Tom Clancy died last month ,and like any other fan of techno political military thriller novels I was heartbroken.
The man practically invented the sub-genre.
But that’s not why I am invoking Clancy.
My reasons are a little less literary.
Clancy: the consummate connector of dots
Anyone who has read Clancy will be struck by how detailed his descriptions were especially when it came to weapon systems.
When the “The Hunt for Red October” was published in 1984 authorities were spooked when they found out that Clancy was bang on when he wrote that Soviet submarines spent only 15 percent of their time out at sea. Other classified information that was scarily accurate included the number of SS-N-20 Seahawk missiles a Soviet sub carried.