Those of us 30 and older, tend to associate spy fiction with the cold war. While there are tons of books still coming out set during the golden spy era of the cold war, there is also a new a vibrant selection of spy fiction for the 21st century.
In fact, it is these series of "not your father's spy fiction" that I will be focusing on for my annotated list to go with the display. It will go live on 8/3.
But before that, I feel inspired to share some of the newer spy series for today's Monday Discussion.
The man who was the first to revive the dying spy genre was Daniel Silva with his art restorer/ex-Mossad agent Garbriel Allon. With the reluctant and traumatized ex-assassin hunting another assassin storyline, of the first book in the series, The Kill Artist, readers were drawn in to a new kind of spy series; one that Silva has keep strong, book after, best selling book. Allon is a conflicted killer who is interesting and brilliant. Silva has brought what used to be the untouchable, superhuman spy back down to a fragile, fallible, human level. These are great books for any reader, spy fiction fan or not.
Last year I also read Once a Spy by Keith Thomson. Here, an aging CIA agent is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's, and some other agents are out to assassinate him before he inadvertently spills government secrets. Click here for my full report. A second book in the series was just released this year.
I am also intrigued by Barry' Eisler's Rain series which follows a half Japanese, half American spy,
Olen Steinhauer's Milo Weaver trilogy which begins with The Tourist as Weaver, a Black-Ops CIA agent post-pones his suicide for one more case, and Brett Battles' Jonathan Quinn series which features a freelance, professional "cleaner" who specializes in disposing of bodies and tying up loose ends.
Of course, even with all of these new spies the old classics like Ludlum, Le Carre, and the James Bond books both old and new are still a great read for a wide audience.
So for today's Monday Discussion, tell me about a spy book you enjoy. Don't forget you can include any memoirs or biographies of real life spies if you want.
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