September 22, 1988 |
Some authors should be abridged. Tom Clancy is one of them. If you've been tempted by his latest, The Cardinal of the Kremlin, but been put off by the number of pages (all 504 of them), pick up the abridged recording (Simon & Schuster, $14.95) and put this cheap thrill in its proper place in time - three hours. The cassette version dispenses with all that high-tech gibberish and leaves a pleasantly padded skeleton of the plot. The Cardinal, whose abridgment was approved by Clancy, is ably narrated by David Ogden Stiers (Major Winchester in M A S H)
October 29, 1998 |
As I stealthily entered the bullet-riddled hacienda of a South American drug lord, I wondered what had become of my team. The raid wasn't coming off with quite the precision we had planned for. In fact, it was going rather badly. As a thug with an assault rifle popped out of a doorway, I squeezed off a burst from my M-16 and wondered whether this would be my last mission. It wouldn't. Not by a long stretch. In fact I found myself conducting commando raids for hours on end. When I died, I always got a chance at another mission.
October 4, 2013 |
THE WIDOW of Tom Clancy , the mega-best-selling author who died yesterday at age 66, has roots in Philly. Alexandra Marie Llewellyn , who went by Alexandra Clancy after she married the thriller author in 1999, is the daughter of former Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Philadelphia CEO J. Bruce Llewellyn , who died in 2010 with an estimated $160 million in the bank. Llewellyn led a group that bought the company that included Bill Cosby and Julius Erving . Man, I bet those were fun board meetings.
February 4, 1998 |
If the NFL approves, novelist Tom Clancy, already a minority owner of baseball's Baltimore Orioles, will become the new lead owner of football's Minnesota Vikings. "I just got a call that my bid has been accepted and I have bought the Minnesota Vikings," Clancy said yesterday from his home in Baltimore. Clancy, 50, the author of such military thrillers as The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger, said he intended to keep the team in Minnesota. He has an undisclosed number of limited partners and would not say how much they had bid. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that the bid was $206 million, a National Football League record.
August 3, 1994 |
In my opinion, Tom Clancy deserves most of the credit for world peace. In his million-selling techno-thrillers, Clancy (using as much official jargon as possible) describes all sorts of complicated and deadly military hardware. Then he creates convenient, fictional targets, and allows the reader to vicariously and righteously enjoy the detonation of things like guided cellulose-encased missiles. The reader gets to see Uncle Sam and good old American know-how kick international butt, and nobody gets hurt.
July 17, 2011
By Tom Clancy, with Peter Telep Putnam. 756 pp. $28.95 Reviewed by Nick Owchar The big news for the Tom Clancy brotherhood was the return of the Jack Ryans, father and son, last December in Dead or Alive - until then, the Ryan saga hadn't made an appearance since 2003's The Teeth of the Tiger . It was easy to assume that, with a seven-year gap, Clancy was just slowing down. That assumption is wrong. Another thriller, Against All Enemies , landed in June and is chock-full of espionage and treachery and rivaled only by the Yellow Pages in size.
March 20, 1998 |
The NFL cleared the way for novelist Tom Clancy to buy the Minnesota Vikings yesterday. In an 18-page opinion, commissioner Paul Tagliabue ruled that the current team president, Roger Headrick, did not have a prior right to purchase the team. Headrick's bid of $185 million was second to Clancy's bid of more than $200 million. To be completed, the sale must be approved by 23 of the 30 NFL owners. Elsewhere: One day after Carolina lost safety Chad Cota to the New Orleans Saints through free agency, the Panthers signed Brent Alexander, an unrestricted free agent from Arizona.
August 12, 1994 |
The Cold War is over for everybody but Tom Clancy and Paramount Pictures, and unless somebody arranges a truce, Jack Ryan may never appear on screen again. Ryan, the high-tech, gung-ho hero of seven Clancy novels, makes his third movie appearance in "Clear and Present Danger," which was last weekend's top movie. Paramount is anxious to hear what Clancy thinks. For now, says one source, relations between Clancy and Paramount are on hold. Make that on ice. Clancy reportedly wants more creative input and a piece of the box office action.
March 22, 1990 |
He has gone from insurance salesman to intelligence consultant, and the freedom that allowed him to do that is at the root of his philosophy. Tom Clancy, author of The Hunt for Red October and other Cold War novels, says that the world over, people are turning to democracy because it's "the way God wanted us to live. " Speaking to more than 1,000 people at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown Township on Friday, Clancy touched on an array of international issues and the rapidly changing state of the world.
October 24, 1993 |
In his latest thriller, Without Remorse, Tom Clancy takes all the elements that espionage aficionados love and expect and goes them one better. (Well, this isn't quite espionage, but it still has all the elements.) There's the war-hardened hero, John Kelly, featured in earlier Clancy tales and now further emotionally numbed by the death of his young wife. To make matters worse, she was pregnant with their first child. Then you get the glimmerings of early love when a new woman - vilely used and abused - comes onto the scene.