A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 1531 series covering 9126 books!

As well as 326 movies, 3232 television episodes, and 4527 other things.

What's New

The last ten major changes to the site.

  • 06/02/2020 - Today's entrant into the compendium looks like a solo hero since I have gone along with the author's choice of tagging these three books and one novella series a Mike Walton thrillers but his wife Lisa plays just as big a role in the action and then there is the other character, Zima. This is an action-packed series with really good characters.

  • 06/01/2020 - To my very patient bride, Happy Anniversary! Thanks for decades of love and hopefully a couple more to come. Now on to sort-of-business. From the late 70's-early 80's comes a young adult series about Doris Fein, a slightly overweight young woman who becomes a part-time agent for an American government agency. She had started as a support character in the first adventure but must have been interesting enough to the author that he moved her to the starring role and she stayed there for a half-dozen more adventures.

  • 05/31/2020 - An agent from a division of Homeland Security called the FID joins the compendium today. Ryan Savage is the man's name and he works with other agencies as needed and directed but since FID has far less oversight than most other agencies, he can do what needs to be done.

  • 05/30/2020 - An agent with a small department inside Homeland Security, Unit 28, joins the compendium today. In the 2-book 1-novella set of adventures, we find her going up against Islamic terrorists and dealing with her own personal issues. And we (I) enjoyed my time spent with Alex Thornton.

  • 05/29/2020 - I love variety in my reading diet (my wife would say I do not have the same attitude when it comes to food). I stick within the spy-fi realm mostly because of this site (and I love it) but I also love other genres as well. When I can mix them, I like it and I definitely can do so with this excellent 4-book series from the late 80's. Gaffney & Tipper is a fantastically written combination of counter-espionage and police procedural which lets us follow along as these two experienced men in the British Special Branch take of moles, double agents, and traitors. The books are available again and I really recommend them.

  • 05/28/2020 - Last fall I did a quick look at Yael Azoulay, a trouble-shooter for the Secretary-General of the U.N. Today I post my Second Look at this 3-book, 1-novella series and come away with an impressed feel for the author and the character. Good, good writing about a woman who has to put up with a lot to get the job done.

  • 05/27/2020 - For today's consideration (channeling my Rod Serling here) I present Solomon Stryker, a head of a security company that is a child prodigy, genius, and bad-a**. The character is way over the top but a lot of people seem to like that in their action heroes. Also if you like exclamation marks, this one is for you!!

  • 05/26/2020 - I take a Second Look at the adventures of Tim Hall which has added one to the collection since I first snuck a peak. Now the author calls these the Tim and Mary Ann Mysteries and perhaps I should as well.

  • 05/25/2020 - A Second Look at Louise Moscow, a woman more comfortable behind a computer screen looking at spreadsheets but who gets pulled by circumstances, and a couple of governmental agencies, to deal with far more deadly matters.

  • 05/25/2020 - Some time back I added the preliminary info on Fortune Redding, aka the Miss Fortune Mysteries. I did not say much because I was just passing through. Well, now I've stayed quite a while and would love for you to look at my pictures, so to speak.

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!!