Tom Clancy American Literature Analysis
Clancy has stated that he does not like to analyze the themes of his books. “A theme to me is a question that a high-school English teacher asks,” he told an interviewer, explaining that his literary concerns were with more essential matters. “In the real world, and that’s what I try to write about as basically as I can, somebody has to get the job done.” Nevertheless, there are obvious themes in Clancy’s works. Clancy claims that, like most Americans, he is entranced with technology, and “the military happen to have the best toys.” If so, it is not surprising that The Hunt for Red October became a best seller. From the opening paragraph, the reader is caught up in the world of men at war, a world about which Clancy seems exceptionally knowledgeable. The attempt of the Soviet captain Mark Ramius to turn his nuclear submarine over to the Americans shows both sides caught in a web of circumstances that could lead to nuclear war between the superpowers. The author’s expertise in military technology and in the minds and mores of those who fight—or, to use Clancy’s words, those who must get the job done—is compelling and convincing.
The harnessing of the latest military technology to a plot in which a nuclear war is a possible outcome is a combination likely to attract many readers. Clancy, however, denies that he either invented what has been called the techno-thriller or that his writings should be so labeled. Clancy claims...
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