At age 66 Tom has passed from this life. Like many fans each has their own reasons. Mine? I was traveling and alone. I was just spending time at Sam’s Club. There on a table was a very big and thick book. Looking at it, I estimated it would take me 2-3 months to read it.
At that time I was not a reader. I read only things related to my work or occupation. On this trip I was gong to have a lot of time on my hands, why not read. Well this thick book, “Executive Orders” turned out to be the most interesting thing I had EVER read. I finished the book in about four days. I was amazed at myself for devouring the book so rapidly. Tom held my attention from the first few words.
Since that time, inspired by Clancy’s spell binding story telling I have read over 900 books and published 7. I have favorite authors that I have read everything they have written. Other than Clancy, I became addicted to Louis L’amore.
My friend Sonny, had everything Louis had written in leather bindings. He loaned me half one year and the the other half the next year.
Authors I have followed and liked: Archer (16), Baldacci (15), Clancy (25), Robin Cook (19), Cussler (25), Deighton (12), Flynn (9), Follett (20), Grisham (18), Jack Higgins (50), Hoag (15), Karon (8), Kellerman (25), King (14), Koontz (15), Lamour (28+),Ludlum (32), O’Shaughnessy (13), Parker (25), Patterson (36), Sanders (26), Sanford (25), Sheldon (13) and many many more at 4-10 books.
Jack Higgins became my dearest writer of suspense. Jan Karon kept me with the Mitford Series, I fell in like over Father Tim.
Reading is one of the most rewarding pastimes. It is funny it takes some longer to recognize that than others. I was in my mid 50’s before I became an avid reader. Not everyone can keep your interest.
I miss Robert Parker, I know I will miss Tom Clancy. If you read Clancy (Or saw the movies) which was your favorite?
Thanks for coming by the log.
Are you a reader?
If you like adventure you cannot miss Clive Cussler. His hero Dirk Pitt is the best. Clive has the Clive Cussler Museum in a hangar at the National Airport. It features at least 39 of his best auto collection.
Clive used his cars in his books and movies.