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Old 10-02-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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A great author passed away this morning. Loved reading his books.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
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He was 66.....great writer!!!
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:33 PM   #3
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Talented writer-very good story teller.
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I loved his early work like Red Storm Rising, Hunt for Red October etc. I did think his later works were less compelling. I think I read that he had no military service himself, but wrote his books from meticulous research. In any event a great loss to the literary world, and at such a young age.
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Did not know Tom died. Read most of his books. A very talented writer. Sorry to see him gone.

RIP Tom.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:52 PM   #6
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Excellent story teller. Kept me enthralled for years.
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I'm on page 549 of "Red Storm Rising" as I write this. First of his books I've ever read. Guess I'll have to look for some others now.
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I loved his early work like Red Storm Rising, Hunt for Red October etc. I did think his later works were less compelling. I think I read that he had no military service himself, but wrote his books from meticulous research. In any event a great loss to the literary world, and at such a young age.
Love his books.

He was once called before Congress to explain where he got the "classified" information that appeared in his books. His answer was that he obtained recently declassified documents via the FOIA and what wasn't there in black and white he deduced by reading between the lines.

There was a computer game from Microprose called Red Storm Rising which was based on the book. Tom Clancy had quite a bit of input into the game's content. It also didn't hurt that the game was designed by Sid Meier. The game was essentially a submarine simulation and a featured a number Soviet and American submarine classes from different eras. The most recent American sub class featured in the sim was the Seawolf class. What is interesting about this is that the simulation was released in 1988. The contract for the Seawolf wasn't even awarded to Electric Boat until January of 1989 and her keel wasn't even laid until October 1989. Someone I know who worked on the interior design of the Seawolf read the manual to the game and just shook his head in disbelief about the similarities in the game and the actual design of the sub. He closed the manual, kind of shook it at me and declared, "This is so close, it's scary."

Rest in Peace Tom Clancy. You will be missed.
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Loved his stories. He was a great story teller.

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He was once called before Congress to explain where he got the "classified" information that appeared in his books. His answer was that he obtained recently declassified documents via the FOIA and what wasn't there in black and white he deduced by reading between the lines.
There was a computer game from Microprose called Red Storm Rising which was based on the book. Tom Clancy had quite a bit of input into the game's content. It also didn't hurt that the game was designed by Sid Meier. The game was essentially a submarine simulation and a featured a number Soviet and American submarine classes from different eras. The most recent American sub class featured in the sim was the Seawolf class. What is interesting about this is that the simulation was released in 1988. The contract for the Seawolf wasn't even awarded to Electric Boat until January of 1989 and her keel wasn't even laid until October 1989. Someone I know who worked on the interior design of the Seawolf read the manual to the game and just shook his head in disbelief about the similarities in the game and the actual design of the sub. He closed the manual, kind of shook it at me and declared, "This is so close, it's scary."
On a side note about this, companies would pay for sci-fi writers to come in and discuss what things they saw in the future in their "stories". It was mostly toy companies that did this but that was how some of the biggest toys got "invented". So does it surprise me that another writer could come up this before it came out? Nope. Try reading "1984" if you really want to be flabbergasted and try to remember when it was written.
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Executive Order, my favorite book of all time. Well, tied for first with Lonesome Dove.
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I did enjoy a few of his books ...good writer, sad loss
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Had already pre-ordered his latest audio book since we've listened to all of his...

But the real takeaway is that age - 66 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do what is important now for tomorrow is not promised.
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He has one more book which he finished coming out in December.
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"The Hunt For Red October" I can watch over and over again.... And his books also get a re-read from time to time...
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