Marc Cameron

Marc Cameron (born 1961) is an American novelist. He is best known for the Jack Ryan series, which is part of the Tom Clancy universe, as well as for the critically acclaimed Jericho Quinn series of action adventure novels.

Marc Cameron
OccupationWriter
NationalityAmerican
Genre
Notable works
Tom Clancy: Power and Empire
National Security
Years active2011-present
Website
marccameronbooks.com

Early life

Cameron was born and raised in Texas, and graduated from Weatherford High School in 1980.[1] He later spent 29 years in law enforcement as a police officer. In early 1991 he became part of the United States Marshals Service, specializing in dignitary protection, and moved through the ranks until finally retiring as chief of the district of Alaska in 2011 in order to pursue writing full-time.[2]

Cameron has a second-degree black belt in jujutsu, and often teaches defensive tactics to law enforcement agencies and civilian groups. He is also a certified scuba diver, man-tracker and an avid adventure motorcyclist, in which would later prominently feature motorcycles in his novels.[3]

Writing career

Cameron loved to watch Indiana Jones and James Bond movies as a child, which aroused his interest in becoming a writer.[4] He published his first novel, National Security (2011), which became critically acclaimed; bestselling thriller writer Brad Thor hailed it as "awesome" and praised Cameron as “one of the hottest new authors in the thriller genre”.[5] Its success spawned seven more novels: Act of Terror (2012), State of Emergency (2013), Time of Attack (2014), Day Zero (2015), Brute Force (2015), Field of Fire (2016), and Dead Drop (2017); as well as a novella, The Triple Frontier (2018).[6]

Cameron’s short stories have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and Boys' Life magazine.[7] In addition, he has also written a Western novel, To Hell and Beyond (2017), under the pseudonym Mark Henry.[8]

Cameron has started a new thriller series featuring U.S. Marshal Arliss Cutter; its first entry, Open Carry, is set to be released in February 2019.[9]

Tom Clancy universe

Cameron became a fan of Tom Clancy from reading The Hunt for Red October as a rookie policeman.[10] Later on, his friend and writer of the Jack Ryan series Mark Greaney suggested him to his editor Tom Colgan when he was planning to step away from the franchise. Greaney later said of the recommendation: "His writing is both intelligent and action-packed, and Marc has an impressive personal resume that I am sure he will work into the novels to great effect.”[11]

The Real Book Spy announced Greaney's departure from the franchise on February 20, 2017, and introduced Cameron to replace him as writer of the Jack Ryan novels slated for winter release. Speaking about his inclusion into the series, he says: “I especially enjoy writing Jack Ryan. He’s such a good, honest archetype of a character. The cool thing about Jack is that he’s so strong and so vulnerable at the same time. I wanted to be sure I got him exactly right, so I wrote a lot of drafts of the chapters with him.”[12] Regarding the negative reaction upon authors continuing the Tom Clancy universe after his death, Cameron asserts: “Some people are, like, ruined-their-life angry. I’m a lighten-up kind of guy. If you don’t want to read them, don’t. But there are so many stories in these characters, and we have an obligation to keep them going, authentically, like the original author wanted them to be.”[13]

Cameron's first entry in the series, Tom Clancy: Power and Empire, was published in November 2017 and debuted at number six on the New York Times bestseller list.[14] Publishers Weekly praised the novel: "All the writers who have contributed to this series since Clancy’s death have been good, but Cameron’s formidable performance puts him at the head of the pack."[15] Cameron's next novel in the series, Tom Clancy: Oath of Office, is said to be released in November 2018.[16]

Bibliography

Jericho Quinn series

  • National Security (2011)
  • Act of Terror (2012)
  • State of Emergency (2013)
  • Time of Attack (2014)
  • Day Zero (2015)
  • Brute Force (2016)
  • Field of Fire (January 2017)
  • Dead Drop (July 2017)
  • The Triple Frontier (novella) (2018)

Jack Ryan series

Featuring characters created by Tom Clancy

Arliss Cutter series

  • Open Carry (2019)

As Mark Henry

  • To Hell and Beyond (2017)

References

  1. "Next Tom Clancy writer hails from North Texas". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. "Marc Cameron (Biography)". PenguinRandomHouse.com. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  3. "Marc Cameron - Book Series in Order". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  4. "Marc Cameron - Book Series in Order". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  5. "National Security by Marc Cameron". The Big Thrill. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  6. "Marc Cameron - Book Series in Order". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  7. "Biography - Marc Cameron". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  8. "To Hell and Beyond Overview". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  9. "Open Carry (An Arliss Cutter Novel)". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  10. "A Tom Clancy Fan Continues Tom Clancy's Series". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  11. Steck, Ryan. "Exclusive: Big Changes Coming To The Tom Clancy Universe In 2017". Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  12. "Next Tom Clancy writer hails from North Texas". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  13. Hoffman, Barbara. "These authors risk the wrath of readers to keep book franchises alive". New York Post. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  14. "Combined Print & E-Book Fiction Books - Best Sellers - December 17, 2017 - The New York Times". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  15. "Fiction Book Review: Tom Clancy: Power and Empire by Marc Cameron". Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  16. "Tom Clancy Oath of Office (A Jack Ryan Novel): Marc Cameron". Retrieved 11 June 2018.
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