The last ten major changes to the site.
- 02/22/2024 - In the pages of the four-book Victorian era steampunk series dealing with young , written by Gail Carriger, readers will learn proper deportment at a formal dinner during the later years of the 19th Century, as well as how to behave after you have dispatched permanently the guest of honor. Good things to know, I reckon. Fun things to read, for sure.
- 02/21/2024 - When I finished the adventures of yesterday's entrant and started on today's, I expected something similar since they were both by the same author, Humphrey Hawksley. Nope! Not even close. Except it was darn good, like yesterday's was. Really good. is a very interesting man in an unusual job which made it something different. The writing was still terrific, though. Different but good.
- 02/20/2024 - "I inhaled these adventures". That is what I wrote about the one-book, two-novellas in the saga of , today's entrant into the compendium. Ms. Polinski is an operative with the FCA, a part of DHS, and her stories are a blast to read. I wish there were more of her tales to read but alas, that is what we have.
- 02/19/2024 - "Oh, what a wonderfully entertaining character young Johnny Swift makes, if for many of the wrong reasons." That is the opening to My Comments about , the entrant for today into the compendium. Penned by Alan Bardos in wonderfully entertaining text, we have three recent adventures set during the First World War.
- 02/18/2024 - Today I enter into the compendium a 2-book series on its way to being quite a few more. The books about an Army sniper turned government assassin named , written by Oscar Ortiz, were originally written and released in Spanish and French and there are 5 more books in the Coonan series out in those languages. Mr. Ortiz contacted me about them and was kind enough to provide copies of the two English adventures. He said in the email that he has plans for a bunch more. I found the stories very entertaining and will be pleased when more are translated.
- 02/17/2024 - This is my second Saturday adding a Young Adult spy series to the compendium. Why on a Saturday? That was the day I got to watch cartoons and other neat kid stuff. Anyway, we welcome to this wide and varied collection Abby Hunter as she is sent by her mother to an unusual boarding school - . That would be unusual, alright. It is also quite charming and a hoot for young readers.
- 02/16/2024 - Let's head back in time to just before the start of the Second World War as we watch the British Intelligence community begin the transition of the old boy network into what I call the new son network, all very well off sods who look to less fortunate operatives like to do the dirty work. Very fine writing has gone into these nine (so far) adventures by Mike Symons which are a joy to read.
- 02/15/2024 - We are heading south of the border for today's entrant and it will be an exciting, very interesting, and quite dangerous trip. Well, it will be for . He's the CIA agent who will be faced with a good number of chances to lose his life in countries that I would love to learn more about. And author Collin Glavac is excellent at doing the teaching by making it, and these adventures, a pleasure indeed to read.
- 02/14/2024 - Welcoming into the compendium today sounds like we are bringing in a group of operatives but in fact it is just two, Bridget Davenport and Faraz Abdallah. Faraz is the field op but Bridget is the brains and, as I put it in My Comments, "really a force to be obeyed". Together they make a heck of a team in this 3-book series by Al Pessin which I thought were really enjoyable and hopefully there will be more.
- 02/13/2024 - Our entrant into the compendium today likes things straightforward. I write that she prefers it when she is told to "go to Place A, find Person B, eliminate that target, and come home". Simple and to the point. Of course things seldom work out that way but watching her handle the situations is really enjoyable. Please welcome MI6 operative , aka Agent Blackhawk, in the three (so far) adventures by M.F. Kelleher.
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!