A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 1010 series covering 6855 books!
As well as 263 movies, 2612 television episodes, and 2752 other things.

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

  • 05/20/2018 - Quite some time ago, a fellow spy-fan, Matthew, asked me about Poul Anderson's futuristic spy series. At the time I was only dealing with WWII-to-present so I declined. When I recently expanded my reach, he again asked and now, thanks to him and to the fantastic writing of a true sci-fi giant, I present to you a sci-spy-fi treat, if you did not already know about him. Please welcome to the compendium the terrific Dominic Flandry, a man-about-town debonair and resourceful agent who first came out two years before James Bond.

  • 05/18/2018 - Fellow spy-fan and contributor, Robert, has been kind enough to update me on one of my favorite series, that of William Holmes, a recipient of a grade of "A" by me. A couple weeks ago he let me know of a 7th book in the series, "The Second Red Dragon", which is now available in ebook format. Today he told me of the 8th book, "Contact!", which is still only available in used paperback. Bit red-faced here. To miss one is a shame. To miss two is ... well ... Thanks, Robert!

  • 05/18/2018 - An interesting, fast 3-book series about a female agent working for Control (no, not the same as Maxwell Smart) against a group with the clever name of Cabal joins the compendium today. Please welcome Betty Thursten, aka the Betty Chronicles.

  • 05/16/2018 - A fascinating entry to the compendium is presented here today. This character is a lot of fun to watch but even more interesting perhaps are the people he will run up against. I am very impressed with how well the author brought out these other characters and made them important to the story and interesting to boot. Even the not-so-nice people. Good writing. Please then welcome Steve Baldwin.

  • 05/14/2018 - After what I considered a very interesting series from before WWII, one that I liked, I present another one from near that time but one that was not as enjoyable. It was not bad. It just was not good. Nevertheless, please welcome this 5-issue comic book series about Steve Battle.

  • 05/12/2018 - Every now and then I come across a gem that I relish telling people about. Of course, I know that often this shining jewel is known to lots of other people but I still delight in yelling about it. In today's case, I do not know how many people remember the author, Patricia Wentworth, because she left us more than a half-century ago. I knew of her from years ago reading several of her Miss Silver books but until recently with the release in ebook format of her novels, I did not know at all about Benbow Smith. Both, what a pleasant surprise it was to hear of then then enjoy the daylights out of these books. Please welcome this fascinating spy-master to the compendium.

  • 05/09/2018 - This newest entrant into the compendium comes with very little fanfare because it deserves none. Not a good series at all. At least it is blessedly short. Take a quick ganger as the comic book series Spade of the Secret Service. That is as long as it deserves.

  • 05/07/2018 - A few years ago I was asked by a fellow spy-fan if I was planning to add this next series to the compendium. I said no. Well, I changed my mind. Coming to us from the past (60's) is a series about a futuristic secret agent who comes and goes all the time. Literally. Please welcome Hannibal Fortune, Agent Of T.E.R.R.A.. And his sidekick Webley.

  • 05/04/2018 - Happy Star Wars Day! My entry for today has nothing to do with Luke or Han or Leia (although I am a bit psyched about the upcoming movie Solo). Today we welcome a 5-book series about a law professor who most definitely was not always a professor. He likes being a professor, though, and would not mind too much if the world would let him just be that. The world will not and so Creed Emerson gets involved in several exciting adventures. Please welcome him to the compendium.

  • 05/03/2018 - Sometimes I can be so slow. I have had this series on the digital shelf for far too long, always planning to get to it 'soon'. Well, if I had known how well written and enjoyable it was, I would have made soon actually be soon. Please welcome this 3-book series about a US Army officer turned CIA agent Matt Gannon to the compendium.


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!!