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Tom Clancy

In the early 1980s, the son of a mailman, best-selling fiction writer Tom Clancy, was writing insurance contracts in Maryland. It was a time when his only attempt at fiction, a science fiction book that detailed the maneuvers of a tiger outwitting a hunter, received only rejection letters in his mailbox. Flash ahead fifteen years and that mailbox is now full of royalty checks from a variety of enterprises, movie offers, proposals for new CD-ROM games based on his books, and letters concerning his efforts to buy an NFL franchise. Tom Clancy, now 52, has come a long way since his days of pounding the beat as an insurance salesman at 37. His seventeen books published since his midlife crisis include eleven bestsellers, putting him into the multi-million dollar writing conglomeration that includes authors like Michael Crighton, Stephen King, and John Grisham. Hollywood, never to miss out on a best selling novel’s in-built audience potential, has turned many of his movies like The Hunt For Read October and Patriot Games into major feature films. Other of his novels have been mass marketed and become best selling CD-ROM versions of his novels, like Rainbow Six and one based on his play Politika. While Clancy’s build-up-the-military, male chauvinist sentiments often bring critical reaction (except from conservative Republicans like Rush Limbaugh) from some, his work appeals to enormous numbers of readers around the globe, “”Ranked 27th among the top 40 earners in U.S. entertainment industry by Forbes magazine, with combined 1996 and 1997 earnings of $50 million” (Brown 01A). Clancy’s novels have done more for bombers, tanks, submarines and the military than Ronald Reagan. This analysis of Tom Clancy will include a brief biographical sketch. Also included will be a synopsis of some of his novels and a description of some of the films and CD-ROM games they inspired. A concluding section will focus on the possible future en...

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Tom Clancy. (1969, December 31). In LotsofEssays.com. Retrieved 20:05, June 19, 2019, from https://www.lotsofessays.com/viewpaper/1686503.html