s fans will undoubtedly mourn the loss of their favorite author, but they can take some solace in the fact that the author left this world with one last hoorah. His novel “Command Authority” is due to be released in December.