Tom Clancy born on 12th April 1947 was an American bestselling novelist and a game designer popularly known for his well-crafted military science and espionage story plots set after and during the Cold War. Clancy was born Maryland and spent his childhood years in Northwood neighborhood. His father, Thomas Clancy had secured a job in United States Postal Service while his mother Catherine Clancy worked in a local store. In 1969, he graduated from Loyola University with a degree in English literature.
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His efforts to join the Army Reserves Officers were in vain due to his shortsightedness, a condition that required him to wear thick glasses. After his graduation, he worked for a particular insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. He joined O.F Bowen Agency, a local insurance company in Maryland which was founded by his wife grandfather. Later in 1980, he purchased the insurance firm and began writing novels during most of his free time, and in 1984, his first novel The Hunt for Red October was published. Tom Clancy died 2013 at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to an undisclosed disease.
Tom Clancy first novel The Hunt for Red October was published in 1984 by Naval Institute Press. The book received positive acclaims globally and ended up selling over 45,000 copies, other than 5,000 copies that Clancy opted would sell. Other fiction works by the same author include; Patriot Games (1987), The Sums of All Fears (1991), Clear and Present Danger (1989).
The release of the novel The Teeth of the Tiger in 2003 introduced three other main characters, Jack Ryan Son, and two of his nephews. These new characters served as the continuation of his four previous novels, Command Authority, Dead or Alive, Threat Vector, and Locked On. The author also wrote other non-fiction novels describing other branches of the United States Armed Forces.
TOM CLANCY AWARDS:
Tom Clancy was one of the three writers to sell over 2million copies on his first printing during the 90’s. The other two writers who accomplished the same are J.K Rowling and John Grisham. The novel Clear and Present Danger was listed the bestselling book of the 1980’s; this is after it made over 1.5 million hardcover sales. Subsequently, in 1990, the Navy League of the United States awarded him with Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement category.
TOM CLANCY BOOKS INTO MOVIES/TV:
Due to his outstanding and unique novel writing skills, most of the film production firms have adapted several of Tom Clancy novels for big screen filming. Here is a list of Films based on Clancy writing; Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October, NetForce, and the Sum of All Fears.
BEST TOM CLANCY BOOKS:
These are two best novels written by Tom Clancy, Patriot Games (1987) and Clear and the Present Danger (1989)
Patriot Games: Jack Ryan, ex-marine, historian and now a CIA analyst is busy enjoying his vacation in London when the Ulster Liberation Army, in a treacherous manner make a terrorist attack of the Prince and the Princess of Wales. The ex-marine dives into action to save the prince and princess, his heroic actions gains him the gratitude of the nation but also at the same time earns him hatred, especially from the country’s most dangerous men. These men are determined to eliminate him at all cost such that people get killed. However, Jack Ryan must utilize all his skill instilled in him during his service to the nation to battle against the country’s most dangerous men.
Clear and the Present Danger: The hero of Patriot Games, Jack Ryan finds that he probably won’t have a boring summer season, after an assassination of three American officials in Colombia. With many people going off and on missions and others moving in places, series of events begin to unfold. Clear, and the Present Danger is a novel themed on American war on drugs and drug cartels. Jack Ryan confrontation with Congress over the illegal operations, meetings with various committees soon discovers that the honor and dignity are things that everyone must undertake for his/her country. The novel has a well-written plot with great twists; the characters are well depicted with each character playing its role quite well. Above all, the novel describes what a nation is forced to undertake especially when faced with threats from drug cartels.
When Does The Next Tom Clancy book come out?
Tom Clancy doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is True Faith and Allegiance and was released on December, 6th 2016. It is the newest book in the Jack Ryan / John Clark Series.