I’m saddened to hear that Tom Clancy has died at age 66.
“The Hunt for Red October” was one of the greatest books + movies ever and was an inspiration to a Submariner like me. “Red Storm Rising” was the ultimate, multi-theater, World War III scenario between NATO and the Soviets that I’ve re-read countless times. Tom has definitely influenced my fiction writing in that I’m not afraid to be too technical in my story descriptions in Submarine Warriors.
He created an enduring character in Jack Ryan and allowed Sean Connery to break away from his James Bond persona and become Captain Marko Ramius. Actors like Alec Baldwin, Ben Affleck, Harrison Ford, and Chris Pine all owe him a debt of gratitude. Tom made Submariners cool in a world of larger than life Top Gun Naval Aviators.
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