Now, this is rather cool. Number two and Number three of the writers named as the Top 10 Living Authors to cary on Tom Clancy’s legacy of military technothriller happen to be our own Standout Authors Tom Kratman and Larry Corriea:
(3) In the world of Larry Correia,
there are werewolves, vampires, and monsters of every shape and size.
Why on Earth would Correia’s writing rank so high on a list about
spiritual successors to Tom Clancy? The reason is that in Correia’s
novels (especially the Monster Hunters series), there is an accuracy
demanded in everything that has a human element. The places are real.
The guns down to the make, model, and ammunition are real. If there ever
was a Zombie Apocalypse,
the novels of Larry Correia should be required reading as a field
guide. It is that type of accuracy in the real world leading to a
confrontation with a fantastic situation that are really the best part
of the Tom Clancy experience in novels. In Clancy’s work, there may not
necessarily be a renegade sub, but the information about the sub had
absolutely better be technically correct. In that aspect, Correia
absolutely gets the detail right.
(2) Tom Kratman was a
native of Massachusetts. Kratman served with the 101st Airborne
division in Panama. Kratman also served with the 5th Special Forces
group during the Iraq War. Kratman is also a lawyer
in addition to being a militaristic science fiction writer. Kratman
often writes in a type of futuristic universe of war based on real
principles. If Tom Kratman had written about the Space Marines in the
he would have probably written a training manual and put the actors
through basic training. Kratman will often use futuristic settings to
address issues of the day. The difference is that Kratman will often use
it to espouse conservative views such as in his Polseen War sidestories
of the Legacy of Aldenata series by John Ringo. Try to think of Tom
Kratman as kind of an anti-Gene Roddenberry. If Tom Clancy had been born
in about 200 years, he would be Tom Kratman.
Big shoes? Perhaps. But the feet are pretty big too.