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A Fan's Guide to Spy Series!

Information on 735 series covering 5352 books!

What's New
The last ten major changes to the site.
  • 7/26/2014 - E. Baron sent me information about more Derek Flint items that have been around for a bit but I never knew about - a made-for-tv movie and a single-issue comic book. Thanks for the heads-up! The entry has been updated.

  • 7/21/2014 - I have been asked on a few occasions why I do not have Simon Templar, the Saint, in this compendium. As much as I love the character (I have all the books and have read most of them) I did not think he had done enough "spy" stuff to warrant it. Finally I went over every novel, novella, and short story and made a list to see how many were at all cloak and daggerish. By far and away enough were so, with considerable pleasure, I present to you Simon 'The Saint' Templar.

  • 7/17/2014 - A trilogy about a male operative making a break from his secret, illegal organization and the struggles to pull it off is the latest entry into this compendium. Please welcome Sebastian Hannar, the Ninth Orphan.

  • 7/1/2014 - Two new series are added today though both of them have just the preliminary data about them and some of that may be wrong. I am reading them but thought I would say something now so please welcome WR Park's Rance Colby, a 5-book series, and William Esmont's two-book series about Kurt Vetter.

  • 6/18/2014 - I have just finished reading the second of two terrific spy books being reprinted by the University of Chicago Press in connection with the British Library as part of their Spy Classics series. The Great Impersonation and The Spy Paramount, both by the terrific E. Phillips Oppenheim from the 1930's, were incredible reads that I would recommend to any lover of spy-fi. Mr. Oppenheim, who is sadly hardly known to most readers, was a fantastic talent in the era and neither he nor his books should be forgotten. I cannot suggest strongly enough to get you to check them out.

  • 6/15/2014 - Two young people, separate series, join the compendium today. Both of them are designed for the teenage market but both are well deserving of entry here as they are truly enjoyable. Please welcome Cammie Morgan of the Gallagher Girls and say another hello to Alex Rider, agent of MI6.

  • 6/2/2014 - Some months ago I went against my self-imposed rule about only dealing with spy series that take place at least some after WWII. This was with the impressive series of short stories in the Ashenden series. I continue my foray deeper into the past with one of the first series to really make a difference in the fictional world, the terrific tales of Richard Hannay by John Buchan. There will be more pre-WWII series to come but after Ashenden, there is none I would suggest stronger than Sir Richard.

  • 5/30/2014 - A soldier working with Army Intelligence is selected to go to work with a highly secret division of the DIA in the series about Jim Chapel. Tons of action extremely well written. A great page turner.

  • 5/25/2014 - Though written in the past year, the series introduced today in this compendium is about a "beatnik spy" named Gunner Quinn, a jazz musician and oft-times agent pressed into service by the CIA, taking place in the mid 50's. Good writing and good storytelling.

  • 5/20/2014 - It was not very long ago I welcomed John Milton to this compendium. In the latest of that series' books is a tale co-starring Beatrix Rose, a former agent with more than just an axe to grind. I loved the tale but wanted more. The author has been kind enough to deliver. Please welcome Ms. Rose - but do it politely as she is not one to annoy.

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 limited the collection to those series who have operated at least some since the end of the Second World War, known in my own head as the "Bond-period". I know there are many good series that went on before but so far I have only collected the post-WWII series. Also, I have kept the series confined 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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