'Hunt for Red October' author Tom Clancy, known for his geopolitical thrillers, dies at 66

  • Article by: HILLEL ITALIE , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 2, 2013 - 6:35 PM

NEW YORK — In 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller "The Hunt for Red October" came out, author Tom Clancy was invited to lunch at the Reagan White House, where he was questioned by Navy Secretary John Lehman.

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swschradOct. 2, 1310:57 AM

Clancy also tried to buy the Vikings from Red McCombs as lead investor, but he couldn't pass financial scrutiny by the NFL due to divorce proceedings. I can see how Penguin would forget that little detail. they're not winning.

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candcduluthOct. 2, 1311:05 AM

Most riveting author that I've ever had the pleasure of reading, his books are works of genius. He will be missed.

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jimjimjimjimOct. 2, 1311:19 AM

Great author. Loved the movies.

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sarge8758Oct. 2, 1311:51 AM

A great loss of a wonderful author. I, too could not put his books down. As a military veteran, never did figure out how he managed to get all the real detail. He will be missed.

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gansjjOct. 2, 1312:01 PM

Swschrd : no Clancy didn't try to buy from Red....Red bought after Clancy's bid fell through.

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hasdogsOct. 2, 1312:53 PM

swschrad - huh? Red bought AFTER the Clancy attempt fell through. And why would Penguin give a rip today anyways?

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takebackusaOct. 2, 13 1:05 PM

Great author. Loved it when people told me what his books were about.

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ssn660Oct. 2, 13 2:31 PM

As submarine sailor, the man did get it right. Often wondered how he go the information. Great stories.

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woodbuckOct. 2, 13 5:36 PM

Hey, I loved the Red October book and movie, and, I am just now reading another of his books. But, a great author/writer, he aint. Unlike some of the truly great writers of the past fifty years, his books will be dated and forgotten in another fifty or so years. He is a conservative ideologue, fun to read, but, best taken with a grain of salt.

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lonstarOct. 2, 13 5:57 PM

His books weren't great literature but the first phase like Red Storm Rising and Hunt for Red October were fun what-ifs (vampire, vampire, smoke away!) and after a disappointing dip in quality (I'm lookin' at you, The Bear And The Dragon), he picked up nicely again. He helped define the techno-thriller genre, and future authors can only follow, never replace, him.

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