Transmission received from Spybrarian Matthew Kresal: Review of The Little Drummer Girl by John le Carre. One of the familiar tropes of the spy genre is an intelligence agency recruiting a civilian into an operation. In fact, one might even say it's become a cliche at this point. So perhaps it comes as something of a surprise that widely acknowledged master of the genre John le Carré wrote such … [Read more...] about Review Of The Little Drummer Girl
Chances are, if you're reading this blog post, you're a podcast listener. Non-fiction podcasts such as Spybrary aren't the only things out there though. The rise of the podcast has also led to a renaissance in audio drama, the medium of sound and story formerly seen as being on the brink of extinction. One of the more intriguing pieces to come out of that has a distinctive spy fiction flavor to … [Read more...] about Cold War Spies & Time Travel: ars Paradoxica
Some films seem to stand the test of time. Not only are they popular on release but they find new audiences throughout the decades that follow. Where Eagles Dare, first released fifty years ago this year, is one such example. Starring the perhaps unlikely mix of Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, this mix of spy thriller and war movie remains as entertaining now as it was … [Read more...] about “Broadsword Calling Danny Boy!”: Where Eagles Dare At 50
Those who have heard my previous appearances on the podcast, such as my pitching the TV series The Prisoner to Shane in episode 22, will know I have a particular fondness for science fiction. So perhaps it comes as no surprise that I enjoy works that cross between science fiction and spy thriller. The film Battle Beneath The Earth is just such a work and an intriguing film out of the 1960s boom in … [Read more...] about Review – Battle Beneath The Earth
If you are at all a reader of non-fiction related to the world of espionage, the name Ben Macintyre is likely a familiar one. He is, after all, the author of such books as Agent Zigzag and the superb Kim Philby biography A Spy Among Friends. Back in 2008, however, he covered the most famous fictional spy of them all: James Bond. Published in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum exhibit of the … [Read more...] about Review – MacIntyre’s For Your Eyes Only
Spybrary Brush Pass: The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton Spybrarian Matthew Kresal shares his brush pass review on The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton by Jefferson Morley which has recently been published. According to Tim Weiner, author of Legacy of Ashes -The History of the CIA 'The Ghost' is.. "The best book ever written … [Read more...] about 26: The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton Review
We talk all about the British Cult Classic TV show 'The Prisoner' starting Patrick McGoohan on today's Spybrary Spy Podcast Today we are going to do something a little different. As regular listeners know the reason I cannot put out a weekly show is that I insist on reading the book of a guest before we chat. I think it makes for a much better conversation, after all this is podcasting not … [Read more...] about 22: What exactly is ‘The Prisoner’ all about?