A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 1064 series covering 7131 books!
As well as 276 movies, 2629 television episodes, and 3043 other things.

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

  • 10/13/2018 - A not very good short comic book series from the early 40s joins the compendium today. I chanced upon it while looking for something else so I took the time to read it and knew that I had to add it since it fit all the requirements. Unfortunately, the quality of the series really lacked so reading the stories was harder than I would have liked. Still, I present it to you for your consideration. Please welcome (nicely!) Madame Strange.

  • 10/12/2018 - A couple days ago, I received an email from a gentleman who is translating "rare, foreign language Bond comics into English". I applaud his endeavors and happily share his website url with you. Please check it out and enjoy! It is www.comicsroyale.com and it is worth the visit.

  • 10/11/2018 - Bit of a lull in my adding to the site though I have working (okay, wrong word) at learning a bunch more series so hopefully that will change. I say that again but it never does! Well, today I add from Canada a series about a secret agent working there during the middle to end of WWII. The series is a comicbook one which is not very good, IMHO, but any series from Canada is rare enough to be welcome just on that alone. Please welcome Guy Powers to the compendium.

  • 10/04/2018 - We return to the 1940s in this newest entrant into the compendium. This series of historical spy mysteries is written today but takes place then and the author really has gone to great lengths to bring the realism to the pages and to not give the characters any benefit of the writer's hindsight. I am always impressed when the really good authors can pull this off and I would put Sarah Shaber in that category. Since she lives in the same city I do, I hope some day to meet her and thank her for the enjoyment I've gotten from these stories. Please welcome Louise Pearlie.

  • 09/27/2018 - A pretty impressive historical spy novel concerning a young woman brave enough to go alone into Nazi-controlled Europe to spy on the enemy joins the compendium. It is written by a very talented and industrious Alexander Fullerton and concerns the intrepid Rosie Ewing. Please say hi!

  • 09/23/2018 - The name of this new addition is Echelon 6 which is the name of the organization that the two main characters, John Clark and Mike Charles, work for. It is an 8-book series of wild rides and strange twists. Please welcome it (or them) to the compendium.

  • 09/20/2018 - A series a couple of years old but new to me joins the compendium today. The storyline takes us back to the years leading up to and into the Second World War as we follow the Anglo-German actress Clara Vine as she operates as an agent in Berlin.

  • 09/19/2018 - Wanted to mention to those who might not have noticed it that two very entertaining spy series from the past have recently been re-released in ebook format. Both are by the highly prolific author Philip McCutchan who was most famous for his historical adventure series (Cameron, Ogilvie, and Halfhyde to name three). He penned the Commander Esmonde Shaw spy series from 1960 to 1995 and the Simon Shard spy series from 1974 to 1992. Both of these are again available. He also did another series, James Packard, under a pseudonym but I have not seen those brought back yet. The Shaw series is very much in the James Bond style of action (more so at the beginning) while the Shard books are counter-intelligence in almost a police procedural mode. Back when I first added them to my site mucho years ago, I gave Shaw an A- and Shard a B+ even while stating I enjoyed the Shard books the best, proving that back then as now I was an odd duck. I am glad the series have not vanished into obscurity.

  • 09/15/2018 - I haven't done a comic book spy series in a little while so I thought I would catch up. This one is from the early 40s and presents a Spy Smasher wannabee because he starts out as an eager army officer and then in the second issue he dons a skin-tight costume and go undercover as G-2 of the Army Intelligence. Good artwork. Decent stories. Goofy concept.

  • 09/14/2018 - Still surviving Hurricane Florence which turned west and just pelted Raleigh with wind and rain. Neighbors on the coast and to the south of us are not so lucky and my prayers go out to them. Sitting at home with nothing to do but watch and wait and read (what a chore), I add a 2-book series (well, 4 actually) about operatives who have been excommunicated from service for one reason or another. They are given a chance at redemption by a man called the Administrator. They are The Excoms. Please say hi.


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!!