October 02, 2013
Noted Prophet, Author Tom Clancy RIP
Tom Clancy is dead. May he rest in peace.
I've always been a reader. But like many of you, school tried to ruin reading for me. Until the 9th grade when my English teacher included Red Storm Rising on the list of books we could read. I hadn't realized a book could be both long and not boring.
I can't say I cared for many of Clancy's novels from this decade, most of which were "co-written" by Clancy -- which I always took to mean that someone else did all the writing while Clancy banked all the checks. But I think my favorite novel of his wasn't even a techno-thriller, it was Without Remorse. Revenge and justice, always a good theme for a thriller. I always wondered why that one didn't get made into a movie. I blame Ben Affleck for ending Clancy's movie run.
After 9/11 it was Debt of Honor, though, that I thought about the most. The most prescient part of the novel being a kamikaze pilot flying a 747 into the Capital building. A bit prophetic, no? If a novelist imagined this as something our security apparatus should worry about 7 years before 9/11, then a whole lot of people were asleep at a whole lot of wheels.
So, as we fret about federal workers who are getting paid vacation and complaining about it, take a second and reflect on the passing of a great novelist who brought a little bit of joy into our lives.