paulWTAMU wrote:He wrote one good novel, a few decent ones and a lot of crappy ones. I mean, RIP and all that but good lord. From Executive Orders on his books got bigger and (at least until Rainbow Six when I quit reading him) his books needed better editing and to have bout 1/5 of them cut.
clone wrote:back in the day I thought both were awesome in their own way, it was only until much later that I revisited the book and realized that it had none of the tension the movie offered.... that's not to say it was a bad book but that it was one of those rare instances where the movie was better than the book.
paulWTAMU wrote:He wrote one good novel, a few decent ones and a lot of crappy ones.
Lucky Jack Aubrey wrote:On a side note, I seem to recall that there was a movement afoot for a while to make a movie based on Without Remorse, and that Keanu Reeves was going to play John Kelly.
ChronoReverse wrote:That would... so not fit my image of Mr. Clark. I'm not even a Keanu Reeves hater, it just doesn't seem to fit.
bthylafh wrote:1) Wrong section.
2) All caps in the subject? Really?
Captain Ned wrote:Maybe now that he's gone, editors can go back in and remove the unnecessary 300 or so pages from each of his later novels.
Moved to the 'Porch.
Hawkwing74 wrote:I guess I'll go on the recommendations and pick up Red Storm Rising this weekend. I need a new book.
Hawkwing74 wrote:paulWTAMU wrote:He wrote one good novel, a few decent ones and a lot of crappy ones.
Which is his one good novel? I haven't read any of his books yet.
I am curious how he died because 66 seems young. Some kind of fast cancer perhaps?
trackerben wrote:It's sad that he's no longer around to write neat stuff. The Red October/Jack Ryan series was great up until Debt of Honor ended in a surreal alternate universe. I really immersed myself in Red Storm Rising. The only other military fiction equalling it in scope and detail was "The Third World War" by Sir John Hackett, but Clancy was by far the better writer.
RIP Mr. Clancy.
Dashak wrote:I thought all of his novels up to 1998 were quite good and, except for the new ghost-written ones, I wouldn't want to see abridged editions. I own multiple copies of the following:
The Hunt for Red October (1984), Red Storm Rising (1986), Patriot Games (1987), The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988), Clear and Present Danger (1989), The Sum of All Fears (1991), Without Remorse (1993), Debt of Honor (1994), Executive Orders (1996), and Rainbow Six (1998).
It wasn't the same afterward.
Fighterpilot wrote:Another great techno thriller from that era was "Flight of the Old Dog" by Dale Brown.
Sargent Duck wrote:Hawkwing74 wrote:Stay away from any of the Netforce, Power Play, Net Force or Splinter Cell books, those are ghost written and are, well, bad. The authors don't even try to write like Clancy (his level of detail or story).
Waco wrote:Fighterpilot wrote:Another great techno thriller from that era was "Flight of the Old Dog" by Dale Brown.
This is an awesome book, I enjoyed it immensely. I also wonder why it never made it into movie form...
Fighterpilot wrote:I've read both of Hackett's Third World War books.
They were fairly dry in comparison and a far cry from Clancy's vivid prose...probably more suited to real war/techno geeks.
I enjoyed them both.
Another great techno thriller from that era was "Flight of the Old Dog" by Dale Brown.
I often wondered why they never made a movie of that one.