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RIP Tom Clancy

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Small Town Guy, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    On Twitter, his publisher says he died in a Baltimore hospital last evening.

    Liked some of his books but as a twist, I usually liked the movies better. The books, for me, were almost too detailed.

    Weird moment in his life was when he tried buying the Vikings.
  2. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    God damn, that's two of my favorite authors gone in five months.
  3. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    So sorry to hear that. My favorite author. Red Storm Rising is a classic. So is Clear and Present Danger.

  4. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    He was actually part-owner of the Orioles as well.
  5. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member


    Never got into his stuff but lots of people I know swear by his books
  6. joe

    joe Active Member

    I tried to read one of his books 20 years ago or so, and I couldn't get past page 50. Just a horrible, horrible writer, in my opinion. Unreadable.

    I do like most of the movie adaptations, however.
  7. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    First books are tight and enjoyable, IHMO, but somewhere he got too big, seemingly refused to be edited and ruined his books by stopping them completely to throw in pages of right wing diatribes.

    (It would have been no better if they were left wing screeds, fwiw.)

    Kenneth Branagh is directing the Jack Ryan reboot, btw.
  8. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Guys, we're mourning Tom Clancy, not John Grisham.
  9. joe

    joe Active Member

    I've never read any John Grisham, but my sister used to work for a guy who knows Grisham very well. That's alls I gots.
  10. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    You didn't try hard enough. He's not Steinback or Hemingway but entertaining in his own right.
  11. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    I've never read Grisham, so I'm not sure what you mean.
  12. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    After Rainbow Six, the whole writing thing just kind of gave way to Tom Clancy Inc. The books were nothing short of awful. I read 2 1/2 of them and gave up. Prior to Rainbow Six, yes, an engaging, enjoyable storyteller.
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