RIP Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan: Rest in Peace, Tom Clancy. I liked you from the Hunt … One of the few writers my husband and I both enjoyed and I would willingly go to the subsequent film.
.As the Times wrote in 1988, Clancy was an “insurance agent turned supernovelist” who made the U.S. military “the real hero of his fast-paced, carefully researched techno-thrillers.”
Putnam’s says “Clancy’s blockbuster debut novel, The Hunt for Red October, was published in 1984. Command Authority, Clancy’s 17th novel, is due out from G.P. Putnam’s Sons in December 2013.”
Tom Clancy was a great gentleman, generous and kind. He gave a lot of money away to medical research, and if you wanted to hear him get excited you talked about what doctors were doing to make the world better. They were his heroes. He loved America and worried about her. Our friendship over the years became an email and instant-message one. I’d be working at my desk and suddenly on my screen his nom de net would pop up and he’d be full of life, immediately present. What’s cooking, how’s the weather, what do you think of this senator, that governor, who’s coming up, who can help the country? He was relaxed about his work, didn’t take it so seriously, or rather himself so seriously. He’d sold tens of millions of books and was a household name. That didn’t impress him much. At the same time he was aware of his name’s power and frequently deployed it to help others.
While “Mission: Impossible 5” still a ways off, Paramount may have the next best thing lined up for this holiday season in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” the first Jack Ryan film to arrive in theaters in 11 years. Based on characters created by the late Tom Clancy, “Shadow Recruit” stars Chris Pine as Jack Ryan, Keira Knightley as his fiancee, Kevin Costner as his handler and Kenneth Branagh as the villain. It’s spy-y! Branagh also directs the film, which Paramount is set to release on Christmas Day. Watch the first trailer for “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” above.