Fiction and Espionage series introduction by University of Edinburgh's Penny Fielding and Simon Cooke. Spybrarians, we are in for a real treat. Our good friend Professor Penny Fielding and her colleague Professor Simon Cooke of the University of Edinburgh bring us 5 spy lit podcast episodes which are recorded by students of their Fiction and Espionage course. Penny points out that these … [Read more...] about Fiction and Espionage – University of Edinburgh Intro.
Spy Book Reviews
Brush Pass - a quick review from Spybrary listeners on the books they love (and hate!) Spy Author Payne Harrison has kindly submitted a brush pass review to the Spybrary Podcast.'As a former Army signal officer and a spy novelist myself (including the ‘crypto-thriller,’Black Cipher), I’ve always been rather frustrated that other thriller authors have largely avoided the signals intelligence … [Read more...] about The Sigint Tableau – Brush Pass review by Payne Harrison
On this episode of the Spybrary Spy Podcast, John Koenig sends in a brush pass review of two spy novels written in the early 80s. Chess Player and Button Zone. Brush Pass - a quick review from Spybrary listeners on the books they love (and hate!) What is a Brush Pass review exactly? These are first impression reviews sent in by Spybrary listeners and give us their first … [Read more...] about Button Zone and Chess Player Spy book Review (69)
Brush Pass reviews? Remember them? I know it has been a while since we received any for transmission so I thought I would share my quick thoughts with you on Merle Nygate's The Righteous Spy. Spybrary Spy Podcast host Shane Whaley's brush pass review of The Righteous Spy by Merle Nygate. Many of you will recall that we interviewed Merle Nygate on Episode 62. As fun and informative as … [Read more...] about Brush Pass Review of Merle Nygate’s The Righteous Spy (68)
James Inskster reviews John Buchan's Thirty Nine Steps. ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’ was, I think, the first book I ever reviewed for my blog. Back then, my blog was called ‘The Fountain Of Words and Wonder’ (a little long winded, in hindsight) and it looked very different to how it does now. It had autumnal tones, a picture of a fountain and some serious typos. Now, my blog has a shorter-title, … [Read more...] about Book Review – The Thirty-Nine Steps -John Buchan (1915)
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 self-published Berlin: Caught in the … [Read more...] about Berlin: Uprising by Paul Grant – Review
One of the joys of listening to and being involved with the community around the Spybrary podcast has been discovering books I might never have heard of otherwise. Clive Egleton's The Russian Enigma (aka Pandora's Box) is just such an example of that, having been posted about by C.G. Faulkner whom I had the pleasure of meeting (alongside other Spybrarians) at last spring's Spy-Con. Though it took … [Read more...] about The Kresal Dossier – The Russian Engima