Author dies at 66


America lost one of its best-selling authors, Tom Clancy on Oct. 1. Clancy had seven number one best sellers and 53 books total in the top 150. Clancy’s last book, Command Authority, will be out Dec. 3.

“I’m deeply saddened by Tom’s passing,” Penguin executive David Shanks said in the company’s statement. “He was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of out time.”

Clancy’s novels were known for their accuracy and writing about events before they happen. In 1994, Clancy published Debt of Honor, a novel ending with a rouge pilot crashing into the Capitol but in a 2002 interview, Clancy said that he could never imagine the events that happened on 9/11.

“It was an honor to know Tom Clancy and to work on his fantastic books.” President and publisher of Putnam Ivan Held said in a statement.  “He was ahead of the news curve and sometimes frighteningly prescient. To publish a Tom Clancy book was a thrill every time.”

The cause of death has yet to be released.