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Tom Clancy 1947-2013

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Sad to note the passing of Tom Clancy in Baltimore MD yesterday at 66. He wrote 10 NY Times best sellers and sold more than 50 million books. Through the 80's and 90's I travelled through a lot of airports and read all his books several times and enjoyed seeing how many other travellers were reading the latest book and how far into it they were, made for interesting conversations.

Good consistent author, always enjoyed his work.

 

Favorite book:  Red Storm Rising

Least Favorite: Red Rabbit   It's cheating when you set a story in the 80's and wonder whether you should invest in an unknown company called "Starbucks"

 

On a trivia note, David Letterman was born on the same day as Clancy, April 12, 1947

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I've read a number of the man's books also.  RIP

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I was saddened to hear about his passing.... I read all of the Jack Ryan books to bits.... still do every now and then. Boy that man could write!

 

Favorite: Red Storm Rising & Executive Order

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When I worked offshore for an oil and gas service company, Clancy's books were the only thing between me and a complete boredom implosion oftentimes. I loved his books, and they were a hot commodity in the oil patch....great bartering material when you were finished with one. I was off the coast of Argentina for a month and had taken several Clancy books with me (some to read for the first time, some to read again). After 32 days of being on the rig, the rig was finally finished with a need for me to be on the rig, so they arranged for me to go to shore on a work boat that had been on standby service for the rig even longer than I had been out there. When the crane operator lowered me to the boat in the personnel basket, the deck hands on the boat were guiding the personnel basket down onto the boat deck with taglines. Before the basket even touched the deck the deck hands were asking if I had any books (they were bored silly obviously). I told them I had several Tom Clancy books, and you would have thought the Messiah had arrived by the way they treated me. Several other of the other boat personnel gathered round for the book distribution, one of whom was the boat cook. I gave them all my Clancy books, and the cook gave me the extra ring of keys to the locked fridges, freezers, and cabinets (where all the good stuff was kept). For the next 18 hours I gorged on seafood like nobody's business. As I said, great bartering material.

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My favorite was Debt of Honor.

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My bookself:

 

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I have one looking EXACTLY like that back home!

Sometimes I hate myself for having bought an E-reader  :blackeye:

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My bookcase makes Larry's look like he's a Kindergartner.  :angel:

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I nominate ohl!

 

I'll second it. Any objections? Going once, going twice....okay, it's official....OHL is going to do a series of at least 20 caches. Man, I love democracy.... :)

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My personal fav's were Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears

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I've read them all, but it might be time to do it again.  Great stories, and I love that he freaked out the NSA with how accurate his knowledge of the capabilities and details of our boats was.

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CRAZY IVAN! Hunt for Red October made me miss a Pol Sci final exam in College cuz I couldn't put the sucker down and overslept through my alarm. ...just one more chapter was like having just one more Nacho.

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Red October was the first one I read.  There was a copy of it on my shelf as well, but I loaned it to someone who never returned it. :tickedoff:

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For me, it was Red Storm Rising that really got me going.  Red October comes in second.  Then Peewee's big adventure.

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My personal favourite Clancy book was "Cardinal of the Kremlin"   "One way or another, we all fight for what we believe in. Doesn't that give us some common ground?"

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Looks like my kind of movie.  :)

 

 

Not a book, but I saw the trailer for the new Jack Ryan movie "Shadow Recruit" tonight. 

 

http://youtu.be/FZtVfmTZftk

 

 

the movie is based on the Clancy's characters but is not adapted from a book.

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