Tom Clancy Dies at 66

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Reports are coming through that Tom Clancy has died at age 66. The hugely successful author died in a hospital in Baltimore. A cause of death has not yet been provided.

Best known for his espionage, military science and techno thrillers, many of Tom Clancy’s novels made their way into different forms of media. A number of his Jack Ryan novels were adapted for the big screen. The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears (which saw Clancy serve as executive producer) featured the much loved character. Clancy also made a name for himself in the video game sector; creating stories, ideas and scenarios for games such as Rainbow Six and the Splinter Cell series.

The Hunt for Red October, about the defection of a Russian submarine crew, made The New York Times‘ best-seller list after President Ronald Reagan openly praised it. He was an insurance broker before that.

Ten of Clancy’s books earned No. 1 rankings on The New York Times‘ best-seller list. More than 50 million copies of his books have been printed.

His next book, Command Authority, is planned for publication on December 3.