A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 2181 series covering 11988 books!

As well as 460 movies, 6565 television episodes, and 11299 other things.

What's New

The last ten major changes to the site.

  • 11/25/2022 - Don't drop acid! That is the initial takeaway from the start of the Nick Hellyer series of three (so far) adventures. This promising young instructor at Cambridge did that and then got himself busted for possession of marijuana. This being 1967, that was a major no-no and the chap was out. A partial lifeline is thrown to him with a teaching position overseas but it carried with it a catch; you need to do a bit of spying for us. I enjoyed this series and think you will as well.

  • 11/23/2022 - As the wife and I go out to several grocery stores in search of goodies for tomorrow's feast with family, I take the time to present to you a CIA agent for whom life has been kind after many years of hard service - only to be terribly cruel and taking it all away and leaving Cal Shepard horribly bereft and wanted for a murder he definitely did not do. He will have an intense desire for revenge and he will get it.

  • 11/21/2022 - An FBI agent who makes a career switch to work for Homeland Security joins the compendium today. Jon Wells is an expert i fighting terrorism but he goes more focused in the two adventures we have of him as he looks specifically at cyber-terrorism. He acquires an impressive nemesis in the form of Zhang Xe.

  • 11/19/2022 - As I put it in My Comments for today's entrant into the compendium, "In 1966, when this [series] came out, being a spy was hip, even for someone as despicable as Zeke the Sneak." In case you blinked a couple of times at that name, yes, you read it correctly. This thankfully very short (2 silly adventures) series from the mid-60s is as goofy as the name implies.

  • 11/17/2022 - For today's entry (entered later than normal due to a laptop giving up the ghost by way of an expanding battery!) I present a British agent named Sean Faint who works for "an unnamed, unspoken, and very much unacknowledged agency inside the U.K.'s intelligence community". This two book series by Mark Yarwood is pretty new with the second coming out this year so there is a chance of more in the series on the way. Faint is an interesting fellow who craves excitement and action and when he temporarily runs out of those things, he find a bottle.

  • 11/15/2022 - "They set me up!" That is a complaint never heard in these tales but which the protagonist, Madison Dix, is more than entitled to complain. This extremely capable thief is tricked into robbing a place while under surveillance and is then conscripted into working for the British Naval Intelligence. She would likely carp about it except it is fun and can be rewarding. This is a fun series comprised wonderfully of a handful of novelettes, recently released and hopefully with more to come.

  • 11/11/2022 - For today we take a close (well, for safety sake, not too close) look at a chap named Steve Rawlings presented to us in a series called The Forgotten Man. He is a kidnap recovery expert who travels the world doing just that. My comment on closeness is due to his call sign being 'Stiletto', which he says was 'given to me years ago because I have a proclivity to using sharp objects in my work'.

  • 11/09/2022 - "Kinda scary and thought-provoking". That is the description I gave in My Comments for the three-book (so far) series about Rick Bernard. I also mention its "fine writing and great plotting" but it is the nature of the things that just might happen that makes this series pretty interesting.

  • 11/07/2022 - We are popping back 24 years for today's entrant into the compendium, which is considerably more than the hero of the series able to do. Of course his ability to pop back in time Seven Days to right wrongs and save lives and stop enemy spies or saboteurs or traitors or would-be despots is a lot more than I can do. If that all confuses you, check out what I know of the series.

  • 11/05/2022 - A fascinating woman who was trained by the old KGB, went to work for the SVR before being 'convinced' to go to work for the DOJ doing, well, things she learned to be with the KGB, that's who joins the compendium today. Anya Burinkova was first introduced to us in the Chase Fulton series and then earned her own set of really enjoyable adventures.

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!!