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Old 03-24-2013, 02:51 PM   #1
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Looking for books similar to The Americans TV series

I like to watch the FX channel show The Americans, a period drama series about Soviet deep cover spies in Washington D.C. Can anybody recommend books similar to this? Thanks.

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Old 03-25-2013, 06:57 AM   #2
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I have to agree. I am enjoying the tv show and think a book along the same lines would be great. Tho I think the personal interaction between the main characters is what makes it mesh and I think finding a book with that element would be difficult.

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"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" by John le Carré comes to mind. I watched the recent movie version on the weekend it I think it should fit. And from memory, just about everything else John le Carré wrote would also be similar.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:45 AM   #4
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I think what they are looking for is books based on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegals_Program

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Old 03-25-2013, 03:54 PM   #5
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I have to agree. I am enjoying the tv show and think a book along the same lines would be great. Tho I think the personal interaction between the main characters is what makes it mesh and I think finding a book with that element would be difficult.

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That's exactly what I mean. I think what makes the TV series compelling is how the characters interact with each other and try to have a normal life on top of all the secret stuff which they don't seem to even enjoy but feel locked into continuing.

P.S. How do you change the title of a thread? I wanted to change the thread title so as not to confuse other people.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:02 AM   #6
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P.S. How do you change the title of a thread? I wanted to change the thread title so as not to confuse other people.
Click the "Report" button (the "!" to the left of a message) and leave a message asking the moderating team to rename it.
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:59 AM   #7
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That's exactly what I mean. I think what makes the TV series compelling is how the characters interact with each other and try to have a normal life on top of all the secret stuff which they don't seem to even enjoy but feel locked into continuing.
Well... that describes "The Expats" by Chris Pavone pretty exactly. The only problem is, I really didn't like that book. A lot of people did, though, so you can check out the reviews. Did anybody here read "The Expats"? If so, what did you think of the book and do you think it meets the OP's request?

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PS my husband and I really enjoy "The Americans" and we rarely agree on TV shows.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:59 AM   #8
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Well... that describes "The Expats" by Chris Pavone pretty exactly. The only problem is, I really didn't like that book. A lot of people did, though, so you can check out the reviews. Did anybody here read "The Expats"? If so, what did you think of the book and do you think it meets the OP's request?
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PS my husband and I really enjoy "The Americans" and we rarely agree on TV shows.
To the OP, I think your title is fine. I understood the request. I thought it was a great question! I just wish I had some suggestions and instead have been waiting to see what other people post.

The Expats also was the only book I could think of when I read the original post since it is about a CIA agent living as an expat and housewife in Luxembourg when her husband takes a job there. It also addresses the duplicitous nature of the family / marriage and interactions with others in the community. However, I also had mixed feelings about recommending the book. Hard to describe why. Perhaps because it had more of a subtle, psychological intrigue rather than the typical excitement and action of an espionage thriller. I borrowed it from my local e-library when I read it.
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Richard Condon's classic "The Manchurian Candidate" is along vaguely the same kind of lines, although it's much more closely related to the TV series "Homeland".
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Richard Condon's classic "The Manchurian Candidate" is along vaguely the same kind of lines, although it's much more closely related to the TV series "Homeland".
Oh wow, I really love that movie, and I never knew it was a book! Going by the rule of "the book is always better," I guess I have to read it!

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Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available as an ebook.
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Have you read Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan? It's in UK, not in US, but it was rather an interesting read.
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Sweet Tooth is on my To Be Read list. Maybe I should move it higher up in priority. Reading the summary made me think of The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva. Although it's about a female German spy undercover in England during WW II rather than the Cold War.
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Sweet Tooth is on my To Be Read list. Maybe I should move it higher up in priority. Reading the summary made me think of The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva. Although it's about a female German spy undercover in England during WW II rather than the Cold War.
I think Sweet Tooth is worth a try. From reviews I read after reading the book it seems to be a hate it it or love it one. I loved it
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