Tom Clancy Dies

9780399160479_f54beBest selling author Tom Clancy has died at 66, according to the New York Times. The cause of death is not reported [UPDATE: Clancy’s home town paper, The Baltimore Sun, reports that he died after “a brief illness at the Johns Hopkins Hospital”].

His next book, Command Authority, co-authored with Mark Greaney, (Penguin/Putnam), is scheduled for released on December 3.

A movie featuring Clancy’s character, Jack Ryan, titled Jack Ryan: Shadow One, is coming to theaters on December 25. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, it stars Chris Pine as Ryan, Keira Knightly as Ryan’s wife and Kevin Costner. It is not based on a specific book in the series.

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