A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 1161 series covering 7623 books!
As well as 295 movies, 2733 television episodes, and 3602 other things.

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

  • 06/14/2019 - From 1960-61 is a three-book series about a "special agent with Interpol" who gets involved in some pretty fun adventures, starting with an East European group (read Warsaw Pact) who want to nuke several North African cities to stir up unrest to help bring down the West. These looked to be young adult novels but after reading them, I feel they either were meant for adults or for older teenagers. Anyways, they are a fun and very fast read. Please welcome Red Radford to the compendium.

  • 06/11/2019 - A kind-of spy series joins the compendium today largely because I so very much enjoyed it. It truly only nudges the edges of a spy series being more of a police procedural with human interests thrown in a bunch, but it does get enough checkmarks to make me happy to add it. And, as I said, I really enjoyed the books. There are four of them and I hope there will be more. Please welcome the folks from The Bridge Club.

  • 06/09/2019 - I've been slowing working on today's entry into the compendium for some time, helped by my frequent collaborator, EdRoy (thanks, my friend). From the early 60s comes a comic book spy series that starts as a sci-fi crime story about a bent lab assistant who turns really bad when a science experiment goes majorly wrong. He is hunted by two countries for a while, wreaking havoc along the way. Then, to paraphrase Monty Python, "he got better". Then he is a valuable member of the British secret intelligence service called the Shadow Squad, using his unique abilities to fight all sorts of enemies from aliens to mad scientists to would-be global crime lords. Please welcome Louis Crandell, aka The Steel Claw, a man with a metal prosthetic right hand who has the ability to, by coming into contact with electricity, turn invisible, except for the now floating metal appendage. Interesting dude.

  • 06/08/2019 - Several times over the past decade I responded to emails asking about the Richard Blade series with a negative. It was not a spy series so I was ignoring it. Now, just for fun, I have reversed myself and present the latest member of the compendium. Blade is a secret agent chosen by Britain to get involved in one crazy scientific experiment that turns out to be something totally different. Heroic Fantasy meets Spy-Fi.

  • 06/07/2019 - A 6-book series about a British spymaster, Charles Thoroughgood, joins the compendium today. It is one of the rare ones among my group in that I have not read but one of the tales and since the others are not in ebook format that I can find and I am out of space, I hope others will help flesh out this interesting character. Certainly the author is a darned good one.

  • 06/02/2019 - First Look: A fast-paced, exciting action adventure series about a highly trained, very experienced CIA operative joins the compendium today. I am more than halfway through the first book and it is really good. Smooth writing style and lots of action and some very enjoyable characters. It all makes for a bunch of fun but I had already come to expect that from the author, Brian Drake, with his other series. So, please welcome Scott Stiletto to the mix.

  • 06/01/2019 - It is my anniversary. Been married to my lovely bride for a whole lotta years now and hoping there be a bunch more to come. Another thing I hope will keep on coming is this series being entered today into the compendium. This is really a First Look because I have only read 50 pages but am totally hooked. Kate Moore is an American home-maker living with her family in Europe. She is also a lot more but exactly what is slowly being revealed. I am pushing this two-book series because the first book was an Edgar-award winner a few years ago and the second book just came out. I am stoked!

  • 05/31/2019 - Ending the month by going back in time to the early 70s and a three-book series about a British spymaster, though he still can do field work when needed, who is assigned to NATO Intelligence. These are some pretty interesting adventures that deserve to be remembered. Please welcome Colonel Mostyn to the compendium.

  • 05/26/2019 - A truly addictive and highly fun series joins the compendium today. Written by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, the Fox & O'Hare series is a modern take on the Mission: Impossible concept of a group of skilled professionals, led by a gifted and inventive con man, taking down some pretty bad people. I loved it!

  • 05/23/2019 - A very enjoyable seven-book series joins the compendium today. It should have joined quite some time ago but I kept letting others get ahead on the TBR stack, not knowing how much fun I was missing. Not missing the fun now and looking forward to more from this author. Please welcome Andrew Towning's Jake Dillon.


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!!