He was undoubtedly a pioneer in his genre. A master of crafting brilliant military thrillers to draw in massive audiences. The mind behind “The Hunt for the Red October” and many other popular titles that have integrated themselves deep within our pop culture. Above all, Tom Clancy was an inspiring author whose prolific output of great writing has left behind a legacy that will be dearly missed.
Clancy passed away at the age of 66 on October 1st, 2013 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Since he grew up in Baltimore, it seems only fitting that the author spent his last days in the area. His close friends, family, fans, and wife Alexandra Llewellyn are all in a state of mourning but cannot help to celebrate the incredible life that Clancy lived. With more than 100 million copies of his novels in print and 17 New York Time best-seller titles, it is easy to see why he is revered as one of the greatest writers of modern times.
A pivotal point in Clancy’s career was his publication of the book “The Hunt for the Red October”. Released in 1984, the book became wildly popular for its intuitive style and readability. Readers found themselves on the edge of their seats, captivated by Clancy’s impressive attention to detail and suspenseful storytelling.
“The Hunt for the Red October” received so much attention that it was quickly made into a movie. This was far from the first dent Clancy’s writing would have on the entertainment world however. His writing has inspired plenty of other popular film titles like Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and NetForce.
Clancy even spread his influence into the world of video games as well. The Splinter Cell series inspired the creation of the now widely popular video games. The Splinter Cell games have sold millions and expanded Clancy’s already vast demographic of fans. They include such accurate attention to detail that the military has even used them in their training.
The contribution Tom Clancy has had on the entertainment industry is evident. He will be remembered for years as the pioneer of a genre and one of the most successful and productive writers of all time. This Christmas, his newest film adaptation Jack Ryan will be released into theaters, serving as a final reminder of his brilliant work. -written by: Adam St. Pierre