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In 1984, New York Times bestselling author Tom Clancy introduced the world to the brilliant CIA Analyst Jack Ryan in his military thriller "The Hunt for Red October."
Published during the Cold War, the novel revolves around the search for a Soviet submarine known as the Red October. As the submarine heads across the Atlantic, American and Soviet forces race to find it. After having covert photographs of the sub placed on his desk, Jack Ryan finds himself right in the middle of a "high-stakes game of hide-and-seek" between the two superpowers.
Just six years after the book's publishing, "The Hunt for Red October" became a major motion picture. Released in theatres in March 1990, the film starred actors Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin and grossed just over $200 million at the box office.
Today, more than 30 years after its publishing, and nearly 30 years after the film's release, "The Hunt for Red October" is a classic that continues to attract readers and viewers. At the end of August, the story of Jack Ryan is undergoing another reboot.
An updated edition of the book is set to release. And actor John Krasinksi, known for his roles as Jim in the hit television series "The Office" and Jack Silva in "13 Hours," will take on the part of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan in a new web-based television series that will release on Amazon Prime Video, August 31.
The newest edition of the book can be purchased here. It's a must-read.
On October 1, 2013, Tom Clancy passed away at the age of 66.
Though Clancy is no longer with us, his work, and the hero Jack Ryan lives on.