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Tom Clancy : a critical companion
Garson, Helen S.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1996.
Physical Description:
xi, 180 pages ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1180 Lexile.
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Tom Clancy is the superstar of techno-thriller writers, not only in sales but in the loyalty of his fans, among whom presidents and vice presidents are numbered. To read a Clancy novel is to begin to know the writer himself and his alter ego, Jack Ryan. This, the first book-length critical study of his work, examines both the work and the man who is reflected in it: his knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes. In Clancy's eight novels, discussed and analyzed in separate chapters, we see both the emerging hero and the changing author.

Garson provides close examination of each of Clancy's eight novels, helping the reader with explication of Clancy's wide-ranging and often difficult subject matter. One of the most topical contemporary writers, Clancy has written of the Cold War, terrorism, the Vietnam War, the drug culture, and trade wars. A biographical chapter discusses Clancy's life and career and the critical response to his work. A chapter on genre places Clancy in the popular tradition. Each novel is examined in a separate chapter, with sections on plot development, characters, style, and themes. Garson also offers an alternative critical approach to each novel, which gives the reader an additional perspective from which to read and analyze it. A complete bibliography of Clancy's work, critical sources, and a listing of reviews of all his novels complete the work. Clancy's popularity with adults and young adults makes this an essential purchase for school and public libraries.

Author Notes

HELEN S. GARSON is Professor Emeritus of English and American Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is author of The Short Fiction of Truman Capote (1992), Truman Capote (1981), and numerous articles about Truman Capote. She has written about John le Carre, John Hawkes, Flannery O'Connor, gothic, spy, and detective novels, pornography, popular culture, and American women novelists.

Table of Contents

Advisory Boardp. vi
Series Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
1 About Tom Clancyp. 1
Notesp. 24
2 In the Popular Traditionp. 25
3 The Hunt for Red Octoberp. 41
4 Red Storm Risingp. 59
5 Patriot Gamesp. 75
6 The Cardinal of the Kremlinp. 91
7 Clear and Present Dangerp. 107
8 The Sum of All Fearsp. 121
Notesp. 134
9 Without Remorsep. 135
10 Debt of Honorp. 151
Bibliographyp. 167
Indexp. 175
About the Authorp. 181