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Tom Clancy at 1989 book signing at Boston College Tom Clancy at 1989 book signing at Boston College

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.

 Clancy's publisher, 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 Fears."

His novels also inspired several video games, including "Rainbow Six," "Ghost Recon." and "Splinter Cell."

Clancy's publisher says it will release his new novel, "Command Authority," in December.