Tom Clancy heroes team up to fight terror

Wed Apr 7, 2010 1:33pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - American espionage writer Tom Clancy is bringing all his fictional characters together into one thriller novel about modern terrorism to be released a few weeks before Christmas, the Penguin Group said on Wednesday.

The novelist's first book in seven years, called "Dead or Alive," will be published in the United States and Britain on December 7. Penguin imprint G.P. Putnam's Sons will have a first print run of 1.75 million in the United States.

"This is Tom Clancy for the first time bringing all his all-stars together, including Jack Ryan," said Ivan Held, President of G.P. Putnam's Sons, adding the novel takes in the last quarter century of Clancy's literary characters. "They will be going after modern terrorism."

The 62-year-old bestselling author is best known for his books "Patriot Games" and "The Hunt for Red October" that featured former U.S. marine turned CIA analyst Jack Ryan and were later turned into films starring Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin.

"Dead or Alive," which is written with former U.S. Navy veteran Grant Blackwood, will chronicle efforts by Ryan, his son as well as colleagues at a secret U.S. counter-terrorism organization to capture "The Emir", a mastermind of terrorist attacks on the West, said Penguin.

Other characters to appear in the novel include Irish-American catholic John Clark, who was portrayed by Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber in the film adaptations of Clancy's novels "Clear and Present Danger" and "The Sum of All Fears."

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Bob Tourtellotte)