Baltimore, MD. -Author Tom Clancy has
died. Clancy wrote the best-selling "The Hunt for Red October" and
other successful espionage and military science thrillers. He was 66.
Penguin Group, says Clancy died Tuesday in Baltimore. The publisher did not
disclose a cause of death.
Clancy arrived made the
best-seller list in 1984 with "The Hunt for Red October." He sold the
manuscript to the first publisher he tried, the Naval Institute Press, which
had never bought original fiction.
A string of other hits
followed, including "Red Storm Rising," ''Patriot Games" and
"Clear and Present Danger." In all, seventeen Clancy novels made the
New York Times best-seller list. Many made it to the number one position.
Clancy's novels became must-reads
among many in the military, and provided him inside access for plots and
technical details for future novels. However, Clancy said he was always careful
not to release classified or sensitive material.
Clancy said his dream
had been simply to publish a book, hopefully a good one, so that he would be in
the Library of Congress catalog. Hollywood turned several of his books into
movies: "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games," and "The Sum of All
His novels also inspired
several video games, including "Rainbow Six," "Ghost Recon." and "Splinter
Clancy's publisher says it will release his new novel, "Command
Authority," in December.