Thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker
with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an
English major at Baltimore's Loyola College and had always dreamed
of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October,
sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the
New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan
pronounced it the perfect yarn." From that day forward, Clancy
established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional
realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp
suspense. He passed away in October 2013.
Mark Greaney has a degree in international
relations and political science. He is the author of the Gray Man
novels, the most recent of which is Dead Eye. In his research for
those novels, he has traveled to a dozen countries and trained
alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms,
battlefield medicine, and close-range combat tactics.