Tom Clancy dead: Author set bar for military-inspired novels

October 2nd, 2013 | by Denise Goolsby | Comments
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Tom Clancy, AP Photo/David Burnett

For nearly three decades, Tom Clancy’s spy and military-inspired novels have submerged readers into the chaotic world of international intrigue and espionage where rogue governments ruthlessly and recklessly clamor for the pinnacle of power, even if it means propelling all of civilization into World War III.

command-authorityThe 17-time best selling author – whose latest book, “Command Authority,” is set to be released Dec. 3 – has had six of his novels adapted into movies:

  •  “The Hunt for Red October,” 1990, starring Sean Connery and Alec      Baldwin
  • “Patriot Games,” 1992, starring Harrison Ford.
  • “Clear and Present Danger,” 1994, starring Harrison Ford and Willem Dafoe.
  • “NetForce,” 1999, TV movie starring Scott Bakula.
  • “The Sum of All Fears,” 2002, starring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman.
  •  “Jack Ryan: Shadow One,” due in 2013, starring Chris Pine and Kevin Costner.


Perhaps less well known, but historically-significant, are the non-fiction books he wrote about military operations and U.S. forces:
  • “Armored Cav,“ A Guided Tour of an Armored Cavalry Wing, 1994
  • “Fighter Wing,” A Guided Tour of an Air Force Combat Wing, 1995
  • “Marine,” A Guided Tour of a Marine Expeditionary Unit, 1996
  • “Into the Storm,” On the Ground in Iraq, 1997
  • “Airborne,” A Guided Tour of an Airborne Task Force, 1997
  • “Every Man a Tiger,” The Gulf War Air Campaign, 1999
  • “Carrier,” A Guided Tour of an Aircraft Carrier, 1999
  • “Submarine,” A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship, 2002
  • “Shadow Warriors,” Inside the Special Forces, 2003
  • “Battle Ready,” With Ret. Gen. Tony Zinni, 2004


Read all the book excerpts on Tom Clancy’s Web Page

I was drawn into Clancy’s books/movies in the early 1990′s with “Patriot Games,” and “Clear and Present Danger.” I loved Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan – I adored him in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and enjoyed seeing him in another hero role in a new film enterprise.

I haven’t picked up a Clancy book for many years, but I look forward to reacquainting myself with his classic best sellers and introducing myself to his non-fiction work.


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