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Friday, October 27, 2006

Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy

The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears have been turned into commercially successful films with actors such as Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck as Clancy's most famous character Jack Ryan. As with many movie adaptations of popular novels, there is controversy amongst fans concerning the (non-)canonicity of the movies, most of which take fairly extensive liberties with the original plot. Recently, there have been talks about a movie based on the bestselling novel, Rainbow Six.

In recent years, his novels have become more political, showcasing his conservative philosophy. In the novels Executive Orders and The Bear and the Dragon, Jack Ryan is President of the United States. Some of Ryan's policies include a more aggressive War on Drugs (with an emphasis on arresting high-profile drug users to curtail demand,) and replacing the progressive income tax with a flat tax. Some fans have objected to this focus on domestic politics rather than military subjects. Of course, Clancy's political opinions were very much in evidence in previous novels; those opinions typically addressed foreign/defense policies.

Nevertheless, Clancy's books have continued to sell briskly, perhaps due to momentum from his previous popularity. Alternatively his books' popularity could be due to his ideas resonating positively with his fans. He returned, somewhat, to his earlier approach with The Bear and the Dragon, which starts off as a political novel, and metamorphoses into a war procedural two-thirds of the way through.

With the release of The Teeth of the Tiger, Clancy introduced Jack Ryan's son and two nephews as main characters. Presumably, he has retired Jack Ryan as a central character. Many fans have expressed disappointment in Clancy's recent fiction works and sales of his books have reflected the growing trend of readers turning away from Clancy.


Jack Ryan 05 - Cardinal Of The Kremlin
Jack Ryan 06 - Clear & Present Danger
Jack Ryan 07 - The Sum Of All Fears
Jack Ryan 08 - Debt of Honor
Jack Ryan 09 - Executive Orders
Net Force 05 - Point of Impact
Net Force 06 - Cybernation
Op Center 1 - Op Center
Op Center 2 - Mirror Image
Op Center 4 - Acts Of War
Op Center 5 - Balance Of Power
Op-Center 6- Divide and Conquer
Patriot Games
Red Rabbit
Red storm rising
Teeth of the Tiger
The Bear And The Dragon

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