By Thomas Cowley
Famed author of political thrillers Tom Clancy died last night in Baltimore at the age of 66. No word has yet been given on the cause of his passing.
For those of you unaware, Tom Clancy was the best selling author behind the works "The Hunt for Red October", "A Clear and Present Danger", and "The Sum of all Fears", and over 100 others, some of which have been adapted into movies such as adaptation of The Hunt for Red October (1990) starring the legendary Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin. Clancy also made quite a splash in the video game world as well, endorsing popular titles such as Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and Rainbow Six.
I myself have spent many an hour sneaking through the shadows in Splinter Cell, as lone operative Sam Fisher, waiting for the right opportunity to strategically strike like a LEGO piece in a shag carpet. And though Tom Clancy was not as directly involved in every project that bore his name, they were always of high quality (except maybe The Sum of All Fears PC game, I mean what the hell happened).
Regardless of your opinion on his work, his influence has been immeasurable, and his fan base immense and he will certainly be leaving quite a gap in nearly all forms of the entertainment. He leaves behind a wife and 5 kids. Our hearts are with the grieving family.
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