"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."
Tom Clancy, born April 12, 1947 in Baltimore, is an American novelist best known for his espionage and military science story lines. Tom Clancy was born to Thomas Clancy as the second born of three children. After being president of the chess club while at University, he would graduate in 1969 from the Loyola College in Baltimore with a degree in English Literature. After being rejected from the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps due to his nearsightedness, he worked for an insurance company in Connecticut. He joined a small insurance agency founded by his wife’s grandmother in 1973 called the O. F. Bowen Agency, while writing novels in his spare time. He wrote his debut novel, The Hunt for Red October in 1984 whilst still employed for the company.
A man named Mohammed sits in a café in Vienna, about to propose a deal to a Colombian. Mohammed has a strong network of agents and sympathizers throughout Europe and the Middle East, and the Colombian has an equally strong drug network throughout America. What if they were to form an alliance, to combine all their assets and connections? The potential for profits would be enormous—and the potential for destruction unimaginable.
Tom Clancy’s books proved enormously popular. He produced seventeen best sellers and sold more than 100 million copies. His most popular fiction novels include The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears. Tom Clancy has achieved a lot in his years of writing. He is one of only three authors to sell two million copies on a first printing in the 1990s. He wrote the #1 best selling novel of the 1980s with his novel Clear and Present Danger selling over 1.5 million hardcover copies. In 1992, Tom Clancy received an honorary doctorate in humane letters by the Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992.
Being a Republican with conservative views, Tom Clancy dedicated many of his books to right wing political figures. He is outspoken in his views, his most popular one being his suggestion that left-wing US politicians were responsible for the September 11 attacks because of their “gutting” of the CIA. Tom Clancy passed away on October 1, 2013 in the Johns Hopkins Hospital due to an undisclosed illness. He is survived by his wife and five children.
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