Best-Selling Author Tom Clancy Dead at 66

Best-Selling Author Tom Clancy Dead at 66 - " . . . Mr. Clancy, whose death in Baltimore at age 66 was announced Wednesday by his publisher, G.P. Putnam's Sons, put military hardware front and center starting with his first novel, "The Hunt for Red October," a Cold War submarine thriller that was a best seller when it was published in 1984. The book introduced Mr. Clancy's main hero, Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst whose adventures over more than a dozen novels included fighting Colombian drug lords, Arab terrorists and the Chinese navy. Ryan eventually becomes U.S. president. Mr. Clancy's books drew comparisons to masters of military and espionage suspense, including Frederick Forsyth and Robert Ludlum. . . ."

The 100 best novels: No 2 – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719) | Books | The Observer: "English fiction began with The Pilgrim's Progress, but nearly 50 turbulent years, including the Glorious Revolution, passed before it made its great leap forward. The author of this literary milestone is a strangely appealing literary hustler of nearly 60 years old originally named Daniel Foe (he added "De" to improve his social standing), a one-time journalist, pamphleteer, jack of all trades and spy. Like Bunyan, he had suffered at the hands of the state (the pillory, followed by prison in 1703). Unlike Bunyan, he was not religious. . . ."

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