Sad news for the literary world and lovers of the spy thriller genre, Tom Clancy has died aged 66 after a short illness.
Clancy's most famous novels featuring his hero Jack Ryan have been turned into a series of films including The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum Of All Fears starring Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck respectively. Later this year a new Ryan thriller will appear on the big screen, Jack Ryan: Shadow One will star Chris Pine and is directed by Kenneth Branagh.
As a result of enjoying the films, I have in the past read a fair few Clancy novels featuring both Ryan and his other hero John Clark. Rich in technical detail they are an engrossing read, though I must admit to not bothering with the ones that saw Ryan become President of the United States. I did enjoy the 2002 novel Red Rabbit for which Clancy turned the clock back to a pre-Hunt For Red October Ryan. I think that's the last of his I've actually read.