Jack Ryan Franchise Author Tom Clancy Has Passed Away at Age 66

October 2, 2013
Source: New York Times

Tom Clancy

With Paramount Pictures poised to release their new action thriller prequel Jack Ryan: Shadow One this Christmas (as long as The Wolf of Wall Street doesn't push it away), the author behind the recurring spy character has sadly passed away. The New York Times reports that author Tom Clancy, best known for creating the series of books featuring Jack Ryan, has passed away at age 66. Ivan Held, the president of Clancy's publisher, G.P. Putnam's Sons, revealed the news, but did not disclose a cause of death. Clancy's books served as the source material for grounded thrillers like The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears. But his big screen legacy isn't over.

In addition to the forthcoming Jack Ryan: Shadow One, two video game series from the mind of Tom Clancy are headed for the big screen. Michael Bay is producing an adaptation of Ghost Recon while Tom Hardy is attached to an adaptation of Splinter Cell. Other titles from the author include Red Storm Rising, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Without Remorse, Debt of Honor, Executive Orders, Rainbow Six, The Bear and the Dragon, Red Rabbit and The Teeth of the Tiger. Clancy still has his newest book, Command Authority, is slated to hit shelves on December 3rd. Clancy was an iconic author whose work will live on in many forms for generations to come. Rest in peace.

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  • Tyler Cobaugh
    He was a stellar author. I am thankful my dad introduced him to me. His work is class A. He created realistic stories that were as close to the truth not many authors are able to do.
    • avconsumer2
      Ditto. Also intro'd by my pops. King of military fiction imo. Sad day.
    • Scopedog
      Agreed. While I never read all of his books, the ones I did read were excellent--especially THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and RED STORM RISING. I read both of these in high school and loved them both.
  • Steve De'Silva
    Rest In Peace...
  • rickvanr
    Debt of Honor, Executive Orders, and the Bear and the Dragon from an incredible story arc, I don't read and consider them a must read. Especially if you could get through Hunt for Red October. All his Jack Ryan novels that he wrote are terrific. Hard to put the books down. Rest in Peace
  • Professor_Bedlam
    RIP Tom Clancy you were one of my favorites and one of the greatest ever!!!
  • cobrazombie
    His works made for some very good movies. Thanks, and RIP.




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