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Best-selling author Tom Clancy is dead at age 66. He died Tuesday, October 1, in a Baltimore hospital from undisclosed causes.

I think his best works were his early books, particularly his first novel The Hunt for Red October. Nobody was his equal at telling complex, many-threaded plots with a military and technological theme. I will miss his stories.

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I always thought his best was Red Storm Rising - a real crackerjack thriller. The Jack Ryan novels became increasingly wordy and, to me, a chore to read after awhile. It seemed like after he got really famous, he stopped being edited by his publisher.

Anyway, RIP. Sixty six is really too young to be checking out.
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I think most of us have enjoyed some form of his work over the years.
Thank you Mr Clancy.
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The Jack Ryan novels became increasingly wordy and, to me, a chore to read after awhile. It seemed like after he got really famous, he stopped being edited by his publisher.
Took the words right out of my mouth. Upon finishing 'Debt of Honor', my mind screamed "editor".

Still, enjoyed enough of his work that I will miss his stories. Red October was my fave. RIP.

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And his material spawned some damn entertaining movies.

hate to think of how many repeated viewings of red october, patriot,
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RIP

Still hoping they'll make a movie of Red Storm Rising, great book.

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There is a Jack Ryan movie in post-production, starring Chris Pine and directed by Kenneth Branagh.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1205537/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_5

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There is a Jack Ryan movie in post-production, starring Chris Pine and directed by Kenneth Branagh.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1205537/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_5

Interesting. Clancy's best works were set during the Cold War IMHO. If this is based on the 1988 novel The Cardinal of the Kremlin, that is very interesting indeed, as it is one of Clancy's better books, and the immediate sequel to Red October. On the other hand, If they just stole the setting and the characters and moved the plot forward 25 years, that is worrisome - today's geopolitics are not half as interesting as the Cold War. The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a crackling action yarn about SDI (the Strategic Defense Initiative, aka "Star Wars") during the administration of Ronald Reagan.


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Interesting. Clancy's best works were set during the Cold War IMHO. If this is based on the 1988 novel The Cardinal of the Kremlin, that is very interesting indeed, as it is one of Clancy's better books, and the immediate sequel to Red October. On the other hand, If they just stole the setting and the characters and moved the plot forward 25 years, that is worrisome - today's geopolitics are not half as interesting as the Cold War. The Cardinal of the Kremlin is a crackling action yarn about SDI (the Strategic Defense Initiative, aka "Star Wars") during the administration of Ronald Reagan.

From my understanding, the new movie (called 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit') is not based on a specific Tom Clancy novel. They've just taken the character and franchised him. The first trailer was released recently.

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From my understanding, the new movie (called 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit') is not based on a specific Tom Clancy novel. They've just taken the character and franchised him. The first trailer was released recently.

I saw the trailer before Gravity earlier today and I think it has potential. Chris Pine looks good as Jack Ryan smile.gif
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I saw the trailer before Gravity earlier today and I think it has potential. Chris Pine looks good as Jack Ryan smile.gif

Meh, looks like another Jason Bourne knockoff. What made Jack Ryan interesting was that he's an analyst, not an action hero.

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