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A little more than thirty years ago Tom Clancy was a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history. Years before, he had been an English major at Baltimore's Loyola College and had always dreamed of writing a novel. His first effort, The Hunt for Red October--the first of the phenomenally successful Jack Ryan novels--sold briskly as a result of rave reviews, then catapulted onto the New York Times bestseller list after President Reagan pronounced it "the perfect yarn." From that day forward, Clancy established himself as an undisputed master at blending exceptional realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. He passed away in October 2013. Grant Blackwood, a U.S. Navy veteran, spent three years aboard a guided missile frigate as operations specialist and pilot rescue swimmer. He is coauthor, with Clive Cussler, of the New York Times bestsellers Spartan Gold and Lost Empire. He is also the author of the Briggs Tanner series--The End of Enemies, The Wall of Night, and An Echo of War. He lives in Colorado.
"Heart-stopping action...entertaining and eminently topical." --The Washington Post "The best characters from all of Clancy's previous novels are on the case....For fans of the genre, Dead or Alive is likely to provide a long weekend's pleasure."--Los Angeles Times "Clancy is back at the top of his game...In-depth research, continuous suspense, and scores of fascinating characters."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)