If there is one author who can be commendable of his works in military thrillers, only one name resounds: Tom Clancy.
Thomas Leo Clancy Jr., born on April 12, 1947 at Baltimore, Maryland initially worked as an insurance broker until the year 1984 when he was able to publish his first novel entitled The Hunt for Red October. His knowledge on military science and his unfathomable interest on naval technology were of great help to him in perfecting his novels’ synopses. His first novel became a sudden object of fame when the former president of United States, Ronald Reagan, explicitly applauded it for its brilliance and realistic approach to naval operations and military set-ups. From then on, it became one of the best sellers according to the New York Times selling a total of more than fifty million copies worldwide.
Clancy’s knowledge on military espionage and tactical operations is not only limited to his personal knowledge once his first novel became a hit. Because the United States military grew fond of his works and the intelligence that had been imbued in them, he was able to gain access to the whereabouts of aircrafts, submarines, military ships and other helpful materials. Among of his bestseller novels are the Debt of Honor, Rainbow Six, Executive Orders, Clear and Present Dangers and Red Storm Rising.
Four of his novels have been turned into movies: The Hunt for Red October, The Sum of All Fears, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger. Clancy’s detailed synopses on war, spying, and political thrillers have captivated the vehemence of readers. In fact, most of his works are even now required readings in the military academe. His political opinions on certain issues are so strong that they continue to create hullabaloos among his readers.