Tom Clancy, Literary Icon Dies at 66

Aaron Eldredge | Oct 2, 2013

Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy, the literary icon, has passed away at the age of 66. The Baltimore-born Clancy was known for his meticulous attention to detail in his writing, especially concerning military procedure and technology. His 1984 classic “The Hunt for Red October” shot him into the forefront of American military storytelling. Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin helped turn the gripping Cold War drama into a hugely-successful blockbuster film.

“The Hunt for Red October” was not Clancy’s only venture into Hollywood. “Patriot Games”, “The Sum of All Fears”, and “Clear and Present Danger” found success in both the literary and film worlds. 17 of Clancy’s books made it onto the New York Times best-sellers list, with many of them getting to the number 1 spot.

The prolific American novelist died in a hospital in his native Baltimore yesterday.

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