Tom Clancy has died. I remember reading The Hunt for Red October when it came out in paperback. It was a great story, well paced, and with believable and interesting characters. I DEVOURED it. I read Red Storm Rising – in hardcover – as soon as it came out.
Just, wow. I missed a lot of sleep with that one.
I then read everything Clancy wrote up through Debt of Honor. After that I felt that he was largely mailing it in, though I did find his non-fiction book with Gen. Chuck Horner, Every Man a Tiger an extremely fascinating look at the 1991 Gulf war in the air. Stephen Green reports in his piece on Clancy:
Against All Enemies (with Peter Telep) remains the only Clancy book I couldn’t get through — and quickly. There was just something was missing from that one, but the others since 2010 have all read like “classic” Clancy of the ’80s and ’90s. Just a few days ago I pre-ordered Command Authority, due out in December. I suppose it will be his last.
I may have to pick up a new (to me) Clancy and give him another shot.
Fair winds and following seas, Mr. Clancy. Thank you for the hours of entertainment and the technical education you provided.
Edited to add this bit of Clancy wisdom: