Silent War MachineSince the beginning of man, people have been fighting for what they want. Tom Clancy shows that through his main character, Marko Ramius, who was doing everything he could to save his crew from the grip of Communism. In Clancy’s novel The Hunt for Red October, Clancy depicts that what someone will do to fight for their freedom.Tom Clancy was born on April 12th 1947 in Baltimore,Maryland. He and his parents, a mail carrier and a credit employee liveda normal life for all of Clancy’s childhood. After graduating from high school in Baltimore, Clancy attended Loyola College in his hometown, where he majored in English. Tom graduated from college in 1969 and soon thereafter married Wanda Thomas. Wanda was an insurance agency manager and Tom joined in the business. Although Clancy wanted a career in the military, he was denied due to very poor eyesight. He became an insurance broker in the city of Baltimore and then in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1973 Tom joined the O.F. Bowen Agency, and later became part owner in 1980. Throughout his life Clancy maintained an interest in the armed forces.Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October” is a thriller that goes into the life of a Soviet submarine captain who lost his wife to a drunken Russian surgeon. This tragic case of negligence was ignored because the surgeon was the son of a communist party high official. The loss of his wife has caused Captain Marko Radius’s hatred of the corrupt U.S.S.R. for years. But now, Ramius has the chance to take action. Captain Ramius has been given command of the newest Soviet prototype sub, the Typhoon-class missile submarine. When the Americans are given photographs of it, they are extremely curious as to why it is so special. Jac…
…unt for Red October, Clancy was suddenly a celebrity. He was invited to the White House for a private meeting with President Reagan and was met by military enthusiasts around the country. Now he had the opportunity to gain firsthand experience with the military operations and hardware he had known only from books and technical manuals. Clancy observed joined in training exercises and spent a week at sea on a mishearing frigate, and another on a submarine. Despite the detailed descriptions of life aboard a submarine in The Hunt for Red October, Clancy had never set foot on one until after the novel was published.
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