Jason King returns to the Spybrary Podcast for his annual Christmas address to share his 2020 spy books picks. This is the most requested feature of Spybrary, requested by spouses, friends, and relatives who purchase Christmas presents for loved ones based on the Jason King picks. (I kid you not!) Also on this episode of the Spybrary Podcast, Jason King and Spybrary Host Shane Whaley … [Read more...] about My favorite Spy Books of 2020 – Jason King Unleashed (133)
Spy Book Reviews
Jeff Quest (Spywrite) chats with the author of Paranoid Visions, Joseph Oldham. Paranoid Visions explores the history of the spy and conspiracy genres on British television, from 1960s Cold War series through 1980s conspiracy dramas to contemporary ‘war on terror’ thrillers. It analyses classic dramas including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Edge of Darkness, A Very British Coup, and Spooks. This … [Read more...] about Paranoid Visions -Spies, conspiracies and the secret state in British television drama, interview with Joseph Oldham (132)
Mick Herron's Slow Horses series is a massive hit among spy book fans and our very own Erik Williams has been sent an early copy from Soho Press of the 7th Jackson Lamb novel (to be published in February 2021). In a briefing to Spybrary, Erik gives us his thoughts in this spoiler-free Slough House book review.The slow horses are back and I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy from Soho Press … [Read more...] about Spy Book Review – Slough House by Mick Herron. Jackson Lamb is back but no spoilers!
Today we decode a brush pass transmission sent in by Spybrary listener Andy Onyx. Author and Spy Book fan, Andy Onyx gives us his brush pass spy book review of Rage by Simon Conway. Jonah Said is a man with nowhere left to run. Hunted, haunted, and bearing the horrific scars of a life spent on the frontline of some of the world's bloodiest battlefields, he's not what you'd call a model … [Read more...] about Rage by Simon Conway. Spy Book Review. (128)
Ben Macintyre, author of Agent Sonya makes his debut on the Spybrary Spy Book podcast. Ben sits down with author, journalist, and special agent Tim Shipman to share more about his latest spy non-fiction book. I am embarrassed to say I knew nothing about Soviet spy Ursula Burton. Though there are some very familiar names in this book, notables include Richard Sorge, Klaus Fuchs, Roger Hollis, … [Read more...] about Agent Sonya: Meet Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy with Ben Macintyre and Tim Shipman (124)
One of my biggest revelations as a member of the Spybrary Facebook group was discovering the works of Ted Allbeury. Allbeury, a man who not only could claim to be a former intelligence agent but lived a colorful, was a bestseller in his day, spoken of in the same breath as Len Deighton or John le Carre. Following his 2005 passing, he has drifted into the background, though his works have begun … [Read more...] about The Kresal Dossier: The Lantern Network
If you are fascinated by the Portland Spy Ring you are going to love this. If you know nothing about the Portland Spy Ring you are going to love this. I often say that spy fact is often more intriguing than spy fiction and that is what we get in Trevor Barnes' book Dead Doubles: The Extraordinary Worldwide Hunt for One of the Cold War's Most Notorious Spy Rings Author Trevor Barnes … [Read more...] about Dead Doubles: The Extraordinary Worldwide Hunt for One of the Cold War’s Most Notorious Spy Rings with Trevor Barnes (121)