Best-selling US author Tom Clancy dies at 66

Tom Clancy, the thriller writer behind The Hunt for Red October, has died aged 66. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA
Tom Clancy, the bestselling U.S. author of popular spy and military-themed thrillers such as "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games," has died at the age of 66.
U.S. media reports say Clancy died Tuesday at a hospital in Baltimore.
His 20 novels, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, painted detailed stories of the world of spies, soldiers and politicians. His next book, Command Authority, is planned for publication on December 3.
Clancy\’s recurring themes included the Cold War, narcotics trafficking and a disintegrating Soviet Union.
The 1984 publication of The Hunt For Red October, the fictional tale of a defecting Soviet Navy officer along with his submarine, earned Clancy a reputation for detailed, high tech knowledge, especially of submarine capabilities in the United States and the former Soviet Union.
He is alleged to have had access to classified information.
The 1991 best-seller, The Sum of All Fears, revolved around the possibility of a nuclear device falling into the hands of terrorists.
Tom Clancy was an insurance salesman before turning to fiction writing full time. He was born in 1947, the second child of a Baltimore, Maryland postman.
The novelist lived with his wife and four children in a custom made home alongside the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
Source: Agencies
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