A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 1130 series covering 7480 books!
As well as 282 movies, 2733 television episodes, and 3386 other things.

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

  • 03/20/2019 - I have been under the weather and sleeping a lot to recover. Luckily I had a fun, silly, quick-to-read series to entertain me without taxing me. It is about a young girl who might or might not be the reincarnation of a Persian goddess and who definitely is not an official spy but when her actions and her possible heritage get merged, we have Spy Goddess.

  • 03/17/2019 - For several years now I have been "a-gonna" add a video game series turned book series turned movie series. Kept planning to. Never did. Until today. It is a very interesting game series that I cannot play because I am so lousy at this sort of action gaming. It is a fun, albeit rather mindless couple of movies that I really enjoyed. It is a couple of books that were alright, especially the Raymond Benson one. Please welcome the Hitman known as Agent 47 to the compendium.

  • 03/16/2019 - A young-adult series about a very interesting young woman whose Dad runs a Spy Games company putting on like-action "pretend you are a spy" sessions in Paris while Mom, who vanished a few years ago, is suddenly back and is a real-life spy. Savvy Bent, part of the Circle of Spies series, makes for an interesting, light, fun, and fast read.

  • 03/15/2019 - The Shadow Warriors are a team of highly trained paramilitary operatives for the American government who go where the action is but in a way that would that would leave the powers-that-be with plausible deniability. Harry Nichols is a leader of the group, up until things go wrong and then he isn't. That does not stop him from getting involved. This is an exciting series.

  • 03/14/2019 - Get your strange on for this two-book series from a handful of years ago. Morgan Hewitt is the main character but the Hermetic Division is the star attraction. This is an unknown branch of MI-6 devoted to using the supernatural to defend the nation and its weaponry is strange to say the least. Like Tomas, a man who died twenty years ago and is back to help out. That sort of delightfully bizarre. As I mention in My Comments, spooky meets spooks.

  • 03/12/2019 - When I start a series written by a highly experienced intelligence operative, I get both excited and worried. Excited because it is very likely the author will know what he is talking about. Worried because I have no idea how good or bad the writing will be. In this case, the writing is darned good. I am well into the series and plan to finish the three books so I am pleased. Please welcome Steve Church to the compendium.

  • 03/09/2019 - Set your literary time machine way way back to 1904 and one of the very first spy series. Allen Upward published a collection of 12 short adventures into a single volume and then followed it up immediately with a full-length novel published in installments in Pearson Magazine. This largely unknown series is surprisingly good and I enjoyed it a lot. The character, Andrea V, the "V" being an abbreviated name used in disguise, is an American who made his fortune working as a freelance operative in turn-of-the-century Europe. He worked at various times for the Tsar of Russia, Kaiser of Germany, Emperor of Austria-Hungary, Kings of England and Italy, Empress of China, and the Pope. He is in some cases too perfect to tolerate but just as I was ready to give up on him, he would freely admit to having guessed wrong on something and be forced to improvise. A couple of points that make this series, now available in ebook formats from various places with varying degrees of quality reproductions, so interesting. First, the short stories are decent sized so they have enough to be satisfying without too much to become boring (the second book suffers from that). Second, the tales are, as I say in My Opinion, "ripped from the headlines" in that he wrote about things that literally just happened, injecting his character into the middle of things in surprising realistic and entertaining ways. Third, the author inundates the reader with a large number of interesting quotables, many of which I made special note on. One of my favorites is "Russia has discovered that her conquests advance better under the cloak of peace".

  • 03/08/2019 - It is not often that I present a series in which I only know about the first book. That is the case today, though. I know what the other books in the series are and I have found cover art for the other four but their sysnopsis are sadly not available via my Internet searching. If anyone has more information, please let me know. As I get the other books, I will add the info but for now, I have just the one. The series in question is one from the 60s but deals with a spy from the 50s. 1650s. This historical spy series deals with the adventures of Nicholas Pym agent to the British Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell. His cloak is often a dashing cape and his dagger is a very long one, worn in a scabbard on the side. Please welcome him to the compendium.

  • 03/06/2019 - The series I present today has, as of this entry, three books and two novellas. The reading order is a tad odd with the first book happening "now" and the first novella taking place 12 years before and the second book taking place 12 years before and the third book taking place "now". Order is important. Still, the books are worth it because the character is interesting and the adventures timely (then and now). So please welcome Mac Ambrose to the compendium and know that this woman take really take care of herself.

  • 03/05/2019 - There are many authors who have sadly and completely unfairly fallen out of print. Robert Charles Smith, writing as Robert Charles and Charles Leader, is right up there at the top of this list. He has written several terrific spy series and a large number of stand-alones, each of which deserve to still be read. Today I bring into the compendium a two-book series of his written in 1999 but taking place a decade or so before. It is filled with terrific prose and dynamite action and is as intelligent as it is exciting. Please welcome Mark Falcon to the group.


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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!!