The last ten major changes to the site.
- 01/21/2020 - First Look: Today's entrant into the compendium is an owner of a vineyard, which I believe is a first. He is fairly happy working the property his grandmother had left him in her will. He has no desire to return to this SAS days and the violence of Kosovo that occupied the last days of his service. Too bad has no say in the matter. In the so-far 4 books in the series, he is not only fighting off an old enemy, he is making new ones when he is pushed into fighting terrorists around the world.
- 01/18/2020 - First Look: An acting teacher at a university on Long Island who has no experience in and no desire to be involved in the world of the covert operative finds that no one bothers to really ask her if she want to play the Great Game. To stay alive, though, is forced to play and though she has not much training, she is a pretty good actor and sometimes just looking and acting the part can get you by. Other times, as she learns the hard way, not so much.
- 01/17/2020 - When a terrific writer gives us a fantastic series, we should rejoice. When he gives us a second one, our celebration gets even stronger. That is what is happening here with David Downing taking us back to the early 1900s and the years before, during, and after the Great War as we follow British Secret Service agent and his adventures for the Crown and with (and against) the strong-willed and quite lovely Caitlin.
- 01/16/2020 - Coming Soon: An American working for his country teams up with an Israeli woman working for hers to stop Islamic terrorists, assuming she does not kill him first. is the name of the two-book series presented today.
- 01/14/2020 - First Look: A head of an engineering/small arms company, , joins the compendium today. This man of retirement age still gets around and manages to get himself into hot water from several different sources. He also gets himself out of these messes in very entertaining way.
- 01/13/2020 - First Look: Sickness and family have kept me from adding things for a couple of days. It also gave me a chance to read. Today I add a two-book series about a stock trader who has a very good skill at reading patterns. This helps him succeed but it will also get in hot water with people who would rather have their business go unnoticed. Please welcome .
- 01/10/2020 - An interesting combination of sci-fi, romance, mystery, and, of course, spy-fi comes in the form of the 4-book (so far with 2 more sked for this year) series about a woman who has many aliases but whose official name is . That term comes from her being the 6th female baby brought to "the agency" for training in their international intelligence activities. All set 70 years from now.
- 01/09/2020 - A contract agent for the CIA who has a bit of a falling out with his handler and ends up working, now and then, with the FBI joins the compendium today. is a former Delta who becomes a government hitman and then a part-time FBI consultant in this 7-book (so far) series. I like the character a bunch and really like the FBI boss who "hires" him now and then. I really hope the adventures continue because they are well written and fun.
- 01/08/2020 - A book written nearly two decades ago. Two novella prequels released last year. That is what exists, as far as I can tell, on this short series that I would love to see more of. is a very well-written thriller with a character I truly liked to read about and a plot that has been done before (most have) but this was done exceptionally well. Good job to the author.
- 01/07/2020 - Today's entry into the compendium is not a big man, standing only 5'5" tall but boy does this guy stand out. He is a dynamo. And he kills people. That is his main job. He fits this group because of who he goes after and who he sometimes works for and who wants to catch him. And he fits because he is fun to read. Please say hi to .
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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!