The last ten major changes to the site.
- 06/03/2023 - I state in My Comments for the , today's entrant into the compendium, that had these books been around when I was a kid, I would have spent every penny I worked for to get hold of them. They were just the sort of thing I would have loved as a tween and early teen. Not too bad for an old duffer, either.
- 06/01/2023 - We are again heading back in time for today's entrant into the compendium but instead of the tales being written 'back then' about its present time, the two adventures about presented here are recent writes dealing with activity back in the time of the French Revolution. Morgan is one terrific hero to follow - although not too closely as she does not like that.
- 05/31/2023 - We slide 61 years back in time for the release of the first book in the series of private detective - cum spy - adventures. These five excellent "enquiry agent" tales which poke their figurative toes over onto the espionage turf to warrant membership ship are a lot of fun to read and savor.
- 05/29/2023 - From 90 years ago - roughly as these were published in 1935 - comes four stories found in the pages of Operator 5 magazine about an American Intelligence operative named . Moderately good stories meant to fill the pages and not outshine the star. Successful!
- 05/27/2023 - Have I got a series for you! Well, the author, S. Lee Manning, does, not me, but I have the pleasure of introducing into the compendium one terrific series. There are already three fascinating and captivating adventures about , an operative with a hush-hush American agency and I hope there will be more because Ms. Manning can definitely tell a terrific story.
- 05/25/2023 - A two-book series intended for young readers joins the compendium today. is one of the Super Secret Super Spies who work for the Illuminati - yep, them guys again. The series is a very fast and enjoyable read for youngsters and oldsters like myself.
- 05/23/2023 - We head back a decade to get the first book in a series which takes us back 250 years to read how a young Lieutenant in Washington's Army is asked to become a spy. is not excited about the new job but he is a patriot out to do what is needed. Good writing makes this historical spy series a fun read.
- 05/21/2023 - From the pages of Operator 5 Magazine back in the mid-1930s and on comes an 11-short story series about , an agent with American Military Intelligence. These almost-a-dozen tales were penned by the terrific author Frank Gruber.
- 05/19/2023 - We are heading back in time for today's entrant. Really far back in time, actually. 1899, to be exact. The popular magazine Cassell's was apparently the place to go for excellent fiction and it printed a half dozen stories about "a diplomatic woman" named who I describe as a part-time agent. She did her clever clandestine work on behalf of the French and loved every minute of it.
- 05/17/2023 - Not quite a decade ago on Netflix a fun light-hearted spy series intended for tweens and young teens - mostly girls - gave spy-fi fans 26 episodes about who was a secret agent when not in school - okay, sometimes even while she is in school. The delightful show was Project Mc2.
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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!