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So you want to read a realistic spy book but are unsure where to start? You have come to the right place. There are plenty of realistic spy books out there that will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very end without the need for you to suspend belief...
It is that time of year once again when book critics and reviewers are asked what are the best spy books of the year. Spybrary is a ‘by spy fans for spy fans' production so it is in that spirit that we asked our own Spybrary Podcast listeners and community members to reveal what were...
Guest Post by James Stejskal – James Stejskal is a retired Special Forces door-kicker who was recruited by the CIA as a spook. He spent 35 years in interesting places around the world before he decided to call it quits and became a historian, conflict archaeologist, and storyteller.    What is it that attracts a...
The best spy writers
Jump to… Wild Cards Pre- 1920 1920-1950 1950-1970 1970's 1980's 1990's 2000s 2010s to Today The Other 170 must-read spy authors by Tim Shipman. Let’s just call this project the Top 300 spy writers. As promised, I’ve now augmented the main list of 125 best spy writers I have enjoyed with what follows: more than...
Tim Shipman is sharing his 120 top spy writers in ranking order, for Spybrary. He shared the following message as he begins the countdown from 100.Before we get into the Top 100, I want to mention a few spy authors who likely won’t be appearing, primarily because I have not read them, or read enough...
Jump to… 125 – 110 109-96 95 – 80 79 – 66 65-50 50-45 45-30 30-10 The Top Ten Do we have a treat in store for you spy book fans! Many of you will know Tim Shipman as the Chief Political Commentator at the Sunday Times or maybe you know him as the author...
Lantern Network also shows off many of Allbeury's best traits. There's the theme of the past coming back to haunt the present, something that appears in a number of his works (including in The Twentieth Day of January) is present here. Also evident is his quickly drawn characterizations, here minus some of the caricaturing he...
Join us for a virtual happy hour via Zoom. 3.30pm EST – Saturday, April 11th. If you are not a zoom user – click the invite link and download the app that will allow you to access the meeting room. Spybrary is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Spybrary Virtual Happy HourTime: Apr...
A message from Spybrary's John Koenig Spybrarians, some of you know me as much for my tales of hunting for and buying books as anything else. I have a lifelong passion for reading and books, passed along by my father. I cannot remember not being able to read, nor enjoying it. John Koenig with a...
Review by John Koenig. Post-war Berlin is the epicenter of Paul Grant’s third entry in his fine trilogy, Berlin: Uprising. Change is happening in Germany, even after the relentless upsets of World War II and the Russian “liberation” and occupation of Berlin and much of the country. Berlin: Uprising stands on it’s own, but getting your hands on the...
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