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Tom Clancy Dies at 66.

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Megapopular author Tom Clancy, the ex-insurance salesman who wrote 17 rollicking No. 1 best sellers of international intrigue and espionage, died Tuesday.

The 66-year-old Clancy passed away at Johns Hopkins Hospital in his hometown of Baltimore, according to his publisher, Penguin Group. He died after a brief illness, the Baltimore Sun reported.

His surprising death comes two months before the scheduled publication of his next novel, Command Authority — likely the latest in Clancy’s run of blockbuster books.

usa-tom-clancy-new-bookClancy’s most popular creation was Jack Ryan, the fictional CIA analyst who eventually landed in the White House. The character was played by Hollywood stars Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck in screen adaptations.

Movies based on Clancy books grossed nearly $800 million, and he sold more than 100 million books in his career.

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“He was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time,” said Penguin Group executive David Shanks.

“I will miss him dearly and he will be missed by tens of millions of readers worldwide.”

Clancy sold his first book, The Hunt for Red October to the Naval Institute Press for just $5,000. An unexpected rave review — “the perfect yarn,” said President Ronald Reagan — propelled the book up the best seller lists.

Reagan had received the book as a Christmas present. Clancy based the thriller on a true-life 1975 mutiny aboard a Soviet missile frigate.

The 1984 novel sold more than 5 million copies, followed by a hit movie starring Baldwin and Sean Connery. By 1988, Clancy had netted a $3 million contract with Putnam Penguin Publishing for his next three books.

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“What happened to me was pure dumb luck,” Clancy once told the American Movie Channel. “I’m not the new Hemingway.”

Clancy was even invited to a White House luncheon where Navy Secretary John Lehman expressed disbelief at the author’s ability to spin such accurate stories without access to classified documents.

But attention to detail became Clancy’s calling card in his military thrillers. He plumbed books, interviews and unclassified papers to create his page-turning scenarios.

His 1994 novel Debt of Honor even foreshadowed the 9/11 attacks, with a suicidal terrorist crashing a jetliner into the U.S. Capitol.

Clancy’s own hopes of military service were scuttled by nearsightedness, sending him into the insurance industry.

Fellow best-selling author David Baldacci said Clancy’s work opened the door for other writers in the genre. “He did help pave the way for a lot of thriller writers,” said Baldacci, author of “Absolute Power.”

The son of a mailman said boredom led him to launch his writing career. He started Red October in 1982, with success quickly following.

Clancy is survived by four children and his second wife, Alexandra Llewellyn.

 

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The Bushman Winter Has Come by Paul John Myburgh

Bushman Winter Has Come

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Bushman Winter Has Come is the true story of Exodus, the inevitable journey of the last of the First People, as they leave the Great Sand Face and head for the modern world and cultural oblivion.

Paul John Myburgh spent seven years with the ‘People of the Great Sand Face’, a group of /Gwikwe Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert. But all does not end there. In The Bushman Winter Has Come, the author imagines a continuing journey towards a place where we may, once again, know who we are in the context of our life on this earth … towards a time when we may answer the /Gwikwe’s morning greeting, Tsamkwa/tge? (Are your eyes nicely open?) with a confident yes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Paul, anthropologist and multiple award-winning documentary filmmaker, has had a life-long commitment to Africa that transcends the boundaries of politics and ideology. Apart from many years shared with the First People, he has spent the last sixteen years working on the story of the excavation of the Little Foot fossilised skeleton in the Cradle of Humankind.

Paul was asked a few questions about the book, and this is what he had to say:

  • Having already made a documentary on the People of the Great Sand Face, what made you decide to write a book?

Sometimes it is life that decides what must be done, and one simply listens to what is asked. Even while making the film, People of the Great Sand Face, all those years ago, I was acutely aware of how much more there was to say, how much more of the story of this ancient race needed to be told.

  • What are three of the most important lessons that you learnt from your time with the /Gwikwe Bushmen?

I think the greatest lessons were learned in the years after that time, the years of thinking and coming to understand the true nature of humanity in my own successes and failures. And the lessons learned in trying to bring the truth of this ancient race into word-form, so that in the reading, it would be said that I had honoured the SoulSpirit of these people. Life goes on forever, and I have come to understand the accountability of all my doings, of our doings.

  • What do you hope people will take away from this book?

A deeper understanding of who these people really are, and what they have brought into the context of our lives on Earth, and what they have contributed towards the spiritual evolution of humanity. I hope people will gain more truth with regard to our own nature, and how we stand in the world. I think it is an integral part of human evolution to carry, in knowledge, the truth of that which comes before us… the absence or presence of that knowledge reflects clearly in who we are now.

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Discoverability of Authors

01 November 2012

The days of bookshops buying hundreds of copies of a book are gone – this is only enjoyed by a few authors whose names are recognised, household brands. For other writers, and there are over 300 000 books published every year, the process of publishing has undergone a major change.

An author’s first job is to write something brilliant. And their second job is to connect with the masses and the media. In a nutshell, they need to make themself, and their writing, DISCOVERABLE.

How do they do this?  Every author needs to build themself a platform in the online world that will allow them to share their ideas, collect followers, engage in conversation and essentially grow an audience hungry for more. That hunger is the very thing that sells books, be they printed or electronic.

Where to even begin? There is a bewildering array of options in the social media toolbox, but these are essential:

  • Create a Facebook author fan page
  • Open a Twitter account
  • Create an author website
  • Their website needs to have a blog
  • They need to include a book banner in their email signature

Help? I Love Books can help – we will do the creation and the implementation, and hand over a customised social media package to get an author started on their road to discoverability.

ABOUT TRACEY McDONALD – I have always loved reading.  My earliest memories are those spending every Saturday morning in the town library, listening to ‘story-time’ and then being able to choose my three books to take home for the week.

Once grown up, and various career paths later, I started working at Penguin Books and after eleven years with the company, as sales and marketing director, I recently decided to leave and open my own business, I Love Books.

Not everyone has the time, or indeed the inclination, to browse in bookshops.  A select few regularly visit bookshops, but that isn’t to say that everyone else is not interested in books – in fact, the opposite is true.

My goal is to introduce the general public to authors, and authors to the general public.

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If you would like more information about this, please contact Tracey McDonald at 083 659 7489 or email at tracey@ilovebooks.co.za.

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