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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012 2:57:50 PM PST
AGREED!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012 4:12:42 PM PST
Mike Bigley says:
The Secret Agent was impossible for me to read. Explain why you listed it as good.

Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2012 9:22:53 AM PST
vmw says:
Have read Shibumi twice so far. Fascinating. Researched the author....interesting.
V. Wilson

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 3:29:20 AM PST
Dina says:
Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva.
Bill Clinton was on the Today show and mentioned that these are favorites
Of his. I can see why. Excellent character development, realistic political and historical settings and gripping plots. Not to be missed

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 7:32:12 AM PST
BGZap says:
John Le Carre's THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2012 7:32:57 AM PST
BGZap says:
I second this.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 8:51:55 AM PST
lizzy says:
I loved almost all of Robert Ludlum's book. but The Gemini Contenders was my favorite!

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 12:56:01 AM PST
Andrew J says:
No contest! Len Deighton's Secret File trilogy - Ipcress File, Horse Under Water, Funeral in Berlin.

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 4:02:43 PM PST
THE ST. AUGUSTINE AFFAIR! Great romantic spy adventure!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 3:29:14 PM PST
Anything Nelson DeMille writes is a must read. I agree The Charm School was totally captivating from start to finish, but my all time favorite so far is The Lions Game. We were on a cruise a few years ago and five of eight of us, all strangers, at our dining table were reading The Lions Game. Each night we had our own mini book club and review.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 7:11:00 PM PST
When I read your question my immediate thought was Nelson DeMille's The Charm School. I had not thought of that book for years but there it was in my mind!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 4:28:06 PM PST
Choworth says:
I agree--The Day of the Jackal is outstanding!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 7:31:01 AM PST
SANDY WOOTEN says:
I have read that book 3 times, and plan to read it again. Great book

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 9:38:35 AM PST
Sherrie G. says:
I totally agree with you L. Tater! "The Charm School" was the very best spy novel I've ever read too! I recommend it to everybody & they have all agreed!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 9:40:37 AM PST
Sherrie G. says:
It was the most absolutely thrilling spy novel I've every read thus far also, if you want a "can't put down" spy thriller, then by all means read "The Charm School"!!!

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 4:36:21 PM PST
Susan Brusco says:
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follet

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 5:42:32 AM PST
Shibumi

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013 3:23:34 PM PST
E. Hanley says:
I too am a big fan of Furst. Film noir on paper.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013 3:25:44 PM PST
E. Hanley says:
It's named The Human Factor and is a great book, but very depressing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013 10:03:13 PM PST
Loved Eye of the Needle and The Eiger Sanction.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 8:48:45 AM PST
my fasvorite as well plus thr BBC TV series, with Alex Guiness.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 9:14:10 AM PST
Any of Dame Stella Rimington's books about MI5. Who should know better??

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2013 6:22:07 PM PST
I agree it was very good, & I like leCarre; but what I remember best is the trio Game, Set & Match -- and the Brit TV version was fantastic -- very few American mini-series are half that good. I think, for example, it's pathetic that the ONLY great documentary made about the Civil Rights era was NOT done by Americans, but by the Brits. M. Gipe

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 11:27:16 AM PST
pamelaaune says:
The Aquitaine Progression by Robert Ludlum. Followed by his Bourne Series.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 12:04:46 PM PST
Dan Clarke says:
I just finished reading Shibumi, based on the several recommendations of this discussion. It was a good read, with interesting character development and plot. However, I don't really consider Shibumi a spy novel, because the main character (Nikko Hel) is a paid assassin, rather than a spy. Comparing this novel to any of Le Carre's is like comparing apples to oranges, since Le Carre writes in detail about the tradecraft and bureaucratic details of actual espionage organizations (MI-5 and MI-6.)
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