• The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense

    Tom Clancy
  • Two questions form the foundation of all novels: "What if?" and "What next?" (A third question, "What now?", is one the author asks himself every 10 minutes or so; but it's more a cry than a question.) Every novel begins with the speculative question, What if "X" happened? That's how you start

    Tom Clancy
  • The assistant commander at any post is supposed to be a ruthless son of a bitch

    Tom Clancy
  • Sunday was the normal day for the political awareness session at sea. Ordinarily Putin would have officiated, reading some Pravada editorials, followed by selected quotations from the works of Lenin and a discussion of the lessons to be learned from the readings. It is very much like a church service

    Tom Clancy
  • Ice hockey is the closest thing to religion permitted by the Soviet Union

    Tom Clancy
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