A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 1086 series covering 7288 books!
As well as 276 movies, 2733 television episodes, and 3223 other things.

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

  • 12/11/2018 - A 3-book series subtitled the Vendetta Trilogy joins the compendium today. This one deals with CIA operative turned private security consultant Josh Fallon and it has a lot of action and is quite fun to read. Check it out.

  • 12/01/2018 - First Look at the Max Austin, aka the Russian Assassin, a former KGB hitman now trying to make a legal living in the West but up for an occasional job in his former profession when the cause is right.

  • 11/24/2018 - We are moving WAY back in time today with the series about Stella Steele, a British stage star who goes up repeatedly against her father, Theordore Drost, a sleeper German saboteur. The series of short stories was published in 1917 but deals with events going on just before the Great War started.

  • 11/23/2018 - Recovering from a WHOLE lot of great food made by my terrific cook of a wife and my two adult daughters. Lots of leftovers, too. My job had been to enjoy. And then do the dishes. A LOT of dishes. Now it is to add this 3-book series that started out seeming like a spy series and then didn't and then did again. I wavered a couple of times whether to add this and obviously ended on the 'yes' side. Here is the B-Squad, a team put together to combat terrorism and finding a whole different enemy to go after.

  • 11/19/2018 - First Look at James Robb, an FBI agent who gets pulled by circumstances from his normal pursuit of bad men to the hunt for al-Qaeda. Check out this 3-book series.

  • 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.


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!!