Tom Clancy died yesterday. His gift at telling a good story is evidenced by his 17 Number One New York Times bestselling novels. I was a bit taken aback when I read that. I can name the Ryan ones, the ones made into films. But I couldn’t name the others… can you?
The Hunt for Red October
Red Storm Rising
The Cardinal of the Kremlin
Clear and Present Danger
The Sum of All Fears
Debt of Honor
The Bear and the Dragon
The Teeth of the Tiger
Dead or Alive
Against All Enemies
Locked On Even I, who do not like technical gobbledegook in my thrillers, gobbled up his books. For me there is no debate: Harrison Ford is Jack Ryan. Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck are just not right.
Did you know:-
– Clancy wrote about commercial airliners being used as missiles several years before the 9/11 attacks;
– He once said in an interview: “The writer with writer’s block doesn’t want to write”;
– The Naval Institute Press, publisher of his first book The Hunt for Red October, was concerned there were too many technical descriptions. Clancy cut 100 pages.
His latest novel with Mark Greaney, Command Authority, featuring President Jack Ryan is due out December 5, 2013 in the UK.And there is a new film coming too. Jack Ryan: Shadow One is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Chris Pine [above] as a young Ryan with Keira Knightley as his wife Cathy. But it’s not written by Clancy, only ‘inspired’ by his characters.
To read an earlier post of mine about Jack Ryan, click here:-
‘Command Authority’ by Tom Clancy