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 R.I.P. Tom Clancy

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R.I.P. Tom Clancy Wed, 10/2/13 2:34 PM (permalink)
I spent many enjoyable hours with his books and like most every movie made from them.  Sadly, he passed last night at what is to me a tender age:  66.
Where is Jack Ryan now that we need him?

    Re:R.I.P. Tom Clancy Wed, 10/2/13 3:17 PM (permalink)
    I read a quick news release and they did not list a cause of death.  Did you read one?

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      Re:R.I.P. Tom Clancy Wed, 10/2/13 3:49 PM (permalink)
      I looked at half a dozen news clips - no cause of death released yet.
      I grew up with his books.  He could put together a great thriller.
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        Re:R.I.P. Tom Clancy Wed, 10/2/13 3:55 PM (permalink)

        I read a quick news release and they did not list a cause of death.  Did you read one?

        From the New York Times:
        "Ivan Held, the president of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, his publisher, did not provide a cause of death."

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          Re:R.I.P. Tom Clancy Wed, 10/2/13 5:07 PM (permalink)
          I turned all of his pages, compelling, he will be missed. Two this year, first Vince Flynn. Big loss all around to their family and fans!

            Re:R.I.P. Tom Clancy Wed, 10/2/13 5:11 PM (permalink)
            A very odd coincidence as I just bought a few of his novels yesterday.  His first were the best and  my favorite was "A Clear and Present Danger", "Red October" and "Patriot Games".  As Michael stated about Vince Flynn's death, I had also read each and every one of his novels.
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              Re:R.I.P. Tom Clancy Wed, 10/2/13 5:36 PM (permalink)
              RED OCTOBER was the Best of some fine reading for me. He managed to keep me focused and alert from 'start to finish' on each of his novels. I read his non-fiction stuff too, but felt it was not of the same level of attention-getting the Novels provided.
              Thanks for the hours we shared Mr Clancy, R I P. and pass on our regards to the GIPPER.

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                Re:R.I.P. Tom Clancy Wed, 10/2/13 5:48 PM (permalink)
                I have very worn copies of ALL his works, he will be missed by MANY people around the world.
                I think my favorite line he said once was the one about President Reagan and Hunt For Red October.  Somebody had given RR a copy and he said at a state dinner "I havent been getting much sleep lately, I'm reading Clancy's book and I can't put it down"
                2 Days later it was #1 NYT best seller 
                RIP Tom

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                  Re:R.I.P. Tom Clancy Thu, 10/3/13 7:35 AM (permalink)
                  One ping only Vasilli.
                  In Pace Requiescat Tom Clancy.

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                    Re:R.I.P. Tom Clancy Thu, 10/3/13 9:06 AM (permalink)
                    True story:  I was reading Red Storm Rising on vacation in Virginia Beach.  I had just reached the point where the Captain ordered the Nimitz turned into the wind when Mrs. Metro II told me to stop reading as we had to leave for a harbor tour.
                    And there she was, the mighty Nimitz alongside her sister CVN, the Kennedy, both at anchor next to the (then) newly recommissioned Wisconsin.  Goosebumps!

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                      Re:R.I.P. Tom Clancy Fri, 10/4/13 3:13 AM (permalink)
                      When I joined the Navy, The Hunt for Red October had just come out and everyone was talking about it. I was sent to Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic - Dam Neck, VA to train as an Operations Specialist. We were told that the course had been completely redesigned due to the book being published.
                      The book had been rejected by every major publishing house and so with nothing left to loose he sent it to the Navy, specifically the Naval Institute Press. The story we got was that when the retired Admiral running the Press was told about the book and read it he called in Naval Intelligence. Story goes that they sat down with Clancy and went step by step through the book and asked him where he got his information. He showed them his research and satisfied them that it was all in the public domain.
                      I don't know how much of this story was true and how much of it was a sea story. But I do know that they did a Top Secret background check before sending me to school and I was told that the clearance for the course had been downgraded to Confidential. I also know that the course was completely updated a couple of months before I started it.
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