As I’m sure everyone has heard, Tom Clancy died on Tuesday, though it wasn’t public until yesterday.
Clancy was a great author, and while some enjoy bashing his writing style, the fact remains that the man sold 100 million books and saw many of them turned into successful movies and video games.
I, personally, enjoyed probably seven or eight of them — almost all of them while I was serving in the Marines, and many of them while I was on deployment. A few of his books just slightly missed the mark, at least with me, and he unfortunately later watered down his brand by partnering with other writers on many books. In my opinion, these other writers primarily wrote these books because the few that I tried, truly reeked, and fell far short of the standards Clancy himself set.
But Tom Clancy himself could weave a great yarn. And the seven or eight books of his that I enjoyed, I really enjoyed. My personal favorites of his were Without Remorse and Rainbow 6. (Other notable books of his that I enjoyed included The Sum of All Fears, Clear and Present Danger, Red Storm Rising, and Debt of Honor.)
Tom Clancy was 66. Here’s The New York Times obituary for him, which provided a great overview of his life: Tom Clancy, best-selling master of military thrillers, dies at 66.
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
P.S. I really appreciate everyone’s support of my books. Sold Out, the Marine Sniper/CIA thriller about Nick Woods, has gone as high as No. 51 in its genre. And Little Man, and the Dixon County War, a Western thriller that moves super fast, has gone as high as No. 57 in its genre.