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A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 1834 series covering 10170 books!

As well as 395 movies, 4450 television episodes, and 6831 other things.

What's New

The last ten major changes to the site.

  • 05/13/2021 - First Look: Well, a very quick glance at an Indian operative that I have not yet read but which I was told about and wanted to add to this site in the hopes that anyone who knows anything can tell me. Jaz Zadu is the fellow's name and he is described as the 70s' Indian James Bond. I would love to read a book or two.

  • 05/12/2021 - My fellow spy-fan and frequent contributor, EdRoy, sent me info on this series which I had not heard of prior to his email. Which is a tad embarrassing since I had access to and had 'checked out' both those magazines in question and never saw there were these two related stories. Which is a nice compliment for a couple of spy stories; they were able to hide their series identity in plain sight! At least from me, though not EdRoy. Now, I felt the stories themselves were less than awesome but you can read them yourselves by visiting the same link EdRoy told me about and that I mention in my write-up. The series is named Furness & Markowitz.

  • 05/11/2021 - Today I add to the compendium a television spy series from 1977 which I know a good deal about from other sources other than from having the pleasure of watching it myself. I present that caveat up front as I welcome Hunter (3) to the group. Note that the '(3)' indicates there is a '(1)' and a '(2)' which there are but I am still working on them.

  • 05/10/2021 - If you feel like a very funny romp through the tropes of spy adventures, told in a fantastically funny British humor style, I cannot recommend Spy, the adventures of Tim Elliot. Poor Elliot should never be a spy and yet he becomes one and while the public is not particularly safer for it, we the viewers were tremendously more entertained from watching this two-season series from a decade ago.

  • 05/09/2021 - Brian Drake is the exciting and entertaining author of two spy series already covered in this compendium. Today I offer membership to a third fellow. Sam Raven is his name and I have enjoyed the first book tremendously and am happily well into the second. My thanks, Brian, for yet another fun fellow to follow!

  • 05/08/2021 - If you are looking for a fast, really fun series co-written by one of the best authors in the crime/thriller/suspense/you-name-it genres, Max Allan Collins, today's entry into the compendium is just what you need. John Sand is a retired MI-6 operative during the early 1960s who finds his retirement not so retiring. Oh, and he is said to have been the inspiration for a fictional spy whose adventures are just becoming hits at the box office. I am not fibbing when I mention it is fun.

  • 05/07/2021 - Yesterday I added a series about a chap calling himself the Yankee Eagle, though nowhere did I ever see a reason for that moniker. Today I add a series from one year later, 1942, about a different chap who also calls himself the Yankee Eagle. Once again, no reason is given for the name. This iteration of the name is totally different from the first, though, and a good deal better. He did have the decency to change his name, well a tiny bit. This version is Larry Noble, the Yankee Eagle. See what I mean about changed name? The first two letters are way different.

  • 05/06/2021 - I am jumping back in time to 1941 for today's entrant into the compendium. It is a strange, and I emphasize that word a bunch, series about the rich son of a US Senator who likes to fight spies and saboteurs and the like. Okay so far but he also likes to talk to animals and they talk to him. And they all understand each other and they apparently like to do what he asks. I did mention strange which definitely fits Jerry Noble, the Yankee Eagle.

  • 05/05/2021 - I add to the compendium a series of two sometimes CIA agents (and sometimes not) named Bishop & Rector. These fellows start off fighting an alien AI/living planet who comes to our solar system to escape a nova and then causes trouble here. Then they take on ivory poachers to stop terrorists. Then they have to deal with a new AI threat from a different source. Then ... well, by this time you are as likely confused as I was.

  • 05/04/2021 - Happy Star Wars Day! A fascinating two-book series that, as I say in My Comments, does not read like most spy adventures I come across joins the compendium today. It concerns Glenn Cohen, an American expat to Thailand who is definitely not a spy but is in fact a retired criminal lawyer who got tired of doing that and left it all behind. He is not out for a new career and certainly not out for some of the highly entertaining things that happen to him. It is those things that bring him the invitation to this collection.

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!!

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