“Nothing is as real as a dream. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.” — Tom Clancy
Best-selling author, Tom Clancy, dies on Tuesday, 1 October 2013 in Baltimore. He was 66.
I was in college back in the 80s when a friend let me borrow the book, Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy. My friend knew I wasn’t into the kind of books most girls my age read, so when he was done reading it he literally shoved the book to me and told me I should read it. I wasn’t into the military/espionage thing either, but read the book anyway. It was well-written that amazingly, I was able to comprehend the vast technical aspects and naval details of submarines like the Red October. I was surprised to find myself reading it every chance I got, in between classes, lunchtime and all through the night when I got home. I was hooked, line and sinker included. I became a fan of Jack Ryan and Clancy since then. I’ve read around ten books of the Jack Ryan series, some borrowed, some bought ( but I had to wait for paperback editions — no Kindle versions back then ).
As a writer, Clancy is one of a herd of great writers I admire and take lessons from. There is so much to learn from a genius story-teller like him. An insurance agent in Baltimore wrote about submarines, the Cold War and CIA like espionage was his day job and selling insurance was just his cover. Hollywood noticed and made movies out of some of the books like Hunt for Red October, Clear And Present Danger, Patriot Games, and The Sum of All Fears with award-winning actors like Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck in the role of Jack Ryan.
His last book of the series, Command Authority, will be out in December 2013 published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons and a new movie is set to be released by Christmas 2013 entitled, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with Chris Pines in the title role. It is with great sadness to say thank you and goodbye to a giant in the literary world. Rest in peace, Tom Clancy, your legacy lives on.
“I understand why we do that now. It’s a help, not a threat. It’s something to remind you how important words are. Ideas are important. Principles are important. Words are important. Your word is the most important of all. Your word is who you are.” — Tom Clancy, A Clear And Present Danger