Tom Clancy, the author of several best-selling military thrillers including “The Hunt for Red October” and “Patriot Games,” died Tuesday at a Baltimore hospital. He was 66. In the 30 years of writing Tom Clancy set himself as the definitive best-selling writer on his espionage and military thrillers. His most famous creation is Jack Ryan the main character who has transcended from books to film such as “Clear and Present Danger” and “The Sum of All Fears.”
One of my favorite gaming “franchises” are the Tom Clancy games. I started reading Tom Clancy novels in 1990 when I was working for a local well known comic shop in New Jersey. I was getting a little bored of the comics at the time and was looking for something else to add to my reading when the owner of the shop gave me a copy of Clear and Present Danger. I was instantly hooked and looked forward to any of the books I could find. Then came Rainbow Six. Rainbow Six was a brilliant novel for me and forever kept me hooked on what Tom Clancy had next. This was the same year that Red Storm created by Clancy released the game for the novel on PC and consoles. I snatched it all up and to this day continue to follow Red Storm and the Clancy games published through Ubisoft.
It is a sad day to know that a man who wrote such great novels and was behind such great games as Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon is gone. As always his work and memory continue on through fans and of course through the publishers that continue to make his creations come to life on film and video games.
If you have never read a Tom Clancy novel and are into great action thrillers then do so, You will not be disappointed. To the family of Tom Clancy my condolences. He and his body of work will be missed.