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Tom Clancy

Thomas L. Clancy Jr. (born April 12, 1947) is an American author of political thrillers heavily based on intelligence and military science concepts. His earlier books have a definite taste of the Cold War.

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Whilst the literary merit of his books is disputed by many professional authors and reviewers (who regard Clancy's prose as pedestrian), most have been bestsellers. Fans of his work appreciate the well-thought-out plots and the attention to technical detail (helped by extensive contacts in the US military, perhaps encouraged by the uniformly favourable view of the American law enforcement and military communities portrayed in his work). The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games[?], Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears[?] have been turned into commercially successful films.

In recent years, his novels have become more political, showcasing many of his conservative, pro-military and law-enforcement beliefs. In Executive Orders, his signature character Jack Ryan becomes President of the United States. Some Clancy fans have objected to this focus on politics rather than on the military subjects that his novels are famous for. Nevertheless, his books have continued to sell briskly.

Clancy has written several nonfiction books about various branches of the US armed forces (see nonfiction, below.) Clancy has branded several lines of books with his name that are written by other, acknowledged authors following premises or storylines generally in keeping with Clancy's works: Tom Clancy's Net Force, Tom Clancy's Op-Center[?]. Clancy's name has also appeared on several computer games of the military simulation variety, notably Rainbow Six[?] and Rogue Spear[?], both of which have sequels and expansion packs.

In 1997 Tom Clancy signed a book deal with Pearson Custom Publishing and Penguin Putnam Inc.[?] (both part of Pearson Education), that paid him US$50 million for the world-English rights to two new books. He then signed a second agreement for another US$25 million for a four-year book/multimedia deal. Clancy followed this up with an agreement with Berkley Books[?] for 24 paperbacks to tie in with the an ABC television miniseries in an agreement worth US$22 million bringin the total value of the package to US$97 million.

Fiction (All but one of Clancy's novels feature Jack Ryan and/or John Clark.)


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See also: List of other novelists

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