“Spy thriller writer Tom Clancy, whose best-selling books became blockbuster films, has died, his publisher said Wednesday. He was 66.” CNN and the other news orgs are highlighting Clancy’s relatively firearm-free thriller The Hunt for Red October [excluding the shoot-out in the missile silo]. Most of his 28 novels were far more gun-intensive—to say the least. [Click here for imfdb.org’s database of films and video games based on Clancy’s books.] The deeply conservative author’s work was a trifle turgid; his style certainly didn’t improve with age. But Clancy was meticulous about accurately portraying his characters’ firearms. When the author starting making the big bucks, he spent countless hours firing exotic weaponry in his private, underground gun range. Yup, full-auto (Clancy’s go-to home defense weapon was an HK machine gun). Clancy was one of us.