Tom Clancy was never predestined to become a best-selling writer, he himself had no intention of going down that road when he was a young man. However, he did. Born in 1947 in Baltimore, Thomas Lanier Clancy Junior studied at the Loyola College and then became an insurance broker before going back to his number one passion: the army. However, his eyesight was found to be very poor, resulting in Tom Clancy being discharged from the US Army. The young man took solace in writing, and came up with “The Hunt for Red October”, the story of a Soviet nuclear submarine, inspired by true events. In 1983, upon its release, the book proved to be a huge success and was acclaimed by the critics.
A contemporary writer
Having a passion for naval history, Tom Clancy continues to write several espionage novels dealing with modern-day fears, such as terrorism or the nuclear threat. His novels such as “Patriot Games”, “Debt of Honor” and “The Bear and the Dragon” easily found their audience and were among the bestselling novels ranked by the New York Times. He wrote more than twenty novels in total. Some were even adapted for the big screen. At the same time, the author began writing several documentaries and founded his own video game company.
Tom Clancy died on Tuesday, October 2 in Baltimore, after a brief illness, at the age of 66. He leaves behind him millions of fans, who will be able to find consolation in the release of his most recent work. The book is entitled “Threat Vector” and is expected to be published in France by the end of the month.