Bringing to life the Navy novel
what he made up was exactly what had happened. Nonetheless, since he had not had access to classified material, it stayed in the novel.
Tom Clancy’s success stemmed from his ability to write fiction that reads like fact, drawing devoted readers to his novels. The success of “The Hunt for Red October” made him a star and a celebrity while making it possible for him to live out what must have once seemed an unattainable dream.
He was loved by many in the military because in his books and in his personal view, those who served his country were true heroes. He was a Republican, though Reagan wouldn’t have known that when he praised that first novel by an obscure author. He was also a conservative, who served for several years on the board of the American Conservative Union and — oh, yes, he was a life member of the National Rifle Association.
“The Hunt for Red October” was made into a movie with, from left, Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin and Scott Glenn.