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Old 08-28-2011, 12:33 AM   #1
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Spy novels and super agent stories

I have just finished a spy novel "Miss Garrote" by Victoria Newhope. It's a well twisted story with a lot of interesting and rare information. The best part was about "rat ways", a secret system of underground tunnels dug under Europe. I've never heard about it. (I'm wondering if it's real.) So, I'd recommend this very informative, easy to read and entertaining book. Oh, almost forgot! There are few chapters available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ID9LOA

Which spy novel or super agent story can you recommend?

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Old 08-29-2011, 08:52 PM   #2
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My favorite might not be a true "spy" story, but the main protagonist was definitely a covert ops undercover operator extraordinaire.

The Gemini Man

Reviews are mixed but I don't care-loved it and read it three times. I was hooked completely by the first chapter and often go back and read that chapter now and again.
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My favorite might not be a true "spy" story, but the main protagonist was definitely a covert ops undercover operator extraordinaire.

The Gemini Man by Steinberg

Reviews are mixed but I don't care-loved it and read it three times. I was hooked completely by the first chapter and often go back and read that chapter now and again.


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Old 08-30-2011, 01:04 AM   #4
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I loved Adam Hall's The Ninth Directive, which I read last November.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:27 AM   #5
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John Le Carre's George Smiley novels are the most realistic stories of the kind. Len Deighton's Game, Set, and Match trilogy was also very good.
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Old 08-30-2011, 12:40 PM   #6
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One obvious suggestion are Ian Fleming's "James Bond" books. If you've only ever seen the films, do give the books a try; they're very well-written.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:40 PM   #7
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One of my favourites is Eric Ambler, of whom I recommend:
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:23 PM   #8
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Robert Ludlum's work heads my favorites in the genre (along with LeCarre mentioned above) - The Osterman Weekend, The Bourne Identity, The Parsifal Mosaic, and many more.

His pacing in the older novels is a bit off to a modern reader but I'll also add Frederick Forsyth to the recommendations - The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Devil's Alternative, The Fourth Protocol and many more.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:44 PM   #9
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I now find the early/middle Ludlum work a bit dated in style, somehow, but the Fleming stuff has retained the edge - a little erudite, a little arch, yet well written and plotted.
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I do like Le Carre's Smiley books. They made wonderful screen adaptations too. The ones starring Alec Guiness are superb and still available on DVD, e.g. this from Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tinker-Tailo...4742070&sr=1-4

This US version looks very expensive http://www.amazon.com/Tinker-Tailor-...4742155&sr=1-2

It would be worthwhile for Americans to buy it from the UK and tweak the DVD player to play Region 2 stuff.
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:07 AM   #11
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Forsyth and Fleming are definitely good. David Morrell is good too. The "Miss Garrote" sounded interesting, I read the few chapters on the author's website and want to read the rest - I got hooked! :-) Just looked on Amazon and the book is only 99 cents, which is a great price. Only that I have a Nook. B&N price for this book is $4.99, not as great. I'll download the Kindle app to my work computer and read from the screen. :-) (Yes, I can read books at work (or browse the internet) when it gets slow, and it does get slow a lot lately.) Since this book reads very fast from what I could tell, I might finish it in a couple of days. I just love spy books and seeing something new is always exciting, especially when the book is interesting and informative. Gosh, there's soooo much stuff I've learned in just a few pages. Training a child to be a spy isn't something new ("Brotherhood of the Rose" by David Morrell is one of my favorite spy books and the guys were trained from their childhood), but in this book it's a bit different: she is trained from the very first day of her life (very interesting how they did it!) + she's a girl, not that common. It all definitely sounds exciting and I'll have to read the rest asap.
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One of my favorite authors is Steve Berry. His books feature Cotton Malone, a retired US Justice agent who is now a bookseller in Copenhagen that can't escape his ex-boss as he travels the world on missions solving great historical mysteries, like discovering the Library of Alexandria and Alexander the Great's tomb. I also like the Alex Berenson and Vince Flynn novels, which are political spy thrillers.

Are you looking for books with strong female characters or by a female author? You might want to try Gayle Lynds. In addition to her own books, she co-wrote several with Ludlum in his Covert-One series. Most people link Daniel Silva to his Gabriel Allon series (which is very good). However, I also enjoyed his book The Unlikely Spy set in WW2 which features a female Nazi spy. A light and fun spy novel is Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding (of Bridget Jones fame); I wish she would write a sequel! I also like the Noel Hynd books, which are Christian spy thrillers starring a female US Treasury agent.
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Fleming's James Bond series is certainly worth a read... they are a little dated now, and definately un-PC (I'll leave that up to you if that is a pro or a con ), but still great yarns, all of them.

Tom Clancy's Cardinal of the Kremlin is also a very good spy novel. Everything you ever wanted to know about brush-passes, dead drops and so on...

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Are you looking for books with strong female characters or by a female author?
Well, female spies are more interesting because they are sly and complicated. Male spies are more simple. I personally like to read about women and their tricks. Men are more predictable. This is why I really enjoyed to read about Nicole Grant (aka Ms. Garrote). I also really enjoyed to read about the rat ways - the secret system of underground tunnels dug under Europe.
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For an interesting spin on tunnels during World War II (every)one should read _Escape from Warsaw_ (originally published as _The Silver Sword_).
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