Tom Clancy, the brilliant and irascible author of an incredible series of fiction and non-fiction works that include The Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising, The Sum of All Fears, and many others, has died at the age of 66. His work was also inspiration for a generation of military-based first person shooter video games.
Clancy’s work was revolutionary, and his technical research exquisite. I remember the hubbub of the release of Red October, and the speculation that someone had leaked him classified information that allowed him to portray so accurately the then-hidden world of US and Soviet submarine operations.
Clancy was a brilliant storyteller who revolutionized his genre, which was accurately described as “military/espionage/thriller”. He will be missed.