Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy

I learned a couple of things from novelist Tom Clancy who passed away on 1st October 2013. He conducted in-depth research – open source intelligence – for his first novel The Hunt For Red October. When that novel became a breakout hit for its military publisher he followed up with a novel per year for the next several years. Clancy licensed his Jack Ryan novels for feature films and video games. He anticipated the post-September 11 cycle of counterterrorist chic in 24SpooksSleeper CellThreat Matrix, and other television shows and films. His approach to writing was similar to K. Anders Ericsson’s views on deliberate practice. In the end Clancy became a national security brand and franchise of bestseller airport novels that reflected late Cold War, interregnum, and War on Terror geopolitics. I never did finish Clear and Present Danger . . .