One of the greatest writers of our time has died.
You may have noticed him as one of the Easter Eggs of this blog, tagged as a label for many of my posts.
From the "Ryanverse" featuring John Patrick (Jack) Ryan (Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Rainbow Six, among others) to Splinter Cell, Tom Clancy wrote some of the best books of our times.
And longest books, I might add.
Two of his books (which were over 1300 pages each) were essentially one long book, with the last word in one book, being the first word in the next one (Debt of Honor and Executive Orders).
Personally, I have a full shelf of Clancy books in my house, and it will be one of the first books I introduce my child too, when I have a child, and when (s)he is old enough.
SPOILER ALERT FOR THIS PARAGRAPH:
Think about the character of Jack Ryan, man couldn't hold a job...Marine 2nd Lieutenanct, CPA, Professor, CIA Analyst, CIA Asst DDI, CIA DDI, NSA, VP, President. Oh, and he is a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
Could you even have a greater character?
And to think that now it's his son as the main character, passing on the legacy.
R.I.P. Tom Clancy. 1947-2013
R.I.P. Sir John Patrick Ryan
Another part of my childhood has officially ended.