Some sad news out of the literary world today: Renowned novelist Tom Clancy has passed away at 66. Known for his incredibly detailed espionage and military science thrillers, Clancy has gifted us with such works as The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and iconic characters Jack Ryan and John Clark. The cause of death isn't known as of right now. He died at Johns Hopkins Hospital near his Maryland home.
He sold his first book, The Hunt for Red October, for only $5,000 to the Naval Institute Press in 1984. Defying all odds, it sold more than five million copies. The book inspired the 1990 film starring Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery. Clancy's final book, Command Authority, is scheduled to be published on December 3.
As an author who reinvented the thriller genre and who was a true patriot, Tom will be very missed. And at 66! So young nowadays ...