Tom Clancy, whose complex, adrenaline-fueled military novels made him one of the world’s best-selling and best-known authors, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Baltimore. He was 66. (Source)First Vince Flynn and now Tom Clancy. Two of my favorite authors, dead.
Like many, the first book of his I read was The Hunt for Red October. I have read that classic multiple times since its publication. The story is that good.
Jack Ryan, John Clark and Ding Chavez are among the memorable characters he created. Men whose exploits I looked forward to reading about with each new book.
There are so many of his novels I could mention. I've read them all. But at the moment I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all.
Though, I do want to mention Red Storm Rising. When I read that one I was working with an Air Force Lieutenant who later became a very good friend. (Sshhh, don't tell the generals!) The good lieutenant was a long-distance runner so of course he identified with the Air Force weather-weenie in Red Storm Rising. I used to razz him about that. Puts me in mind of a story or two. I'll tell those someday, but not today.
Like I mentioned the other day, you never know.
God Speed Mr. Clancy...
We'll miss you.