(Source: Tom Clancy Wiki)
This seems to becoming a theme of this blog but the marking of famous people passing away continues with the sad news that the popular techno thriller author, Tom Clancy, passed away during the week. Growing up during the 1980s when there was still the Cold War fear of a nuclear war his books hit the right chord with so many people. They were page turners with a great grasp of the technology emerging at the time. They may not eventually stand the time as classics to be read in 100 years but they were a great way to kill days without knowing. As an author he did not limit himself to books for entertaining his readers. He probably picked up quicker than most that beyond movies and videos there were video games. His books became tie-ins for video games, several of which became successful series like Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six.
Was he a visionary? Shortly after the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001 it did not take some commentators too long to recall the climatic attack on the Capitol Building by a Japanese Air Lines jumbo jet in Debt of Honor. In addition, the series he created called Netforce seemed to predate many of the discussions that emerged later about 'cyber attacks' and 'cyber crime.'
Hunt for Red October was his first novel and the first Tom Clancy book that I read. It was a page turner and I think the later movie with Sean Connery did a good job of bringing it to the screen. However, there was no way the complexities of the plot and sub-plots could have been fully made into a film that an audience could follow.
We will miss him.