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Silurian10 Apr 2017 5:02 p.m. PST

Not my typical reading material but I have a hankering for a good spy novel.

There must be a fair number out there so I'd like some personal recommendations please.
I'm looking for a well written (yeah, subjective I know…), intelligent novel where the author (seems to at least) knows his stuff. Gritty, suspenseful and a good dollop of action.
Any modern country, theatre, subject will do.

Any thoughts? Thanks!

boy wundyr x Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member11 Apr 2017 3:18 p.m. PST

This is sorta a spy novel(s), but weighted more towards covert action (there is lots of action) – Dead Six and its sequels, by Larry Correia and Mike Kupari. The first is really fun, the second is good still but takes a bit of a weird turn, and I'm still waiting for the third to get into paperback.

It's set in the very near future, something's happened that isn't really clearly explained in the backstory, I sort of gather maybe there was a terrorist nuke and/or conflict with Mexico, which really only sets up the mysterious background of the two main characters. The authors each has one of those characters and the novel goes back and forth between them as they eventually run into each other at the end of the first novel, which is about a covert military operation in a fictional Middle Eastern country that clashes with the other character's industrial espionage/theft mission.


Larry Correia is the author of the Monster Hunter International series and other stories. Lots of gun fu in it, lots of violence and nasty characters.

Hope this helps!

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2017 7:01 p.m. PST

If you're talking about novels set in the present time, I won't be of any help.

If you mean recently published, I recommend Alan Furst. His are set in the 1930's,and are gripping.

Silurian12 Apr 2017 4:59 a.m. PST

Thank you guys.
They sound interesting BWX, I shall give it a read.
Hafen, I was looking for a modern read atm, but I agree with you about Furst. Very atmospheric.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 7:47 p.m. PST

How about Robert Harris? Archangel has a modern setting. I read Enigma twice,though that is WWII.

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