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"It was the probably the greatest literary moment of my life. It was also the most terrifying, because basically I was told, 'Feel free to add to the canon — just don't mess it up."
— Mike Maden about writing Tom Clancy novels

Mike Maden is an American novelist. He is best known for the Jack Ryan Jr. novels, which are part of the Ryanverse, as well as for the Drone series of techno-thrillers.


Maden was born and raised in California’s San Joaquin Valley, where he later worked in the food packaging department for years. He graduated from the University of California in Davis with a doctorate degree in political science, majoring in international relations and comparative politics. Maden lived in Dallas, Texas from 1995 to 2014, where he worked for Common Grace Ministries. He served as a political consultant and campaign manager in state and national elections, and also hosted his own local weekly radio show for a year. Maden also worked as a screenwriter and producer for TV shows and films in Hollywood.

Maden made his literary debut with Drone in 2014, which was initially the outcome of a challenge posed to him by his friends who are authors. Maden became a Tom Clancy fan from reading The Hunt for Red October back in graduate school. On February 20, 2017, The Real Book Spy announced that Grant Blackwood, as well as Mark Greaney, was leaving the Tom Clancy franchise. In 2021, Maden left the franchise and was replaced by Don Bentley as the writer of the Jack Ryan Jr. series.