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Tom Clancy, the bestselling novelist known for his vivid post-Cold War spy and military novels, died yesterday at a hospital in Baltimore at the age of 66, the New York Times reports. The cause of death was not immediately released.
Clancy was born in Baltimore, Maryland and studied literature at Loyola College there before working as an insurance salesman. His first novel, The Hunt for Red October, quickly became a bestseller in 1984 after receiving an endorsement from President Ronald Reagan, launching his career. His books routinely topped the New York Times bestseller list, including 1987's Patriot Games, 1991's The Sum of All Fears and his last novel, 2012's Threat Vector, which marked his 17th appearance on the list. Several of his books were adapated into blockbuster movies starring actors like Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, all of whom played Clancy's most famous character, Jack Ryan.
In 1996, Clancy broadened his fictional universe to include video games as well, co-founding the studio Red Storm Entertainment. Tom Clancy's Rainbox Six, based on his technological thriller novel of the same name, came out in 1998, and inaugurated a series of successful Rainbox Six–based first-person shooter video games. The hugely popular Splinter Cell series was launched in 2002, eventually growing to six video games and seven novels (the veteran Canadian actor Michael Ironside provided the voice for the protagonist Sam Fisher, a black-ops NSA agent, in most of the games).
Command Authority, Clancy's next novel, is planned for release on December 3.
Via New York Times