Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a penchant for naval history a little more than thirty years ago. He had been an English major at Loyola College in Baltimore for years and had always wanted to write a novel. His first novel, The Hunt for Red October, received glowing reviews and rocketed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list after President Ronald Reagan declared it the ideal yarn. Clancy established himself as an unchallenged master of combining extraordinary realism and authenticity, sophisticated narrative, and razor-sharp tension from that day forward. He died in October of 2013.
Marc Cameron, a Texas native, worked in police enforcement for twenty-nine years. He worked as a uniformed cop, a mounted (horse patrol) cop, a SWAT cop, and a U.S. Marine.
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