I know it's a cliché but I'm shocked, really shocked. Mr. Clancy was one of my very favorite authors and I've read ALL of his novels... every single one. From the NYT's obituary:
Tom Clancy, whose complex, adrenaline-fueled military novels spawned a a new genre of thrillers and made him one of the world’s best-selling and best-known authors, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Baltimore. He was 66.
The critical reception to his novels was gushing from the start. Reviewing “Red Storm Rising” in The New York Times in 1986, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt wrote that the book “far surpassed” Mr. Clancy’s debut novel.“Red Storm Rising” is a “superpower thriller,” he wrote, “the verbal equivalent of a high-tech video game.” (Mr. Clancy would eventually venture into video games, which were easily adapted from his novels.)Other critics questioned the unwaveringly virtuous nature of many of Mr. Clancy’s heroes, particularly his protagonist Jack Ryan.“All the Americans are paragons of courage, endurance and devotion to service and country,” Robert Lekachman wrote in The Times in 1986. “Their officers are uniformly competent and occasionally inspired. Men of all ranks are faithful husbands and devoted fathers.”
On that last "criticism"... that was one of the things that made Mr. Clancy's books so beloved. To put it another way... "it's a feature, not a bug."
RIP, Sir. You'll be missed.