Written by Brandon Williams on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Bestselling techno-thriller novelist Tom Clancy has passed away in a Baltimore hospital at age 66. He was best known for his novels The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games.

Clancy first made the bestseller lists with The Hunt for Red October in 1984, which he got published with the Naval Institute Press, a publisher that had never bought any fiction manuscripts in the past .

Other bestsellers he wrote included Red Storm Rising, Patriot Games, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears and Without Remorse.

Clancy originally went to Loyola College with a physics major, but switched to English because he didn’t feel he was smart enough for science. Interestingly enough, his novels are known for their large amounts of scientific information.

Clancy’s most famous character is Jack Ryan, who has appeared in 13 of his novels. This series has been adapted into several films, which includes The Hunt for Red October (with Alec Baldwin as Ryan), Patriot Games & Clear and Present Danger (Harrison Ford), The Sum of All Fears (Ben Affleck) and the upcoming movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Chris Ryan).

He also has co-founded the video game developer Red Storm Entertainment and has attached his name to several video games, including the Rainbow Six series, Ghost Recon series, Splinter Cell series, EndWar series, H.A.W.X. series and more.

Although Clancy is no longer with us, his novels will continue. Most of his novels have been written by co-authors in recent years and there is no reason to believe that they will come to an end.

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