THE YEAR WAS
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
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
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
. 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
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.
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
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
. 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
, infamous jewel thief and now unwilling thief-for-the-government, in a so-far 7 book series.
03/04/2018 - Just saw
. I had seen three lackluster reviews of it but since I love the book series so much, I could 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
02/22/2018 - Even as I start the third book in the terrific
Egorova & Nash
series, I just finished the seventh book in the
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
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
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
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
, 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
, aka Amanda Charlton.
02/05/2018 - For your cloak and dagger dancing pleasure, I give you
, 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
. 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
. 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
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
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
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)
, aka xXx.
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
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
. 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
. Please welcome him.
12/05/2017 - An interesting series joins the compendium today. It is about a man named
. He is also known as
. 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
(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
series is being re-issued. The fourth in the series,
(previously published in America as
) is just out.
(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.
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
series, has yet another hero in the Intelligence business worth following. Please welcome
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,
, 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
to the collection.
11/13/2017 - Fixed a bad entry on a darn good series,
. 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
, agent of COVERT.
10/30/2017 - A kick-butt young woman is the latest entrant into the compendium.
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
. 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
!" It is called
Spy v Spia
You can view it at
here on YouTube
. If you like it, she has a
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
, 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
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
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
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
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
. 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.
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
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.
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,
, 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
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
and his wife Jan to the compendium.
08/11/2017 - An impressive number of titles comprise this latest entry into the compendium.
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
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
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
, 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
, 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
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
, 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
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
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
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
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
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
, head of security for a fashion company and undercover agent. Please welcome this kick-butt operative to the compendium.
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
and then changes his name to
before later donning a cowl and cape and calling himself
. 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
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
. 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
or Israeli assassin named
. 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
, a man who needs no introduction because a) he has no name that I can find and b)
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
. 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
. Nevertheless, just as I made a justifiable exception with the book
, I make one with a classic which was also told initially in serial format. Please welcome Rudyard Kipling's understandably classic
. For those of you who have not read the book or feel a bit daunted at doing so,
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
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
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
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
. 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
, 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
. 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
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
, 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
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
. 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
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
, 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
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
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
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
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
. 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
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
in 1954. The first is the impressive
who has 13 different tales (9 graphic and 4 text). The other is
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
, 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
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
, 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
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
was not around long enough to care. Still, nowadays, it is kinda fun to look back.
02/22/2017 - A companion series to
which joined a couple days ago is that of
, 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
, 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
02/14/2017 - Today we head back in time again for a two-issue, four-adventure romp with
. 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
to the compendium.
02/11/2017 - Let us go again back 70+ years to before WWII and witness the service of
, 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
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
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.
, 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
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.
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
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
, 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
. 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
, 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
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
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
, 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
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
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
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
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
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
, 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.
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
. 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
. 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.
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
, aka Agent Hill.
11/19/2016 - From very old to quite new, although the character in question has been around a
, 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'
(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
, 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
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
. 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
. 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
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,
09/13/2016 - On the 13th of this month (albeit a Tuesday), I present to you the latest member of this compendium,
. 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
08/28/2016 - Reaching back to the period of my adolescence, I bring you an enjoyable juvenile-intended series about a young agent named
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.
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
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.
aka Danger Man, and of course
07/31/2016 - As July 2016 comes to a close, I present to the compendium the interesting case of Jack Higgins'
. 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
. 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
. 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
, 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
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
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
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.
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
. 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
03/05/2016 - The beautiful Chinese agent
joins the compendium today. She is quite an interesting character and her books are
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
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.
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
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
[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
01/16/2016 - Another short run comic spy joins the group today.
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
, 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,
, 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,
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
. 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
, 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
11/15/2015 - Just before the new James Bond movie,
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
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
10/09/2015 - A two-book series about a lawyer specializing in cyber-crimes enters the compendium.
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
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,
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,
. 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
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
, aka GiGi, one of the Specialists. The other is
, 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
. 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
. 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
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
, 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
. 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
. The great talent of Douglas Preston gives us a four-book series about
. And Scott Matthews has a three-book series about
, 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
07/18/2015 - Put in lots of comments on two series who have been waiting for a while,
. I also added two new series to the compendium which I hope you will check out:
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
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
07/09/2015 - A trained warrior who cannot remember who he is becomes a very deadly assassin in this three-book series about
07/08/2015 - Another exciting series from J. Robert Kennedy, this one actually preceding the one about Dylan Kane, joins the compendium.
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
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!