A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 1861 series covering 10259 books!

As well as 401 movies, 4703 television episodes, and 7584 other things.

What's New

The last ten major changes to the site.

  • 06/15/2021 - I have been reading new series, honest! But I have also been binge-watching the nearly two decade old series Deadwood and that has dominated my spare time. Still, thanks to my frequent contributor EdRoy, I have also spent a little time revisiting an old secret agent cartoon series from the 60s and thus Cool McCool joins the compendium today.

  • 06/13/2021 - A two-novella series about a member of a private paramilitary corporation having extremely close ties with the American Intelligence community joins the compendium today. Devlin Stone is a part of Z Section and if they are after you, well, don't start binge watching any new series.

  • 06/11/2021 - I have invited a couple of ministers (theological, not governmental) into the compendium before. Today I do so again when I ask Leona Foxx, former CIA agent and now Lutheran pastor to join. She is an interesting contradiction in that she really wants to never have to use again the gun she never leaves home without.

  • 06/10/2021 - I do not have the opportunity to invite membership to many Physics Professors but Neil Aldridge gets one today. This fellow is not only a learned individual, he also gets involved in lots of hair-raising activities in connection with a group called Kestrel, an elite EU special forces team. I am part way into this so-far two-book series and I am liking what I am reading.

  • 06/09/2021 - A three-book series with at least two more books all prepped to be released joins the compendium today. The adventures of Lance Spector are action-filled and exciting. They are also filled with a couple of support characters who more than deserve their own series. I have enjoyed the trio that are out now and think you will, too, if you are looking for lots of action.

  • 06/08/2021 - Yesterday I added a very silly entry just for fun. Today I add a series because it ranks as one of the very best television series I have had the pleasure to watch. I mention in the My Comments section that I rank it just a smidge behind The Sandbaggers. I am talking about Mr. Palfrey of Westminster, a show that ran 2 way too short seasons, giving us 10 exquisite episodes available now on Amazon Prime. I would like to thank Matthew Bradford and Jeff Quest for their recent episode on the excellent Spybrary podcast (#152) which convinced me to finally give this show a try. They loved the show and SO DO I!

  • 06/07/2021 - A week ago I introduced, with a fair amount of grinning on my part, a spy series about a chimpanzees. Today I do another silly entry about a cartoon rodent who is also an operative. Secret Squirrel is the lead agent for the ISS, he and his faithful sidekick, Morocco Mole. Oh, my! Do I have no shame? Ah, nope!

  • 06/06/2021 - I am travelling back nearly 50 years to the 1960s for a British television series about a British Secret Service agent operating 60 years before that (I am not doing the math!). Virgin of the Secret Service is the operative, along with his possible fiancee, the widow Mrs. Cortez, and his intrepid batman, Sgt. Doublett, who had over a dozen harrowing and exciting missions all across the globe wherever the Crown had an interest.

  • 06/05/2021 - We have all been there. We finish the last page of the last (in this case hopefully latest) book in a series and feel so lucky to have had the pleasure of the read but then dealing with the sadness that there just ain't no more. That is what I went through with the St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking books that I enter into the compendium today. The author, Dana Haynes, had already impressed me with a previous series but has gotten even better with this one. I strongly recommend it for people who like lots of action, really interesting leading characters, and delicious banter.

  • 06/04/2021 - As I mention in My Comments on today's entrant into the compendium, it is good to give a character a personal reason for handling a mission and the author does that in style for Mitch Herron. Not just the first book, either. Different book - different motivation. I liked it!

More What's New!


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!!