A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 1079 series covering 7266 books!
As well as 276 movies, 2733 television episodes, and 3146 other things.

What's New
The last ten major changes to the site.

  • 11/18/2018 - From the past we pull a darned impressive two-book series about a British spy who travels the Nazi-controlled Europe as a famous clown in a popular circus. These books have definitely fallen into obscurity, IMHO, and they definitely do not deserve it. I read a lukewarm review of them describing them as melodrama and they do not really deserve that, either. The writing is very impressive and you really get to know the character and time passes quickly and enjoyable when you are in the world of Saxon Ashe, a name for both the character and the author.

  • 11/17/2018 - Some time back I added a series that I really liked, and hoped for more, by Rachel Amphlett. It turns out that even before I was writing words of praise for that excellent series, she had put out another one also worthy of acclaim, this one being a trilogy. The main character is Eva Delacourt, a British agent trying to protect a young boy and determined to learn who killed her fiancĂ©e and is now after them. She is darn good and so is this series.

  • 11/16/2018 - The early 50s in the comic book industry was a time of great change with many superheroes having already gone away and war stories as well as comedy filling the void. In the realm of spy stories, the Reds were the arch-enemy trying to destroy democracy. One stalwart bastion of defense with some amazingly good stories was Clark Mason. Read about him and check out his adventures here.

  • 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.


More What's New!

SPY FICTION!

Say the word SPY to most people and they will respond with James Bond, with good reason as he is the best known of all fictional spies. With 20+ blockbuster movies over the last 40+ years, along with the standard movie hype, virtually the entire world knows about 007 and his License To Kill.

Of course, James Bond is by no means the only spy in the world of fiction, just the best known. Who are the rest? Who has his or her own license to kill, thrill, or chill. How do these agents stack up against each other? Who would you want beside you in a car chase, in a knife fight, in a dark alley, or beneath the covers?

This site is dedicated to the many, many men and women who, at least in fiction, have defended our freedoms against all forms of enemies, foreign and domestic. Well, granted a few of them were just in it for the money and many were only after the excitement, and sex played a huge role in the motivation of more than a few. But still, their actions helped not only preserve our way of life (on paper) but also brought us, the readers, many hours of escapism and vicarious pleasure.

So, who are these people that I have slaved so diligently to present to you? They are the men and women of spy-fi about whom there is a series. Single-book characters need not apply. There has to be at least two books. Two's the minimum but the more the merrier.

Moreover, I have confined membership to the English language. If it wasn't put into English so I can read it, I haven't worried about it.

Each spy has his or her own page. Click on the "Characters" button to go to a listing page. Click on the letter the character's last name starts with (or a more common moniker like "Death Merchant" if appropriate). That will take one step further into the labrynth. Finally, select the character's name from the list and, voila!

Have fun!!