R.I.P. Tom Clancy

Though still a fairly spry 66, famed American author Tom Clancy has passed away last night in a hospital in Baltimore. A cause of death has not been provided.

Clancy was best known for his detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War.

He was one of the few authors able to turn his name into its own brand which was licensed for use in books, video games and other media with military subjects.

Clancy’s first novel was 1984’s “The Hunt for Red October” which was adapted into the acclaimed 1990 movie starring Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery. Said movie launched a internationally successful series of films following the lead character Jack Ryan.

Clancy’s “Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger” and “The Sum of All Fears” also saw film adaptations with Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck taking on the Ryan role. A ‘reboot’ film not based on a specific book, “Jack Ryan: Shadow One,” stars Chris Pine and is scheduled for release in the next few months.

Clancy also penned “Without Remorse,” “The Cardinal of the Kremlin,” “Debt of Honor,” “Executive Orders,” “The Bear and the Dragon,” “Red Rabbit,” “The Teeth of the Tiger” and more. His now final book, “Command Authority,” is due to be published December 3rd.

Clancy’s name was lent to several book series including Op-Center, Net Force, Net Force Explorers and Power Plays. It also brandished several successful video game series including “Splinter Cell,” “Rainbow Six,” “Ghost Recon” and the upcoming “The Division”.

Source: The New York Times