The Tom Clancy universe, one of the most popular fiction franchises in print today, will be undergoing huge changes in 2017. Mark Greaney, who since 2011 has written
seven Jack Ryan novels (three of which he co-authored with Clancy
himself), including last December’s True Faith and Allegiance, will exit the franchise this year. Taking over for Mark Greaney will be veteran New York Times bestselling author Marc Cameron, most famous for writing his long-running Jericho Quinn series (Fields of Fire,
etc.). Cameron will continue the Jack Ryan Sr. franchise with a new,
still untitled, novel scheduled to be released sometime this fall.
Tom Clancy’s longtime editor, Tom Colgan,
Vice President and Editorial Director, Berkley Publishing Group, told us
exclusively: “We have been thrilled to have Mark Greaney and Grant
Blackwood helming the Clancy books, and while I know they both enjoyed
this work immensely, it’s hard to keep up on your own writing when
you’re putting in the kind of effort that a Clancy book requires. So
both Grant and Mark chose to step away from the Clancy books.”
Mark Greaney also provided The Real Book Spy with an exclusive statement:
“As lucky as I’ve been to have the opportunity to write or co-write seven Tom Clancy novels in six years, I had developed a growing stack of my own story ideas that I wanted to work on, and not enough time to pursue them. After the release of Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance, I felt the time was right to step away to work on some of my projects and let another capable writer step into the Ryanverse.”
It obviously hurts to lose Mark Greaney, who recently cemented himself as one of the best thriller authors on the planet. Since the very beginning, Greaney has done an incredible job preserving the integrity and authenticity of Tom Clancy’s most beloved character, and he deserves a ton of credit for that.
However, this isn’t Marc Cameron’s first
rodeo. He’s a veteran author with numerous high-octane thrillers under
his belt. More importantly, at least in regards to the Clancy universe,
Cameron has always written thrillers that feature intelligent
stories–something Jack Ryan fans will appreciate. A true pro and crafty
writer, Cameron understands how to balance action with conspiracy-driven
plots and relentless pacing.