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Tom Clancy, the US Thriller Author, Died At 66 in Baltimore

Oct 3, 2013 14:06 IST

Tom ClancyTom Clancy, the writer known for thrillers, especially The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games, died in Baltimore, US on 1 October 2013. He was 66 years old. He was credited with 17 New York Times bestsellers and had launched into the career of writing with the help of the then US president Ronald Reagan.

Life History of Tom Clancy

• Tom Clancy was born on 12 April 1947 in Baltimore, US.
• He was an American author who was best known for detailed espionage as well as military sciences stories set during and after the time period of the Cold War.
• His first novel was The Hunt for Red October. The novel included his most famous character named Jack Ryan, the CIA agent who eventually became the President.
• His initial few works focused on the cold war, but his works also included terrorism.
• In the year 1994, his novel entitled Debt of Honor was harshly psychic.
• Apart from the thrillers, his works also included Command Authority, the 13th Jack Ryan novel.
• His works also included non-fiction, a few which were co-authored too. His novel 1993 Submarine: A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship was co-authored.
• His novel entitled Clear and Present Danger was the Number 1 bestselling novel of the 1980s.

Awards and Achievements
• He was among only three authors who sold two million copies on a first printing in the 1990s. The other two included John Grisham and J. K. Rowling.
• Tom Clancy received an honorary doctorate in humane letters at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the year 1992.
• He was also honoured with the Yeoman Warder of The Tower of London and received the title Supernumerary Yeoman.
• In the year 1990, he received the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement from the Navy League of the United States.


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