A writer whose name was synonymous with the genre of modern military fiction, bestselling author Tom Clancy has passed away at the age of 66, according to his publisher. In a career that spanned almost thirty years and twenty books, Clancy found early success with his espionage novels featuring the character of Jack Ryan: a CIA analyst whose exploits would see him rise the rank of President of the United States.
Jack Ryan would on to be portrayed on the big screen by a prestigious club of respected actors: Alec Baldwin played him The Hunt for Red October before being replaced by Harrison Ford for its sequels Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. You may not even remember, but Ben Affleck also gave the franchise the ol’ college try for (the criminally under-rated entry) The Sum of All Fears. As classic characters go, Clancy had stuck gold with Jack Ryan.
In later years, he lent his name to a number of popular video game franchises. Leveraging his specific knowledge and appreciation of military minutia, he brought a level of storytelling and authenticity to action-packed titles like Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six (based on his book of the same name).
Jack Ryan: Shadow One, starring Chris Pine as Clancy’s immortal muse, will see a worldwide release on Boxing Day this year with the expectation that it will become one of the season’s tent pole blockbusters. Even in death, this prolific writer can still apparently deliver the goods and make his deadlines.
Tom Clancy, 1947-2013