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ccmanuals
10-02-2013, 10:52 AM
Just heard he passed. Have read all his books. He will be missed.

BrianW
10-02-2013, 10:56 AM
That's a shame.

He wrote some good ones.

Gerarddm
10-02-2013, 10:59 AM
Red October was brilliant because it was new. The stuff afterward degenerated into chest thumping blowhardness.


One of the funniest satires I ever read was Horatio Hornblower as if written by Tom Clancy. Wish I could cite a source, but it was funny.

Rich Jones
10-02-2013, 10:59 AM
No details yet on his death? He was only 66. Sad.

John of Phoenix
10-02-2013, 11:00 AM
Only 66. I'd never seen a picture of him before today. RIP Jack Ryan.

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S.V. Airlie
10-02-2013, 12:33 PM
Cigs will get ya! BUT, I've read all of his books. Was highly entertained. Like Patterson or Ludlum, all we will get are ghost writers. Oh wait, Patterson's still alive!

Jim Bow
10-02-2013, 01:32 PM
Thank you Gerard. I, too, enjoyed "Red October" but couldn't get past it.

My moment:
There used to be a Barnes and Noble at University Villiage in Seattle. There was a Starbucks that set tables out on the mall sidewalk. It seems as though they were always filled with University of WA smokers. One evening I was walking past a particularly cloudy smokey group and I pointed to the "No Smoking Within 25 Feet" sign. A young, tattooed coed scanned my pudgy 60 year old physiognomy, stared me in my bifocals and said, "F*** you, you Tom Clancy motherf***er!" I was never fully sure what she meant, but I chuckle.
I moved on.

Keith Wilson
10-02-2013, 02:53 PM
His early books were pleasant diversions on long plane flights. He got worse and worse as he got older, kind of unusual for an author. The prescient idea of using an airliner as a weapon (Debt of Honor, 1994) may be what he gets remembered for. Unfortunately, he did a certain amount of damage, as a lot of folks on the right, particularly in the last Bush administration, seemed to take his books seriously.

hokiefan
10-02-2013, 03:09 PM
I have read many, but not all of his books. The last one I read was Threat Vector, which I read this winter. I wouldn't call it brilliant, but it was an enjoyable way to spend a few evenings.

Cheers,

Bobby

Jim Mahan
10-02-2013, 03:17 PM
I was working in a bookstore in Marin Co., after I got out of the USAF in '80. I got to read a publisher's pre-lease hard-back version of The Hunt for Red October before anyone had heard of it or Tom Clancy. It was originally published by The US Naval Institute Press, their first work of fiction.

Rum_Pirate
10-02-2013, 04:36 PM
I enjoyed his books and he was a conservative with republican views AND a Life Member of the National Rifle Association (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Rifle_Association).

I particularly enjoyed the film Hunt for Red October.

They say the good die young. 66 is supposed to be young these days . . right?




A longtime holder of conservative (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservatism_in_the_United_States) and Republican (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)) views, Clancy's books bear dedications to American conservative political figures, most notably Ronald Reagan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Reagan).

A week after the September 11, 2001 attacks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks), on The O'Reilly Factor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_O%27Reilly_Factor), Clancy claimed that left-wing politicians in the United States were partly responsible for September 11 due to their "gutting" of the Central Intelligence Agency (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Intelligence_Agency).[7] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Clancy#cite_note-NNDB-7)
In recent years, Clancy associated himself with General Anthony Zinni (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Zinni), a critic of the George W. Bush (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush) administration, and has been critical of former Defense SecretaryDonald Rumsfeld (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Rumsfeld) as well.[9] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Clancy#cite_note-9)
On September 11, 2001, Clancy was interviewed by Judy Woodruff (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Woodruff) on CNN (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNN).[10] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Clancy#cite_note-10) During the interview, he asserted "Islam does not permit suicide" (see Islam and suicide (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_and_suicide#Islam)). Among other observations during this interview, Clancy cited discussions he had with military experts on the lack of planning to handle a hijacked plane being used in a suicide attack (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_attack) and criticized the news media's treatment of the United States Intelligence Community (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Intelligence_Community).
Clancy appeared again on PBS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Broadcasting_Service)'s Charlie Rose, to discuss the implications of the day's events with Richard Holbrooke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Holbrooke), New York Times journalist Judith Miller (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Miller_(journalist)), and Senator John Edwards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edwards), among others.[11] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Clancy#cite_note-11)
Clancy was interviewed on these shows because his 1994 book Debt of Honor included a scenario where a disgruntled Japanese character crashes a fueled Boeing 747 into the U.S. Capitol dome during an address by the President to a joint session of Congress, killing the President and most of Congress.
This plot device bore strong similarities to the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Clancy was also a Life Member of the National Rifle Association (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Rifle_Association) since 1978.[12] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Clancy#cite_note-12)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Clancy

Bob Cleek
10-02-2013, 05:51 PM
Yep, Red October was an interesting diversion and the movie even better. A couple of his Jack Ryan books held my interest on an plane trip, but the last one I read... Cardinal in the Kremlin or something like that, put me to sleep. In a word "formulaic." I found the same with Ian Flemming years ago, but did read all of his books. Later, again, I have the same criticism of Patrick O'Brian, although he held my interest through every book, in large part because of his technical accuracy. Clancy had the same positive quality, but his subject matter was, in the end, a bore. I predict that while Red October may remain a minor classic, the rest of his books will soon be forgotten. So sayeth the Bilge literary critic.

htom
10-02-2013, 11:54 PM
They became more than a bit formulatic; Red October and Without Remorse were my favorites.

Full Tilt
10-02-2013, 11:57 PM
They became more than a bit formulatic; Red October and Without Remorse were my favorites.

'Patriot Games' was an excellent book, as were the next half dozen or so.

That's the problem.

Clancy did so well financially he could afford to hire people to write the rest.

oznabrag
10-03-2013, 12:02 AM
Yep, Red October was an interesting diversion and the movie even better. A couple of his Jack Ryan books held my interest on an plane trip, but the last one I read... Cardinal in the Kremlin or something like that, put me to sleep. In a word "formulaic." I found the same with Ian Flemming years ago, but did read all of his books. Later, again, I have the same criticism of Patrick O'Brian, although he held my interest through every book, in large part because of his technical accuracy. Clancy had the same positive quality, but his subject matter was, in the end, a bore. I predict that while Red October may remain a minor classic, the rest of his books will soon be forgotten. So sayeth the Bilge literary critic.

All of them? Even Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?2336

Waddie
10-03-2013, 12:40 AM
His books are an entertaining read. At least they move along. I think that's all he was going for anyways. So it's a nice compliment for the man.

regards,
Waddie