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Author Invented Techno-Thriller

Author Tom Clancy passed away Tuesday evening while in a Baltimore hospital after what multiple media reports described as a “brief illness.” He was 66 years old.

Clancy, whose first novel, Hunt for Red October, marked the invention of the techno-thriller, never served in the military. His novels generally featured positive portrayals of military personnel, and often featured cutting-edge military technology that was accurately described.

Clancy wrote 18 novels, with a 19th due out this December. Four of his novels, Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and Sum of all Fears, became movies. Clancy also wrote 11 non-fiction books, including four with retired generals, and helped inspired several series of paperback books, as well as a number of video games.

“Tom Clancy was an enjoyable read from my childhood, whose novels stood as something for me to aspire to as a writer myself. one of America's greatest novelists (and inventor of the techno-thriller) and one of my heroes has passed away. I had been to a number of his book signings in the early 2000s. At one point, he referred me to his old agent when I was trying to get Strike Group Reagan published. While it didn't work out, I owe him an incredible debt of gratitude,” SOF Consulting Senior Editor Harold Hutchison said.