Bring­ing to life the Navy novel

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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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

“The Hunt for Red Oc­to­ber” was made into a movie with, from left, Sean Con­nery, Alec Bald­win and Scott Glenn.

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