Clancy sold his first book, “The Hunt for Red October,” to the Naval Institute Press for just $5,000. The novel then gained an unexpected boost when President Ronald Reagan gave an impromptu review of the book, calling the tale “the perfect yarn.” The novel went on to sell more than five million copies.
Clancy was the Author of more than 25 books. Seventeen of those reached the No. 1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Several of his books, including “Clear and Present Danger,” and “Patriot Games” were adapted into blockbuster films. His most famously and frequently used fictional character is Jack Ryan, an investment broker turned academic and CIA agent. Ryan stars in eight of Clancy’s novels, beginning with “The Hunt for Red October,” and has been played by Ben Affleck and Harrison Ford in films based on the books.
His passing will be a great loss to the reading community, and I would like to extend my condolences to her family.
“Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.”