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Spybrary Spy Podcast with Matthew Kresal Robert Sellars – Battle for Bond – Brush Pass Review -Episode 58 of the Spybrary Spy Podcast After a rejuvenating few months at Shrublands our Brush Pass Reviews makes a welcome return to the Spybrary Spy Podcast.Matthew Kresal's brush pass has been decoded. Tune in and hear his transmission...
Having read and very much enjoyed The Fever, the opening salvo from Michael Brady's Into The Shadows range, I was eager to dig into the second volume. This one would take the firmly established CIA non-official cover (NOC) officer Michael Brennan to Asia in what seemed to be another tale potentially ripped from the headlines....
Len Deighton's Berlin Game - Book Club Edition on the Spybrary Spy Podcast
Berlin Game -Len Deighton – Spybrary Book Club Edition Spybrary listeners voted overwhelmingly for Berlin Game to be the first spy book to be discussed in our first ever book club Spybrary edition. Listen to an in-depth conversation on this spy classic with Spybrary host Shane Whaley, Deighton expert Rob Mallows and newcomer to Len...
John Koenig reviews Jeremy Dun's Agent of Influence
Agent of Influence is a slim book at 83 pages, but one with significant effect. Author Jeremy Duns works his subtitled topic, “Antony Terry and the Shaping of Cold War Fact and Fiction”, weaving an utterly fascinating behind-the-curtain story I didn’t want to end. Duns, tell me this self-published edition is merely you dipping a toe...
Live Drop - Bradford and Quest in a no holds barred deep dive on the Red Sparrow Trilogy Books
Red Sparrow Trilogy Deep Dive   Recently we received some intelligence suggesting that two well known Spybrarians and Spy Book bloggers Matthew Bradford and Jeff Quest were  planning a meetup in Los Angeles. So we sent some of our agents to tail them for the day, thankfully they did what every self-respecting Spybrarian would do....
My recent viewing of the film The Good Shepherd and my reading of the CIA History Staff's 2007 critique of the film left me curious about the fact behind the Hollywood fiction. Hitting upon a recommendation from that analysis and the film's archived website, I bought a book that had been sitting for months already...
The Fourth Protocol
Spybrarian John Koenig has an impressive Spybrary and reads several books a week. He has a keen eye for an enthralling spy thriller and he has kindly sent us his thoughts on The Fourth Protocol. This is the Koenig Memo. Reading The Fourth Protocol in 2018 (it was published in 1984) is a captivating experience....
Having heard Shane interview author Michael Brady on the show nearly a year ago, Into The Shadows: The Fever has long been on my radar. It wasn't until Spy-Con this past spring that I finally acquired a copy of the novel in question and only in the last couple of weeks that I've had the...
Our Man From Sadisto – Clyde Allison – Brush Pass Review Hi everybody it's Jeff Gelb I'm trying my hand at the brush pass to introduce you guys and gals to the wonderful world of Clyde Allison and his amazing character 0008 or Trevor Anderson who is Our Man From Sadisto. Believe it or not...
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...
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