Author Tom Clancy, who came to fame first as the author of The Hunt for Red October, passed away last night in a Baltimore hospital, according to reports.
Publishers Weekly tweeted it first today:
Bestselling author Tom Clancy has died.
— Publishers Weekly (@PublishersWkly) October 2, 2013
Julie Bosman of the New York Times confirmed it:
Tom Clancy's publisher confirms to the NYT that he died last night in a hospital in Baltimore.
— Julie Bosman (@juliebosman) October 2, 2013
This really saddens me. I read Red Storm Rising first when I was in middle school and then went back to The Hunt for Red October. The movie version of Red October is one of the best novel-to-movie adaptations I’ve ever seen and I seem to recall Clancy was heavily involved in that. Until the past few years, I would usually get his latest novel in hardcover and read it through in a day or two (which usually meant staying up most of the night to read.)
I had the opportunity to meet Tom Clancy at Springfield Mall in Northern Virginia on a family vacation to Washington. I waited in line and got an autographed copy of Cardinal of the Kremlin (it had just come out) and it’s my favorite signed first edition of many I have by various authors.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.