Author Tom Clancy, whose spy and military thrillers became worldwide best-sellers and inspired a raft of Hollywood hit films, has died on October 1, at the age of 66.
Mr. Clancy arrived on best-seller lists in 1984 with The Hunt for Red October. Clancy earned $1.3 million for his first book, and inked a $3 million contract for the next three, ”Red Storm Rising,” ”Patriot Games” and ”The Cardinal of the Kremlin.” He would go on to write many other novels, including “Clear and Present Danger” and “The Sum of All Fears.” His final book, “Command Authority,” is due out in December.
Tom Clancy born in Baltimore on April 12, 1947. After graduation in 1969, he married Wanda and joined her family’s insurance business, all the while scribbling down ideas for a novel. In 1979, he began Patriot Games, in which he invented his hero, CIA agent Jack Ryan. In 1982, he put it aside and started The Hunt For Red October, basing it on a real incident in November 1979, in which a Soviet missile frigate called the Storozhevoy attempted to defect. In real life, the ship didn’t make it, but in Mr. Clancy’s book, the defection is a success.
In 1996, Tom Clancy co-founded Red Storm Entertainment, which developed video games based on his military expertise.