The last ten major changes to the site.
- 09/25/2022 - Continuing the spy-fi series work of author Bernard Newman, I now add the most famous of his operatives, a man who works very closely to the author's eponymous character in many adventures but who is very much known under his name. is the name of the French spymaster who works for both the DGSE and Surete as well as British Intelligence.
- 09/23/2022 - In furtherance of the Bernard Newman set of series, I present who plays a major role in many of the books I list for him and a minor role in a couple more. I might not have given him his own page since these books also fall under other series except for several sources which credit him as the main protagonist in a few books, including the great Al Hubin.
- 09/21/2022 - Please say hello to . This is the name of the main character of this series of spy novels which started in the mid-30s and ran for just over three decades. It is also the name of the author who penned them, a noted travelogue writer and avid bicyclist who travelled extensively throughout Europe between the two World Wars and wrote very impressively about the places he went and the people he met. And, according to him, got involved in a whole lot of exciting mysteries and spy-related activities. The man was a master at self promotion and his stories were, in fact, reasonably entertaining; more so back in the day than now but still worth reading here and there.
Please note that this series is interconnected with two other series to be added in the next couple of days. More on them next time.
- 09/19/2022 - Just over a decade and a half ago, gifted author Jim DeFelice penned a three-book series about a spy for George Washington named . I have read a fair number of this author's works before learning of this series but I did not know until finding the Gibbs books how good he was at what could be called a bit lighter fare. Fun, fun books and worth checking out.
- 09/17/2022 - Today's entrant is an odd duck from Britain in 1973 details the activities during WWI of a rather insane daredevil of a motorcycle riding spy going by the name of . Imagine a fellow with a bike complete with sidecar riding all over behind enemy lines picking up stranded agents, sabotaging the odd bridge, doing recon, and such. Okay, maybe. Now how about the vehicle tripped up with gadgets like a machinegun in the passenger area. Or a flame thrower. Or lots more. Ah, probably not!
- 09/15/2022 - For today's entrant I look to a series of historical spy novels penned just a handful of years ago but dealing with events in the late 1500's. The hero, , is the fairly young offspring of a Jewish doctor, both forced to flee Portugal's version of the Inquisition. Young Alvarez will learn the physician trade as well as becoming an expert in the pharmacy business ... and becoming an agent for famed British spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham. One other important aspect to Christoval is that for protection during their escape to England, the elder felt it far safer for the younger to travel as a boy instead of the girl she actually is. And the pretense is maintained.
- 09/13/2022 - From Britain running from 1972 to 1975 was a pretty entertaining, from what I can find of it, spy series about an unnamed intelligence group inside their Defense Department tasked with weeding out the many spies and traitors inside the government. The show was title and it had several very talented actors in it, most memorable for me was Tom Adams who already made his spy-bones (my term) a decade earlier.
- 09/11/2022 - From the minds and prose of Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley comes another series which I was excited to read. is a female Marine Major who is also the niece of the current Chairman of the JSOC. This resourceful woman ends up having to deal with terrorists in several quite different locations but with one common factor - the same very nasty fellow behind it all.
- 09/09/2022 - A television spy series that I enjoyed from the first episode, which of course meant that it would not last, joins the compendium today. was the name of the show which starred Katherine Heigl as 'Charlie' Tucker, a high-ranking analyst who managed a command center at the CIA and also had a very close relationship with the female President having been engaged to the leader's son before his untimely death. I thought the stories well written and acted. Unfortunately not enough others did so.
- 09/07/2022 - Today's entrant into the compendium is a college professor and archaeologist who would never have gotten involved in matters that the CIA and MI6 were also dealing with had he not gotten ticked, with good reason, at his university employer. The tiff results in his leaving to take a vacation and that little trip will change his life. It was enjoyable reading this 8-book series about ; there are so many books, it seems, because wherever he goes, someone is going to cause him considerable trouble. Watching him get out of that trouble is the fun part.
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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!