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Tom Clancy obituary

Bestselling novelist whose military thrillers, including Patriot Games, were made into hit films and spawned video games

Tom Clancy, who has died aged 66, dominated the bestseller lists of the 1980s, with a series of novels that thrust his appealing CIA analyst Jack Ryan into situations that combined the intricacies of cold-war politics with precise details of modern military operations and equipment. With the end of the cold war, Clancy moved seamlessly into the era of terrorism, with no decline in sales; only Jk Rowling and John Grisham joined him in meriting first printings of more than 2m copies.

Seventeen of his books topped the New York Times bestseller chart, and his income as a novelist may have been matched only by Stephen King. He also became one of the first writers to recreate himself as a brand-name, helped by astute use of video games. His company Red Storm produced a string of games,

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