Tom Clancy was an English major at Baltimore's Loyola College and he had a dream of writing a novel. As a Maryland insurance broker with a passion for naval history, his dream came true with his first effort, "The Hunt for Red October. "He has since written more than a dozen novels, which have a blend of realism and authenticity, intricate plotting, and razor-sharp suspense. Ten of the novels, including "The Teeth of the Tiger" feature the character Jack Ryan, former stock broker and CIA employee. Mr. Clancy's nonfiction works include a series of guided tours of America's warfighting assets, "Submarine, Armored Cav, Fighter Wing, Marine, " and "Airborne." He lives in Maryland.