Another Literary Giant Has Fallen

Still not quite over the death of Vince Flynn, come to find out this morning that Tom Clancy has passed away, a sad day indeed.

I remember reading my first Clancy novel (Hunt For Red October) back in the 80’s, the first book I believe read almost not stop (who needs sleep anyway?). The first interview I heard Clancy give, he related how days after it’s publication, the FBI came a knocking on his door wanting to know how he got his technical information, they were not happy, and he introduced them to his local library. I doubt there is anyone here who has not read at least 5 Clancy novels over the years.

Vince Flynn , my current favorite author at the time died in June at age 47 of prostrate cancer. I have since reread all of the Mitch Rapp series books in his honor. Few authors can paint a canvass with words so vivid and clear, that you are transformed and awash with the emotions exactly parallel and in sync with the main character. Flynn and Clancy did this about as well as it can be done.

The most prolific author in my life has been Bernard Cornwell (having read at least 40 or his novels). I started off with the Richard Sharpe series, almost breaking out into cold sweats reading the battle sequences.

Conn Iggulden, Stephen Ambrose, Jeff Shara, other great favorites of mine and hold prominent positions on my Kindle.

Clancy died 66 years of age, not young but not that old either. Seeing a picture of him with a smoke in his hand, cancer was probably the culprit.

What other occupation besides author can bring instant pleasure to the masses and as often as it takes to reread the effort? Clancy went out still writing, no retiring for him. If greatness can be measured by the impact one has on other people, the joy and satisfaction he provides, Clancy was one for the ages.

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  1. Xetrov

    I’m still missing Vince Flynn. Fantastic author, and from all accounts a genuinely nice guy. I am still hoping they don’t bastardize the Rapp series by letting someone else ruin it (e.g. Lustbader ruining the Bourne series after Ludlum passed away).

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  2. richtaylor365 *

    Speaking of the Bourne series, wouldn’t it be great to turn some of these Mitch Rapp yarns into movies?

    James Bond is old (and British) and Rapp makes Jack Bauer look like a french poodle. Run ‘em just like the Harry Potter series, in chronological order, raw and unvarnished. Now, who to get for the lead……………ummmmm.

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  3. CM

    “Now, who to get for the lead……………ummmmm.”

    I’ve lost all hope since Cruise got to be Reacher. I consider that to far worse than Affleck as Batman.

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  4. richtaylor365 *

    “It’s been in the works for a few years, Vince was heavily involved according to his news letters. I’m sure it hit a few speed bumps with Vince’s death. https://www.google.com/search?q=an+american+assassin+movie&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&ie=&oe=

    Bruce Willis…………WTF!!!!, what part could he possible play? Maybe Thomas Stansfield but if they cast him as Stan Hurley, I’m outa here.

    Male American actors are usually such pussies, any time Hollywood needs somebody with testosterone they usually go get an Aussie. Alex O’Loughlin (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1533927/?ref_=tt_cl_t1) would work, maybe even Taylor Kitsch, or that guy that plays McCoy in the ST movies,Karl Urban (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0881631/?ref_=tt_cl_t4), oh crap, a Kiwi.

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  5. CM

    “Clancy died 66 years of age, not young but not that old either. Seeing a picture of him with a smoke in his hand, cancer was probably the culprit.”

    Sounds suspicious to me. I’d investigate the dirty old Ruskies.
    Perhaps they wanted the last laugh with a Red October of their own.

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  6. InsipiD

    Sounds suspicious to me. I’d investigate the dirty old Ruskies.
    Perhaps they wanted the last laugh with a Red October of their own.

    True. Remember, don’t eat the soup at the Kremlin.

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  7. AlexInCT

    I’ve lost all hope since Cruise got to be Reacher. I consider that to far worse than Affleck as Batman.

    HOLY SHIT!

    I agree with CM!. Tom Cruise as Reacher was about was believable as casting the a midget in the role of a giant. And Afleck as Batman sucks too, but not as much as Cruise doing Reacher.

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  8. Santino

    The only thing that I can think of that is worse than Affleck as Batman is Keanu Reeves as…well, anything.

    He was EXCELLENT! as Ted Logan.

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  9. AlexInCT

    OMG, you should check out this piece of shit criticizing Clancy:

    I am not surprised to see liberals, especially liberals with aspirations of becoming big writers and only miserable failure to show for it, have a problem with Clancy, Hal. They hate his guts because he was a staunch supporter of our military forces and not very keen on practically all the things liberal dogma holds as sacred. To be honest the level of vitriol should serve as a measure of his success: the harsher the shrill idiots, the more he pissed them off.

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  10. richtaylor365 *

    At a very early age we learn that there are two types of people in the world; the “do’ers”, those that put themselves out there and aspire to greatness, and those too cowardly to risk anything, they have no greatness in them and their validation comes from the tearing down or criticizing of the first group.

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  11. Xetrov

    At a very early age I learned that there were three types of people in this world. Those who can count, and those who can’t.

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  12. AlexInCT

    At a very early age I learned that there were three types of people in this world. Those who can count, and those who can’t.

    I see what you did there :)

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