Children's LiteratureTom Clancy is a best-selling author credited with the creation of techno-thriller fiction. This book explores Clancy's popular novels and examines his success. Clancy's books often contain characteristics similar to those found in science fiction. Advanced technology and impending war are key plot elements. As Clancy's books often reinforce Cold War values, some critics believe that those who share former president Ronald Reagan's views helped to create Clancy's popularity. Indeed, patriotism and courage are common themes in many of Clancy's books. The plots usually include the possible destruction of the United States by unknown forces and an honorable and heroic character who uses technologically advanced weaponry as well as intelligence and self-confidence to prevent these catastrophic occurrences. The Hunt for Red October, The Sum of All Fears, Red Storm Rising, and Red Rabbit are some of Clancy's works that are explored in this book. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the success of one of the world's most popular authors. It is part of the "Greenhaven Press Literary Companion to Contemporary Authors" series. 2004, Greenhaven Press/The Gale Group, Ages 12 up.