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Best Spy Novels

A Listmania! list by Mitch Rapp
The list author says: "List of the greatest spy novels! Nazis, Communists, Terrorists, Assassins, and corrupt Politicians get their just dues!"
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
1.  The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carré
The list author says:
  "Simply the best!  Book is beautifully layered and immensely suspenseful. 99/100"
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The Day of the Jackal
2.  The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
The list author says:
  "Not strictly speaking a spy novel, however, keeps you guessing even though the outcome is never in question.  99/100"
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The Charm School
3.  The Charm School by Nelson DeMille
The list author says:
  "Great plot.  Great action. Great writing. Great book! 97/100"
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Eye of the Needle
4.  Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "Everything you could possible ask for in a WWII spy novel.  94/100"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (613 customer reviews)

The Unlikely Spy
5.  The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva
The list author says:
  "Just as good as Follet's 'Needle.'  93/100"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)

The Devil's Alternative
6.  The Devil's Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
The list author says:
  "Pacing different then any other book I have read.  Speeds up, then slows, then quickens, then slows again.  Overall works very well. 93/100"
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The Fourth Protocol
7.  The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth
The list author says:
  "Guess I'm a sucker for Forsyth.  Always seems to find the right pace.  Rarely disappoints.  91/100"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

Night Soldiers: A Novel
8.  Night Soldiers: A Novel by Alan Furst
The list author says:
  "Really well written. 89/100"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

The Confessor (Gabriel Allon Novels)
9.  The Confessor (Gabriel Allon Novels) by Daniel Silva
The list author says:
  "Favorite of the Allon series. 88/100"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)

Transfer of Power
10.  Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn
The list author says:
  "Favorite of the Rapp series. 87/100"
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
11.  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré
The list author says:
  "Beautifully written, a little slow at times. 87/100"
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Fatherland: A Novel
12.  Fatherland: A Novel by Robert Harris
The list author says:
  "Okay, not really a "spy novel."  However a good cat and mouse game set in an alternate 1960's. 87/100"
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Dark Star: A Novel
13.  Dark Star: A Novel by Alan Furst
The list author says:
  "87/100"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

Jackdaws
14.  Jackdaws by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "Underrated. 85/100"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)

The Fist of God
15.  The Fist of God by Frederick Forsyth
The list author says:
  "A little long, but enjoyable. 85/100"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

The Foreign Correspondent: A Novel
16.  The Foreign Correspondent: A Novel by Alan Furst
The list author says:
  "Not exactly action-packed but still enjoyable. 85/100"
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The Man From St. Petersburg
17.  The Man From St. Petersburg by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "83/100"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

The Negotiator
18.  The Negotiator by Frederick Forsyth
The list author says:
  "83/100"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Triple
19.  Triple by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "Surprisingly enjoyable.  82/100"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)

The Tourist
20.  The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer
The list author says:
  "80/100"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)

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The Odessa File
21.  The Odessa File by Frederick Forsyth
The list author says:
  "Something about this one seemed off to me.  Just didn't quite grab me like the other Forsyths. 80/100"
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The Faithful Spy (John Wells, No. 1)
22.  The Faithful Spy (John Wells, No. 1) by Alex Berenson
The list author says:
  "Good, yet unremarkable. 79/100"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)

The Brotherhood of the Rose: A Novel (William Monk)
23.  The Brotherhood of the Rose: A Novel (William Monk) by David Morrell
The list author says:
  "78/100"
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The Tears of Autumn
24.  The Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry
The list author says:
  "77/100"
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The Quiller Memorandum (Otto Penzler Presents...)
25.  The Quiller Memorandum (Otto Penzler Presents...) by Adam Hall
The list author says:
  "Unremarkable.  77/100"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

A Matter of Honor
26.  A Matter of Honor by Jeffrey Archer
The list author says:
  "Great plot idea, however, poorly executed.  Too many coincidences.  Not really recommended.  74/100"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

Spies of the Balkans: A Novel
27.  Spies of the Balkans: A Novel by Alan Furst
The list author says:
  "least enjoyable of the Fursts.  74/100"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

From Russia with Love (James Bond Novels)
28.  From Russia with Love (James Bond Novels) by Ian Fleming
The list author says:
  "Make for much better films then books.  71/100"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

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The Key to Rebecca
29.  The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "Good start!  Flat finish.  71/100"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)

The Berlin Conspiracy
30.  The Berlin Conspiracy by Tom Gabbay
The list author says:
  "Again good plot idea, poorly executed.  Not a winner. 70/100"
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Lie Down With Lions
31.  Lie Down With Lions by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "Tedious.  One of the few BAD folletts.  67/100"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

The Matarese Circle
32.  The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum
The list author says:
  "Man this one was painful to get through.  I guess I'm just not a ludlum fan. 67/100"
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The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Book #1
33.  The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Book #1 by Robert Ludlum
The list author says:
  "Fail to see the appeal of this one.  Maybe its just me.  I'll probably give it another try though one day.  Movies were awesome!  66/100"
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