A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 983 series covering 6729 books!
As well as 262 movies, 2594 television episodes, and 2628 other things.

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

  • 03/24/2018 - On the heels of the previous entry, I bring a follow-up series by the same author, this one involving a co-star in that character's adventure but now off on his own and deserving his own entry. Please say hi to former Delta and now CIA agent Gregg Kaplan.

  • 03/23/2018 - A four-book series about a former Naval Intelligence officer turned NTSB investigator turned CIA operative (man likes career moves, apparently) joins the compendium. The first book is interesting but a tad uneven but worth the time. Then the series gets better so hang in there. Do give it a try, though, and say hello to Jake Pendleton.

  • 03/18/2018 - Accomplished spy author Gayle Lynds, who gave us a 2-book series about Liz Sansborough at the turn of this century and then contributed 3 books early on in the Covert-One series life, has given us another 2-book (so far) series about a very capable operative named Judd Ryker. Please welcome him to the compendium.

  • 03/16/2018 - As I celebrate my youngest's 26th birthday (how can someone as young as I have a daughter over a quarter-century old?), I bring mention to you of one fantastic series of short stories that I just finished and want so much to tell you about.

    Charlie Dark is a wonderfully unique character created back in 1978. [Odd coincidence, I had just turned 26 that year - spooky!] He was created by the very good and highly productive author Brian Garfield who had created a terrific Edgar-winning novel Hopscotch a couple years before and wanted to continue in the same "world" of that books's characters. The main character in the book does not appear in the Dark stories but that is quite alright. Charlie Dark is such a unique and entertaining guy on his own. Trust me when I say that Charlie is worth his own weight in gold and when you read the stories (or my write-up) you will see that weight is substantial.

    Please welcome this highly-recommended fellow to the compendium.

  • 03/10/2018 - My good friend and fellow spy-fan, Johny Malone tipped me to an interesting fact, himself having heard of it from a friend of his named Steve. My thanks to both. The fact is that in 1959, there was a single spy book put out under the penname of Duncan Tyler involving a businessman named Phil Sherman who gets involved in all sorts of things behind the Iron Curtain. The same Phil Sherman who almost 10 years later would become the star of a long-running spy series called Secret Mission. For fun, check out my revised comments in that page's Books section.

  • 03/09/2018 - I was a huge, huge fan of Robert Wagner's It Takes A Thief tv show back in the late 60's. The idea of a thief working for the government was so cool, as was Al Mundy. Apparently J. A. Devereaux thought the same way because she took the concept and made it her own. Please welcome Gregg Hadyn, infamous jewel thief and now unwilling thief-for-the-government, in a so-far 7 book series.

  • 03/04/2018 - Just saw Red Sparrow. I had seen three lackluster reviews of it but since I love the book series so much, I could not not go see it. Plus it had the terrific Jennifer Lawrence in it. I enjoyed the movie. A lot. I would not recommend it to non-spy fans because it was in its own way as dark and somber as the books but I would not have expected, or liked, it any other way.

  • 03/03/2018 - Heading into the past again with another comicbook spy, this time another agent with Military Intelligence. These were fairly normal fare for the 30's but they have some interesting stories. I invite you to check out the tales as well as my write-up of Wings Wendall.

  • 02/22/2018 - Even as I start the third book in the terrific Egorova & Nash series, I just finished the seventh book in the Stephen Grant saga. I mention this because I have revised my comments on that latter storyline and upped my grade. I planned on stopping after the second book but then moved to the third and then the fourth and so on until I had read everything. This series about a practicing Lutheran pastor who used to be a CIA operative and still gets drawn into the action is ... unique. Obviously I loved it. Cannot say whether you will but I hope you give it a try.

  • 02/17/2018 - What a fascinating series I add to the compendium today. Reaching back to 1925 (my math says that is 93 years ago) we find the extremely talented Francis Beeding give us his (really their) first book, The Seven Sleepers, in the R√©hmy & de Blanchegarde series. I have such high regard for this pair of authors who are much too unknown today. This is the first of three spy series they gave us in their 20 years of writing.

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!!