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  • 11/15/2018 - The Ides of November - no special significance in that but thought I would mention it. Today we travel back to 1968 and a television series which spawned a couple of books and a handful of comic books. The Freewheelers were three teenagers (two male and 1 female) who are co-opted by a MI-5 agent to help out on a case which then became several cases. This sounds suspiciously like a Mod Squad rip-off (two males and 1 female pushed into service for the police) but the British spy series came out in April of 1968 while the American crime drama was September of that year. Now, did one influence the other? The guru of television spy shows, Wesley Britton, does not mention it in his awesome Encyclopedia of TV Spies so perhaps not. Anyways, here are facts on the series to revisit.

  • 11/14/2018 - A companion series to the Tom Gray series joins the compendium today. Andrew Harvey is an MI-5 agent who we first meet and get to like in the Gray books but who now has the opportunity to step out on his own. Please welcome him.

  • 11/13/2018 - In 1972, Mattel wanted to introduce its Big Jim action figure in the UK but licensing issues caused it to rename the character. To help promote Mark Strong, they had published in Look-In Magazine a series of comic strip/book adventures, having the stories play out one two pages at a time over many weeks. Please welcome him to the compendium.

  • 11/12/2018 - Today's entrant into the compendium is a colleague, rival, arch-enemy, friend, and sometimes lover to Matt Drake, a fellow who joined here some time ago. Alicia Myles is in every one of Drake's adventures in one capacity or another but since she has been given her own set of books, she warrants her own mention. Please say howdy.

  • 11/11/2018 - ?Happy? Veterans Day! Never quite sure on that one. For those of lucky enough to survive, happy, sure! For those we lost, not so much. How about "Proud Veterans Day"? Nah, not the right ring to it. Anyways, to my brothers and sisters with whom I had the honor of standing, thanks for having my back.

  • 11/11/2018 - Today's entrant into the compendium comes from the days immediately after the end of World War II and shows the hope and concept of the brand new United Nations with a troubleshooter working under its authority. Please welcome UNO.

  • 11/10/2018 - A fun series about a guy who was with the CIA in the beginning and then over time switches to Interpol but who stays enjoyable and interesting and a good way to escape for a couple hours each day joins the compendium today. Please welcome Johnny Walker, CIA agent turned Interpol operative.

  • 11/09/2018 - It has been too long since I last posted a new series. I have been reading a ton but not writing anything. That stops tonight. Tonight I bring you a 4-book series about a kick-butt CIA assassin who is a blast to read about and to follow and I hope there are more books to come because I am a definitely fan. Please welcome Viper, aka Alina Maschik, to the compendium.

  • 10/20/2018 - An interesting and rather unusual entrant today. Derry Greene is most definitely not a spy. He is a travel company's trouble-shooter. That's what his job description says but the kind of trouble he has to shoot more than qualifies him for membership.

  • 10/18/2018 - I have held off a long time before bringing to the compendium this series because I know there will be more than one spy fiction lover who will chastise me for my relatively poor grade for an incredibly well written series by a master storyteller. However, since I want to eventually write about every spy series I know of, and this is one, I here and now bring you Victor Canning's Birdcage series. I hope you will be gentle with me.

  • 10/17/2018 - After several suggestions and a fair amount of stubbornness on my part, I have changed my mind and added this latest entry. I had felt the series was a military one but it was pointed out quite well that when soldiers change into civvies to go on a mission, they are considered spies by the enemy. So, they fit. I have given this series the name most associated with it so please welcome the three men, Mallory, Stavros, and Miller, from The Navarone Series and the 4 books in it.

  • 10/16/2018 - A fantastic four-book series joins the compendium today. We are back in modern times now with two analysts who work in the field as well and whose adventures were so captivating I read all four books straight through. I greatly enjoyed this series and hope for a lot more from the author. I think you will like him as well. Please welcome Mark Henshaw's Red Cell series starring Burke & Stryker.

  • 10/15/2018 - Must be on a comic book kick this week. Third such entry in a row. Today we head back to the mid-60s and a very poorly named Tiffany Sinn. Poorly because the character got her start in a romance comic book, not an underground comic like you might expect from that name. The stories were actually quite good and I wished there had been more than the 3 we have.

  • 10/13/2018 - A not very good short comic book series from the early 40s joins the compendium today. I chanced upon it while looking for something else so I took the time to read it and knew that I had to add it since it fit all the requirements. Unfortunately, the quality of the series really lacked so reading the stories was harder than I would have liked. Still, I present it to you for your consideration. Please welcome (nicely!) Madame Strange.

  • 10/12/2018 - A couple days ago, I received an email from a gentleman who is translating "rare, foreign language Bond comics into English". I applaud his endeavors and happily share his website url with you. Please check it out and enjoy! It is www.comicsroyale.com and it is worth the visit.

  • 10/11/2018 - Bit of a lull in my adding to the site though I have working (okay, wrong word) at learning a bunch more series so hopefully that will change. I say that again but it never does! Well, today I add from Canada a series about a secret agent working there during the middle to end of WWII. The series is a comicbook one which is not very good, IMHO, but any series from Canada is rare enough to be welcome just on that alone. Please welcome Guy Powers to the compendium.

  • 10/04/2018 - We return to the 1940s in this newest entrant into the compendium. This series of historical spy mysteries is written today but takes place then and the author really has gone to great lengths to bring the realism to the pages and to not give the characters any benefit of the writer's hindsight. I am always impressed when the really good authors can pull this off and I would put Sarah Shaber in that category. Since she lives in the same city I do, I hope some day to meet her and thank her for the enjoyment I've gotten from these stories. Please welcome Louise Pearlie.

  • 09/27/2018 - A pretty impressive historical spy novel concerning a young woman brave enough to go alone into Nazi-controlled Europe to spy on the enemy joins the compendium. It is written by a very talented and industrious Alexander Fullerton and concerns the intrepid Rosie Ewing. Please say hi!

  • 09/23/2018 - The name of this new addition is Echelon 6 which is the name of the organization that the two main characters, John Clark and Mike Charles, work for. It is an 8-book series of wild rides and strange twists. Please welcome it (or them) to the compendium.

  • 09/20/2018 - A series a couple of years old but new to me joins the compendium today. The storyline takes us back to the years leading up to and into the Second World War as we follow the Anglo-German actress Clara Vine as she operates as an agent in Berlin.

  • 09/19/2018 - Wanted to mention to those who might not have noticed it that two very entertaining spy series from the past have recently been re-released in ebook format. Both are by the highly prolific author Philip McCutchan who was most famous for his historical adventure series (Cameron, Ogilvie, and Halfhyde to name three). He penned the Commander Esmonde Shaw spy series from 1960 to 1995 and the Simon Shard spy series from 1974 to 1992. Both of these are again available. He also did another series, James Packard, under a pseudonym but I have not seen those brought back yet. The Shaw series is very much in the James Bond style of action (more so at the beginning) while the Shard books are counter-intelligence in almost a police procedural mode. Back when I first added them to my site mucho years ago, I gave Shaw an A- and Shard a B+ even while stating I enjoyed the Shard books the best, proving that back then as now I was an odd duck. I am glad the series have not vanished into obscurity.

  • 09/15/2018 - I haven't done a comic book spy series in a little while so I thought I would catch up. This one is from the early 40s and presents a Spy Smasher wannabee because he starts out as an eager army officer and then in the second issue he dons a skin-tight costume and go undercover as G-2 of the Army Intelligence. Good artwork. Decent stories. Goofy concept.

  • 09/14/2018 - Still surviving Hurricane Florence which turned west and just pelted Raleigh with wind and rain. Neighbors on the coast and to the south of us are not so lucky and my prayers go out to them. Sitting at home with nothing to do but watch and wait and read (what a chore), I add a 2-book series (well, 4 actually) about operatives who have been excommunicated from service for one reason or another. They are given a chance at redemption by a man called the Administrator. They are The Excoms. Please say hi.

  • 09/13/2018 - Getting ready for a visit from Hurricane Florence. Already annoyed my back and shoulder 'cause I be old and fat and not used to this. Oh well! First Look:Today I bring you a 6-book series about a "liar, a chameleon, a different person to everyone who meets him". Please welcome Lance Priest, aka Preacher.

  • 09/08/2018 - A two-book series about a highly experience non-official cover operative for the CIA joins the compendium today. I had a lot of trouble with the first book but really liked the second so I have a good deal of hope for the series moving forward. Please welcome Michael Brennan.

  • 09/07/2018 - A very easy and fun to read four-book series about a man I label as an Intelligence Consultant joins the compendium today. Jim Stillwater is an interesting man whose work takes him to different place around the world where he seems to find ways to get into the midst of trouble but is sharp enough, and has good friends to help, to get out of it in the end.

  • 09/06/2018 - A frequent partner of Steve Berry's terrific Cotton Malone, today's entrant into the compendium gets her own mention because of having two adventures on her own, both well worth the read. Please welcome the highly resourceful and delightful Cassiopeia Vitt, a mouthful of a first name but one impressive lady to have at your side or covering your back.

  • 09/02/2018 - A trilogy of short, very rapid-fire spy adventures written a few years ago but taking place in the turbulent Vietnam era joins the compendium today. Please welcome Jeff Fortner to the group.

  • 09/01/2018 - A fun, over-the-top spy adventure series comes to the compendium today as we start a new month. There are six books in this series about two friends, one a CIA agent and the other a retired SpecOps who gets pulled back into duty. Please welcome Vlad & Jim to the fold.

  • 08/23/2018 - Work has been very busy lately so it has been a while since I added something to the site. My addition today is a good one, though, and one that I am excited to pass along. Bianca St. Ives is a high-class thief who runs a security business in her non-stealing times. She never steals from her clients but tends to go after really big and really bad fish. She becomes a member of this compendium because her mysterious father, the man who trained her to be a world-class thief, is a former CIA assassin who was thought dead years ago. And she, well, she is very much wanted by the Agency as well, dead or alive. This is a highly enjoyable two-book series that has been waiting excitedly for the third. Check it out!

  • 08/07/2018 - Many of the spy novels written during the 20s and 30s were a combination of espionage and murder mysteries. That is definitely the case for this early-runner in the genre. The two books written about Eileen 'Bundle' Brent are really the first two books in a larger series about Superintendent Battles but the two Brent books were spy-related and the rest not so much. Also, Brent is such a delightful and interesting character, she deserves her own place in spy-fi history.

  • 08/04/2018 - The same man who gave us the series mentioned just before gives us this additional series about a music teacher who gets involuntarily involved with MI-6 and the Russians and the Mob and the Yanks and lots of things far worse than kids with no musical ability. Please say hi to the three-book series about John Ranger.

  • 08/03/2018 - A five-book series about a former SBS operative and a woman running a security consultancy joins the compendium today. I really enjoyed the stories about Tregay & Lefévre and I think you will, too, if you like action and adventure and two people who do not want trouble but can handle it.

  • 07/27/2018 - This past week, I have been reading and watching television. I have been reading, and really enjoying, a 4-novella series about two women, Eve Polastri and Villanelle. I have been watching a fantastic 8-episode Season 1 of Killing Eve which deals with two women, Eve Polastri and Villanelle. The novellas are the basis of the TV shows but they are different. And they are both well worth the time. I have named the series Eve Polastri but that is just me. The novellas are clearly aiming towards Villanelle as the main character while the television drama kinda, well, does and does not. Either way, the whole shebang is worth the time. I loved both!

  • 07/21/2018 - A pugilist from the early 40s joins the compendium. Don Glory is a heavy-weight boxing champion who hangs up his gloves (usually) to please his fiancée and takes out his frustrations on Nazi Fifth Columnists in this 19-adventure comic book series.

  • 07/20/2018 - An FBI agent who has a sideline as a terrorist assassin under the direction of the President joins the compendium today. There are, so far, three books in the series which take him from being a highly successful "ghost" thwarting an impressive number of plots about the US to being a hunted man accused of terrorism himself. Please welcome Rowan Milani.

  • 07/19/2018 - From the pages of the British action comic Top Secret Picture Library over four decades ago comes a 4-adventure series about a swinging man-about-town who is hired by the ultra-secret Department Q. Please welcome Jayson Wilde to the compendium.

  • 07/17/2018 - Five days of 90 degree heat and no a/c at home. Lots of trips to stores buying little but enjoying their cool. Finally repairman came to our rescue! So today I give a First Look at a pair of agents for a hush-hush organization called Cerberus. Please welcome Falk and Koski.

  • 07/15/2018 - Hello, Ides of July! It is hot here in NC and my AC is busted. Fans are going like crazy and when my wife asks if I want to go shopping with her, I think of the air conditioned stores and say, "why not!" In the meantime, I present to you a so-far 4-book adventure series about a pilot contracted by a couple of CIA agents to do pilot stuff for them. That stuff invariably means almost getting killed. Please welcome a very entertaining Colin Pearce to the compendium.

  • 07/14/2018 - First Look at Cal Jardine, a British soldier-of-fortune who gets pulled into the shadowy world of espionage, not liking it so much but going there nonetheless.

  • 07/13/2018 - A few days ago I added to this compendium the two-book series about Rick Kasten. Today I introduce that author's four-book (so far) series about a different individual who is brought into the cloak-and-dagger world in pre-WWII Europe. It is pretty darned interesting so far. Please welcome Harry Braham and do check him out.

  • 07/08/2018 - On my last day before officially turning a year older, I bring a series written a half decade ago about a man operating some eight decades ago. The time is 1939 and the place is Europe. The man is a ship owner named Rick Kasten who gets involved in a fair amount of cloak and dagger work in addition to running a business.

  • 07/05/2018 - Today's entrant is an ongoing series about a group of highly intelligent people solidly established in their own careers but pulled in on an ad hoc basis by the CIA. Interesting characters presented in a way that lets you get to know the people and how and why they interact as they do with each other. I named the series after the one I consider to be the main character, Martina Jung, but there are several in the group worthy of attention.

  • 07/04/2018 - Happy Birthday, America!!! 242, if my math is correct. Hopefully many, many, many more to come. Today's entry into the compendium comes from Britain, however. It marks a significant change for me as well because the spy in this 2-book series from the mid-70s is an industrial spy. Being very good at his job means not being a very good guy because you flat out cannot trust him, ever. And yet you can trust the terrific author who got his training crafting these tales - Ken Follett. Please welcome the ruthless but entertaining Piers Roper.

  • 07/02/2018 - Welcome to July. Hot and humid here in NC. Normal summer weather. Still like living here, though. Beats the winter blizzards in SD. Well, today's entry into the compendium is a very interesting and downright enjoyable series about a former Special Forces soldier turned soldier of fortune who ends up working for some very powerful people doing some very dangerous stuff. High octane and loads of fun. Please welcome the oddly named but quite deadly Stetson Culp.

  • 06/30/2018 - As we say goodbye to June, let us move back in time. Quite a ways back, actually. More than a century. The year is 1911 and the world is just a couple of years and a couple of assassin bullets from the First World War. One agent is hard at work to keep France and England ready for what he is certain is about to happen, though he hopes he is wrong. Now, there are a fair number of series written for this time period but this one was written then so it is not a historical spy series. It is modern (for its time). Please welcome Hugh Morrice to the compendium.

  • 06/29/2018 - An enjoyable two-book series from nearly a decade ago joins the compendium. It involves an interesting British gent of Indian Muslim descent who is a member of Group 8. I am enjoying them and you might check them out as well. Please welcome Ashraf Khan.

  • 06/28/2018 - First Look at a five-book series about a tech analyst who gets involved in a whole lot more action than she would ever have thought learning her craft. What I have read so far makes me want to read more. Please welcome Alex Hoffman to the compendium.

  • 06/27/2018 - I take no pleasure in this next entry. That is two unsavory entries this month. Not a great month in that regard. Today's reluctant and unpleasant addition to the compendium comes from 1992 and is a 3-issue pornographic comicbook series about Jane Bondage. The name says enough, don't you think? I apologize ahead of time.

  • 06/24/2018 - A 9-book (and 1 short story) [so far] series about a former CIA operative who lots of people want dead and who in turns makes a whole lot of people no longer breathing comes to the compendium. Please welcome Chuck Brandt.

  • 06/23/2018 - First Look at a reporter who does a whole lot more than just write about injustice. Dylan Hunter has some unique skills that let him do some interesting things and an internal drive that won't let him not do them. And then there is his love, Annie, who really works for the CIA and is involved in hunting down the mysterious vigilante making the news. When the series starts, he does not know the truth about her and she most definitely does not know the truth about him.

  • 06/21/2018 - Happy Summer Solstice! 98° and 80% humidity where I be today. My choice to live in North Carolina, of course. I bring to the compendium today a series that takes place largely in Saudi Arabia so my mentioning the heat seems appropriate. The entry I present is from 2011-2013 and consists of 3 full-length adventures and 1 novella, all telling the life story of a pretty fascinating woman named Sasha Del Mira.

  • 06/19/2018 - Way way back in time we travel today to find a series that, luckily for us, is available yet again in ebook format. Being well into the public domain, there are several versions of it available and most are inexpensive. His is not the earliest spy series but it comes pretty close and is important for that. Please welcome Gerry Sant, more commonly known as Sant of the Secret Service.

  • 06/18/2018 - As I mention in my write-up for the series being entered today, it is not unusual in spy fiction for a spy to go undercover as a journalist. This series has a protagonist who really is a journalist - until he becomes a spy. Please welcome the four-book series about Michael Vaux.

  • 06/16/2018 - A young-adult series from the 1960s joins the compendium today. These books were very popular back in the day but now are quite expensive. Luckily the first three have been recently reprinted by a UK company (Girls Gone By Publishing). As yet I have found no evidence of ebook versions though I hope they will be available because my bookshelves are crammed full. Anyways, this series deals with a author who is really a spy and his college-age nephew who travels with him on "vacations". Please welcome this 7-book series about Marston Baines.

  • 06/15/2018 - Welcome to the Ides of June. Not quite as foreboding as those in March. I bring you a two-book series from a half-decade ago by a man who knows a thing or three about espionage thrillers. Howard Gordon was the long-time executive producer of 24 and the co-creator of the incredible Homeland. He wrote the series mentioned here about an American international negotiator who gets involved in some pretty nasty business. Please welcome Gideon Davis to the compendium.

  • 06/10/2018 - I bring you a trilogy today. Three books that make up the adventures of fix-it man turned part-time agent for an international crime-fighting organization. Meet Roman Solaire.

  • 06/09/2018 - I present today a series that, as I mention in my write-up, breaks my own rule: I have not read it. The books are far beyond my budget ($50 - $150). But I have a fair amount of information from other sources to let me know that I really do not want to know much more. I could be wrong. Nevertheless, I decided for the heck of it and for the sake of being a complete a compendium of spy series as I can, to include it so please say hello to the highly sexed entertainer Amanda Curzon. And let me know if you know more about her.

  • 06/08/2018 - First Look at British ex-pat doctor Peter Senden who finds himself working part-time for MI-5.

  • 06/07/2018 - A 2-book series about "The Squad" joins the compendium. The term 'squad' could mean lots of different things, many of them military in nature but in this case it refers to (wait for it!) cheerleaders. Ah, yep! Perky peppy pom-pom pushers are to be lusted after by young boys, cheered with from the bleachers, and totally discounted as anything of a threat. Which is why in this series, they make some darn good secret agents. This short, entertaining young-adult series is fun and does not take itself too seriously. It does let you into the life of computer hacker forced into being a cheerleader, Toby Klein, and the reader gets to watch her turn slowly into one very good covert operative. And cheerleader.

  • 06/02/2018 - So often I can hardly wait to introduce a series because I enjoyed it so much. This is NOT one of those cases. I enter it into the compendium because that is what I do. I tell you up front it is a blessedly short comicbook series from decades ago. Say hello to Secret Agent 2B-3. But do not plan on spending much time with him.

  • 06/01/2018 - Happy Anniversary to my delightful and much understanding bride of far more years than we can believe. I love you, my dear. Thanks for tolerating me for so long. Now, on to today's entry. I bring you a wonderfully entertaining series that keeps me grinning with each new adventure. And there have been 17 so far. I started reading these at #2. Why I took so long (couple of years) to write about them, who knows! At long last, I give you The Housewife Assassin and her many guides to all sorts of things you things you never knew you needed to know.

  • 05/31/2018 - First Look at Nick West. This 3-book series from 2010-2012 revolves around a quite capable young agent with the DHS.

  • 05/30/2018 - FIRST LOOK: A new feature to cover-up the fact that I am falling so far behind in my entries. I will give the details of the books as I know them and a brief explanation of the series as I take this "first look" at them. No My Comments or Grade until I know more.

  • 05/29/2018 - Today I bring you two Scoops of spy adventures, both from the start of the 1940s. Two different comic book publishers included in their anthologies reporters who were bringing America the news from war zones just before the U.S. entered the action. Neither series lasted very long but both had some good points to them, enough to take the time to read the few tales available. Please welcome Scoop Mason and Scoop Daley to the compendium.

  • 05/27/2018 - Back from a mini-vacation trip with my wife - she to meet with her iris-growing friends and I to sit and read (tough life). One of the series I enjoyed was the two-book series about CIA agent turned Texas Ranger turned CIA agent again, Ike Blass. Good solid tales. You should check him out.

  • 05/20/2018 - Quite some time ago, a fellow spy-fan, Matthew, asked me about Poul Anderson's futuristic spy series. At the time I was only dealing with WWII-to-present so I declined. When I recently expanded my reach, he again asked and now, thanks to him and to the fantastic writing of a true sci-fi giant, I present to you a sci-spy-fi treat, if you did not already know about him. Please welcome to the compendium the terrific Dominic Flandry, a man-about-town debonair and resourceful agent who first came out two years before James Bond.

  • 05/18/2018 - Fellow spy-fan and contributor, Robert, has been kind enough to update me on one of my favorite series, that of William Holmes, a recipient of a grade of "A" by me. A couple weeks ago he let me know of a 7th book in the series, "The Second Red Dragon", which is now available in ebook format. Today he told me of the 8th book, "Contact!", which is still only available in used paperback. Bit red-faced here. To miss one is a shame. To miss two is ... well ... Thanks, Robert!

  • 05/18/2018 - An interesting, fast 3-book series about a female agent working for Control (no, not the same as Maxwell Smart) against a group with the clever name of Cabal joins the compendium today. Please welcome Betty Thursten, aka the Betty Chronicles.

  • 05/16/2018 - A fascinating entry to the compendium is presented here today. This character is a lot of fun to watch but even more interesting perhaps are the people he will run up against. I am very impressed with how well the author brought out these other characters and made them important to the story and interesting to boot. Even the not-so-nice people. Good writing. Please then welcome Steve Baldwin.

  • 05/14/2018 - After what I considered a very interesting series from before WWII, one that I liked, I present another one from near that time but one that was not as enjoyable. It was not bad. It just was not good. Nevertheless, please welcome this 5-issue comic book series about Steve Battle.

  • 05/12/2018 - Every now and then I come across a gem that I relish telling people about. Of course, I know that often this shining jewel is known to lots of other people but I still delight in yelling about it. In today's case, I do not know how many people remember the author, Patricia Wentworth, because she left us more than a half-century ago. I knew of her from years ago reading several of her Miss Silver books but until recently with the release in ebook format of her novels, I did not know at all about Benbow Smith. Both, what a pleasant surprise it was to hear of then then enjoy the daylights out of these books. Please welcome this fascinating spy-master to the compendium.

  • 05/09/2018 - This newest entrant into the compendium comes with very little fanfare because it deserves none. Not a good series at all. At least it is blessedly short. Take a quick ganger as the comic book series Spade of the Secret Service. That is as long as it deserves.

  • 05/07/2018 - A few years ago I was asked by a fellow spy-fan if I was planning to add this next series to the compendium. I said no. Well, I changed my mind. Coming to us from the past (60's) is a series about a futuristic secret agent who comes and goes all the time. Literally. Please welcome Hannibal Fortune, Agent Of T.E.R.R.A.. And his sidekick Webley.

  • 05/04/2018 - Happy Star Wars Day! My entry for today has nothing to do with Luke or Han or Leia (although I am a bit psyched about the upcoming movie Solo). Today we welcome a 5-book series about a law professor who most definitely was not always a professor. He likes being a professor, though, and would not mind too much if the world would let him just be that. The world will not and so Creed Emerson gets involved in several exciting adventures. Please welcome him to the compendium.

  • 05/03/2018 - Sometimes I can be so slow. I have had this series on the digital shelf for far too long, always planning to get to it 'soon'. Well, if I had known how well written and enjoyable it was, I would have made soon actually be soon. Please welcome this 3-book series about a US Army officer turned CIA agent Matt Gannon to the compendium.

  • 05/02/2018 - Moving on after my celebration yesterday. Today I present a two-book series about an agent for the CIA and two major parts of his career/life. The first is in Laos at the beginning of the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War. The second is in El Salvador over a decade later as the Soviet Union and Cuba help bring in a communist government to Nicaragua and are looking earnestly at its neighbors. Very well-written series I am enjoying a lot. Please welcome Peter Ivorson to the compendium.

  • 05/01/2018 - 1000 !! Wow! When I first started this compendium, I knew there were at least a couple hundred series out there, many in obscurity perhaps. I was stunned and amazed and thrilled when I reached the 500 mark. I actually scoffed when a fellow fan, Johny, mentioned I would be hitting 700 soon ("I doubt it very much", I told him). Now here we are. 1000! When a while back I saw I was easily going to hit this millennial moment, I knew I wanted to make that entry a special one and I believe I have done that. The 1000th series concerns the actions of what is, as of this writing, the very earliest true spy series I have found; i.e., a man whose job is actually to be an espionage agent. I may find others that came before but in this moment, it is the first that I know about. Please then celebrate this moment with me and welcome Newton Moore, agent with the British Secret Service Fund who had 6 entertaining adventures told in magazine format at the turn of the century, 1900.

  • 04/30/2018 - As we near a milestone for my site, I present the 999th series to this compendium. I chose for this almost prestigious position a less than prestigious series that I really enjoyed because I am very much, well, "me". Please welcome Carter Brown's 4-book adventure with Paul Donavan international adventurer. He is a hoot.

  • 04/29/2018 - As I head off to watch the new Avengers movie, I offer this comic book spy from the other side of the aisle (DC versus Marvel, in case you wondered). From 1950 to today, King Faraday has been an agent who makes women swoon and men growl. Please welcome him to the compendium.

  • 04/25/2018 - Back into the past and into the comicbook realm again for today's entry. The year is 1940 and the U.S. has not been drawn into the fight yet but it is coming. German U-boats are harassing shipping and the Japanese are out to grab all of the Far East Pacific region. Helping protect our allies is Spike Mason, a Naval Intelligence agent undercover as the First Mate of a cargo vessel. Standard fare but not bad and worth the few minutes to read each of 8 adventures. Please welcome him to the compendium.

  • 04/24/2018 - What a delightful series I bring to the compendium today. I have had such a terrific time over the past couple of weeks listening to the adventures of Aussie agent Alby Murdoch driving to and from work that it made the traffic totally bearable. Of course, people in cars next to me might have wondered a time or two why that old fella was laughing but hey! It was a fun, exciting, interesting, and worthwhile three books. Please welcome this DED-head (read or listen to the books, or read my write-up).

  • 04/23/2018 - After yesterday's strange entry (good writing, excellent characterization, too weird for my tastes), I move to something far tamer and palatable. This new entry is a Secret Service agent who, though he does not really do a whole lot of spy work, does call himself a "Secret Agent". Please welcome the comicbook series Johnny Dale.

  • 04/22/2018 - My fellow spy fan, Johny Malone from Argentina, sent me an email suggesting the inclusion of the Commander Amanda series of spy novels set in WWII. I owned the first two of these but really had not wanted to revisit them. But, as much as I disliked them back when I bought them two decades ago, I decided to get it over with and add the series. Warning! I hated the series and gave it one of my lowest grades not for the writing, which is really really good but for the content which was beyond my ability to take.

  • 04/21/2018 - A double-header today because both of these series are related. There is actually a third series in the group but I have not yet read the third and got impatient to add these two. So, please welcome The Disavowed, a series about three CIA agents who were forced out of the Agency and then just cannot keep from getting into trouble. And say hello to Matt Drake, a former SAS chap who becomes a major part of a secret agency called SPEAR.

  • 04/20/2018 - I received this exciting news from my friend, Mike Ripley, at Ostara Publishing: First published in 1970, Kenneth Royce’s thriller The XYY Man introduced a new anti-hero into the world of spy and crime fiction and despite the rather questionable premise behind the main character, Spider Scott, the book launched a popular television series which spawned not one but two distinct spin-offs.
    The unique aspect of XYY Man Spider Scott – said to be based on a professional criminal Kenneth Royce met whilst a prison visitor – is that he is blessed, or cursed, with an extra male ‘Y’ chromosome in his genetic make-up. This predisposes him to a life of crime, which was in fact a common theory in the late 1960s, though there was little – if any – scientific evidence for this.
    Whatever his genetics, Scott is a ‘creeper’ or cat burglar and a very good one, so good that his talents come to the notice of British Intelligence when a dangerous piece of house breaking is called for – the ‘house’ in question being the Chinese Legation in London. Unfortunately, Spider is also firmly on the radar of Detective Sergeant Bulman and it was this antagonistic relationship which was not only the mainstay of the 1976 television series The XYY Man but allowed the Bulman character to develop in the spin-off police series Strangers in 1978 and then to star in his own series as a private eye, in Bulman in 1985.
    Kenneth Royce (1920-1997) wrote seven Spider Scott novels and, later, three novels featuring Alf Bulman. Top Notch Thrillers is proud to be able to reissue the first two novels, The XYY Man (which has been out-of-print for more than 20 years) and the immediate sequel, The Concrete Boot from 1971.

  • 04/13/2018 - Happy Friday the 13th! Okay, no one ever really says that so let's pretend I didn't just type it. I come today with a series that I say in my write-up may not even be a real series and if it is, it hardly deserves that much attention. Still, it is my goal to bring forward any and all spy series I find in print. In keeping with that self-imposed obligation, I give you Super Spy 5Y-8R. Yeah, I had never heard of him before either.

  • 04/11/2018 - Happy Birthday to my beautiful bride. Though we are both now old enough for Social Security (that can NOT be right!) she still gladdens my heart and is, as always, my best friend. Okay! Enough mushy stuff! Today I present a 10-issue comic book intelligence agent from 1939. I describe him as plain vanilla, which he is, but sometimes I like vanilla. Please welcome Skip Schuyler to the compendium.

  • 04/07/2018 - Today I present a two-book series that is not a series. As I write in My Comments, it is not a series in the traditional sense but it does come close enough to qualify for me adding it. Carruthers is the name of the main character and thus the name of the series but he is largely absent in the second adventure. It would not have taken place, however, without his influence. Then you throw in the fact that the first adventure, The Riddle of the Sands was written in 1903 and the follow-up, The Shadow in the Sands came out almost one hundred years later. It kinds throws a wrench into the cogs of a normal series. But it does give me a chance to add one of the greatest spy thrillers, and certainly one of the first, into my compendium so I happily present it here.

  • 04/06/2018 - Yesterday I added the ten-book series (more if you count the side novels) about Bob Lee Swagger. Today I add the (so-far) two books about another sniper who turns out to be related to Swagger, Ray Cruz. I enjoyed the Cruz novels as much as I did the Swagger ones and I think you will, too. Please welcome him to the compendium.

  • 04/05/2018 - A fellow spy fan sent me a quick question from his I-Phone wondering why I did not have Bob Lee Swagger as one of the people in the compendium. I started to come up with a reason or two and then realized he was right. Swagger deals with numerous problems that should qualify him and besides, I have enjoyed several Bob Lee adventures over the year. I even enjoyed the Mark Wahlberg movie about the character. So! Here he is in the group. If you have not already, please check him out.

  • 04/02/2018 - Today I bring to the compendium a light romance spy series which I dub Adam & Anna as does Amazon but which the author has called the "A Spy Is ..." series. A single word description for the series is "rabbits". Read my comments and you will see why.

  • 03/31/2018 - As this strange March comes to an end, I bring a strange tale of a Bedouin girl turned Israeli attorney turned Mossad agent. As my write-up will indicate, I didn't always understand what was happening or why but I couldn't put the book down which says something for it. Please welcome Abigail to the compendium.

  • 03/25/2018 - Okay! Very interesting series for admittance to the compendium today. It is from 1969 and has two books in it about a black agent for an American intelligence outfit called SINTRAC. What makes it interesting, and I mostly use the term tongue-in-cheek, is that it was published by a soft-core publisher and is likely to have been considered a "dirty book" but it kinda also isn't. I had not heard of it until my pal from Argentina, Johny Malone, clued me into it. Please welcome Jeff Lawton.

  • 03/24/2018 - On the heels of the previous entry, I bring a follow-up series by the same author, this one involving a co-star in that character's adventure but now off on his own and deserving his own entry. Please say hi to former Delta and now CIA agent Gregg Kaplan.

  • 03/23/2018 - A four-book series about a former Naval Intelligence officer turned NTSB investigator turned CIA operative (man likes career moves, apparently) joins the compendium. The first book is interesting but a tad uneven but worth the time. Then the series gets better so hang in there. Do give it a try, though, and say hello to Jake Pendleton.

  • 03/18/2018 - Accomplished spy author Gayle Lynds, who gave us a 2-book series about Liz Sansborough at the turn of this century and then contributed 3 books early on in the Covert-One series life, has given us another 2-book (so far) series about a very capable operative named Judd Ryder. Please welcome him to the compendium.

  • 03/16/2018 - As I celebrate my youngest's 26th birthday (how can someone as young as I have a daughter over a quarter-century old?), I bring mention to you of one fantastic series of short stories that I just finished and want so much to tell you about.

    Charlie Dark is a wonderfully unique character created back in 1978. [Odd coincidence, I had just turned 26 that year - spooky!] He was created by the very good and highly productive author Brian Garfield who had created a terrific Edgar-winning novel Hopscotch a couple years before and wanted to continue in the same "world" of that books's characters. The main character in the book does not appear in the Dark stories but that is quite alright. Charlie Dark is such a unique and entertaining guy on his own. Trust me when I say that Charlie is worth his own weight in gold and when you read the stories (or my write-up) you will see that weight is substantial.

    Please welcome this highly-recommended fellow to the compendium.

  • 03/10/2018 - My good friend and fellow spy-fan, Johny Malone tipped me to an interesting fact, himself having heard of it from a friend of his named Steve. My thanks to both. The fact is that in 1959, there was a single spy book put out under the penname of Duncan Tyler involving a businessman named Phil Sherman who gets involved in all sorts of things behind the Iron Curtain. The same Phil Sherman who almost 10 years later would become the star of a long-running spy series called Secret Mission. For fun, check out my revised comments in that page's Books section.

  • 03/09/2018 - I was a huge, huge fan of Robert Wagner's It Takes A Thief tv show back in the late 60's. The idea of a thief working for the government was so cool, as was Al Mundy. Apparently J. A. Devereaux thought the same way because she took the concept and made it her own. Please welcome Gregg Hadyn, infamous jewel thief and now unwilling thief-for-the-government, in a so-far 7 book series.

  • 03/04/2018 - Just saw Red Sparrow. I had seen three lackluster reviews of it but since I love the book series so much, I could not not go see it. Plus it had the terrific Jennifer Lawrence in it. I enjoyed the movie. A lot. I would not recommend it to non-spy fans because it was in its own way as dark and somber as the books but I would not have expected, or liked, it any other way.

  • 03/03/2018 - Heading into the past again with another comicbook spy, this time another agent with Military Intelligence. These were fairly normal fare for the 30's but they have some interesting stories. I invite you to check out the tales as well as my write-up of Wings Wendall.

  • 02/22/2018 - Even as I start the third book in the terrific Egorova & Nash series, I just finished the seventh book in the Stephen Grant saga. I mention this because I have revised my comments on that latter storyline and upped my grade. I planned on stopping after the second book but then moved to the third and then the fourth and so on until I had read everything. This series about a practicing Lutheran pastor who used to be a CIA operative and still gets drawn into the action is ... unique. Obviously I loved it. Cannot say whether you will but I hope you give it a try.

  • 02/17/2018 - What a fascinating series I add to the compendium today. Reaching back to 1925 (my math says that is 93 years ago) we find the extremely talented Francis Beeding give us his (really their) first book, The Seven Sleepers, in the Réhmy & de Blanchegarde series. I have such high regard for this pair of authors who are much too unknown today. This is the first of three spy series they gave us in their 20 years of writing.

  • 02/12/2018 - Just wanted to leave a note to say that with the latest incredible book in the Orphan X series, I have raised my grade to A+. It just keeps getting better. I am so impressed with it. I would love to hear your opinions.

  • 02/11/2018 - A fellow spy-fan, William, sent me a terrific email about spy series and included a simple query as to why John Clark did not have his own mention in this compendium. After a "hmmm" moment, I decided he should have one so jumped on it while watching Olympic curling. It was then I was surprised how many books he was actually in. Not only were there two books about him but he was in several books in the Jack Ryan series and in several of the Jack Ryan, jr series. Impressive. And lots of work. Luckily there are a lot of curling to watch.

  • 02/10/2018 - FIRST LOOK: A new feature to show a series that I have not yet read but want to point out. Today it is H. B. Moore's Omar Zagouri, an Israeli agent who seems to specialize in artifact crime but gets into all sorts of trouble.

  • 02/09/2018 - An interesting three-book series about a female British agent joins the compendium today. Please say hello to Agent Ginger, aka Amanda Charlton.

  • 02/05/2018 - For your cloak and dagger dancing pleasure, I give you Victoria Schmitt, aka Dancer. She can charm you up close and blow you away from a distance. Interesting gal. Please welcome her to the compendium

  • 01/27/2018 - I do not give many "A" grades. A good number of "A-", I'll admit, but not too many "A" considering how many series I have read and how long I have been doing this. And hardly any "A+". Roughly 3% have earned that grade. The series I present today got that A+. It almost made the vaunted "A++" and may well get it if the third book is anywhere as good as the first two. I cannot say enough good about the Egorova & Nash series. Now, that is my name for the series. Dominika Egorova is the main star but without the terrific Nathaniel Nash it would be missing and believe me, this book misses nothing. If you have not yet found how terrific this series is, do so as soon as you can. It is that awesome!

  • 01/23/2018 - A series that I was not certain when I started truly belonged in this compendium is today's entrant. Even after I had read as much as I did, I am still not sure. Nevertheless, I present it, albeit reluctantly. Say hello to Lexa Lash, a kill people. Read the write-up and you might understand. Probably won't, though, because I don't.

  • 01/12/2018 - A member of the U.S. Secret Service who gets involved in all sorts of intrigue far outside the normal line of work for his profession is today's entrant into the compendium. I do not rank this series very high for a couple of reasons but I strongly recommend you try it out to see for yourself. Please welcome Wayne Mitchell.

  • 01/08/2018 - I bring to the compendium a 5-book series from the 80s-90s. This one deals with a mercenary who gets involved in all sorts of international intrigue and the like, taking on some pretty heavy hitters. From the first book, Man on Fire, has come three good movies but the book was, as usual, even better and the rest of the series is just as terrific. Please welcome Creasy.

  • 01/05/2018 - We head back in time to the beginnings of the 50s and return to comicbook spies for this quite interesting and very well traveled Treasury agent. As I say in my write-up about this T-Man joins the compendium because of his many escapades fighting Communists around the world. Please say hello to Pete Trask.

  • 01/03/2018 - My Wednesday offering is a action-spy movie series with book novelizations. I freely admit to a lot of enjoyment of these testosterone-laden flics. All the things I could never have done. Please welcome the unique (and unreal but still fun) Xander Cage, aka xXx.

  • 01/01/2018 - Happy New Year!!! I start this new one with a resolution (something I gave up ages ago) to be faster at adding series than I have been. I doubt if I will keep it for long but who knows! Anyways, to start the year off right, here is a terrifically fun adventure spy series that I have enjoyed the daylights out of. Please welcome the highly resourceful Zeb Carter and his cadre of interesting friends.

  • 12/12/2017 - In 1988 in India, a famed comic book line which had been in existence for two decades was coming to an end. It had published new and old stories of adventure with no one character dominating the series. One of the last characters to have his story told was the dashing and resourceful agent of Indian Intelligence, a man known as Dara. Please welcome him to the compendium.

  • 12/08/2017 - A really good and enjoyable series from Rachel Amplett joins the compendium today. I have had fun with three of the four books available so far and am starting the last one today but wanted to let you know how much I liked Dan Taylor. Please welcome him.

  • 12/05/2017 - An interesting series joins the compendium today. It is about a man named Carl Logan. He is also known as James Ryker. Both are the same man but the first three books are about him when he was known as Logan and the second three concern him after he becomes Ryker. Whatever he calls himself, though, he makes for a fun adventure.

  • 11/30/2017 - Fellow spy fan David H. emailed to let me know that ebook versions of Cherry Delight (the Sexecutioner) and the Lady From L.U.S.T. (Eve Drum) have started to be made available. Much of the work of the author, Gardner F. Fox, are hitting the e-shelves including his excellent sword and sorcery series. I am so psyched! Thanks, David, for the tip.

  • 11/28/2017 - Just learned today (I be slow these days!) that the terrific Johnny Fedora series is being re-issued. The fourth in the series, Intrigue (previously published in America as Trieste) is just out. Already out are Secret Ministry (apa The Nazi Assassins), This Traitor, Death (apa The Gestapo File), and Dead Man Falling (apa The Hitler Diamonds). I have been a Johnny Fedora fan since I first read him in the early 70s and he is still exciting today. Check him out!

  • 11/25/2017 - Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! Today's entrant is another comic book series from the past, or so I thought when I first looked at it. It was also a very small one, being but 4 issues. THEN I started researching and was quite surprised. There was a young adult novel. There was a movie. There were several dozen radio programs. Color me awed. Here for your enjoyment is Secret Agent K-7 and his companions.

  • 11/16/2017 - Tim Stevens, the terrific writer who has given us the compelling John Purkiss series, has yet another hero in the Intelligence business worth following. Please welcome Martin Calvary to the compendium as he joins with a 3-book set of really well-crafted adventures.

  • 11/15/2017 - For those of you who have not yet found the extremely interesting and enjoyable spy fiction site, Spybrary.com, do yourself a huge favor and check it out. If you like spy fiction, you are certain to like the interviews Shane has. Lots of variety giving lots of good suggestions.

  • 11/13/2017 - A very pleasant and enjoyable series about a young man who wanted to be a Marine and ended up an agent joins the compendium today. There are three books in the group so far and I enjoyed each of them. Please welcome Jack Knight to the collection.

  • 11/13/2017 - Fixed a bad entry on a darn good series, James Flynn. Name misspelled and pictures missing. Tad embarrassing. My apologies to the author.

  • 11/11/2017 - A Veterans Day greeting to you all. Today we welcome a humorous 5-book series into the compendium. Please say hello to Paul Blaine, agent of COVERT.

  • 10/30/2017 - A kick-butt young woman is the latest entrant into the compendium. Holly Lin has a tendency to go off on her own mission tangents which seldom go as desired but which are darned interesting to follow. Please politely say hello to her.

  • 10/29/2017 - I have made a preliminary entry for the comicbook/popular movie the Kingsman. It is not quite done as I iron out how to write up the differences between the two mediums but what I got is now on the site.

  • 10/14/2017 - A fellow spy-fi fan, Erin Carere, sent me a kind note telling me how she likes this site (thank you, my dear!) and letting me know about a project she has underway. The very talented Ms. Carere is an actress/comedian/writer who is working on a "spy parody/screwball comedy about two rival international spies. Think Moonlighting meets Austin Powers!" It is called Spy v SpiaYou can view it at here on YouTube. If you like it, she has a Kickstarter in place. Check it out and other things she has been involved in and be as impressed and entertained as I was.

  • 10/12/2017 - An interesting and very enjoyable 3-book series about a tech CEO who gets involved in all sorts of international trouble is the latest member of the compendium. Please welcome Clint Masters, head of CATSAT. And welcome an author who wrote a series interesting enough to hold me for all three stories.

  • 10/09/2017 - A very interesting and so-far enjoyable 4-book series about a crisis manager for the State Department, married to an experienced CIA operative, joins the compendium today. Please welcome Judd Ryker.

  • 10/08/2017 - From the mid-60s on the heels of a very successful Man From U.N.C.L.E. comes a short series for young adults. Please welcome Rod Renton to the compendium. He is aided by his partner Mat Malloy but Renton is the star.

  • 10/05/2017 - A visitor to the site, John Davis, has kindly informed me of a non-fiction book about his "reflections on 'secret wars, espionage, and terrorism' during the Cold War and its bloody aftermath". He thought other visitors to this site might be interested and I agree. You can find his book on Amazon at Rainy Street Stories.

  • 09/30/2017 - The lovely Jet Dream and her stunt-lady counter-spies is the newest entrant in the compendium and she is a lot of fun to follow. Please welcome her and enjoy the adventures.

  • 09/26/2017 - A very enjoyable seven-book series is the latest entry to the compendium. The Old Spy series is the name the publisher gives it and the name fits as the main character is by no mean young. But he is darn smart and he gets a cadre of very smart people to work with him. Please welcome MacKenzie Roberts and do take a chance on this series. It is worth it.

  • 09/18/2017 - The same author who has given us the quite enjoyable Brady Hawk series mentioned just a couple of days ago also gives us a reporter/former CIA agent named James Flynn. These books are also a lot of fun and you should check them out.

  • 09/16/2017 - Sitting for far too long on my virtual stack of unread series is this really, really fun action-packed series from an author who knows how to put together a good yarn. Brady Hawk is the man in this as-yet 9-book series which you should check out.

  • 09/13/2017 - Another two-book series from the master of thrillers, Frederick Forsyth, joins the compendium today. It was with a great deal of reading pleasure that I entered the world of SAS officer Mike Martin and you should as well.

  • 09/12/2017 - A very enjoyable and well-written series about an unlikely member of this compendium is introduced here. Stephen Grant is a remote parish pastor and loves it. He is also a former SEAL and CIA agent. Please check him out in this seven-books series.

  • 09/03/2017 - Today's entry into the compendium is a terrific set of reads from an ex-pat American living for many years in England. His fascinating character, Catesby, is wonderfully presented and the writing is top quality.

  • 09/01/2017 - Received an email from Brash Books with the welcome news that they are re-issuing the really enjoyable first book in Jimmy Sangster's truly fun Katy Touchfeather series. I so very much recommend you checking it out. It is well worth it.

  • 08/30/2017 - I have been distracted the past three weeks with building an interesting website for my wife dealing with her love of irises. A lot of fun and still in progress but I did finally take time to present to you an interesting series about mind-reading and mind-controlling agents. Please welcome Ward Lowe and his wife Jan to the compendium.

  • 08/11/2017 - An impressive number of titles comprise this latest entry into the compendium. Alec Fincham is a member of the British SBS who gets seconded to MI6 a lot. Please say hello.

  • 08/06/2017 - The first North Korean spy series I have encountered becomes the latest entry into the compendium. Young Agent Ko is yanked from the safety of her family and thrown into training to be a heartless killer. Unfortunately, she has a heart. Please welcome Agent Ko.

  • 08/05/2017 - A really good, action-packed series about a British cop, member of an elite Armed Response Unit who eventually moves to New York to become part of its Counter-Terrorism team joins the compendium today. Please say howdy to Sam Archer.

  • 07/28/2017 - It has been a few days since the last newcomer to the site and this latest entry in the compendium is, unfortunately, nothing to write home about. From 1940 comes a very short comic book series about Secret Agent Z-2 of the Secret Service.

  • 07/21/2017 - Last week I added Nick Wood to the compendium. Today I would like you to welcome Nick Woods, a former Marine who did not want the life that fell on him but when it came, he met it.

  • 07/16/2017 - More preliminary comments being entered today on a thus-far three book series about a museum curator turned part-time government agent. Please welcome Calla Cress, aka the Decrypter.

  • 07/15/2017 - A Navy SEAL who has an unfortunate knack for finding conspiracies inside the U.S. government is today's entry into the compendium. Please say hi to Nick Wood.

  • 07/14/2017 - Preliminary comments about an interesting series today. Please welcome Fritz Wright, aka The Vengeance Man.

  • 07/11/2017 - I love spy series. Obviously. I also have freely admitted I love vampire series. It was fun a couple of years ago to add a series that mixed the two. Now I get to do it again and I am hooked. Please welcome Jaz Parks, CIA agent and partner to a vampire named Vayl.

  • 07/09/2017 - Happy Birthday to me! I have been goofing off today (well, except for mowing the front lawn) and my son-in-law and I went to see Spiderman: Homecoming today. We both really enjoyed it. Today I also add another series, this one a comic-book series from the early 50s. It has some good stories so hopefully you will have fun reading them. Please welcome Kent Blake to the compendium.

  • 07/04/2017 - Happy Birthday, America. I spent the day doing a ton of yard work and then a great dinner with my wife and going out for frozen custard with her and my daughter after watching some fireworks. Great day. Along with that, I read a bunch of this latest addition to the compendium. Today it is a 16-year-old girl who would not have dreamed of dealing with assassins and terrorists and things like that until she started having these dreams. Please welcome Lorna Walker.

  • 06/24/2017 - A member of the FBI who gets involved in all sorts of Homeland Security affairs is the newest member of the compendium. Please welcome this six-book series about Jack Randall.

  • 06/23/2017 - A two-book young adult series about two very rich and very well trained young people who get involved in international problems joins the compendium. They are Tom and Lela Kennedy and the books are part of The Billionaire Series (the author's title, not mine).

  • 06/20/2017 - For several years, the character Carrie O'Connor has been a partner to her senior agent, Justin Hall. Now I have read the couple of solo adventures about her, I have decided to give her her own membership in the compendium. Please welcome her - politely.

  • 06/11/2017 - A recent addition to the comic book spy scene is the very lovely and quite dangerous Scarlett Couture, head of security for a fashion company and undercover agent. Please welcome this kick-butt operative to the compendium.

  • 06/08/2017 - Tracie Tanner is the latest member of this compendium. I am part-way through the 5-book series but I thought I would mention her now. She is a CIA agent fighting the Soviets in the late 80s. Please say hi to her.

  • 06/03/2017 - Back to the present for this 4-book series about an FBI - turned CIA - agent named Alexis Toles and her mission to take down a nasty secret organization out to rule the country, and her growing relationship with Cassidy O'Brien, divorced mother of a young boy. Please welcome Alex & Cassidy to the compendium.

  • 06/02/2017 - Back again we go to 1940 for this latest series, a comic book spy who starts out as Spy-Master and then changes his name to Spy-Chief before later donning a cowl and cape and calling himself The Cloak. All the while he is known to most everyone as FBI agent Jeff Cardiff. Some of these stories are not bad.

  • 05/28/2017 - Last night I finished reading Mike Ripley's Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang which I mentioned a few days ago. I am so jazzed about this book (not the least because he was kind enough to mention me a couple of times in it). It is so VERY well written and so enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

  • 05/27/2017 - The man who help bring the terrific series Sherlock to the television screen, Mark Gatiss, created a few years ago a very unique 3-book series about the turn of the 20th century agent named Lucifer Box. I am confident when I say you have not likely met anyone like him.

  • 05/26/2017 - A terrific writer whose books I have adored since I first learned of him in 1971 wrote a 4-book series about two spies in the nascent British Secret Service before and during WWI. His writing was great when he started and just got better. Please welcome Ranklin & O'Gilroy to the compendium.

  • 05/25/2017 - Back to 1940 and the comic book spy fiction world I go today with this latest entrant into the compendium. Rex Keene, aka F-4 of the Air Intelligence, is a so-so secret agent who everyone knows. He flies anything there is and likes to get hit on the head. Check him out!

  • 05/24/2017 - I mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Roger Moore. To most of the movie world he was the James Bond with the most missions but to me he will always be the quintessential Simon Templar, the Saint. I enjoyed him as Bond. I loved him as Templar. Rest well, Sir Roger.

  • 05/23/2017 - A good friend, Mike Ripley, writer and editor and columnist extraordinaire, has just released a terrific book I am enjoying immensely. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed is available in print and ebook. If you love a good thriller, and what spy-fi fan doesn't, this incredible history of British thrillers from the 50s and 60s is a great read as well as an awesome guide to authors you might not know. Check it out!!!

  • 05/19/2017 - The terrific author Ward Larsen has given us another great series that has me as hooked as his first one did. This one concerns a kidon or Israeli assassin named David Slaton. Please welcome him to the compendium but - no sudden moves while doing so.

  • 05/18/2017 - Back from a long trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota for Mother's Day with my mom and then a great side trip with my wife up north to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota - their version of the Badlands. Awesome scenery including a bison traffic jam!

  • 05/08/2017 - From 1939 comes an interesting comic book series about agent K-51, a man who needs no introduction because a) he has no name that I can find and b) everyone already knows him and calls him by his codename. Fun stories. Welcome him, please, and check him out, along with his colleague and fiancée, Z-19.

  • 05/07/2017 - My friend and fellow spy-fi fan, Johny Malone, Una Plaga de Espias, sent me word of two books from the late 80s continuing the saga of Kim. They are pastiches but I thought you should know.

  • 05/06/2017 - A single book does not qualify as a series and this site is devoted to series. Nevertheless, just as I made a justifiable exception with the book Ashendon, I make one with a classic which was also told initially in serial format. Please welcome Rudyard Kipling's understandably classic Kim. For those of you who have not read the book or feel a bit daunted at doing so, Classics Illustrated put out a version which I have added in the Comics section.

  • 05/05/2017 - Happy Cinqo De Mayo! No new series today but an announcement that will be obvious to anyone reading this - I have added some advertising on the site. The number of books and the cost thereto have been adding up so ...

  • 05/04/2017 - May the Fourth Be With You! The new entrant to the compendium today has nothing to do with Star Wars but the main character is a missile defense specialist which the Death Star could have used. Please welcome the two-book series about Cameron Talbot.

  • 04/29/2017 - A very quick series is added today. By quick I mean it is a comic book character with just two adventures and both of them are but 4 pages in length. Secret Agent X-101 had a long codename but someone not in business too long. Please welcome him nevertheless.

  • 04/28/2017 - I welcome Slough House to the site and then mess up and credit the wrong author. That has now been fixed thanks to the eagle-eye of one of my best contributors. My apologies to Mick Herron. Guess that makes me eligible to be a 'slow horse'.

  • 04/26/2017 - It is not often that I get almost giddy with excitement about a new member to the compendium but I am shaking with glee to introduce Slough House to the few that have not already heard of it. Based on the recommendations I have gotten, many have. Now I have and I have given it an A+ because it is really that good.

  • 04/23/2017 - Another look back in history with a 12-issue comic book counterespionage agent named Jonathan Kent. No, it is not Superman's human father...or is it?

  • 04/22/2017 - From the mid 30s comes a two-book series written for the young adult market about a young man who becomes involved with fighting spies and international crooks due to his uncle with the FBI. Please welcome Agent Nine, aka Bob Houston, to the compendium.

  • 04/21/2017 - An interesting series is added today in that it is the second series about a man calling himself Spy Smasher. It is also interesting in that though these stories appear in comic books, none are graphic tales but are one-page prose short stories. There are 30 of them of which I have found 15 and have provided the screenshot of the page for reading. If anyone has any that I lack, let me know. Please welcome Sam Spolo.

  • 04/16/2017 - Happy Easter to you all. I enjoyed a delightful day with my family including an awesome meal prepared by my wife and eldest daughter. I am trying to be a good boy when it comes to eating but today I granted myself naughty privileges and it was worth it! Now, for your reading pleasure, a series I started reading over a year ago and cannot remember what stopped me because it is really good. Please welcome Alexis Stanton, a hoot of an agent written by a lady in my old stomping grounds of the Black Hills.

  • 04/15/2017 - Happy Tax Day! Okay, not so happy. Well, here is a large series that might make things so better. A Navy SEAL turned agent for the President, please welcome Grant Stevens to the compendium.

  • 04/14/2017 - From the mid 50s we get today's new member of the compendium. Atlas (soon to be Marvel) Comics gave us a few exciting adventures of a globe-trotting Secret Service agent named Rick Davis. Please say hello. And if you know anything more about the missing stories, let me know.

  • 04/12/2017 - A series taking place in the 1870s joins the compendium today. The writing is excellent, the plots interesting, and the main character is terrific. Please welcome India Black.

  • 04/09/2017 - A frequent contributor sent me information on a one-issue comic book from 1966 which had 4 adventures of the same character and though I have scant info on it, I add it to the site now in the hopes others will fill in blanks. Please welcome Charles Rand, the Man From S.U.N.D.A.Y.

  • 04/02/2017 - Happy Birthday to my son - now old enough to run for President!

  • 04/02/2017 - One of my favorite authors, Mike Lawson, has come up with a new character that is really interesting. I would not say I liked her personally but I loved the books about her and I am sure you will as well. Please welcome Kay Hamilton to the compendium - but do not expect any pleasantries from her 'cause you ain't gettin' 'em.

  • 04/01/2017 - April Fools! The newest addition to the compendium is such a light-weight entrant that just so barely qualifies for membership that it seems appropriate to have him join on this day. From 1936 please welcome Terry Taylor to the mix, all two short 'illustoried' tales of him.

  • 03/30/2017 - Back to the present and a 2½ book series (so far) about an enterprising young man who was a CIA agent then wasn't and now works off the books for the President. Please say hi to Kyle Achilles as he joins the compendium.

  • 03/29/2017 - Back in time we go again, landing in 1942, where we meet the beautiful actress Rita Farrar who gives up her movie career to become a secret agent using the covername of Señorita Rio. Please welcome this lovely and very entertaining woman to the compendium.

  • 03/19/2017 - A former FBI agent who angered J. Edgar returns years later to help an old CIA friend and finds a new career and a new life. Please welcome a very enjoyable Burke Hill to the compendium.

  • 03/17/2017 - We welcome two different agents of the American government to the compendium today, both of them found in the pages of Danger Comics in 1954. The first is the impressive Duke Douglas who has 13 different tales (9 graphic and 4 text). The other is Virgil Stagg who graces us with just 3 comicbook stories. Please welcome them and enjoy reading their adventures.

  • 03/16/2017 - Happy Birthday to my youngest daughter - now she is old enough to run for Congress.

  • 03/10/2017 - A very ho-hum comic series from 1940 is the latest entrant into the compendium. He did have his own codename so that is something in his favor but there is not much else to say about Secret Agent M-11. Please welcome him nevertheless.

  • 03/07/2017 - The latest entrant into the compendium is Richard Paladin, an assassin who works for ... ah, where's the fun in just telling you. Besides, you wouldn't believe me anyways. Check it out for yourself!

  • 03/04/2017 - Happy 900th Series!!!! Wee! I predicted back when I just went over 600 that I would likely never get to 700. When that milestone went by, I was certain that 800 would be reached. Now that 900 is a fact and my list of 'coming' series is over 300, well, there will be more milestones. I pondered only briefly which series to make my 900th one because the choice was easy. I wanted a series that I really enjoyed by an author I really like. I chose Mark Dawson's Isabella Rose as the one. I think you will like her as much as I did.

  • 03/03/2017 - If we went back to 1939 we could enjoy (I use the term very loosely) the exploits of Yank Wilson, agent Q-4, aka 'Super Spy'. Or you can read those adventures here if you want.

  • 03/02/2017 - A really enjoyable 3-book series about an archivist and a secret organization and a not-so-respectable President joins the compendium. I enjoyed and think you will, too, learning of Beecher White and his fascinating world.

  • 02/24/2017 - Let us go back a half century to 1966 and a very short-lived spy comic book series with a cool gimmick - cybernetics. Now, they called it a 'electro-robot' but that does not matter because Spyman was not around long enough to care. Still, nowadays, it is kinda fun to look back.

  • 02/22/2017 - A companion series to Corps Justice which joined a couple days ago is that of Daniel Briggs, a pony-tailed former Marine sniper with his own story. Please welcome this quiet but highly efficient gentleman to the compendium.

  • 02/19/2017 - It is good to have a little magic in your life. It certainly is the case for John Force, aka Magic Agent, an operative working in the comic book realm during the early to mid 60s. Please welcome this medallion-holding fellow to the compendium.

  • 02/17/2017 - A group of kick-butt do-not-tread-on-me guys who often do small (and not so small) covert jobs for the President joins the compendium. Please welcome the folks from Corps Justice.

  • 02/14/2017 - Today we head back in time again for a two-issue, four-adventure romp with John Steele, aka Freedom Agent. The time is 1963-1964 and the adversaries are the usual suspects but the stories are solid and the artwork just darned good. Please welcome Freedom Agent to the compendium.

  • 02/12/2017 - A very fun, fast reading series about a gift-shop manager turned FBI agent turned cloak and dagger avoider is the offering today. I very much recommend this two-book series from the early 70s written by a science fiction master. Please welcome Tony Hawkin to the compendium.

  • 02/11/2017 - Let us go again back 70+ years to before WWII and witness the service of Don Davis, Espionage Ace. This man is interesting to me because he kept changing bosses. Army Intel, Navy Intel, War Department Intel, British Intel, F.B.I., Secret Service, State Department, and finally a totally new one. Please welcome this gadfly to the compendium.

  • 02/09/2017 - The latest entrant into this compendium is a former Special Forces soldier whose dad was just murdered and who wants to know who and why. He also just inherited a multi-billion dollar company. Please welcome Thomas Gunn.

  • 02/06/2017 - Preliminary report on two folks, a man and a woman, who work for the CIA. They each has unique talents that make them very interesting to follow. Please welcome Fox & Parris to the compendium.

  • 02/05/2017 - On this Super Bowl Sunday, I take great pleasure in not watching the pre-game festivities and adding to the compendium a delightful cozy-mystery series that strays into the spy-fiction realm enough to qualify for my flexible requirements. Lady Georgiana, 35th in line for the crown, is a wonderful excursion into the early 30s British upper crust and sometimes cloak and dagger-ing.

  • 02/04/2017 - Another excursion into the past brings us the latest new entry in the compendium. From just before WWII comes Captain Bruce Blackburn and his plastic-surgery-enabled twin, Lt. Jackson. Blackburn is definitely the star of the series but poor never-reveal-a-first-name Jackson deserves a shout-out as well.

  • 01/29/2017 - A writer who already had one impressive series in this compendium created another chap who more than deserves reading. David Shirazi is a CIA agent of Iranian descent who must deal with that nation's nuclear weapons aspirations. Please give him a welcome and a look-see.

  • 01/23/2017 - First, a Happy Birthday to my sister, Karen. It's amazing now how many years we've known each other. Now, on to business. This newest entry into the compendium goes by the series name of Codename Files because you never learn the hero's name. Odd, that, but the series is fun.

  • 01/21/2017 - Most good government assassins must be cold-blooded, able to keep their emotions in check as they take another human being's life. In the case of Noah Wolf, that is not a hard task because he is incapable of feeling anything. Please welcome this cold, deadly, but entertaining fellow and his teammates to the compendium.

  • 01/20/2017 - From 76 years ago comes a 4-issue comic series about British Agent 99. No, this is not a U.K. version of Barbara Feldon's wonderful character from Get Smart. This is Alan Douglas, a swashbuckling actor turned wartime secret agent.

  • 01/07/2017 - I was just starting a new series when I decided to take a side trip and grab another comic book series to chat about. This new entrant to the compendium is an odd one because despite the title of Spy Hunters, there is not much spy business going on. I am not sure what the intent of the series was but it surely got changed along the way.

  • 01/05/2017 - Another reach of more than 70 years takes place as I present to you for your reading enjoyment a companion series to the just entered X-5. This is another agent with a similar name and similar style. Please welcome G-5.

  • 01/02/2017 - I reach back into the past and grab a very short-run comic spy/agent for this next entrant into the compendium. Please say hello to X-5.

  • 01/01/2017 - Happy New Year! Let's welcome in this new set of days and adventures with a new member to the compendium - actually a pair of intrepid souls who work for The Project, Nick Carter and Selena Connor.

  • 12/31/2016 - As the final entry for this less than stellar year, I give you a 3-book series that was recommended to me some time ago and which I finally got down from the digital shelf. Please welcome the two brothers most involved with Red Cell Seven and then step back. People near either of them tend to get shot.

  • 12/29/2016 - For your reading pleasure I present another comic spy from the early years - this time 1939-1941. Please welcome resourceful and adventurous Richard Anthony, aka secret agent D-13 to the compendium.

  • 12/28/2016 - Since my area of interest in spy fiction has been in print format, one of my favorite television series has not fit. Recently I discovered that a short comic book series was made, putting it now inside my grasp! Please welcome the inimitable and highly entertaining MacGyver.

  • 12/27/2016 - A five-book series about a veteran CIA agent and his family joins the compendium. I have had some of these books for some time and they have longed deserved reading. This Christmas break, they got it. Please welcome Bob Danforth.

  • 12/18/2016 - A very bland spy-hunter is the latest entrant into this compendium. Red-headed agent for the F.B.I. specializing in chasing down enemy saboteurs and operatives, he graced the pages of the new Flash comic back in 1940. Please welcome Cliff Cornwall.

  • 12/16/2016 - My friend and frequent contributor, Johny Malone, pointed out that I had not made an announcement some time back when I added Augustus Mandrell to the site. My bad! This is a terrific series about a character who is so deserving of reading that the good folks at Ostara Publishing have been nice enough to re-release. Please check these books out as you welcome this masterful assassin to the compendium.

  • 12/16/2016 - I noticed that my site was no longer accepting your grades and comments due to a bug I introduced in August. It has been fixed. I apologize for the oops.

  • 12/11/2016 - What an incredible series I present to you today. Comprised of two books, the first a full-length novel and the second a collection of stories and novellas, this is a dynamite character and one that I took far too long to get to know. Please welcome Michael Gallatin, an agent with British Intelligence during WWII who happens to also be a werewolf. My goodness, what a great series.

  • 12/10/2016 - A fan of Wayne Stinnett's books, I am pleased to add another of his series. Charity Styles is a character first introduced in the Jesse McDermitt series but now she is on her own and I like 'em. Please welcome her to the compendium.

  • 12/06/2016 - My friend, E. Baron, a very frequent contributor of loads of cool info on the spy series herein, has pointed out I had not yet mentioned the new Odds&Ends section on some of the series, like James Bond. This is meant to hold interesting items that do not fit the other categories. If you know of such things about any of the series, please let me know so they can be added.

  • 12/05/2016 - We head back in time with this latest entry into the compendium. Sydney Horler was a dynamo with it came to writing thrillers in the 30s and 40s and he would give us several spy series to consume (I am still consuming some of them) but none lasted as long as Tiger Standish. Please welcome this renowned soccer player and part-time operative.

  • 12/02/2016 - With some amusement and not a little bit of embarrassment, I present a new member to the compendium. Boomerang is the name this costumed Intelligence agent from 1944 assumes. Why is never explained.

  • 11/25/2016 - Recovering from some incredible cooking by my wife and our two grown daughters, I bring to you an unlikely but still fun series about an agent who can kick the stuffing (notice the segue) out of anything. Please welcome to this compendium the six-book series about Sarah Hill, aka Agent Hill.

  • 11/19/2016 - From very old to quite new, although the character in question has been around a very long time. Dick Grayson, aka Robin, aka Nightwing, spent a couple of years recently as a secret agent for the intelligence organization known as Spyral. As a result, he earned membership into the compendium.

  • 11/18/2016 - My goodness! Have we gone back in time for this next inductee into the compendium. In fact, it is the earliest series I have yet found having been started in 1905. That is 111 years ago. Please welcome 'diplomatic agent' Yorke Norroy (no, that is no typo).

  • 11/13/2016 - Have I got a series for you!!! Now, this one is just barely a series right now (one book and one short story) but another book is on the way early next year. And the one book we have is so darn good, I can hardly contain my enthusiasm. Please welcome Orphan X, akd Evan Smoak, aka the Nowhere Man. He is good enough to deserve three monikers.

  • 11/11/2016 - Greetings to you on this Veteran's Day. A huge thanks to those men and women who served and to those serving today. I had fun reconnecting with a few old Navy buddies. My Lord, have we not aged? How the heck did that happen? But also a solemn and sincere thanks to those whose service took them from us. Their sacrifice is not forgotten.

  • 11/05/2016 - Trevor Scott, the author who gives us Jake Adams adventures, also gave us this three-book series about a gun designer who gets asked to help out and ends up in lots of danger. Please welcome Chad Hunter to the compendium.

  • 11/01/2016 - We reach into the past for this latest member of the compendium. 1939, to be exact. The adventures are brought to us by the gifted hands of prolific author John Creasey. The six-book series concerns Bruce Murdoch. Please say hello.

  • 10/24/2016 - From the comic book spy world comes another entry, this time a group of female agents (and a token male) called Danger Girl. A couple of the stories are quite good and if you are at all as immature as I am, most of the artwork is, ah, eye-catching.

  • 10/22/2016 - After too long of a break (sickness and death in the family, a wedding, a hurricane - interesting end to summer) I bring you a terrific series that I loved a lot and think you will. Please welcome Tucker Wayne and his friend, Cain. Do not pet Cain without permission.

  • 10/11/2016 - Some series I add with pride. Some I add to make my site as complete as I can. James Bond Jr. falls into the latter class. I did not care for this series meant for juveniles because it was not very good but it exists and so here it is.

  • 09/18/2016 - With considerable pleasure I present to you the latest member of the compendium, a private investigator who is also married to the Chief Executive. Please welcome the President's Henchman, James McGill.

  • 09/13/2016 - On the 13th of this month (albeit a Tuesday), I present to you the latest member of this compendium, Lady Satan. I hope you enjoy the write-up as much as I had writing it.

  • 09/05/2016 - It is Labor Day and I have been laboring on bringing you another series. Okay, not that much of a labor. And it is the same series, sort of, that I presented yesterday. Katarina Armstrong is the name of a comicbook character that is likely a descendant of yesterday's entrant and uses his covername. Please welcome Spy Smasher II - note the "II" is my appendage, not hers. She would say she is second to no one.

  • 09/04/2016 - As I prepare to enjoy Labor Day by just doing not much of anything, I bring to you a series that goes back quite a way - to 1940! It is another comicbook spy series and since it is from way back, it is in the public domain which means you can read it yourself if you wish. Please welcome Alan Armstrong, better known as Spy Smasher.

  • 08/28/2016 - Reaching back to the period of my adolescence, I bring you an enjoyable juvenile-intended series about a young agent named Christopher Cool who works for a CIA division called TEEN. They are fun!

  • 08/24/2016 - I have a very enjoyable series to present to you fellow spy-fi fans. Maggie Hope is a five-book series that enchants and captivates and brings you back for more with ease. This is not a thrill-a-minute series but it has many darn good plot lines and a lot of very interesting characters and the writing is top notch. Please welcome Ms. Hope to the compendium.

  • 08/20/2016 - I have been reading a fair amount the last couple of weeks, spreading my time between several series to be added. One of them is today's new member of the compendium. Please welcome a young lady from the early 70s, the delectable Cherry Delight.

  • 08/08/2016 - Sometimes I like to blare out the arrival of an especially good series. Other times, like now, I just kinda say, "here is so-and-so." So, here is Lt. Drake of the Naval Intelligence. Not sure why the article "the" was in the title but it was so it is. This comic from '39-'41 is in the public domain so you can read the stories yourself if you wish.

  • 08/01/2016 - A frequent contributor and terrific fact-finder for this site reminded me that I had not mentioned we had added a couple of new sections to each character page. Just for fun, we now list, as we learn of them, Games and Collectibles. Check out these items on those pages for which we have items, like The Man From U.N.C.L.E., John Drake aka Danger Man, and of course James Bond.

  • 07/31/2016 - As July 2016 comes to a close, I present to the compendium the interesting case of Jack Higgins' Simon Vaughan. What makes him interesting? Check him/them out to see.

  • 07/28/2016 - With a fair amount of grimacing, I introduce the latest member of the compendium. It is a comic from the early 40s, now in the public domain which means you can have the misfortune of reading them here, You are not likely to believe Don Q. I didn't.

  • 07/23/2016 - I have a very long list of series to be added, series I have collected but have not yet read so cannot speak about. To let people know of these series that are coming, I have created a "Coming" section.

  • 07/11/2016 - Incredibly talented author Charles Cumming has created a new agent well worth following. Three adventures exist so far. Please say hello to Thomas Kell of MI6, well, formerly and sometimes still.

  • 07/10/2016 - There is very little of this comicbook series to get a grip on but what there is about Madam Zero is now a part of the compendium. Please say hi.

  • 07/05/2016 - Having enjoyed a very nice 4th of July with family, I return to my hobby of finding spy series and I have found a winner. Actually, I found it a while back when it was recommended to me. I just now enter it. I am slow! Please welcome a very kick-butt operative named Alex Morgan to the compendium.

  • 07/01/2016 - Sitting near my desk for far too long is a television series that any spy fan should already know about, complete with a couple of books by a very accomplished author. Please welcome Homeland finally to the compendium.

  • 06/24/2016 - A former Army Ranger and experienced fighter turned college professor and activist joins the compendium with a two-book series. Please welcome Ethan Stone.

  • 06/08/2016 - Coming just a couple of days after I had the Black Widow join, I introduce for membership the second woman from Russia's training program to use that title. Yelena Belova is another reason to sit back and enjoy a truly fun set of kick-butt-ing.

  • 06/04/2016 - I was asked some time ago by two different people why, if I had Nick Fury in the compendium, did I not have the Black Widow. I answered that I planned to. Now I have. Please welcome a woman who, no matter what name or spelling she goes by, is one heckuva fun person to watch.

  • 05/30/2016 - A Good Memorial Day to you all. I hope you will join me in spending some time remembering and thanking those who gave their lives so we can live ours. Then perhaps you might enjoy checking out the latest addition to the compendium. This is Black X, an impressively long-running series about a very interesting secret agent before, during, and after WWII. Since it is in the Public Domain, you can read the adventures yourself on this site.

  • 05/28/2016 - A fun, entertaining two-book series from 2005-2007 comes into the group today. I enjoyed it and I think you will, too. Please welcome Dan Dailey to the compendium.

  • 05/22/2016 - A funny take on British female spy life from nearly a decade ago comes into the compendium. Please welcome with a good grin ready the lovely Sophie Green.

  • 05/21/2016 - We head back to the world of comic book spies or, in this case, "famous adventurer of the air" who sometimes does things for the U.S. government. Please welcome Ace McCoy.

  • 05/14/2016 - After a long time in development, my new site written in Asp.Net is active. The old one had been created back in 2001 and modified over the years but the language was woefully antiquated. The new one is up to date. Of course, I am sure there are lots of bugs. I found one in Registration right away. I will fix as I (and others) find.

  • 05/01/2016 - On this May Day, raining where I am so I get to stay indoors and read, I bring you a six short adventure comic series about Armstrong of the Army, published by D.C. comics in the days leading up to and into American involvement in WWII.

  • 04/30/2016 - As we close out April, I bring you to a three-book series about an antiquities expert. Ayesha Ryder is a woman who has seen a lot, done a lot, survived a lot. She does not seek the kinds of excitement and adventure that life throws at her but she does not seem to duck, either.

  • 04/05/2016 - What a fantastic series I have to add to the compendium tonight. The same man who gave us the very, very good Harry Tate books has given us a new character that is totally different and even better. I cannot say enough good about Marc Portman. Do yourself a favor and check him out.

  • 03/12/2016 - I know you should not judge a book by its cover but the three covers for this latest addition to the compendium really make me want to read the books. Or at least look at them. A lot! Please welcome Evie Evans.

  • 03/05/2016 - The beautiful Chinese agent Li Mei joins the compendium today. She is quite an interesting character and her books are really unique so check her out.

  • 02/20/2016 - Back to the world of prose and a heckuva fun series with currently 8 books on the shelves and more, I hope, to come. I liked Jesse McDermitt and I hope you do, too. Please welcome this former jar-head to the compendium.

  • 02/19/2016 - Another denizen of the Comic Universe joins the compendium today. Sarge Steel is a private eye turned secret agent with one pretty obvious physical trait - he has a steel left hand. And he knows how to use it!

  • 02/15/2016 - After some time of not adding a non-comicbook character to the compendium, I give you a two-book series about a guy who is not really liked by anyone, myself included. Please say hello to Nick McQueen.

  • 02/14/2016 - I have been busy reading non-spy books and keeping up with the latest from established series. I also have been having a blast searching out and finding a ton of comicbook spy series from the 30s on to today. A short series with two juvenile books and a handful of comics is the International Spy featuring Doctor Doom [not Victor Von Doom of Fantastic Four fame]. Since he is in the Public Domain, I have included the adventures of his I have.

  • 01/21/2016 - A good decade before the previous inductee was working, Sandra of the Secret Service, aka Sandra McLane, was a woman pulled into the cloak and dagger work by accident who found she really loved it. Please welcome this comic book heroine from 1935!

  • 01/17/2016 - A very enjoyable and quite different comicbook spy joins the compendium today. From the late 40s comes a female agent who can more than take care of herself. Please welcome Starr Flagg, Undercover Girl.

  • 01/16/2016 - Another short run comic spy joins the group today. Jerry Malone, aka Counterspy has two adventures to relate. These are in the Public Domain.

  • 01/15/2016 - On this Ides of January, I have added to the three (so far) comics that are in the Public Domain the actual pages of the comics. If you go to a character's page, currently for Miss Espionage, Blitz Buster, and Black Friday, and then click on any of the issue images, you get a larger view of the cover/first page and below it, the ability to read each of the pages that I have found. Please enjoy. Note - for those comics NOT in the Public Domain, no such viewing is possible.

  • 01/01/2016 - Happy New Year! I wish to all those who visit my site a wonderful year to come filled with great new spy series to enjoy. A great start is this addition to the compendium, Velvet Templeton, an incredible agent who may have retired from the field but is still no one to mess with. It is an ongoing comic series from Image Comics with the first two story arcs released in trade paperback format. I loved it!

  • 12/31/2015 - I end this 2015 with a fantastic addition to the compendium. There are regrettably only two books in it but each book is unique and each is a joy to read. Please welcome and, when you get the chance, please pick up and read, The Cellar.

  • 12/28/2015 - While reading books as fast as family outings allow, I have also had fun with several comic books spy series that people have written to me about. Two of these comic series, each with two issues apiece, are Miss Espionage and Blitz Buster. Both of these are in the public domain and can be downloaded and read at Digital Comic Museum, a great site to visit.

  • 12/26/2015 - Happy Boxing Day, y'all. I have taken an unusual twist to my regular type of spy series with a small (2 item) addition that is only comic book. From 1940, please welcome Black Friday, King of spies.

  • 12/12/2015 - Thanks to a fellow spy-fi fan, and frequent contributor, I learned that a Raquel Welch movie from the mid 60's was really part of a planned series and came from the second, unfinished book therein. Please welcome the extremely alluring and dangerous Fathom.

  • 11/15/2015 - Just before the new James Bond movie, Spectre came out, I received an email talking about the watches various Bonds have worn. I share the address with you because it was a hoot to read. Check out Watches Of Bond.

  • 11/10/2015 - It has been a month since my last addition but boy have I got one now! I was absolutely and totally hooked in the first couple of pages and did not come up for air until five books and one novella had passed. Vanessa Michael Munroe is one of the most unique, fascinating, entertaining, and dangerous characters I have met in years and I cannot recommend this series strongly enough. Three letters might help: WOW.

  • 10/10/2015 - I present here an eight-book series about a private investigator who used to work for the DIA and who still finds himself pulled into missions that work with them or against the CIA. Please welcome Penn Gwinn.

  • 10/09/2015 - A two-book series about a lawyer specializing in cyber-crimes enters the compendium. Chris Bruen is not out to get involved in fighting international cyper-terrorists but he is pulled in nevertheless.

  • 10/05/2015 - A truly terrific and fun 2-book series joins the compendium today. I just finished the second book and really wished for more but I will just have to wait, impatiently, for a while as the author crafts another gem. Please welcome Sam Dryden to the group.

  • 09/19/2015 - Two totally different type of agents join the compendium this day. The first is a light-hearted, what-if two-book series which ponders the idea that before she met Jack, Jackie Bouvier might have worked for the CIA. The other is another two-book series about a British agent having to return to an area where he nearly died before and deal with people who would love to see him not living any more, Daniel Swann. Please welcome them both.

  • 09/13/2015 - A fun, fast-action five-book series of first justice and then more joins the compendium. Please welcome security consultant Tom Gray to the group.

  • 09/05/2015 - Two new fun spy series join the compendium this Labor Day weekend, both a lot of fun to read but each quite different from the other. First there is a young adult series about Kelly James, aka GiGi, one of the Specialists. The other is Blake Carver, a highly respected and experienced CIA operative pulled suddenly to work directly for the White House.

  • 08/29/2015 - In 1973, an author wrote a fun spy thriller about a cynical agent named Charles Remly. 30+ years later, he decided to revisit that man and so the two-book series joins the compendium. Please welcome him but do not be surprised if he acts a tad snarky.

  • 08/24/2015 - Colonel Buck Madison and his CIA analyst wife get into several very nasty scrapes in the four-book series joining this compendium today. Please welcome Buck & Dolly.

  • 08/21/2015 - An agent from down under joins the compendium. He has been waiting for some time but finally his order in the to-be-read stack came up and here we have a 3-book series about Jonas Blackthorne. The second book is quite hard to find (I haven't yet) but the first and third are available in ebook format.

  • 08/20/2015 - I am a big Jim Mullaney fan from his days as a Destroyer co-writer, creating the best stories since the first set. I am also a nut for pulp adventures. And, of course, I live on spy series. When I was gifted the first book in a pulp-style spy series by Mr. Mullaney, I leaped at it and shortly bought the next 4 books. Please welcome Patrick "Podge" Beckett, aka The Red Menace to the compendium.

  • 08/15/2015 - A fun, easy to read series about two ATF agents who routinely get involved in cases outside their normal jurisdiction, enough to warrant membership her, joins the compendium. Please welcome Barclay & Neilson.

  • 08/05/2015 - Having made a significant milestone, it is time to move past it. #801 is Agent 806. I mean, the 801st series to enter this compendium is Olesia Anderson, codename Agent 806. Please welcome her, but do it respectfully. She can be a tad touchy.

  • 07/28/2015 - Well! #800!!! Who'da thunk it? There are still dozens more to come but for now, I will enjoy the thought of so many incredible series talked about in this compendium. Joining this group as #800 is Steve Dane. Please welcome him.

  • 07/25/2015 - Today we have three series joining the compendium, all worth the time to check them out and enjoy really good adventure and suspense. Valerie Plame, herself a CIA case officer, and Sarah Lovett bring us a two-book series about Vanessa Pierson. The great talent of Douglas Preston gives us a four-book series about Wyman Ford. And Scott Matthews has a three-book series about Adam Drake, an attorney who gets involved in some interesting cases. Please welcome them!

  • 07/23/2015 - A three-book series filled with terrific action and even better characters joins the compendium. Please welcome Grace Chu and John Knox, each of whom becomes a Risk Agent.

  • 07/18/2015 - Put in lots of comments on two series who have been waiting for a while, Aydan Kelly and Steven Cross. I also added two new series to the compendium which I hope you will check out: Agent M and Scott Wolfe.

  • 07/13/2015 - I have not read enough to do justice to the write up for a new series that I am enjoying but I thought I would add Lexi Carmichael to the compendium now. Please welcome her and please check out the books!

  • 07/11/2015 - A six-book series about a hotel expert and undercover operative joins the compendium. These books are really short adventures, more like hefty novellas, but they are super fast reads. Please welcome Hunter Blacke.

  • 07/09/2015 - A trained warrior who cannot remember who he is becomes a very deadly assassin in this three-book series about Matthew Cain.

  • 07/08/2015 - Another exciting series from J. Robert Kennedy, this one actually preceding the one about Dylan Kane, joins the compendium. James Acton is a professor of archeology but he gets involved in lots of things that more than make him eligible for membership.

  • 07/05/2015 - A terrific two book series about a con man's son who uses the tricks his father taught him to take on some pretty nasty bad guys joins this compendium. Please welcome Rollie Waters to the group. His adventures are a lot of fun.

  • 07/04/2015 - Happy Birthday, America! I am enjoying a quiet holiday morning adding to this site about fictitious heroes while I am appreciating the freedom I enjoy, made possible by the real heroes out there. Thanks to all of you!

  • 07/03/2015 - Continuing my resumption of adding series to this compendium. The exploits of '30s hero (written in the '80s), Agent 13, written by Flint Dille and David Marconi, are a lot of good escapist fun.

  • 07/01/2015 - Happy Canada Day!

  • 06/28/2015 - In the last month I have been quite ill, got better and went on a vacation where I almost immediately got ill again and then, returning to work, had a backlog of stuff to do. At the same time, GoDaddy, my host provider, informed me support for the Access database I used was being dropped so I had to convert all my data (a lot) to MySql and rewrite my pages to handle that. So, my reading dropped a bunch and no new series were added. Until now. Please welcome Dan Morgan, a very well-written series (I am part way through the books) by Leo J. Maloney, to the compendium.

  • 05/09/2015 - A veteran CIA operative with five adventures chronicled joins the compendium. Please welcome Robert Cuma's Steven Cross.

  • 05/09/2015 - Thanks go out to Chris who pointed out that his copies of the Peter Townend books about the reported Quest have his first name as Philip while I have it Peter. I had it wrong. I own the books and they definitely have his name as Philip. I read the books, albeit years ago but I still messed up. It has been corrected.

  • 05/08/2015 - I've been "meaning" to read Jerome J. Foody's series about CIA agent Jeremiah Flynn but while I was dawdling, his agent has been busy and now there are nine books in the series. Please welcome a long over-do member to the compendium.

  • 04/20/2015 - A talented female agent who is also a practiced psychic joins the compendium today. MI6 agent Tana Standish is an operative during the Cold War who must deal with enemy agents as well as other psychics.

  • 04/17/2015 - A product of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland, Declan McIver, a former member of a group called Black Shuck, joins the compendium today with a preliminary write-up.

  • 04/07/2015 - A lot of reading has been going on as well as a ton of clean-up work on the site but no new entries have been made for the past month. That ends today with a blast from the past. The series started half a century ago but deals with events 100 years before that. Please welcome to this site Jim West and Artemus Gordon, known to many of us as the Wild Wild West.

  • 03/07/2015 - I have been planning to read Mark Sava series for some time but kept putting it off for some incredibly dumb reason. Finally, I started reading and was totally hooked. It is terrific. If you have not already, check it out! And please welcome a really good series to the compendium.

  • 02/28/2015 - One of my favorite writers, Brett Battles, has joined with another skilled and experienced author, Robert Gregory Browne, to give us this two-book series about a very interesting woman named Alexandra Poe. Please welcome her. Politely.

  • 02/21/2015 - Following a couple of days later the entry of the Man from C.A.M.P., I bring yet another sexpionage series though I could give very little information as I cannot afford the books. Please welcome Phil Scott, Secret Agent xx96. If anyone knows anything more about him, please let us all know.

  • 02/17/2015 - Fellow spy fan Darrel sent me an email about a series from the 60's, Jackie Holmes, The Man from C.A.M.P., a 10-books series I had never heard of. Thanks, Darrel!

  • 01/30/2015 - A lot of reading of some really good books, some spy and some not, has filled my January with great entertainment. One of those set of books came from Jacques Antoine who has given us the newest member of this compendium, the young and dangerous Emily Kane. Check her out!

  • 01/03/2015 - Happy New Year! A couple days late, but hey! I have been enjoying the three-book (so far) series about an FBI agent catching and turning spies from Russia. Please welcome J. J. McCall by S. D. Skye. I hope she sticks around a while. She is a lot of fun.

  • 12/28/2014 - A two-book series about a retired operative named Adam Wolf joins the compendium today. The stories are more crime novel than spy-fi but his training as an agent definitely are needed to keep him alive. I liked the books a bunch.

  • 12/26/2014 - Highly addictive and entertaining action author Jack Higgins joined up with another very experienced author, Justin Richards, to bring us a couple years ago a 4-book series about twin teenage children of a spy, kids who are forced by circumstance to enter their father's unhealthy world. They are the Chance Twins, Rich and Jade.

  • 12/23/2014 - A really, really good cross between spy-fi and sci-fi and horror joins the collection today. Noted horror/sci-fi author Jonathan Maberry was nice enough to give us a (so-far) six book series about an agent named Joe Ledger who works for the Department of Military Sciences which deals with very unusual problems. One of which has Ledger having to kill a terrorist twice.

  • 12/21/2014 - Another spy series by Dennis Wheatley joins the compendium, this time about the adventurer and occasional spy Duke de Richleau. It is an 11-book series that started in 1935 and went until 1970.

  • 12/18/2014 - A often light-hearted but sometimes darned intense series about a middle-aged female bookkeeper who gets more involved in spy work than she really wants joins the compendium. I am enjoying the books, of which there are currently 8. I hope you do as well. Please welcome Aydan Kelly by Diane Henders.

  • 12/17/2014 - W.E.B.Griffin created several fantastic series over many years. One of the, about Charley Castillo, aka the President's Agent, joined this compendium years ago. Now two more series are presented, both about operatives in the OSS during WWII. Though both have main characters that drive the adventures, both are known by different titles. Please welcome Men At War and Honor Bound.

  • 12/11/2014 - A three-pack of series from the same author, Fritz Galt, make their way into the compendium. Two of them are related as they deal with brothers, both in the CIA; Mick Pierce and Alec Pierce. The third is about a college student, Brad West, who falls in love with a Chinese pilot and falls in trouble a lot.

  • 12/07/2014 - After trying his hand at spy fiction with Tiger Mann, Mickey Spillane took another break from Mike Hammer novels with Morgan The Raider, a modern-day pirate with apparently first name. He started a sequel but never finished it. Forty years later, Max Allan Collins was allowed to complete the second Morgan adventure.

  • 12/06/2014 - We have in this collection an agent who is a vampire. We have one who is a werewolf. Now we add one who is not a zombie but, boy!, does he fight a bunch of them. Chad Halverson is pretty good (and intense) for those who like reading about the zombie apocalypse.

  • 12/04/2014 - It takes a pretty impressive operative to go up against experienced agents who go rogue and Mark Cole is such a man. He has three adventures out so far about him.

  • 11/30/2014 - Greg Rucka, the man who gave us the terrific Tara Chace adventures, has created a new character of whom two books are out. Please welcome Jad Bell.

  • 11/26/2014 - Though he is not a spy by profession, you would never notice it by the trouble he gets into. Please welcome to this group Gage Hartline in a, so far, two-book series.

  • 11/25/2014 - Before the young people of CHERUB spied their way around the world, the founder of that organization, Charles Henderson, was knee deep in trouble during WWII and to carry out his mission, he banded together Henderson's Boys.

  • 11/24/2014 - Over a decade ago, two very unusual characters were introduced to the spy world, one a trained and competent agent and the other .. not so much. They are now available again in ebook format. Please welcome Hardin and Knight in a three-book series.

  • 11/22/2014 - Despite the books being incredible, I held out adding the terrific spy novels by Alan Furst because they were not a series as I normally consider it. I've had my mind changed and I am pleased to add to the compendium the Night Soldiers.

  • 11/19/2014 - An odd addition to this compendium is presented today. The same man, Robert Tralins, who gave us the Girl from SIS also gave us six adventures of an industrial spy, or counter-spy, named Valentine Flynn. They are kind of a hoot but risqué only if you are stuck in the 60s.

  • 11/09/2014 - After another sojourn non-spy fiction genres (a three-book sci-fi jaunt as well as an Urban Legend, as I think it is called, series [vampires are among us!]), I present to you preliminary info on two series. The first is a young adult series by action adventure expert Chris Ryan dealing with Zak Darke, Agent 21. The second is from the late 60s - early 70s about a British barrister, Martin Ainsworth, who is approached by British Intelligence to help out a time or two.

  • 10/11/2014 - Two new series are inducted into this compendium, both well worthy of membership. The first is a former thief turned SEAL turned CIA agent turned thief, Robin Monarch by Mark Sullivan with three books and three novellas. The second series is another CIA agent, this one trained in rescuing hostages in very hostile situations, Ryan Drake by Will Jordan.

  • 09/27/2014 - Preliminary information on three more series was entered today. Each of these have three books. They are Scott Roarke by Gary Grossman, Hadrian Black from Roger Vallon, and Daniel Shandon by Vance Duplechin. Please welcome all of them.

  • 09/26/2014 - After some time reading lots of different topics, I am adding several series in the next week or so. I just have preliminary comments of most of them. Starting it off, please welcome a private spook named Jason Peters by Gregg Loomis and CIA agent Alex Law by Kent Harrington. Both series have 3 books.

  • 09/13/2014 - My friend and fellow spy enthusiast, Johny Malone, host of unaplagadeespias, told me about the new Malko books being released in English. The details that I have were added today. Thanks, Johny, and thanks to those bringing English readers more Malko.

  • 09/10/2014 - The two-book series about Raymond Ingelram, better known as Rogue Male comes to this site. Though the time separation in the two adventures is roughly 3 years, the time between the writing is 40+ years! The second book is quite worth reading. The first book is such a fantastic hunter-hunted adventure, it should be considered mandatory.

  • 08/28/2014 - I have been reading like crazy but several of the books have been non-spy series (yes, I do still read other things). However, I have added recently preliminary entries on two young adult spy series: the two-book novelization series of the movies about Cody Banks and the very impressive 10+ book series about a group of spies who are all underage, CHERUB.

  • 08/07/2014 - After having worked on it for some time, I am pleased to add to this compendium a most fascinating series from nearly 80 years ago. Please welcome the inimitable Mr. Moto who is very very happy to meet you. Please be very very careful how you treat him, though, as Mr. Moto is very very good at what he does. In case you were wondering, Mr. Moto uses the double adverb a lot!

  • 08/04/2014 - A series from a couple of years ago about a husband-and-wife team working for the President has joined the group. Please check out R.L.Tyler's Vince and Cat.

  • 07/30/2014 - Preliminary data was recently entered on an interesting spy from the 30-50s, Gregory Sallust by British author Dennis Wheatley. I am still writing on it but thought I would tell people about it now.

  • 07/26/2014 - E. Baron sent me information about more Derek Flint items that have been around for a bit but I never knew about - a made-for-tv movie and a single-issue comic book. Thanks for the heads-up! The entry has been updated.

  • 07/21/2014 - I have been asked on a few occasions why I do not have Simon Templar, the Saint, in this compendium. As much as I love the character (I have all the books and have read most of them) I did not think he had done enough "spy" stuff to warrant it. Finally I went over every novel, novella, and short story and made a list to see how many were at all cloak and daggerish. By far and away enough were so, with considerable pleasure, I present to you Simon Templar, the Saint.

  • 07/17/2014 - A trilogy about a male operative making a break from his secret, illegal organization and the struggles to pull it off is the latest entry into this compendium. Please welcome Sebastian Hannar, the Ninth Orphan.

  • 07/01/2014 - Two new series are added today though both of them have just the preliminary data about them and some of that may be wrong. I am reading them but thought I would say something now so please welcome WR Park's Rance Colby, a 5-book series, and William Esmont's two-book series about Kurt Vetter.

  • 06/18/2014 - I have just finished reading the second of two terrific spy books being reprinted by the University of Chicago Press in connection with the British Library as part of their Spy Classics series. The Great Impersonation and The Spy Paramount, both by the terrific E. Phillips Oppenheim from the 1930's, were incredible reads that I would recommend to any lover of spy-fi. Mr. Oppenheim, who is sadly hardly known to most readers, was a fantastic talent in the era and neither he nor his books should be forgotten. I cannot suggest strongly enough to get you to check them out.

  • 06/15/2014 - Two young people, separate series, join the compendium today. Both of them are designed for the teenage market but both are well deserving of entry here as they are truly enjoyable. Please welcome Cammie Morgan of the Gallagher Girls and say another hello to Alex Rider, agent of MI6.

  • 06/02/2014 - Some months ago I went against my self-imposed rule about only dealing with spy series that take place at least some after WWII. This was with the impressive series of short stories in the Ashenden series. I continue my foray deeper into the past with one of the first series to really make a difference in the fictional world, the terrific tales of Richard Hannay by John Buchan. There will be more pre-WWII series to come but after Ashenden, there is none I would suggest stronger than Sir Richard.

  • 05/30/2014 - A soldier working with Army Intelligence is selected to go to work with a highly secret division of the DIA in the series about Jim Chapel. Tons of action extremely well written. A great page turner.

  • 05/25/2014 - Though written in the past year, the series introduced today in this compendium is about a "beatnik spy" named Gunner Quinn, a jazz musician and oft-times agent pressed into service by the CIA, taking place in the mid 50's. Good writing and good storytelling.

  • 05/20/2014 - It was not very long ago I welcomed John Milton to this compendium. In the latest of that series' books is a tale co-starring Beatrix Rose, a former agent with more than just an axe to grind. I loved the tale but wanted more. The author has been kind enough to deliver. Please welcome Ms. Rose - but do it politely as she is not one to annoy.

  • 05/14/2014 - From one of the fertile minds that forty-plus years ago gave me one of my all-time favorite character, the incredible and not-to-be-believed The Destroyer, comes a related series about the lead character's two children and the path they now walk. It is similar to their father but different enough to be unique. I have enjoyed and think you will, too, the The Destroyer - Legacy series. Please welcome this new series to the compendium.

  • 05/02/2014 - I do not believe I mentioned it but a few days ago I added the preliminary information about a really good two-book series by David Hagberg and Senator Byron Dorgan. I just finished my write-up on it so please welcome Nate Osborne, sheriff of Billings County, North Dakota.

  • 04/28/2014 - While I am still working on my preliminary write-up about the series, I wanted to introduce the books in the 11-book action-packed series about the former SAS, then undercover cop, then MI5-connected agent Spider Shepherd.

  • 04/14/2014 - A terrific series, if you enjoy British adventures from the Sixties like I do, joins the group. The six-book series about steeplechase jockey and horse owner, and part-time spy for British Intelligence, Richard Graham is a lot of fun to read. I have not completed my write-up as I am in the middle of reading it but will do so soon.

  • 03/17/2014 - Over the years I have had quite a few very unique series to enjoy and write about. Today I bring to you one that is very much a unique experience, one that I truly enjoyed immensely. Nathaniel Cade is an agent for the President, sworn to protect this nation until his final day, which may be a while since he is a vampire. Written by Christopher Farnsworth, this three-book (so far) series had me totally hooked from the first page and never let go. I really enjoyed it a lot. It is a great vampire series which is also a pretty awesome spy series as well. I truly recommend it as a change of pace and a source of good entertainment.

  • 03/01/2014 - After a couple weeks catching up on new books in much loved series (like Steve Carver and Jonathan Quinn), I pulled another series from the to-be-read shelf and present to you the three books about investigator/international negotiator David Martini. Written in the mid-to-late 60s by Colin Forbes under a penname (okay, even Forbes is a penname), they are entertaining books by a man on his way to becoming a master.

  • 02/19/2014 - The northernmost North American country provides the latest entry into this compendium. Justin Hall is a member of the Canadian Intelligence Service, an agent who specializes in the heat of North Africa though the first novel takes place in his own country's frigid upper region.

  • 02/14/2014 - Happy Valentine's Day. The newest entry in this compendium is someone you would never associate with hearts and flowers as his life as an agent for the Russian military and as a criminal with the Russian mob is not a very romantic one. Please welcome the incredibly addictive Volk.

  • 02/12/2014 - Last month I added the highly enjoyable series about Jack Noble. One of its supporting cast members has her own book now and, combined with the large roles she plays in his series, I decided to invite her to join us. Please welcome, but do not antagonize, Clarissa Abbot.

  • 01/23/2014 - Have I got a series for you! At least I enjoyed the heck out of it and I think you may as well. It is about a government assassin named John Milton who says so long to the Service despite being told no one leaves. It is about his life on the lam and it is a terrific read that kept my attention through three books without any lull. Please welcome this former agent to the group.

  • 01/22/2014 - Darren wrote to me and pointed out that I had not told anyone about Ostara Publishing's re-release of the first two books in the David Callan series. This is part of their Top Notch Thrillers imprint and its editor, Mike Ripley, had told me about it some time ago and I posted reviews about them on Amazon. But I did not mention in these pages. What a doofus! If you have not read the Callan series, you owe it to yourself. Darn fine writing.

  • 01/05/2014 - A belated Happy New Year to everyone reading this. I was going to bring this new member into the fold a few days ago after I read the first couple of books but I am now almost finished with the sixth book and I am forcing myself to stop reading long enough to ask you to welcome freelance operative Jack Noble.

  • 12/31/2013 - As the year ends, a two-book series about a vending machine driver turned geopolitical analyst joins the group. Please welcome Casey Shenk to the compendium.

  • 12/30/2013 - Please welcome the beautiful and highly resourceful CIA agent and full-time super-model Jaclyn Johnson, available in e-book format. She comes to this collection with four novels and a novella to entertain us.

  • 12/29/2013 - Arie was kind enough to send me information of the passing in October of prolific spy author, Gerard de Villiers, creator and writer of the Malko series. Scott sent me information of a book each, along with great scans, in the Michael Berresford and Stephen Fletcher series. My appreciation to both.

  • 12/27/2013 - Belated Merry Christmas to all. My apologies to the authors of about 8 series that I added quite some time ago. I somehow messed up my database for those entries and the wrong books appeared in the listing. I have hopefully corrected that. I have also been busy reading so I might have new series to write about. And I have been clearing up some that needed comments added. Lots more series to come in this New Year.

  • 12/19/2013 - With considerable delight I bring to your notice a series from back in the 40's. Written with tremendous skill and amusement is this somewhat light-hearted mystery/espionage series about a young married couple who find far more trouble than they deserve. Please welcome to the compendium Arab and Andy Blake by Richard Powell.

  • 12/16/2013 - A very exciting, action-filled series currently available in ebook format joins the group today. With three books and one short story, there is a lot to enjoy with John Purkiss, nicknamed the Ratcatcher because it is his job to track down British spies who have gone off the reservation. And he is very good at it.

  • 12/09/2013 - I had thought for a long time I would bring to this compendium a character who, though there was only one book about him, had been a fictional spy for five decades and one I really enjoyed. It was after several of you asked about him that I finally added him. There is still work to do to add several dozen comic books but for now, please say hello to Nick Fury.

  • 12/07/2013 - A two-book series that just barely qualifies, IMHO, as a spy series but definitely qualifies as a darn good read joins the group today. Please welcome reporter Jack Warner to the compendium.

  • 12/05/2013 - Another bout of pneumonia or some such has laid me low this past Thanksgiving and messed with my reading as well as my socializing with family - both acts of vicious sabotage. Oh well! Please welcome a series that has been in the wings for too long, E.V.Seymour's quite enjoyable Paul Tallis, former policeman now unofficial agent for MI5.

  • 11/18/2013 - Preliminary entry has been made on a former CIA agent now a major player with the European Counterterrorism Agency. Please welcome Allan Topol's Craig Page to the group.

  • 11/09/2013 - A very, very good series about an FBI forensic artist and agent named Sydney Fitzpatrick joins the group. These books work fantastically as mysteries, suspense, and spy-fi. The author, Robin Burcell, is just terrific.

  • 11/08/2013 - Please welcome two new members of this compendium. The first is a British agent who takes on crime and spies with equal measure, Ludovic Fender. The second is an FBI agent, Andy Fisher, who plays by his own rules.

  • 11/07/2013 - It is nearly two weeks after I announced I had restarted Your Comments on this site. That was rather premature and I got hammered with really naughty stuff I could have done without. Well, Take 3. We will see how this goes.

  • 10/18/2013 - Once again I have enabled the 'Leave your comments and grade' section of the site. I have put back in the Login/Register. Hopefully the spam will stop but I doubt it.

  • 10/12/2013 - The two-book series about the Red School, an orphanage with a difference, joins the group. This very enjoyable escape tells of an organization that trains kids from an early age to be killers for the government. As implausible as it is a hoot to read.

  • 10/08/2013 - The preliminary write-up of John Russell, an Anglo-American reporter living in pre-WWII Berlin has been entered. I am still reading the books but wanted to induct this very interesting series into the group.

  • 10/02/2013 - Please observe a moment of silence for the death of a true giant in the industry. Tom Clancy passed away today after a brief illness. Mr. Clancy was one of the few authors who could hold claim to having invented or perfected a genre. In this case it was the incredibly exciting techno-thriller. I had the honor of an all-to-brief one hour chat with him in the late 80s on a hotel balcony during a game convention. The man was impressively articulate and knowledgeable and he most definitely could write. RIP, sir.

  • 09/20/2013 - Robert Charles Smith, writing under the penname of Charles Leader, gave us a two-book spy series in the mid-60s about a British Marine Captain working in Naval Intelligence in the Far East. Please welcome Paul Mason to the group.

  • 09/14/2013 - Some time back I was told about a new series about Tom Palfrey. At first I thought it was a continuation of the John Creasey series, and a good argument could be made for considering it such. However, I have finally read the series and decided that though the main character is the grandson of the original Dr. Palfrey, he is decidedly his own man worthy of its own series. Please welcome the newest agent with Z5, written by the son of legendary author John Creasey, Richard Creasey.

  • 09/13/2013 - A two-book series from the late 80s joins the collection today. Frank DiGenero is an FBI agent who, no longer undercover taking down the Mob, finds himself up against terrorists from two separate areas but both planning very nasty things.

  • 09/12/2013 - I just watched the series finale of Burn Notice and was very, very pleased. I am sorry at the loss of a character but it was for a good reason. And the last couple of minutes with Sam and Jesse and then with Michael and Fi, really well written. My congratulations for a great series that ended terrifically without burning any bridges.

  • 09/08/2013 - At the height of the spy-craze in the 60's, the porn publisher Bee-Line came out with its own female agent will to do anything and anyone to protect her country. These three books are really, really bad but they are about a spy so they fit in this compendium. Say hello to Jane Blond, the Girl from B.U.S.T.

  • 09/06/2013 - Life stepped in and delayed my reading of the Emma Caldridge series after I first added it last month. Emma would not, luckily for me, be pushed around. I have read the series, absolutely loved it, and have finished my write-up. I have given it top grade. It is more adventure than spy novel but it still fits my criteria and this series is so darned good, it deserves this second shout-out. If you want an exciting, very well-crafted set of adventures, Emma is a great choice. I hope that Ms. Freveletti will keep us entertained for years to come.

  • 09/04/2013 - Telecommuting to work today because the doctor says I have regular (not walking) pneumonia and lots of rest is called for. When I am not working at my desk, I am lying down as per the doctor and my own weak frame. Since I cannot sleep that much due to coughing (sighs of pity here, please), I read and I am able to present a series that has been on my to-do list for a while now and should not have been held back. Dingle & Jones are two agents who worked for British Intelligence during the late 60s and early 70s and is a very enjoyable at that. Very well written, good plots, likeable and believable heroes. I am pleased to welcome this duo into the group.

  • 09/03/2013 - Spy-fiction fans have been given a huge gift today with the release of a Homeland novel. Written by the immensely talented author Andrew Kaplan, Homeland: Carrie's Run describes a mission she was on in 2006 and clearly shows even then she speaks her mind and does not back down. I very strongly recommend this book.

  • 09/01/2013 - It is a Sunday on a holiday weekend and I have either the worst and weirdest kidney stone OR, my wife believes, Walking Pneumonia. I have the benefit of a nurse for a mother-in-law (fantastic woman, she) and my wife is simply awesom so I can survive until Tuesday but this sucks. Of course, it means I can do no more than sit in a chair feeling miserable and watching a baseball game and later tonight a NASCAR race. And in the meantime try to do something productive with my site. I tell my wife I would much rather be outside doing yardwork in the 90+ degrees and she has the good grace to snort fairly quietly. So! Please welcome Ray Felton, a British private eye who took on Nazi sympathizers and Communist agents and other really bad guys in the late 50's.

  • 08/16/2013 - A terrific four-book (so far) series with a trilogy of novellas to go with them are the adventures thus far written about a terrific new member of the compendium, the ultramarathon runner and brilliant biochemist, Emma Caldridge by the highly gifted and award-winning author Jamie Freveletti. I handed these to my wife before I tried them and she devoured them. She was right. These are great.

  • 08/14/2013 - After a couple of weeks updating a lot of information of already reported series, especially television and movie entries, I have another series to introduce. Berglund and Delgado are depicted in a two-book series that is really a lot of fun.

  • 07/27/2013 - Preliminary entries made on two additional series. The first is a two-book financial spy series from the late 90's about Sarah Jensen, employed by MI6 and the Bank of England. The second is a three-book series from the mid-60s about a man named Philip Jordan who works for a British agency called MIx.

  • 07/24/2013 - Fellow spy fan Mark pointed out that I had gotten the order wrong on Paul Bannerman and Christopher wrote to let me know the person behind the Paul Kenyon pseudonym of the The Baroness was noted science fiction author Donald Moffitt. And a very knowledgeable Fred has been giving me info on numerous authors. My thanks to these gentlemen and all who have helped improve my site. Anyone who knows where I have gone wrong, please drop me a line.

  • 07/23/2013 - The awesome talent that is David Baldacci has blessed us readers with yet another terrific spy series, this one being about the CIA assassin Will Robie. I devoured the two books in the series and then had to ask myself which series I would like the next Baldacci adventure to be in. The answer was, whichever one he wants. They're all good!

  • 07/15/2013 - Some clever S.O.B. polluted my new Opinion section, filling it with lots of garbage. What a delight some people are. No wonder there are so many fictional assassins out there. Wishful thinking on a lot of our parts. "He needed killin'" will often get a lots of nods. I have cleaned up the garbage and hopefully put in something to slow them down. We will see. If you put in an opinion and it was lost, I apologize. Please try again.

  • 07/11/2013 - HOPEFULLY I have your comments back in place since my system failed a while back. I have removed the need to become a member (eliminated the whole membership concept 'cause it never worked right). Please start leaving comments. They are fun to read.

  • 07/05/2013 - If you can, take a moment to check out what I am doing with the Modesty Blaise page. I am having a blast reading the almost fifty years of comic strips, many I read years ago but most new to me. What an amazing creature our Modesty is. I have all the strips but it takes time to read them and more time to pull images. But I enjoy it and every couple of days I will add to it. I strongly recommend checking out Titan's great line of Modesty material.

  • 07/04/2013 - Happy Birthday, America!!!

  • 06/29/2013 - When I listened to the audio version of The Panther by Nelson DeMille, the latest in the John Corey series, I was surprised and very pleased to find another of his characters, Paul Brenner playing a major role in a whole new job. I was also pleased when it occured to me that with the second Brenner book almost qualifying him for this site, the new book definitely did. Welcome, sir!

  • 06/26/2013 - My pal Johny from Argentina told me about The Rat Catchers from 1966. I knew of the British television series but did not know about the two books written. This series has now been added and it is a good one.

  • 06/23/2013 - A two-book series about an FBI agent who is pulled from his normal work to take part in a task force that gets him doing things he never dreamed of joins the group. The main recurring character is a man named Bob Still so he gets the naming honor. Please say hello to him.

  • 06/22/2013 - Though I entered the preliminary info about him some time ago, I did not mention it in What's New. I do so now since I finished the write-up. I am talking about the action-packed spy series (one book, one comic, four movies) about Ethan Hunt, aka Mission Impossible III. I make it separate from the original series because it is really a different universe for me (the Jim Phelps I grew up with would NEVER turn traitor).

  • 06/19/2013 - A moment of silence, please, as the spy-fiction world acknowledges the death of one of its best-selling authors. Vince Flynn, the creator of the Mitch Rapp series, passed away today at age 47 from prostate cancer. He will be missed.

  • 06/17/2013 - I had a lot of fun revisiting an old friend as I invited John McClane of the NYPD to join the group. Comprised (so far) of three books, two of whom were not about him, five movies, and a few comic books, his exploits fighting terrorists, and those pretending to be, and dictator-wanna-be's definitely make him eligible. Plus it gave me an excuse I didn't need to buy the latest DVD just out.

  • 06/06/2013 - A very interesting and enjoyable series joins the group today. The style is definitely a look back at hard-boiled detectives with the main character, Hal Schroeder working with the FBI, the remnants of the OSS, and the newly formed CIA. Check it out. Available in book and ebook formats.

  • 05/31/2013 - As May comes to an close, a four-book series about an International Investigator by the name of Barry Ross joins the group. Written by Ann Livesay, they tell stories about a man who travels the world on behalf of his very rich aunt getting involved in all sorts of adventures, always with spies and terrorists and global criminals involved. These are fun reads by a woman who has done the same travels as her character.

  • 05/28/2013 - A new addition to the site today and a very pretty lady she is but do not fall for her. Others did during WWII and after and, well, it did not work out so well for them. This is an 8-book series by the terrific Christopher Nicole, recounting the adventures during and after WWII of Anna Fehrbach, agent for MI6 and later the CIA.

  • 05/27/2013 - Maybe I am back and running. Not sure. Too nervous to look that hard. My brother is working with me to perhaps move to Joomla for added features and stability over my home-grown programming. In the meantime... I continue.

  • 05/25/2013 - Got part of the site working using REALLY old technology - files instead of a database. This is just until I can get the new system figured out and working. Only the Characters work right now. The rest is still sick.

  • 05/22/2013 - Informed by my hosting service that my code is really old (10 years) and technology has moved on. I told them that I, too, was old and I am still working but, well, never mind. Looks like I have to change my site to another system. Lots of work ahead.

  • 05/18/2013 - Kind of a catastrophe. My site went down. Mostly. It still ran but none of my pages would talk to the database which held everything the pages were supposed to say. The pages, not getting the info, got really snooty and did not show anything. My host provider says everything is fine. Does not look so fine from my end.

  • 05/11/2013 - Finally a new series to add to the collection. I have been planning and working on the new stuff on my site that I have been remiss. Say hello to the great Frederick Forsyth's first series to grace this listing with Cal Dexter. I could have given star billing to character Paul Devereaux but Dexter won.

  • 05/09/2013 - Today I launch a major expansion to my site. It still looks the same, though that too is undergoing work. The change I mean is the addition of several new Sections. In addition to the 'About the Series', 'My Comments', 'Grade', and 'Books', I have added, when appropriate, 'Movies', 'Television', 'Comic Books' and 'Comic Strips'. I am trying to now include any instance where a spy series has moved to tell a story. It is a huge undertaking and will occupy me for quite some time. Only a couple of series have been touched in the initial launch ('Mission: Impossible' and 'Matt Helm') but I am working hard.

  • 05/03/2013 - A very good friend who captivates me every month with a terrific article on crime novel, which can be read at ShotsMag, Mike Ripley, was kind enough to send me just off the presses two new/old books. They are part of Top Notch Thriller's efforts to keep quality out-of-print authors from being forgotten. These particular books are Tightrope by Antony Melville-Ross, book 3 of the Al Trelawney series, and Berkely Mather's The Terminators, book 2 in the Idwal Rees series. If you cannot find them in your local bookstore, both can be gotten online at Amazon and Barnes&Noble in paperback and eBook format. I so very heartily recommend both.

  • 05/02/2013 - I heard from author Andrew Kaplan that his latest in the Scorpion series, Scorpion Deception, is due out later this month. I am looking forward to reading it. You should, too!

  • 04/09/2013 - Some may have noticed. I am created a special mobile version of the site. If going to the normal gateway (www.spyguysandgals.com) on a mobile device such as cellphone, smartphone, or tablet, you shoul be redirected to pages that are more geared to that size screen. From a normal computer, you can get to it via www.spyguysandgals.com/m_index.asp. Let me know of problems.

  • 04/07/2013 - A two-book series about retired CIA agent Tony Dantry by veteran publisher Richard Scott joins the group. It is a preliminary write-up as I finish the second e-book.

  • 04/04/2013 - Long overdue for admittance to this collection is the awesome work of one of the best writers of suspense and intrigue, Nelson DeMille. Please welcome the 6-book series about John Corey and if you have not already, do yourself a favor and read them. Truly good reads.

  • 03/28/2013 - Please say hello to Will Cochrane, aka Spartan, as he joins the collection with a two-book series recently released. Be nice to the man and do not get him angry because he does not suffer anyone anything.

  • 03/24/2013 - Johny Malone, host of the great spy site unaplagadeespias, told me the Kenneth Royce book No Way Back was a Spider Scott adventure. I told him it wasn't. I got it to be sure. I was wrong (surprise!), happily. Johny does it again. Thanks, my friend!

  • 03/22/2013 - No new series today but a huge rewrite to the Richard Quintain entry. I had thought there were 7 books in the series with a couple of possible more. Turns out there are 16 1/2. Very strange series.

  • 03/15/2013 - Happy Ides of March! Nothing exactly new today but I did complete write-ups started ages ago on four series and thought I would mention them since it had been so long from I first talked of them. They are Allen Cheyney, Janine Simms, Freya Matthews, and Bob Sullivan.

  • 03/10/2013 - Joining this collection of exciting spy guys and gals is an incredible fighting machine who is also not hard on the eyes. Please welcome the luscious and deadly Chandler, a woman who needs no second name. She brings with her two thrill-ride novels and one novella but at least one more of the former and two of the latter are on the way.

  • 03/08/2013 - No new series (still reading) but I did add a few books to existing series, mostly new releases. Friend Johny wrote me about another in the Brandy French series and sent me a cover image. And another fellow reader told me about a book in the Charles Russell series, The Need To Know, which really surprised me.

  • 03/01/2013 - A very funny, very imaginative two-book series about an agent with the silly nickname of Sally Sin joins the group. She is a hoot but just because she has an amusing take on, well, everything, do not think she is someone to take advantage of. She proves over and over you can be light-hearted and still be kick-butt.

  • 02/17/2013 - Please welcome to the collection a very interesting and enjoyable series which takes place during the last days of WWII and the first days after, Peter Cotton, by Aly Monroe. I think you will enjoy them as much as I have, and that is a lot.

  • 02/15/2013 - I need information on a little known erotic spy series that came out, all 7 adventures, in 1974. Published by a company known as Eros Goldstripe. The heroine is Brandy French and she is in the same vein as Eve Drum (the Lady from L.U.S.T.).

  • 02/12/2013 - A fellow spy-fan named Philip W. let me know a few days ago of a third in the Su-Lin Kelly series. I just bought it today and now add it to the collection. Thanks, Philip!

  • 02/06/2013 - I have been really enjoying a 3-book series about an FBI agent who leads an anti-terrorism team. One of the main characters helping him is his cousin, Tommy, who happens to work for the Mob. Please welcome to the group Nick Bracco, by Gary Ponzo, available in e-book format.

  • 02/01/2013 - In the late 70's in Britain, a combination cop/spy series that I truly enjoyed aired on television. 15 books taken from many of these episodes formed the series I present to you now, The Professionals.

  • 01/24/2013 - Not any new series for a couple of weeks because I have been indulging in reading new books by series I have already included. What a great pasttime!

  • 01/09/2013 - Preliminary entry for a fairly new three-book series about a member of the super-secret Taskforce, dedicated to taking the fight to the terrorists. Welcome Brad Taylor's Pike Logan.

  • 01/04/2013 - A HUGE mistake in grading was discovered by myself today and I am so ashamed I never caught it until now. Somehow my stupid fingers gave to the terrific, and ground-breaking, Harry Palmer series by the incomparable Len Deighton a 'B+' when it should have been 'A+'. I only just discovered it and I feel like a dope. I will have to review all my grades now. Again, Mr. Deighton, my sincere apology (assuming the unlikely event he has ever heard of my site).

  • 01/03/2013 - Belated Happy New Years! I start the year off in spectacular style with the welcoming of the 666th series in the compendium. While many look at that number as the sign of the beast, for me it is the number of Sam Capra, an absolutely fantastic new series by a much decorated author, Jeff Abbott. I was totally blown away by the first book and am just about done with the second but could not wait to make sure everyone who honors me with a visit knows how great this writer is.

  • 12/27/2012 - I bring to the group a three-book series about an interesting British agent named Patrick Matson from two decades ago. Play nice, Mr. Matson. Others are watching.

  • 12/25/2012 - Merry Christmas to you all. Santa and my wife were nice enough to give me an Amazon gift card capable of buying a large number of ebooks and there are a ton of new spy e-series available online these days.

  • 12/17/2012 - An ebook series currently having 4 action-packed adventures joins the group. This one is about a 28-year-old kick-butt former Mossad agent who wants to be left along but who finds others not so inclined. The lady in question is named Jet and I have really enjoyed the non-stop action by Russell Blake.

  • 12/03/2012 - A 7-book mystery/espionage series about an Oxford don who is called to duty by the British Foreign Office on many occasions makes its entry into this compendium. Please greet Ambrose Usher.

  • 11/29/2012 - Preliminary entry today for a three-book series about British agent Peter Cotton. An interesting note to this series is that it is about a male agent written by a female. This is a nice change.

  • 11/27/2012 - I heard from the author of the Maxim Gunn series, Nicholas Boving, that he has been adding to the series without me knowing and has several additions available in e-book format. I have updated my site to reflect those that are ready now and his site indicates more coming. Also, I had heard a while back from another reader who suggested I give the Gunn books another look. With these new books, I think I will. Really great looking covers, too. I've always been a sucker for great covers and the designer of these did an awesome job.

  • 11/26/2012 - I received word that Sol Weinstein, the hilarious wit who brought us the four fun capers of Israel Bond, passed away yesterday at the age of 84. RIP, Mr. Weinstein. You made me laugh many times over. Shalom.

  • 11/21/2012 - A British spymaster, stern and used to getting his way, Allen Cheyney comes to join the group.

  • 11/10/2012 - Please welcome a new member of the team. A (so far) two-book series available electronically on Kindle and Nook, Tom Dugan is a marine engineer who makes a few waves (sorry) of his own when bad guys try to hurt his friends. I just learned of this series and am reading the first book now so will have more on his page soon.

  • 11/01/2012 - Preliminary entry on the four-book series about CIA agent Janine Simms. I am still reading the series so will add more later.

  • 10/20/2012 - The beautiful red-haired female agent Sherazad joins the group with a three-book series. As I say in my write-up, the covers and the blurbs make you think they are a sex-filled lascivious ride but that is definitely not the case. You can get one of the first two books fairly cheaply but the third is way out of my price range.

  • 10/05/2012 - A really terrific series that came out a year or so ago joins the group. Jammer Davis is an investigator with the NTSB who gets involved with some pretty nasty business in this two-book series. I really enjoyed them a lot and hope he will find time to write more.

  • 09/21/2012 - While there is still a bit more I wish to write about the latest member of this collection, I would like to introduce you all to Bob Sullivan, a reporter who has a habit of snooping into the world of the snoops. It is a three-book series by a master storyteller.

  • 09/11/2012 - Though almost done with the Frank Delaney series and the Victor series, and enjoying both series, I face the dilemma of what to do!!! The newest Jack Reacher book, A Wanted Man, just arrived in the mailbox and regular visitors to this site will likely know I consider this series, though not a spy, to be the best adventure/suspense series I have ever read. Thanks for the latest books, Mr. Child. (No, I did not get it free - I ordered it back in March - but he wrote it!).

  • 09/10/2012 - A relatively new three-book series about reporter/spy Frank Delaney by Canadian reporter Michael E. Rose makes its entry into the compendium.

  • 09/03/2012 - Wow, work really got intense and my reading took a major hit. That and the number of existing series with new books has grown to frightening heights and I spent some quality time with those old friends, like David Trevellyan and Sean Dillon and Joe DeMarco. Lots of new series to consume and write about but not much time. I am currently enjoying the first book in two series, one of which I present on a preliminary basis here. That is the two-book (so far) adventure of a freelance assassin turned CIA contract killer named only as Victor, written by British author Tom Wood.

  • 08/13/2012 - A two-book action/adventure series about an OSI agent working directly for the Director of National Intelligence in the struggle against terrorism, Jericho Quinn is a very fast, very fun read and he joins the group today.

  • 08/08/2012 - #650. I would not have ever guessed there would be so many but here we are. And the series I have chosen to mark this milestone is a really, really entertaining one quite unlike most of the spy series I have read. The spy guy is Nick Daley, an agent with the CIA in this two-book series by Diana R. Chambers. Taking place during the mid to late 80's, this series is well worth the reading and luckily for us all, it has just been given new life in the e-world so if you cannot find a hard copy of them, download them to your favorite electronic device.

  • 08/04/2012 - Nothing new today BUT I want to urge everyone who loves crime, suspense, and thrillers to check out http://www.shotsmag.co.uk/, a terrific source of articles, reviews, and news. I read every month's issue without fail. Especially entertaining is veteran author Mike Ripley's article Getting Away With Murder. Mr. Ripley is also the man helping decide which great spy books are brought out of obscurity by Top Notch Thrillers. Yes, I am giving them a plug but only because they (and Mike) are doing a great thing for spy-fi fans.

  • 08/03/2012 - A two-book spy/mystery series starring an aging Dean of Science at a fictional but prestigious Ivy League university joins the collection. Please welcome, and then go out and buy (used, unfortunately) the adventures of George Riam.

  • 07/26/2012 - The preliminary remarks have been posted on a fascinating four-book (thus far) series about a former KGB operative now living in the West and doing occasional work for MI6 and the CIA. Please welcome to the collection Anna Resnikov, an operative who is as deadly as she is smart and beautiful.

  • 07/21/2012 - A two-book series about an aging British footballer forced into the cloak and dagger world joins the collection. Say hello to Terry Keegan, a man who does not want trouble but will not back away from it either.

  • 07/19/2012 - For the past 5 days I have enjoyed the presence of a kidney stone which apparently decided to break into a couple of smaller ones. Pain medicine is great for helping to reduce the suffering but it plays havoc with one's ability to read and remember what one read. Nevertheless, I am finishing up the preliminary write-up on one of the sleaziest and most interesting characters in a long time - the short, fat, sweaty, conniving, beguiling, and captivating Frenchman Charles Pol, the delightfully icky character created by superb writer Alan Williams.

  • 07/10/2012 - From the mid 80's comes a three-book series based on a terrific action television show that I greatly loved back then. It dealt with Robert McCall which, as my comments indicate, shows what happens when bad guys come up against a good guy who can be even nastier than them. Terrific show. I miss the actor, Edward Woodward.

  • 07/09/2012 - I survived my 60th birthday today. Wonderful dinner with family. Got a new scanner for the book covers. And received three books in the mail to add to my to-be-read pile. Not a bad day, even if I did reach a major milestone in life.

  • 07/08/2012 - Please welcome the newest member of this association, the incredibly beautiful and totally dangerous Catherine Ling. The so-far 5 books in which she does her best to make life unpleasant for the bad guys are by best-selling author, Iris Johansen. Initially introduced as a character in the Eve Duncan, forensic sculptor, series of suspence novels, Ling's first adventure with Duncan takes them on a search for Ling's kidnapped son and pits them against a man who is helping terrorists destroy cities. She then appears as a co-star in three more Duncan books before going on her on in the latest, but hopefully not last, book out so far.

  • 07/07/2012 - A new look to the site. A tad lighter with a new, temporary logo. I invite anyone who can has artistic skills, which I obviously lack, to try their hand at a logo. I like the silhouette approach but my handiwork needs work!

  • 07/04/2012 - Happy Birthday, America! 236 years old. Of course, Great Britain and France and such would call us teenagers but being such an avid reader, I prefer the term Young Adult. I do have one announcement today and that is I have begun a major revist to the Authors section of this site. I am trying to put in a bit more information about the author (I am not competing with Wikipedia, however) as well as a fairly comprehensive list of non-spy series works, including known pseudonyms. I am finished the "A" list.

  • 06/28/2012 - A captivating and intriguing five-book series by Michael Bowen about a retired Foreign Services operative named Richard Michaelson joins the club today. Largely considered a mystery series, which it most decidedly is, it involves a man who spent a large chunk of his career with the State Department watching what the watchers were doing - namely gathering much the same intelligence for State that the CIA and others were gathering but then reporting it straight and not with the sanitization that rivalry often brings. While finding killers might appear to be the primary goal of the stories to many readers, Michaelson also gets involved with considerable intrigue and goes up against and sometimes cooperates with the FBI, CIA, and the rest of the alphabet crowd. The writing is fantastic, by the way.

  • 06/23/2012 - If you want an exciting few hours of great reading or great listening, check out the two-book series about Nathan McBride by Andrew Peterson. I did and was extremely glad for it. I look forward to more adventures about this former Marine/CIA sniper and, should the author be so kind as to write them, I know I will enjoy them as much as I did the first two.

  • 06/22/2012 - Away on a business trip for a few days, I can now take the time to bring on the two-book series Airwolf, aka Hawke_Stringfellow. This novelization series of several episodes from the mid-80's action spy series was quite nostalgic, even if I did give it an over-all low grade. No offense to the author for the low marks, though, as he did very well with what he had to work with. My thanks to Johny Malone for his tip.

  • 06/16/2012 - I have been the lucky receiver of a fair number of scans from site visitors, scans that are different than the covers of the books I own. It was suggested by Dean Brierly many, many months ago that I put in some mechanism to show alternate scans and I have finally gotten it done. The current method I chose is to put to the right of the image in the Books section of each series a "+" if there are more than one scan. Clicking on the image takes you to another page, as it has for some time, showing a much bigger image. Beneath the image are numbers to click to see more images, if there are any more. I may find a better way to do this but for now, it is what it is. There are extra images for a handful (maybe 30+) series so far. If you have any scans you would like to share, please send them!!!

  • 06/13/2012 - A frequent visitor to this site, John, was nice enough fill me in on the identity of the writers of a couple of the Bart Gould books that I had not known. He also commented that it would be nice to be able to click on the images on the homepage which are changing and go the appropriate series page so, after a few programming goofs, I think I have it working. I may add this feature to other pages when I get some time. Thanks, John.

  • 06/10/2012 - {{Corbett and Leigh}} are a duo in a two-book techno-thriller series from '89-'93 by one of the giants of that genre, Dean Ing.

  • 06/06/2012 - A two-book series that I comment is rather Hitchcockian in feel is entered into this compendium. The hero is not a spy but a travel agent named Sergei Roff.

  • 06/02/2012 - I was remiss to not also mention in my comments about the return of Desmond Cory books that there is a new one. Not a series book but still a Desmond Cory novel and that is worth crowing about. It is On the Gulf, an espionage/action adventure taking place in the Gulf region and filled with interesting characters. It, too, is available on Kindle so check it out!

  • 06/01/2012 - Fantastic news for spy series fans! I just learned from the sons of Johnny Fedora creator, Desmond Cory, that they have made available for Kindle readers several of the Fedora adventures. This includes the first three adventures which came out before James Bond's first mission: Secret Ministry aka The Nazi Assassins, This Traitor, Death aka The Gestapo File, and Dead Man Falling aka The Hitler Diamonds. This is in addition to Top Notch Thrillers' release of Undertow. A terrific spy series written by a terrific writer is no longer stuck on the used-book shelves. My thanks to his sons for doing this as well as for telling me about it. In addition to the Fedora books, they are also bringing back his private detective series about ex-cop Lindsey Grey which I also look forward to re-meeting. Eventually, his son, Richard McCarthy, said, they hope to release The Head, the only Fedora adventure I have never found.

  • 05/30/2012 - For your delightful reading pleasure I present the three-book series about James Pettigrew, an average-looking man who blends in so well you never notice him, even as he goes about his business for the British Secret Service. Written back in the late 50's, they are very good reads.

  • 05/26/2012 - Johny Malone clued me into the newest entry in the compendium, an absolutely delightful two-book series about a lousy thief who turns out to be an okay spy. His name is John Tibbett and he was written by a man who played Sexton Blake on television for a couple of years. Besides being a good actor, the man was a darn good writer. Furthermore, the second book in the series now holds the position of my favorite title for a book, beating out the previous one, "I Was Following This Girl".

  • 05/24/2012 - Thanks to my friend and fellow spy fan, Bruce, I am able to present the two-book series about retired, though still active, agent William McLendon. These books, one coming out in 1978 and the sequel in 1989, were written by former CIA agent David Atlee Phillips, younger brother of James Atlee Phillips, aka Philip Atlee of the Joe Gall series. Thanks, Bruce. Sorry it took so long to get these entered.

  • 05/21/2012 - A two-book series from the very early British 60's about a respectable safe designer (and skilled safecracker) Richard Logan joins the group. While only the second book is legitimately a spy adventure, the first reads so much like one, I give it an honorary membership.

  • 05/20/2012 - A series which reads every bit like a traditional spy series with lots of international action and excitement, the three-book series about Alec Haig, written by Alan White but using the character's name as his pseudonym, joins the group. Haig is a security consultant working for a major multi-national company and goes lots of places to keep his company secure.

  • 05/16/2012 - I have been asked a couple of times why, if I have listed the The Executioner and Stony Man series, I do not list the two companion series, Able Team and Phoenix Force in this compendium. I honestly cannot say since I have owned the books from the time they started in 1982 until they merged to become Stony Man in 1992. Well, for whatever reason they had been omitted, they no longer are.

  • 05/13/2012 - Happy Mother's Day! My daughter and I just finished serving my darling wife a nice breakfast and as she recovers from our cooking, I take this opportunity to add the preliminary entry on a three-book series about Jake MacIntyre, a former U.S. Ranger who is now a successful photo-journalist who gets involved in very interesting adventures in different parts of the globe.

  • 05/11/2012 - Say hello to the two-book series about Jack Lund, a CEO of a major company that spends more time as the head of Security as he does anything else. Gun battles and car chases and high-speed air and sea battles and bombs going off all over the place and spies stealing technology and so on all make the corporate boardroom seem rather tame.

  • 05/10/2012 - Added three articles which I had loaned the nascent online Espionage Magazine with the understanding that after a couple of months I would put them here. They were fun to write and maybe they will be fun to read. The names are Realism Vs Enjoyment, Stop Arguing!, and A Note To Would-Be Spy Writers.

  • 05/09/2012 - While the write-up in the About The Series section is only preliminary, I have added the six-book series about Special Branch detective Jessica Jones, a woman who is a cop given the job of operative and minder. This series is written by the incredible Christopher Nicole who is as gifted as he is prolific. I have just started this series but already I know I will love it.

  • 05/06/2012 - I sadly read in the paper this morning of the passing last April 22 of one of the truly gifted spy writers, Bill Granger. He died at the age of 70 after having suffered some years back a series of strokes. According to his wife, those strokes had left him largely unable to write which explains why his terrific series, Devereaux, stopped when it did. Sleep well, sir. And thank you sincerely for many, many hours of great reading.
    On a not so important note, I finally finished my write-up on Jeff Saunders. Note sure why it took me a week to do it. Books were not bad at all and the author was very knowledgeable.

  • 05/05/2012 - Happy Cinco De Mayo! Today I added a three-book series from the late 70s concerning a spymaster named Mark Sherwood, a man who calls upon men who served under him during WWII to undertake dangerous missions nearly three decades later. This is a very enjoyable series.

  • 05/04/2012 - Happy Star Wars Day! At least, May the Fourth be with you. Added the three-book series about the retired agent known the world over as The Prisoner. As had been pointed out by several visitors to the site, this series was about a spy who was a prisoner because he of his occupation and so really belonged.

  • 05/03/2012 - Heard from Andrew Kaplan, the creator and writer for the excellent two-book series the Scorpion who, besides pointing out I had misspelled his name (my apologies, sir!), also let me know that a third book in the series will be coming out in July. I pre-ordered it immediately and I recommend the same for all fans of spy fiction. Read the other two, of course, as they are really, really good.

  • 04/29/2012 - Added a German spy who may well hold the record for the most adventures by a single author. The author is C.H.Guenter and the series is Robert Urban, aka Mr. Dynamite. There is an impressive 314 adventures from 1965 to 1992. It was my friend, Johny, who pointed out I had missed him even though I had most of the American edition books. My bad for forgetting.

  • 04/28/2012 - Added a two-book series about Jeff Saunders, a CIA agent from the mid 70s and from 2005 a three-book series about Cleo North, a former USAF Office of Special Investigations who is now a very successful security consultant who finds herself drawn into spy cases via her old employer, the US government.

  • 04/27/2012 - Cleaned up several series which had no grades, no About The Series or no My Comments. Now I feel I can start adding newly found series. My stack of new series to be added is getting quite high thanks to tips from several site-visitors. Special thanks go to Bruce and Johny who continue to help me find some great gems. I invite anyone who knows of a series I do not have here to let me know!

  • 04/17/2012 - {{Jonathan Gaunt}} is an agent for the Scottish government whose duties takes him all around Europe and gets him involved in some very nasty but always very enjoyable troubles in this 10-book series from the 70's and 80's.

  • 04/12/2012 - A really good four-book series about a spymaster named Richard LeGrande joins the group. This gritty and entertaining series from the early to mid 60's is a gem that, as I say in my write-up, is all but forgotten and it should not be.

  • 04/04/2012 - A two-book series about a retired CIA agent with no first name, Tarp, joins the group. Of course, Tarp could be the first name though I doubt it. The books were written in the early 80's and deal with a man who left the Agency after many years of service and wants to stay out of the business for good but is enticed back into it, once by a former head of Britain's MI-5 and once by his old opponents, the KGB, who need an outsider to stop one of their own guys.

  • 04/02/2012 - All fans of spy fiction should take note of the wonderful job being done by Ostara Publishing with their Top Notch Thrillers series in which great fiction that has regretfully gone out of print are brought back. Two of my favorites, Quiller and Jonas Wilde, are among those being returned. My thanks go to them for such a great idea and a very special thanks goes to Mike Ripley, their series editor. Mr. Ripley is an award-winning mystery writer and also the columnist for SHOTS Crime & Thriller Ezine. The entire ezine is a great way to spend some time with articles and interviews. Mr. Ripley, with whom I have exchanged emails and someone I consider a friend even though I have not yet had the privilege of meeting him, has a monthly column called Getting Away With Murder. I never miss a month and you should not either.

  • 04/01/2012 - A two-book series about another CIA agent betrayed by his boss and forced to flee for his life, this one is about Joe Stanford.

  • 03/29/2012 - {{Nick Sten}} is a noted surgeon in Madison, Wisconsin. He is also the man a KGB General goes to when a Soviet scientist needs a radical operation only Sten can perform. Naturally, the CIA cannot pass up the opportunity to make use of the good doctor. In this two-book series, Sten has no desire to be involved in the CIA-KGB fight but no one asked his opinion. Interestingly, I almost named the series after the KGB general because he gets more print than the doctor.

  • 03/27/2012 - A Delta Force officer who is occasionally seconded to the CIA, Mike Thorpe would never consider himself a spy in this two-book series but his adventures tell a different story.

  • 03/25/2012 - MI-6 Agent Daniel Marchant is the star of a two-book (soon to be 3-book) series by Jon Stock. The CIA really does not like this agent!

  • 03/23/2012 - The Robert Ludlum's book The Janson Directive came out a year after his passing. A decade later, Paul Garrison was hired to bring Paul Janson back and he joins the collection.

  • 03/22/2012 - I thought I had added Joseph Finder's incredibly good two-book series about Nick Heller a while back because I devoured the books in just a couple of sittings. I was wrong so here they are. Heller is referred to as a "private spy", a man who finds out things others do not want known.

  • 03/21/2012 - Andrew Kaplan's thus far two-book series (one more is set to come later this year) about the CIA assassin known only as Scorpion joins the team. This likely has the longest gap in books with the first written in 1985 and the latest in 2012, 27 years.

  • 03/20/2012 - {{Steve Harvester}}, a two-book series with the first book written in 1953 and the second in 1974, joins the group. Harvester is an agent for a private organization out to help the Western world.

  • 03/18/2012 - Changed the home page of the site to show the last few new things.

  • 03/15/2012 - A CIA agent who gets a really raw deal from the Agency and then is asked nicely to help them out is Nathan Stand by John Kern in this two-book series that came out in 1988.

  • 03/08/2012 - Another marine biologist who gets involved in lots of international intrigue and outstanding suspense joins the group as Charles Ryan's Cas Bonner is rediscovered in a four-book series from the early 90's.

  • 03/06/2012 - From the mid 60's comes a two-book fairly light-hearted but fun series about Paul Baker who works occasionally for an unnamed agency of British Intelligence.

  • 02/28/2012 - {{Kent Rathman}}, a Navy SEAL who is seconded to the CIA and learns to regret it. The two-book series was written by James Huston.

  • 02/26/2012 - A trifecta today. Three series by the same author, Elliott Cannon. Each of these agents, Shaw Whitaker, Jeffery Steele, and Guy Fosse, work for a man named Ordish, aka Tricky Dicky. Much like the three agents by Berkley Mather who work for the Gaffer, these guys find dealing with their boss as challenging as the enemy.

  • 02/24/2012 - A most interesting, unassuming but still fascinating civil servant is our William Holmes. Though he is always making little of his unstated position at 10 Downing Street, this youngish man with the quick smile is invariably the one called in when there is trouble happening. I have read several of the 6-book series from the early 60's and I heartily recommend them for a terrific change of pace. It was again Bruce who brought Mr. Holmes to my attention and for that I am very grateful as a site manager and as a spy-fi fan.

  • 02/22/2012 - {{John Manning}} was a British agent with the Bureau of Special Investigations in the three-book series from the late 60's that now joins the group.

  • 02/19/2012 - A series with one of the most incredible plot twists I have ever seen in any genre, let alone spy-fi, has joined the group. Say hello to the team of Ross & Lyle. It is astonishing. Thanks again to Bruce for the tip.

  • 02/17/2012 - Please welcome David Sloane, a two-book series from the late 80's by Robert A Liston. Another tip from Bruce.

  • 02/15/2012 - Added a new article to the site, hopefully correcting a horrible omission of mine in not telling anyone and everyone of the incredible reference books and such that I have used over the years to collect the information contained herein. The article is On The Shoulders Of Giants and I hope readers will check out these books and sites.

  • 02/14/2012 - Not exactly a valentine is the head of a British Intelligence agency called the Department of Subversive Warfare but its spymaster, Cedric Harper, joins the collection as a man who is willing to make use of all sorts of people to get his job done.

  • 02/10/2012 - 600!!! Wow! Please welcome to the ranks the 600th spy series covered in this compendium. The spy is the retired businessman, Charlie Connelly, who agrees to help the CIA on small things during his many business travels. An excellent travelogue in addition to being a fun read.

  • 02/05/2012 - At the prompting of a site visitor, Bruce, I have added a character I once said no to and I am glad I changed my mind as the books about Alison Gordon are a lot of fun. Bruce also told me about a 7th book in the Onyxx series which I have added, as well as several complete series I did not have. They will be added over the next week. My thanks to you, sir!

  • 01/29/2012 - Added long long long overdue links to my fellow spy sites in the C.O.B.R.A.S. link in the header. My apologies to them for the delay but I acknowledge I am a bum, especially since these sites have given me hours of enjoyment.

  • 01/27/2012 - The first e-book series I have read, available on both Kindle and Nook, has joined the ranks here at SGAG. It is about MP-5, a group of four CIA operatives working in various regions of the world.

  • 01/25/2012 - After several years of refusing to consider adding him, I have relented and today put in The Man From SADISTO, a series that is worth checking out for the satirical and historical values it possesses - certainly not for the quality of the books.

  • 01/19/2012 - A search feature was added to the site. It is located a) at the top of the home page and b) at the bottom of each series and author and article page. I hope it is useful.

  • 01/17/2012 - Introduced a section to let other leave their own grades and comments for a series. I would love to hear from others out there.

  • 01/14/2012 - After some pushing by others and then some re-thinking on my part, I have added corporate lawyer/sleuth and part time spy, David Danning, a fun series which is mostly detective stories but which evolve into spy adventures for the last two cases, much like Honey West did.

  • 01/08/2012 - The first two books of a planned trilogy about 60's agent, Paul Dark, has joined the group.

  • 01/01/2012 - Happy New Year! And welcome the first addition of this new year, Nicholai Hel, a series that took 31 years to be (read the entry to understand).

  • 12/31/2011 - Likely the last series added this year (considering it is the last day!) is Michael The O'Kelly, a reporter and former agent who loves danger. Strange middle name, though. Really enjoyable series so far.

  • 12/30/2011 - {{Al Glenne}}, the third foreign agent, takes the stage.

  • 12/29/2011 - The second of the three foreign agents mentioned below, Malko, is brought into the fold.

  • 12/27/2011 - Added OSS-117, a CIA agent whose adventures started before Bond. This is one of three foreign spies I have long kept from my site because they were not originally written in English. Enough people argued the other way that I have given in.

  • 12/24/2011 - Say hello to Cleopatra Jones, an agent with an unspecified American department who kicks butt with the best of them.

  • 12/22/2011 - An agent from down under (Australia) joins the group: Alan McQueen, the protagonist of 3, soon to be 4, adventures.

  • 12/21/2011 - CIA agent, formerly retired, Jordan Sandor, fighting the very good fight in two adventures so far, joins the collection.

  • 12/19/2011 - Say hello to late-60s British spy Stephen Fletcher, hero of two, possibly three, adventures.

  • 12/17/2011 - {{Paul Kilgerrin}} is a new addition to this collection. A hard-boiled private investigator, Kilgerrin is called upon by Military Intelligence on many occasions to help out where their agents have failed..

  • 12/16/2011 - Yet another article was added. This one is Time Travel Can Be Fun. Still fun rambling. Hopefully a little fun to read, too.

  • 12/04/2011 - A new article, Love Is In The Air - A Look At Romance Spy Series has been added. A lot of research and a lot of fun to write.

  • 12/01/2011 - {{Adam Hood}}, an Australian operative in a 3-book series was added. I have two of the books on order so will complete the write-up soon. The third book is not available at this time (The Seajet Spies).

  • 11/30/2011 - Finally I have finished the column And The Winner Is as well as two new columns Sex Sell! And So Do Explosions and If I Had But One Series. Fun to write. Hopefully fun to read.

  • 11/28/2011 - Brought into the fold the first French agent written originally in English (as far as I know at this time). He is Alfred Baum of the DST.

  • 11/20/2011 - A scientist who is pulled into working for British Intelligence is the newest member to the collection, though since the two books written about Geoffrey Branscombe were done 60 years ago, new is relative.

  • 11/14/2011 - The enigmatic Bowler-hat wearing Mr. Groode, a British spymaster who directs the action of two different American operatives in a 4-book series joins the collection.

  • 11/12/2011 - {{Max Flynn}} is a British agent from the early 80's who is probably the hardest series to collect I have come across so far. Each of the two books go for $200+ on the used market and the author, despite being very popular today, has pulled them from the market for not being very good. I would love to be able to read them to give my own opinion. Nevertheless, through his help, I have enough information to bring the character into the fold.

  • 11/09/2011 - Say hello to Jonathan Grave, an expert at hostage rescue who gets involved in incredibly good adventures so much entrenched in national and international intrigue that he absolutely belongs in this group. I am still reading the third book and will finish the write-up on the series soon.

  • 11/07/2011 - From the author of the Inspector Otani mystery series comes a two-book series about a Cultural Attache who is not a spy though telling everyone else that is a challenge. His name is Ben Lazenby.

  • 11/01/2011 - With the help of one of Desmond Cory's sons, I was able to write up the synopsis of The Head in the Johnny Fedora series. Someday I hope to read the book myself.

  • 10/25/2011 - The same man who unfortunately gave us the Girl from H.A.R.D. wrote a two-book series about British agent Silas Manners, who now come onto the site. These were not bad!

  • 10/22/2011 - A great four-book series about a former and part-time CIA operative and medieval history professor named Horatio Cassidy joins the collection.

  • 10/20/2011 - {{Dewey Andreas}} is a former Delta Force soldier turned oil rigger who is in the wrong place when terrorists attack and turn him into a man belonging in this collection.

  • 10/16/2011 - Added a three-book series about a father-son team of agents, a rare combination, Patrick and Quentin Wright.

  • 10/13/2011 - Introduced a two-book series about a successful crook asked to help, unofficially, MI-5, named Jacko Jackson.

  • 10/10/2011 - {{Mikael Petros}} is an interesting two-book series about a character thrown into the world of international intrigue with the simple choice of killing a major leader or dying.

  • 10/09/2011 - Brought in a two-book series from the mid 90's about a former SAS operative helping the FBI against terrorists. The man is named Mike Cramer. Also, an announcement was placed in the Israel Bond series telling how they are being reprinted!

  • 10/08/2011 - A two-book series, this time about a sort-of freelance agent named Patrick Morley, joins the group. This guy has an interesting pedigree.

  • 10/02/2011 - Added the three-book series about the agent Peter Lacey. Interesting that two additions have the same name, one as the first and the other as the last.

  • 10/01/2011 - Added the three-book series about private investigator Lacey Lockington, a humorous series of private eye meets spies by Ross H. Spencer.

  • 09/30/2011 - Brought Emma Streat and Jeremy Waller series uptodate. Don't know why I let them languish as I read them a bit ago.

  • 09/29/2011 - Did the writing on John Apparite, a fun series that takes place in the 50's though it is written in the present.

  • 09/28/2011 - Finished the write-up on the American ninja agent named Sam Borne.

  • 09/27/2011 - Added the two-book series about Marieanne Payne, a British agent.

  • 09/24/2011 - Finished my write-up on the British reporter Davis Troy, a series well worth reading. It was particularly interesting from an historical point of view as the writer is able to pull you into his world, one written in the early 60's, and let you experience it for yourself.

  • 09/09/2011 - Did the write-up on the Philip Scott series.

  • 09/06/2011 - Brought into the group the two-book Sam Borne series, written by E.B.Cross.

  • 09/05/2011 - Scanned the covers for Jack Reacher, enjoying revisiting 15 awesome adventures and looking forward to the end of the month when the 16th comes out.

  • 09/04/2011 - Finished the write-up on Brian Douglas.

  • 08/27/2011 - A three-book series about a helicopter pilot who is forced into several espionage missions, David Pross, was added.

  • 08/26/2011 - Introduced the two-book series about the Queen's Investigator known as Keys.

  • 08/25/2011 - Finally got a copy of Host Of Extras by James Leasor and confirmed it is in the Jason Love series, albeit with Love being in more of a supporting role.

  • 08/22/2011 - With great joy, I added the seventh book in the Haggai Godin series. I thought there were only six but learning of the seventh was fun and getting my hands on it even funner.

  • 08/20/2011 - Added a two-book series based on the ITV series Neil Burnside with the spymaster, Neil Burnside, leading the way.

  • 08/18/2011 - Added and wrote up a two-book series about a beautiful genius and a rugged Special Forces operative called Martinelli & Marshall.

  • 08/13/2011 - Finished my statements on Matt Garrett. I really recommend this series to lovers of modern day paramilitary action.

  • 08/11/2011 - Completed the write up of the Black Swan, aka Shauna Bishop, series.

  • 08/07/2011 - Added the fourth book in the Ryan Kealey series, The Exile.

  • 08/06/2011 - Noel Hynd's three book series about Alexandra LaDuca has been added. It is also known as The Russian Trilogy.

  • 08/05/2011 - It turns out Claire McNab had written three more Denise Cleever books. These have now been added.

  • 08/04/2011 - A third book in the Erik Chatham series, Immediate Action has been added.

  • 08/01/2011 - The fifth book in the Liz Carlyle series was added, just as she is about to come out with the 6th - hard to keep up.

  • 07/31/2011 - Added the three-book erotic spy series Black Swan, aka Shauna Bishop. I had been told about it some time ago by 07/29/2011 - A fifth book in the Jeff Pride series was brought to my attention by Johny Malone, this one published under the author's real name. Just got the book to confirm it.

  • 07/28/2011 - Finished write-up on Halloran series, a two-book series I really enjoyed.

  • 07/27/2011 - Increased the James Bond listing to include Jeffrey Deaver's Carte Blanche.

  • 07/23/2011 - Added a book to the Payne & Jones series and one in the Kirk McGarvey.

  • 07/17/2011 - Introduced a three-book series about the interesting former agent returned to duty named only (so far) as Wyatt, from the early 80's. Looks quite interesting.

  • 07/11/2011 - Added another book in the Camel Club series. What a great read!

  • 07/09/2011 - My fellow spy fan, Johny Malone, sent me two missing covers from the Ed Noon series. He also sent me the names of two writers in the Peter Winston series as well as three alternate titles in the Jonathan Anders series. Thanks, my friend!

  • 07/08/2011 - Added another book in the Alexander Hawke series.

  • 07/07/2011 - Added another book in the Joe DeMarco series.

  • 07/05/2011 - Added another book in the Scot Harvath series.

  • 07/04/2011 - Added another book in the Gabriel Allon series.

  • 07/01/2011 - After a LONG hiatus for a project for my employer, I am back. Added the 9th book in Scot Harvath series.

  • 04/29/2011 - Put in a 4th book in the Michael Jagger series, as pointed out by a correspondent. The book is A Big Enough Wreath which I was certain was not a Jagger book but he proved otherwise so I bought it and showed he was right. Finished my writings on the Paul Richter series.

  • 04/28/2011 - The two-book series from the early 80's about Patrick Chambers, a former college dean and now plant shop owner who takes clandestine assignments on the side joins the group.

  • 04/27/2011 - Introduced a two-book series from the mid 70's, British DI-6 agent Martyn Cale.

  • 04/26/2011 - Added cleaned versions of covers of series starting with "W", "Y", and "Z". I will on occasion find some, especially those done early in my clean-up process, that I could do better but I will not announce it.

  • 04/25/2011 - Added cleaned versions of covers of series starting with "U" and "V".

  • 04/24/2011 - Added cleaned versions of covers of series starting with "T".

  • 04/21/2011 - Added cleaned versions of covers of series starting with "S".

  • 04/20/2011 - Added two two-book series. The first is an American named Emma Streat, a former opera singer, who gets mixed up with spies while investigating her husband's death. The second is an ATF agent, Jack McClure, who does special missions for the President.

  • 04/19/2011 - Added a five-book series about a British agent named Paul Richter written by James Barrington. You should see the size of these books! The first two total 1300+ pages!. Looks like a lot of action.

  • 04/18/2011 - A third book in the Jassy Vane series, The Checkerboard Caper has been added. Completed the write-up of Desmond Drake.

  • 04/17/2011 - Added a two-book action series about a body-smuggler named Stephen Haden.

  • 04/16/2011 - Finished my write-up of the excellent Tom Cain work about Samuel Carver. The Louis Morgon series was also completed.

  • 04/15/2011 - Revisited series starting with "W","Y", and "Z". Nobody has written a series starting with "X" that I know about.

  • 04/12/2011 - Revisited series starting with "U" and "V".

  • 04/11/2011 - Added a new two-book series about an agent working for Department K by the name of Philip Scott. I had owned the first book for ages but only recently learned there had been a sequel several years later.

  • 04/10/2011 - Revisited series starting with "T".

  • 04/09/2011 - Introduced two three-book series. The first is about Louis Morgon, a retired CIA agent living in France who is forced back into action, written by Peter Steiner. The second is Matt Garrett by A.J.Tata, a series about a trouble-shooting agent.

  • 04/08/2011 - Added two books to the Samuel Carver series. Also added my write up on the series now that I've read 3 of the 4 books. I had to correct some notes I had made (was I drunk?) when I put in that Carver was American working for the CIA. Wrong!. My apologies, Mr. Cain.

  • 04/05/2011 - Revisited series starting with "S".

  • 04/04/2011 - Added preliminary information on one new series, this one about Allison Alexander, a woman who goes to work for an anti-terrorist division of Interpol named Anastasia.

  • 04/03/2011 - Added preliminary information on several new series: One about Jeremy Waller which has two books, a two-book series about John Apparite, a three-booker about Eckstein & Baum, and a two-book series about Milo Weaver. Since I have not read the books, only collected them so far, my information is not complete.

  • 04/01/2011 - A two-book series about a semi-retired CIA agent named W. Cooper was added.

  • 03/28/2011 - Put in another book in the series about adventurer Vic Stallard, Prey! which came out in 1978.

  • 03/20/2011 - Added a new two-book series about a former CIA agent suffering from Alzheimer's and at odds with the CIA, Drummond Clark. Also added a fourth book in the Michael Westen, Burn Notice series.

  • 03/19/2011 - Revisited series starting with "R".

  • 03/16/2011 - Revisited series starting with "Q".

  • 03/15/2011 - Revisited series starting with "P".

  • 03/14/2011 - Brought in another series, this one about an Assistant Attorney General who has to take on several interesting adversaries. The character is George Williams and I read all three books before taking the time to enter it into this compendium. I really recommend it.

  • 03/13/2011 - Revisited series starting with "O".

  • 03/11/2011 - Added a fifth book in the McHugh series. I had been certain that The Five Faces Of Murder was not a McHugh book but happily I was wrong.

  • 03/09/2011 - Revisited series starting with "N".

  • 03/05/2011 - Revisited series starting with "M".

  • 03/01/2011 - Revisited series starting with "L".

  • 02/27/2011 - Finished my write-up of the Steve Brady series. Fun set of adventures.

  • 02/26/2011 - Introduced a new series to the group. Davis Troy, a three-book series about a reporter who gets involved in lots of excitement. Also added the Book descriptions for Alexander & Guiness series, still needing the About the Series and My Comments to be done.

  • 02/25/2011 - Revisited series starting with "K".

  • 02/24/2011 - NOTE!!! Added a new feature called The Year Was. Get to it from the Home page and enjoy!

  • 02/20/2011 - Revisited series starting with "I" and "J".

  • 02/18/2011 - Revisited series starting with "H".

  • 02/15/2011 - Revisited series starting with "A".

  • 02/14/2011 - Added a six-book series about Steve Brady. I have just started reading the first book and it is a lot of fun. I think Brady is going to be a very funny spy to follow.

  • 02/13/2011 - Finished the entry for Cliff Remington.

  • 02/12/2011 - Revisited series starting with "B".

  • 02/10/2011 - Added a book to the Paul Fox series, Operation Watchdog. And added the first book in the Emma Greaves series, Chance To Die, proving to myself finally it really is in the series!

  • 02/09/2011 - Revisited series starting with "C".

  • 02/05/2011 - Revisited series starting with "D".

  • 02/04/2011 - Revisited series starting with "E".

  • 02/01/2011 - Revisited series starting with "F".

  • 01/30/2011 - Filled in the details of the Al Trelawney series.

  • 01/29/2011 - Put in a precursor to the Joe Gall series, Pagoda.

  • 01/28/2011 - Revisited series starting with "G".

  • 01/25/2011 - Added two different two-book series: Brian Douglas by John Lee and David Llewellyn by Herbert Crowder.

  • 01/23/2011 - Brought in the cleaned version of "R" covers. Added a book to the series about Grace Flint.

  • 01/22/2011 - Filled in the missing book in the Victor Mace series.

  • 01/21/2011 - IMPORTANT! Started a Revisit of the spy series contained herein, looking for those whose description seem sparse to me. I will go through them alphabetically though probably not in order and will comment when each "letter" group is done.

  • 01/20/2011 - Two more books and a change in the order of books for the John Gail series.

  • 01/18/2011 - {{Jerry Cornell}}, a two-book (sorta) series by Michael Moorcock joins the listing. Also added three books (no synopsis yet) to the {{Marc Savage}} series.

  • 01/16/2011 - Added three new series to the listing. The first is Black-Ops agent Ben Treven. The second is British MI6 agent David Trevellyan. And the third is a CIA agent and the gifted woman he works with, Jax Alexander and Tobie Guinness.

  • 01/14/2011 - Submitted the character Victor Mace, an action hero also called the Kung Fu Monk Master who is often hired by the CIA for an assignment.

  • 01/09/2011 - Brought in the cleaned versions of "P" and "Q" covers

  • 01/05/2011 - Just inputted the four-book series from the mid-60s dealing with Giancarlo Melrose, a half-Italian, half-American spy.

  • 01/04/2011 - {{Al Trelawney}}, a three-book series from the late 70's has been added.

  • 12/30/2010 - The insurance investigator and oft-times spy Milo March joins the group with 21 books.

  • 12/29/2010 - Introduced the character of Sebastian Kettle though much more needs to be done.

  • 12/28/2010 - Brought in the cleaned version of "O" covers

  • 12/26/2010 - Added comments on a score of books scattered throughout the different series, too numerous to mention.

  • 12/23/2010 - Brought in the cleaned version of "N" covers

  • 12/22/2010 - Brought in the cleaned version of "M" covers

  • 12/21/2010 - Updated the Paul Brodie series with the addition of two books, The Icarus Threat and Under The Icefall.

  • 12/20/2010 - Put in the synopsis of the two books in the Peter Avakian series.

  • 12/19/2010 - Added two books to the Mark Hood series, Spy From The Deep and The Reluctant Assassin.

  • 12/17/2010 - Brought in the cleaned versions of "L" covers.

  • 12/15/2010 - Brought in the cleaned versions of "I", "J", and "K" covers.

  • 12/15/2010 - Brought in the cleaned versions of "C" covers.

  • 12/06/2010 - Another 60's agent to take on world-domination minded villians, Bulldog Drummond was added.

  • 12/04/2010 - Brought in the cleaned versions of "H" covers. Updated the The Executioner series. Also added the two-book Mark Castle series.

  • 12/02/2010 - Put in the six-book series about Steve Carradine.

  • 11/30/2010 - Put in the fourth book in the Shane Schofield series.

  • 11/28/2010 - Added cleaned versions of covers of series starting with "G". Also added the two-book Dan Walker series.

  • 11/26/2010 - Added cleaned versions of covers of series starting with "F".

  • 11/24/2010 - Added cleaned versions of covers of series starting with "D" and "E".

  • 11/21/2010 - Added a nice transition in the character page so the larger images show better.

  • 11/08/2010 - The 8th book in the James Burlane series, Tyger! Tyger! was added. I had known this book was by Richard Hoyt but only recently learned it was in the Burlane series. Replaced the book covers of those series starting with "B" with far cleaner ones.

  • 11/07/2010 - The 10th book in the Steve Austin, The Six Million Dollar Man series, International Incidents was included. Also added was the 6th book in the Onyxx series, Sleeping With Danger.

  • 10/29/2010 - Replaced the book covers of those series starting with "A" with far cleaner ones. It is a lot of work but they look much better.

  • 10/28/2010 - Put in book #2 in the Max Moss series, Countdown To China. I had thought there were just four books in the series and when I was told there was a fifth, I figured it would be after the others, not before all but one!. Also added About The Series and book descriptions, along with images, in the series about Jane Moneypenny. Comments will follow when I've had a chance to read at least one book.

  • 10/23/2010 - Added two books in the Charles Garrett series. Had missed them before because they were published under the author's real name of Frederick Nolan instead of pseudonym Donald Severn as were the first two books.

  • 10/22/2010 - Received a copy of Daniel Da Cruz The Captive City, book 3 in the Ape Swain series. I had thought for years this was not in any series but was told I was wrong. I bought it to prove my belief. I was wrong but now I have the book!

  • 10/20/2010 - Received the third book in the Desmond Drake series, Desmond Drake Goes West. Unfortunately, it was a hardback with no dust jacket so no image. Trying to figure out a way to get the 40+ books for which I do not have images.

  • 10/18/2010 - Received a copy of The Manchester Thing, published under the alternate title of The Manchester Connection. It is the first book in the Mark Farrow series by Angus Ross. I have been wanting this book for many years! Also added Burn Notice: The Fix, in the Michael Westen series.

  • 10/17/2010 - Major revamp of the look and feel of the site, prompted by seeing how much better other spy sites looked (thanks to Johny Malone for the inspiration). I put a lot more emphasis on the cover art as they bring the books to life. Drop me a line to let me know how you feel about it.

  • 10/15/2010 - Received word from Johny Malone of a dozen books in already listed series I had not known of. I am ordering those I can afford. That's a lot of books at one time. I'm a little embarrassed that I missed a few of these. Looking at it a different way, though, with about 4000 books being covered, 12 books represents 3 tenths of a percent.

  • 10/14/2010 - Finally brought this What's New section online though it is still under construction

  • 10/13/2010 - Added three series:
    Nails Fenian series by Hal D. Steward. I got the first book yesterday. I love the lurid cover.
    Burn Notice series by Tod Goldberg. I received one of the books today, the other two are on order.
    Samuel Carver series by Tom Cain. I had the two books but just hadn't added them yet. I read the first 20 pages of the first book and already know I want to finish it.

  • 10/08/2010 - Received word from Johny Malone of unaplagadeespias.blogspot.com of several series I didn't know about:
    Steve Carradine by Manning K. Robertson
    Black Swan by J.J.Montague
    The Brothers Levy by William Goldman
    Mark Castle by Carl Marcus
    Sebastian Kettle by James Dillon White
    Nails Fenian by Hal D. Steward
    and a couple more I'm still pondering whether they fit. Still, 6 at one time is IMPRESSIVE! I have ordered most of the books and will add them as I get information.
    - By the way, check out his site. It's in Spanish, which I can just barely read a bit. It has really interesting comments about spy novels and some great covers. It is well worth the time. It looks a LOT better than mine. Anybody know a good web designer who works free?
    - On the subject, I have been reading the other sites linked to Mr. Malone's site, members of COBRAS. Really great stuff. Really.Geoffrey Mildmay and Desmond Drake series now that I've gotten the 3 of the first and 2 of the second. Read the first Mildmay book and enjoyed it. Not much action but compelling writing. I have just skimmed the Drake books.

  • 09/12/2010 - Received an email from a viewer who asked for a page giving my A and B graded series. I am trying to decide how best to present it.

  • 09/10/2010 - Heard from another viewer (name unknown, just the email) about two old series:
    Geoffrey Mildmay by Burke Wilkinson (3 books)
    Desmond Drake by Sea-Lion (3 books)
    I've ordered the books and will enter the series when I get information. He showed me some ideas for books he is writting and I liked what I read. I hope he continues writing.

  • 09/01/2010 - Added a Slide Show of book covers beside the Series information. I wrote for the front page a really cool slideshow Java applet with dozens of different transitions but not sure if I should use it.

  • 08/20/2010 - Started writing my articles again for the first time in forever. I finally felt I had gathered enough information to make commenting have some validity. I would love to hear comments.

  • 07/07/2010 - Heard from Dean Brierly mentioning the French series Al Glenne by M.G. Braun. I have pondered whether to include the English versions of translated series like Glenne and Malko and OSS-117. I haven't decided yet. I very much welcome opinions on the matter.
    - By the way, if you can, search the web for Mr. Brierly's articles. That man can write!

  • 07/01/2010 - Changed the Book Enlarged Image window to include information on the book.

  • /2018/09/0 - A very enterprising woman who loves adventure and is present in a good number of the mission of Cotton Malone, {{Cassiopeia Vitt}, gets her own page due to having a couple solo tales of her own. I liked this character from the first time she saved Malone's behind and she has just gotten better over time. Please say hi!