You might have heard that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the ever-expanding series of James Bond movies. The unflappable James Bond was originally created by author Ian Fleming as the main character in his espionage novels, but he’s since been featured in movies, radio, comic strips, and video games. And of course everyone knows his code name and how he likes his martini. I don’t go in much for action-packed books or movies. I gravitate toward realistic, character-driven drama or comedies. But who doesn’t love a good spy story every once in a while? Secret agents use a combination of razor-sharp intellect and hardcore combat skills to obtain dangerous information that will ultimately take down the bad guys! It’s kind of a rush because, similarly to superheroes, spies tend to be able to master whatever their job throws at them. Bonus: when we’re reading about them, we get to go along for the ride, without all that pesky risk!
Some great spy series have been out for a while, and good new ones have been debuting recently as well. Here are a few fun titles broken down by category!