RIP Tom Clancy - 1947-2013
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Famous author and master of the Techno-thriler genre passed away yesterday. An insurance salesman by trade he published his first book, The Hunt for Red October, in 1984, and the bulk of his books were centered in the "Ryanverse", a setting revolving around the main protaganist of the series, Jack Ryan, who starts off as a lowly CIA analyst with a hunch about a defecting Soviet submarine and slowly climbs the hierarchy in DC to a position much higher.

Clancy's bread and butter was modern military fiction, with a very strong focus on Naval warfare and submarine conflict in particular. And of course Clancy could write a heckuva page turner that kept his fans coming back for more for a very long time. I'll put a few of his books on here and feel free to add your own submissions, or perhaps your favorites, including any video games or board games!
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1. Board Game: The Hunt for Red October [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:6724]
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Clancy's first book has main protagonist Jack Ryan as a low level CIA analyst who has a hunch that a renegade Soviet Typhoon-class submarine (per the Soviets) may actually be trying to defect.
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2. Board Game: Red Storm Rising [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:5513]
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Clancy's 2nd book, Red Storm Rising (1986) featured a conventional war between NATO and Warsaw Pact forces. With super-detailed battles ranging from the North Sea (over and under it), Iceland, and much of Germany's countryside, this one ranks in my top 5 favorite books. This is the one book of Clancy's I (and many others) wish they'd have made a movie about.
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3. Board Game: Patriots Trivia Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Patriot Games (1987) goes back to the Ryanverse setting and is actually a prequel to The Hunt for Red October. The story pits Ryan against IRA terrorists who have it out for him after he foils an attack on the Royal family.
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4. Board Game: Cardinal's Guards [Average Rating:6.43 Unranked]
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Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988) has Jack Ryan trying to spirit one of their top spies, codename "Cardinal", out of the Soviet Union before they're caught. Lots and lots of spy activity in this one which provides an in-depth look into the espionage industry.
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5. Board Game: Clear for Action [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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Clear and Present Danger (1989) concerns a special operations mission which involves the US dropping covert combat teams into Columbia to wreak havoc on the drug trade as retaliation for the loss of a close friend of the President's who was killed by the cartel. Things go awry when the govt. decides to strike a deal with the drug cartel leaders and leave their spec ops teams to fend for themselves. Heckuva good book, introduces Ryanverse regular Ding Chavez and spec ops legend John Clark, who is only briefly glimpsed in previous books.
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6. Board Game: Six [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:3629]
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Rainbow Six brings John Clark and Ding Chavez front and center in a battle of wits and action against eco-terrorists. This one narrowly edges into the front as my favorite Tom Clancy novel.

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7. Board Game: Equate [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12844]
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The Sum of All Fears has as its central element a terrorist plot against the Super Bowl, and that idea alone makes it an uncomfortably frightening read. This one might be my 3rd or 4th most favorite Tom Clancy novel, and I could hardly put it down.
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8. Board Game: Boots & Saddles, An Assault Series Module [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:5102] [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked]
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Armored Cav (1994)

One of Clancy's non-fiction books. It describes duty and organization in the US Army's 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR).

The regiment's motto: Brave Rifles.
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9. Video Game: The Lost Vikings [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:572]
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Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future. H.G. Wells
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Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. Chief Seattle
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In 1998 Tom Clancy tried to buy the Minnesota Vikings. But it turned out he didn't have enough money and the deal fell through.
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10. Board Game: The Name's The Game [Average Rating:4.78 Unranked]
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Without Remorse

Develops the backstory of CIA agent John Clark, and how he left his former life behind to become an Agency "troubleshooter". Clark's character is both superhuman and utterly human, probably one of Clancy's best fictional creations.

RIP TC, and thanks for a lifetime of great reads.
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11. Video Game: Tom Clancy's The Division [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:2068]
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I am really looking forward to this one. It wont come until 2014 but I feel it will revolutionize the online shooter with a persistant world.
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Both Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising were modelled to some extent in Larry Bond's Harpoon naval simulation - making the events flow from a wargamed scenario
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