A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 1040 series covering 6980 books!
As well as 273 movies, 2612 television episodes, and 2854 other things.

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

  • 07/17/2018 - Five days of 90 degree heat and no a/c at home. Lots of trips to stores buying little but enjoying their cool. Finally repairman came to our rescue! So today I give a First Look at a pair of agents for a hush-hush organization called Cerberus. Please welcome Falk and Koski.

  • 07/15/2018 - Hello, Ides of July! It is hot here in NC and my AC is busted. Fans are going like crazy and when my wife asks if I want to go shopping with her, I think of the air conditioned stores and say, "why not!" In the meantime, I present to you a so-far 4-book adventure series about a pilot contracted by a couple of CIA agents to do pilot stuff for them. That stuff invariably means almost getting killed. Please welcome a very entertaining Colin Pearce to the compendium.

  • 07/14/2018 - First Look at Cal Jardine, a British soldier-of-fortune who gets pulled into the shadowy world of espionage, not liking it so much but going there nonetheless.

  • 07/13/2018 - A few days ago I added to this compendium the two-book series about Rick Kasten. Today I introduce that author's four-book (so far) series about a different individual who is brought into the cloak-and-dagger world in pre-WWII Europe. It is pretty darned interesting so far. Please welcome Harry Braham and do check him out.

  • 07/08/2018 - On my last day before officially turning a year older, I bring a series written a half decade ago about a man operating some eight decades ago. The time is 1939 and the place is Europe. The man is a ship owner named Rick Kasten who gets involved in a fair amount of cloak and dagger work in addition to running a business.

  • 07/05/2018 - Today's entrant is an ongoing series about a group of highly intelligent people solidly established in their own careers but pulled in on an ad hoc basis by the CIA. Interesting characters presented in a way that lets you get to know the people and how and why they interact as they do with each other. I named the series after the one I consider to be the main character, Martina Jung, but there are several in the group worthy of attention.

  • 07/04/2018 - Happy Birthday, America!!! 242, if my math is correct. Hopefully many, many, many more to come. Today's entry into the compendium comes from Britain, however. It marks a significant change for me as well because the spy in this 2-book series from the mid-70s is an industrial spy. Being very good at his job means not being a very good guy because you flat out cannot trust him, ever. And yet you can trust the terrific author who got his training crafting these tales - Ken Follett. Please welcome the ruthless but entertaining Piers Roper.

  • 07/02/2018 - Welcome to July. Hot and humid here in NC. Normal summer weather. Still like living here, though. Beats the winter blizzards in SD. Well, today's entry into the compendium is a very interesting and downright enjoyable series about a former Special Forces soldier turned soldier of fortune who ends up working for some very powerful people doing some very dangerous stuff. High octane and loads of fun. Please welcome the oddly named but quite deadly Stetson Culp.

  • 06/30/2018 - As we say goodbye to June, let us move back in time. Quite a ways back, actually. More than a century. The year is 1911 and the world is just a couple of years and a couple of assassin bullets from the First World War. One agent is hard at work to keep France and England ready for what he is certain is about to happen, though he hopes he is wrong. Now, there are a fair number of series written for this time period but this one was written then so it is not a historical spy series. It is modern (for its time). Please welcome Hugh Morrice to the compendium.

  • 06/29/2018 - An enjoyable two-book series from nearly a decade ago joins the compendium. It involves an interesting British gent of Indian Muslim descent who is a member of Group 8. I am enjoying them and you might check them out as well. Please welcome Ashraf Khan.

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!!