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Spies and Spy Literature 1966 - Present

 

Avakoum Zakhov vs. 07 by Andrei Gulyashki (1966).
In Avakoum Zahov vs. 07 AVAKUM ZAKHOV was meant to meet with and pit his wits against 07in order to kidnap a Soviet scientist who had perfected the most powerful laser in the World.
A thrilling adventure of intrigue and fast paced action unfolds as AVAKOUM ZAHOV pursues the wily western spy through Bulgaria to Paris, then Tangiers and finally confronts him in the ice-locked vastness of the Antarctic.

 

Passenger to Frankfurt: An Extravanganza by Agatha Christie (1970)
SIR STAFFORD NYE, a gifted but easily bored diplomat, is in the transit passenger lounge at Frankfurt when he falls into conversation with a mysterious young woman. Claiming that her life is at risk, she persuades him to give her his cloak, his passport and his boarding ticket; in return, he is offered simply 'diversion', something out of the everyday run of things. Equally at home in any guise in any society she draws Sir Stafford into a game of political intrigue more dangerous than he could possibly imagine.

The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth – (1973) THE JACKAL, a tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his profession.  He is a man unknown to any secret service in the  world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.
British and French agents join forces to save President De Gaulle from a deadly assassin.

 

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré (1974)
In Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, GEORGE SMILEY manages to discover the identity of the Soviet mole who had infiltrated the highest echelons of British intelligence — and also finds out that the man in question had been sleeping with his (Smiley’s, that is) wife.

 

The Honorable Schoolboy by John le Carré (1977)
The Honorable Schoolboy is a terrifically convoluted tales of Cold War espionage. The action keeps flashing back and forth from GEORGE SMILEY, stuck in London and trying to hold the fort against the criticisms and attacks from Whitehall and the American ‘cousins’, to Westerby, running all over the Far East and delving deep into the urban jungle of colonial Hong Kong.

 

Smiley's People by John le Carré (1979)
Smiley’s People, set in the Cold war era, has GEORGE SMILEY, the hero, bogged down in the bureaucratic war that the intelligence services are always fighting with Whitehall.  When one of his ‘people’, an elderly exile from a country now behind the Iron Curtain, is found murdered in a manner that unmistakably points in the direction of Moscow Centre and Karla (Soviet spy and assassin), Smiley must pick up the chase again and track his quarry to ground. In doing so, though, he cannot help but reflect the far simpler and more straightforward past — a past that, like Smiley and his people, is on the point of becoming irrelevant.

 

The Janus Man by Raymond Harold (1987)
The Janus Man is set in the period it was written, and concerns Soviet infiltration into the Secret Intelligence Service during the Cold War.  British spymaster TWEED thinks one of his four European section chiefs is a double agent and possibly a sadistic mass murder.  The plot was a about an American (or was it Brit?) International Spy who compiled a list of double agents who were trading information between two opposing countries at a high price. The exposure of this list would cause the downfall of various government agencies (CIA, FBI, etc.) to whom the double agents are affiliated with.

 

Absolute Friends by John le Carré (2003)
Absolute Friends tells the story of two friends in the spy trade, TED MUNDY who works for British Intelligence, and SASHA, a Stasi double agent who passes him information. Mundy first meets Sasha at the height of the Cold War, and their friendship continues through the fall of the Berlin Wall to the war in Iraq. They both get involved with a philanthropist who wants to create an alternative university to counter anti-war propaganda, but Mundy soon discovers it's not quite what it seems.

 

Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz ( 2005)
ALEX RIDER, British secret service agent working for MI6, runs afoul of a group of murderous "eco warriors" and befriends Paul Drevin, the lonely son of venerated multibillionaire Nikolai Drevin, who isn't what he seems. In fact, neither is Paul, as Alex finds out when he accompanies the father and son on a vacation to the family's luxurious home in Flamingo Bay, which happens to be the launching site of a rocket that will carry the observation module for Drevin's hugely publicized Ark Angel, the first hotel in space.

 

The Bourne Identity (2000) by Robert Ludlum – This novel introduced a trilogy of books, and follows JASON BOURNE, a spy, who awakens in a doctor's office with amnesia; the story is played out as a remarkable number of killers and organizations attempt to finish Bourne off before he realizes his true identity.
The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum

 

The Bancroft Strategy by Robert Ludlum (2006)
When TODD BELKNAP - a field agent for Consular Operations with a reputation as something of a cowboy - is cut loose from the agency after an operation goes wrong, his best friend and fellow agent is abducted in Lebanon by a vicious militia group. When the government refuses to help, Belknap decides to take matters into his own hands.

 

Berlin Game by Len Deighton (1983)
When a valuable agent behind the Iron Curtain signals he wants out, it's up to BERNARD SAMSON, a British SIS “agent, once active in the field but now anchored to a London desk, to undertake the crucial rescue. But soon, Samson is confronted with evidence that there is a traitor among his colleagues. And to find out who it is, he must sift through layers of lies and follow a web of treachery from London to Berlin until hero and traitor collide.

 

The Camel Club – by David Baldacci – 2006
It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.  One man leads this aging, ragtag crew. He has no known past and has taken the name OLIVER STONE. Day and night, Stone and his friends study wild conspiracy theories, current events, and the machinations of government, hoping to discover some truth that will hold America's leaders accountable to its citizens.

 

An Accidental American – Alex Carr (2007) NICOLE BLAKE had planned to leave her criminal life in the past. She had done her time in a dank prison in Marseille and relinquished the world of forgery and counterfeiting for an unassuming career as a freelance consultant. Now her world is a small farm in the French Pyrenees, with daily fresh eggs and the companionship of her devoted dog.  But that all changes when U.S. intelligence operative JOHN VALSAMIS shows up at her door.  Valsamis is after Nicole’s former lover, Rahim Ali, and soon NICOLE finds herself back in Lisbon, tracking down Rahim in all their old haunts. Except now Rahim isn’t just a document forger–he’s a suspected terrorist.

 

Moscow Rules (2008) – Daniel Silva – Silva’s GABRILE ALLON books are must reads for fans of good spy novels.  Now the deal of a journalist leads ALLON to Russia where he finds that, in terms of spycraft, even he has something to learn.  He is playing by Moscow rules now – and not the grim, gray Moscow of Soviet times, but a new Moscow, awash in oil, wealth and choked with bulletproof Bentleys.

 

Extreme Measures – Vince Flynn  2008)  Counterterrorism operative MITCH RAPP and his colleague Mike Nash may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose and is led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda and this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

 

 

 

 

Spies, spying, and espionage will always have a devoted following and will probably intrigue us forever.

Ellis Goodman

 

Ellis M. Goodman was born in England and moved to the United States in 1982. He was educated at Brighton College Sussex, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and is the former Chairman and CEO of a major US Beverage Alcohol producer, importer and distributor. Ellis M. Goodman is the author of a number of magazine articles on the US Beverage Alcohol Industry, and the business book, Corona: The Inside Story of America's #1 Imported Beer.He serves on a number of civil, educational, and cultural boards in Chicago; and, in 1996, was invested as a Commander of the British Empire by HM Majesty Queen Elizabeth for services to British exports. He and his wife, Gillian, live in Glencoe, Illinois.

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