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Old 08-20-2012, 05:26 AM   #91
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I checked my notes and I read Charlie Muffin (the first book) 17 yares ago and seem to remember liking it. So I bought the first three book now as Kindle books.
The first one was entertaining. I am currently reading the second one.

But they were probably just ocr:ed. There is a lot of a11 in the text which is suprising. Did they really not run the book through a spell checker? The second book also seem to have problem with view point changes. There are no graphical indication that we change view point.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:14 PM   #92
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espionage... so 50's and campy...

I was watching Bond vs Goldfilger these days on netflix. Boy, such non-sense stravaganza. The British Intelligence is not after industrial IP theft or dictatorships menacing the free world, but after bizarre poker players with a finger for gold and chinese stoic servants.

Hoping Ian Fleming writing was better than this hollywood crap...
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:36 PM   #93
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Hoping Ian Fleming writing was better than this hollywood crap...
The books are really different in tone and well worth reading.
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:25 PM   #94
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Vince Flynn, dont mind the tendency to be preachy, damn good author. Brad Thor and last but definitely not least, new comer Ben Coes, whose 3 books are fantastic.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:31 PM   #95
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Let's not forget some of those older authors - E. Phillips Oppenheim, Baroness Orczy (Scarlet Pimpernel), John Buchan. More modern authors Alan Furst and Daniel Silva are worth reading. Also, I would put Jack Higgins Sean Dillon series in the espionage / thriller category.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:36 PM   #96
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Vince Flynn, dont mind the tendency to be preachy, damn good author. Brad Thor and last but definitely not least, new comer Ben Coes, whose 3 books are fantastic.
Strictly speaking, these two write top notch political thrillers rather than spy stories, but I suppose the political thriller is first cousin to the espionage story.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:09 PM   #97
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I started reading Fleming. Downloaded all the Bond epubs without guilt, since the author, son and wife are long dead and no one deserves the money.

So far, so good with Casino Royale. There's a definitely serious and better tone that was lacking in the campy movies from 60's and 70's.

I'm also reading The Riddle of the Sands, which arguably is thought to be the precursor to all XX's spy thrillers.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:29 PM   #98
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I've collect great thrillers for more years than I care to think about. Here's my list. I've starred the ones I read again and again. However, all these authors write edge-of-the-seaters. Enjoy!

Adler, Warren
Alten, Steve
Avitable, Tom
***Bagley, Desmond
Baldacci, David
Berry, Steve
Bond, Larry
Brown, Dale
Brown, Dan
Brown, Don
Case, John
Caunitz, William
Child, Lee
Clancy, Tom
***Coles, Manning
Collins, Larry
***Coonts, Stephen
Cooper Glen
Crichton, Michael
Cussler, Clive
Davidson, Lionel
Davis, Patrick
de Bono, Douglas
***De Mille, Nelson
Deaver, Jeffrey
Deighton, Len
***Deuterman, PT
Dimercurio, Michael
***Du Brul, Jack
Dunn, David
Easterman, Daniel
Eisler, Barry
Ellin, Stanley
Finder, Joseph
Flynn, Vince
Follett, Ken
Folsom, Alan
Forbes, Colin
***Forsythe, Frederick
Frey, Steven
Gerritsen, Tess
Gifford, Thomas
Golemon, David Lynn
Griffin, W.E.B
Grippando, James
Grisham, John
Hagberg, David
Haig, Brian
***Harper, Tom
Harris, Robert
***Hartley, A.J
Herman, Richard P
Herrick, Richard
Higgins, Jack
Hunter, Stephen
Huston, James W
Hynd, Noel
Ignatius, David
Iles, Greg
Ing, Dean
Innes, Hammond
Jenkins, Geoffrey
***Jensen, Jane
Kent, David
Khoury, Raymond
Kyle, Duncan
Leather, Stephen
Lee, Patrick
Littell, Robert
Long, Jeff
Loomis, Gregg
Ludlum, Robert
MacClean, Alistair
Massucci, Joseph
McCarry, Charles
McGrory, Brian
McNab, Andy
Meadows, David
Meltzer, Brad
Mills, Kyle
Morrell, David
Morrison, Boyd
Mosse, Kate
Nance, John J
Neville, Katherine
Palov, Chloe
Patterson, Richard North
Pearson, Ridley
***Preston, Douglas & Child, Lincoln
Price, Anthony
Ramthun, Bonnie
Reich, Christopher
***Robinson, Patrick
Rollins, James
Rosenberg, Joel
Sakmyster, David
Scott, Trevor
Shelby, Phillip
Sheldon, Sidney
Silva, Daniel
Thayer, James
Thor, Brad
Trevanian
Weber, Joe
West, Cameron
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:55 AM   #99
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Alan Furst

Alan Furst has a good series set in Europe, 1935 - 1945. For more details see wikipedia.org.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:24 PM   #100
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Although probably not true "espionage", I wanted to add one of my favorite authors, Nelson Demille. He was also on the list above by sglinert.

His most recent works focus on anti-terrorism. My first introduction to his books was Charm School, set in Russia, and is closer to an espionage story than some of his other books.
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A name I haven't seen yet is Bill Granger. Start with The November Man.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:16 AM   #102
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I've collect great thrillers for more years than I care to think about. Here's my list. I've starred the ones I read again and again. However, all these authors write edge-of-the-seaters. Enjoy!

Rosenberg, Joel
It's worth noting that this is "Joel C. Rosenberg," who is not the "Joel Rosenberg" who died in 2011 and primarily wrote SF/Fantasy.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:25 PM   #103
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Wow...lots of names to go through.
I discovered the Brian Freemantle/Charlie Muffin series late last year and went through the whole thing in a couple of weeks (and was amazed to see new titles are still coming out) - would definitely recommend.

Discovered a fairly new author through my library (think his thrillers are new, looks like he also has some PI titles): Adrian Magson's Harry Tate. He's former military intelligence, transferred to MI5, then he gets burned in the first book - which reminded me a bit of Six Days of the Condor...

Red Station - Adrian Magson
First in the brand-new Harry Tate thriller series - Having been made the scapegoat for a botched drugs intercept operation, MI5 officer Harry Tate is dispatched to 'Red Station', a remote outpost in the Balkans, ostensibly to avoid press scrutiny, but where in effect the security services send 'problem' agents they'd like to be rid of. But the outpost is thrust into the international spotlight when troops begin massing in the area; and, as the situation becomes increasingly dangerous, Tate discovers the real, truly shocking, purpose behind 'Red Station' - and decides to fight back . . .

Also really like Brian Haig's Maj Sean Drummond, though I guess those probably fall more under political thrillers.
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I've collect great thrillers for more years than I care to think about. Here's my list. I've starred the ones I read again and again. However, all these authors write edge-of-the-seaters. Enjoy!
Liked your list, but was surprised to see Helen MacInnes was missing. I read and really enjoyed her books through the 80's but she started writing at the beginning of WWII. If you're looking for a new author then some of her books have just been published as ebooks.
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Although probably not true "espionage", I wanted to add one of my favorite authors, Nelson Demille. He was also on the list above by sglinert.

His most recent works focus on anti-terrorism. My first introduction to his books was Charm School, set in Russia, and is closer to an espionage story than some of his other books.
I started with his John Corey series. He's not at all what I expected -- he really makes me laugh

Thoroughly enjoying my romp with Mr. DeMille (I'll have to check out his stand-alones one of these days).
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