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The Best Tom Clancy Books of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 1.2k votes 295 voters 12.6k views27 items

List RulesVote for the Tom Clancy novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best Tom Clancy books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Tom Clancy is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. His military and espionage books are internationally known, and he is one of only 3 authors to have sold 2 million copies of first printing in the 1990's. Even people who don't read books likely know who Tom Clancy is, considering his book Rainbow Six was made into a successful video game series. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Tom Clancy who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

Debt of Honor and Clear and Present Danger are only the beginning of the books on this list. What are Tom Clancy's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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  • 1

    First Published1984

    SubjectsCold War, Espionage, Adventure, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Suspense, Children's literature, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2
    87
    23

    First Published1986-08

    SubjectsCold War, Espionage, World War III

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 3

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Children's literature, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 4
    57
    13

    Patriot Games

    Tom Clancy

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 5
    66
    23

    Rainbow Six

    Tom Clancy

    First Published1998-08

    SubjectsTerrorism

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 6
    72
    28

    Without Remorse

    Tom Clancy

    First Published1993

    SubjectsVietnam

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    More Without Remorse 

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  • 7
    40
    9

    Debt of Honor

    Tom Clancy

    SubjectsEspionage, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 8
    38
    8

    SubjectsEspionage

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 9
    49
    31

    SubjectsEspionage, Middle East, Adventure, United States of America, Terrorism

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 10

    First Published2000

    SubjectsInternational relations, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 11
    26
    9

    Dead or Alive

    Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood

    First Published2010-12-07

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12

    First Published1988

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure, United States of America

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 13
    22
    12

    Tom Clancy's Op-Center

    Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 14

    First Published2003-08-01

    SubjectsEspionage, Adventure, United States of America, Terrorism

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 15
    14
    12

    Against All Enemies

    Tom Clancy, Peter Telep

    First Published2011-06-14

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 16
    10
    9

    Locked On

    Tom Clancy

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Novel

  • 17
    4
    4

    Genres (Book)Techno-thriller, Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 18
    6
    8

    Net Force

    Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik

    SubjectsAdventure, Espionage

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Speculative fiction, Suspense, Mystery

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 19
    4
    7

    Marine

    Tom Clancy

    First Published1996

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 20
    3
    7

    Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    George Galdorisi, Dick Couch

    First Published2012-01-10

  • 21
    4
    9

    SSN

    Tom Clancy

    SubjectsAdventure

    Genres (Book)Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 22
    3
    8

    Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Mirror Image

    Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik

    Genres (Book)Thriller

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 23

    First Published1995

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 24
    12
    43

    Red Rabbit

    Tom Clancy

    First Published2002

    SubjectsEspionage, England

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Thriller, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 25

    First Published1995-11

    Genres (Book)Non-fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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List Rules: Vote for the Tom Clancy novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.