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Prolific author Tom Clancy, creator of the Jack Ryan series of novels and numerous video games has died

10.02.2013

A sad loss today, as Tom Clancy, author of THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, PATRIOT GAMES, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, and many, many more, has died at age 66 in Baltimore. Clancy created the CIA analyst character Jack Ryan, who is featured in a majority of his novels and all of the film adaptations. Jack Ryan will most recently be played by Chris Pine in a reboot of the franchise directed by Kenneth Branagh. The Baltimore, Maryland native, Clancy's first published novel was THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, which was later adapted for the big screen in 1990. This catapulted Clancy into the mainstream where his work continued to flourish, becoming THE name in military accuracy and continuing the movie franchise with PATRIOT GAMES, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, and JACK RYAN this December. Another popular character of Clancy's is John Clark, who is featured in the novels and films alongside Ryan.

In addition, Clancy co-founded the video game developer Red Storm Entertainment, which was later bought by Ubisoft, creating a massive library of videogame franchises, including Spllinter Cell, Rainbow Six, and Ghost Recon, which continue to be released today. Clancy also created the Op-Center and Netforce series (as well as the YA Netforce Explorers series).

Clancy has left behind a legacy that continues to thrive with his characters living on in books, television, film, and videogames. His last novel, another in the Jack Ryan series, called "Command Authority" is set for release on December 3, 2013. JACK RYAN, the latest film adaptation of the popular character is set for release on December 25, 2013.

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Extra Tidbit: What is your favorite Tom Clancy property? I'm a big fan of his books, having started reading them in high school and am also a big fan of the Ghost Recon videogames.
Source: NY Times

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11:23PM on 10/02/2013

Sad to hear.

I enjoyed his work growing up. His work started leaning to the uberRpublican side of things, but he still was great at story telling.

Extra Tidbit: As far as movies go - the Harrison Ford version of Jack Ryan. I wish they would have continued using him until Jack became President, but given the way that hapenned, it probably wouldn't have been a good idea post 9/11
I enjoyed his work growing up. His work started leaning to the uberRpublican side of things, but he still was great at story telling.

Extra Tidbit: As far as movies go - the Harrison Ford version of Jack Ryan. I wish they would have continued using him until Jack became President, but given the way that hapenned, it probably wouldn't have been a good idea post 9/11
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10:49PM on 10/02/2013
I used to have the books of Hunt for Red October and Clear and Present Danger, but never actually read them. Always kind of meant to. I'm a little shocked since these days sixty-six doesn't seem that old anymore. RIP Mr. Clancy.
I used to have the books of Hunt for Red October and Clear and Present Danger, but never actually read them. Always kind of meant to. I'm a little shocked since these days sixty-six doesn't seem that old anymore. RIP Mr. Clancy.
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9:28PM on 10/02/2013
sad day! :( How did he die?
sad day! :( How did he die?
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1:08PM on 10/02/2013
"Patriot Games" is the first novel I ever read as a kid. A legend and will be missed.
"Patriot Games" is the first novel I ever read as a kid. A legend and will be missed.
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1:04PM on 10/02/2013
RIP Tom Clancy great author.
RIP Tom Clancy great author.
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12:08PM on 10/02/2013
I'm sad
I'm sad
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11:55AM on 10/02/2013
Terrible, terrible news. Been reading his novels for years, my two favorites were Red Storm Rising and Without Remorse.
RIP Mr. Clancy.
Terrible, terrible news. Been reading his novels for years, my two favorites were Red Storm Rising and Without Remorse.
RIP Mr. Clancy.
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11:25AM on 10/02/2013
I feel weird selecting any of the 3 ratings for this kind of story. I'm never sure which is actually appropriate. I will say that thisnews makes me sad. I've loved his work since I saw the Hunt for Red October when it 1st dropped on VHS. I have it now on DVD & watch it at least once a year. Back before kids when I played video games all of the time Clancy's games were about all I played. I really got into them & loved to explore every inch of each level. He will be missed.
I feel weird selecting any of the 3 ratings for this kind of story. I'm never sure which is actually appropriate. I will say that thisnews makes me sad. I've loved his work since I saw the Hunt for Red October when it 1st dropped on VHS. I have it now on DVD & watch it at least once a year. Back before kids when I played video games all of the time Clancy's games were about all I played. I really got into them & loved to explore every inch of each level. He will be missed.
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11:25AM on 10/02/2013
R.I.P. The guy came up with some very well-researched stories and was a canny businessman, tapping into video games and movies beyond books. Looking forward to the new Jack Ryan film which I hope is dedicated to him.
R.I.P. The guy came up with some very well-researched stories and was a canny businessman, tapping into video games and movies beyond books. Looking forward to the new Jack Ryan film which I hope is dedicated to him.
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11:24AM on 10/02/2013
Hunt for Red October will always be the movie mark to beat when adapting his work
Hunt for Red October will always be the movie mark to beat when adapting his work
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11:23AM on 10/02/2013
This is just sad. Rest in peace, Mr. Clancy. You left a large legacy of awesome characters and stories. I hope the new Jack Ryan would pay tribute to him. Extra tidbit: Jack Ryan, definitely. Aside from Jack Ryan, I like Netforce series (hence, my user name).
This is just sad. Rest in peace, Mr. Clancy. You left a large legacy of awesome characters and stories. I hope the new Jack Ryan would pay tribute to him. Extra tidbit: Jack Ryan, definitely. Aside from Jack Ryan, I like Netforce series (hence, my user name).
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