I started reading Mr. Clancy as a young Father - well over 25 years ago now.
Almost all of his books were excellent - at least the ones he wrote himself -
the only ones I really disliked were the ones where Jack Ryan's son and
nephew become the main characters (i.e. Teeth Of The Tiger). The ones where he
just lent his name (.i.e "Tom Clancy's Op Center") not so much.
The movies were much less successful, IMHO, because Hollywood can never resist
the temptation to tinker with the story. Hunt For Red October was a good film,
and Patriot Games was not bad. But Clear & Present Danger and The Sum Of
All Fears were not done well, IMHO. Mr. Clancy was a good writer and I know
he'll be more remembered for the movies, most likely, but its the books
that are his masterworks and are what he should be most remembered for. In any
case, RIP Mr. Clancy, I don't know if you'll get it, especially with
the government shutdown, but if a military flyby were ever to be done at a
civilian's funeral, it should be at yours.
Congrats Clancy on escaping this world before that stray Nuclear Weapon went
off, as it more or less does (or almost does) in every one of your books.