By Shane Whaley
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||Clean50: Len Deighton/Bernard Samson Meetup - Berlin||Follow in the steps of Bernard Samson - Len Deighton Meetup - Berlin Listen to a special message that Len Deighton has sent us on Episode 50 of the Spybrary Spy Podcast! Rob Mallows from the Deighton Dossier returns to the show to talk with Spybrary..||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean48: Spy Fans Guide to works of Frederick Forsyth||On this episode of the Spybrary Spy Podcast, Shane Whaley hosts a round table discussion on the life and books of spy writer Frederick Forsyth. Author and spy, yes spy, Frederick Forsyth has been writing for over 50 years. The former Reuters man is...||7/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean49: Matt Helm - The Interlopers Review||Brush Pass is back and so is Matthew Bradford from Double O Section who tells us more about Matt Helm. Episode 49 sees the return of Matthew Bradford, a man who has watched more spy movies and read more spy novels than I have had hot dinners! He...||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean46: Jeremy Duns Re-investigates Oleg Penkovsky||Thrilling, evocative and hugely controversial, Codename: Hero blows apart the myths surrounding one of the Cold War's greatest spy operations and potentially it's greatest spy Oleg Penkovsky In the late 1950s the USSR appeared to be winning the arms...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean47 - Forever and a Day -Round Table||Forever and a Day review by the Spybrary Podcast. Listen to our round table of Bond fans who give you their review of the latest Anthony Horowitz 007 novel 007 is dead. Long live 007. The heavily anticipated James Bond prequel, “Forever and a Day”..||6/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean45: Spybrary Shelf of Fame Winners Revealed||On today's episode of the Spybrary Spy Podcast, Jeff Quest of Spywrite joins us to reveal the results of our Spybrary Shelf of Fame 2018. Which 7 spy books made it on the shelf? The categories were: Pre Cold War Spy Novels Cold War Spy Books Post...||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean44: Tom Colgan Picks out his 5 favourite spy books||Tom Colgan is our special guest on episode 44 of the Spybary Spy Podcast with Shane Whaley Tom is an Editorial Director of Berkley Books which is an imprint of Penguin Random House. Over a thirty year (actually 33 but who's counting?) publishing...||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean43: August Thomas: Liar's Candle Interview||This week, Spybrary Spy Podcast Host Shane Whaley welcomes author and travel writer August Thomas to speak about her debut novel, Liar’s Candle. Liar’s Candle is set against the backdrop of a terror attack in Ankara, Turkey. In the...||5/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean42: Tim Shipman of the Sunday Times on Spy Novels||Today’s guest finds himself embedded deep in Communist-controlled East Berlin, and has asked his handler to leave him 5 of his favorite spy books at their Dead Drop location in Friedrichshain Park. What will he choose to help him cope with life...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean41: Spybrary Panel at Spycon 2018||On Episode 41 of the Spybrary Spy Podcast we serve up a recorded Spybrary panel discussion from Spycon 2018. On the panel, host Shane Whaley was joined by authors Mike Brady (Into the Shadows) and C.G.Faulkner (The Edge of Reality.) The Michael Brady...||4/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean40: Vote in the Spybrary Shelf of Fame!||What are your favorite Spy Books? Spybrary is holding a vote for the Spybrary Shelf of Fame, choose from over 100 spy books suggested by our listeners Spybrary needs you to vote for your favorite Spy novels. What Spy Books would make your...||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean39: Spybrary at Spy Con 2018||On Episode 39, Spybrary Spy Podcast host Shane Whaley brings you interviews from the inaugural Spy Con. Shane caught up with former Spybrary Podcast guests Lt Col Michael Brady (author of Into the Shadows) and Matthew Kresal. He also got to chat Ian...||4/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean38: Soviet Spies in...Canada with Joyce Wayne||And now for something completely different. A spy story that is not set in Berlin, DC, London or Moscow but in Ottawa, Canada of all places. On Episode 38 of the Spybrary Spy Podcast author Joyce Wayne reveals more about her novel 'Last Night of the...||3/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean37: Restless by William Boyd Review||On Episode 31, Professor Penny Fielding of Edinburgh University (and organiser of Edinburgh spy week) told Spybrary listeners that she felt the spy novel with the most convincing female characters is Restless by William Boyd. ...||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean36 Michael Smith - No Man Dies Twice||Former Intelligence Expert and Journalist Michael Smith talks to Spybrary about his debut fiction novel No Man Dies Twice. English journalist Michael Smith (Killer Elite and Foley the Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews) has penned his first ever fiction novel...||3/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean35: The Wende Museum Review||Its time to party like its 1989 on this edition of the Spybrary Spy Podcast. Spybrarian Gary Dexter recently visited the Wende Museum and has transmitted his brush pass review of the Wende Museum for fellow Spy and Cold War Fans. Gary reveals why the...||3/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34: Mick Herron interview - London Rules and Slough House||Spybrary Podcast: Episode 34 With Author MICK HERRON! In this very special episode of the Spybrary Podcast, Shane turns the mic over to special agent David Craggs (from Episode 23) who interviews award-winning British author Mick Herron...||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33: Yesterday's Spy by Len Deighton||Yesterday's Spy by Len Deighton is the subject of our Brush Pass Review. Listen in to this bite size review from Spybrary contributor Agent Palmer.||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32: John Le Carre and the Cold War with Toby Manning||About John Le Carre and the Cold War Toby Manning recently published his work which critically examines John Le Carre and the Cold War. Toby joins Shane Whaley on the Spybrary Spy Podcast to tell us more.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31: Edinburgh Spy Week 2018 with Penny Fielding||On Episode 32 of the Spybrary Spy Podcast, host Shane Whaley discovers more about Edinburgh Spy Week 2018 with one of the organisers, Professor Penny Fielding. Penny reveals a stellar line up of speakers who will be starring at the fifth...||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30: All About Spy Con with Matt from BondFanEvents||Billed as 'Spy Con celebrates espionage and Spy Fiction in all media from literature to television and film. Come be a special agent for the weekend!' Spybrary Host Shane Whaley was keen to find out more, so he got chatting with one of the organizers...||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29:Interview with Thriller Author Tim Stevens||Thriller Author Tim Stevens, the man behind the John Purkiss books talks to Spybrary Today we are joined by a spy author who Jeremy Duns says ‘should be as well known as Lee Child.' Spywrite.com and Spybrary contributor Jeff Quest also gives our...||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: From Markus Wolf to Joseph Kanon - Dead Drop 5||Are you ready for our second installment of DEAD DROP 5? Today’s guest is no stranger to East Germany. He is deep under cover, embedded in Communist East Berlin, he has asked his SIS handler to leave him 5 of his favorite spy books in their dead...||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: The Exphoria Code||Brush Pass Review||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton Review||Spybrary Brush Pass: The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton Spybrarian Matthew Kresal shares his brush pass review on The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton by Jefferson Morley which has...||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: The Lebensborn Spy with Christopher McIntosh||On Episode 25 of the Spybrary Spy Podcast, host Shane Whaley talks to author Christopher McIntosh about his cold war spy thriller 'The Lebensborn Spy' What is the Lebensborn Spy all about then? 'The Lebensborn Spy is a novel based on a real situation...||12/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLondon Spy Tours with Brian Gray of the Intelligence Trail||Brian Gray of the Sunday Spy Show talks to us about his London Spy Tours and much much more! Ever wondered what its like to go on a London Spy Tour? Today we learn more about the Intelligence Trail's London Spy Tours. Spy Tours are becoming very...||11/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Modesty Blaise to Mick Herron on Dead Drop 5||Dead Drop 5 on Spybrary Spy Podcast||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: So what exactly is The Prisoner all about?||I am not a number, I am a free man!||10/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: The Bureau Review with Jeremy Duns||Spy Author Jeremy Duns reviews the French TV Spy thriller The Bureau.||10/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Go Into the Shadows with Michael Brady||Into the Shadows – The Fever with Michael Brady Lt Col Michael Brady was an intelligence officer for over 20 years. Find out more about his first spy novel ‘Into the Shadows‘ on the Spybrary Podcast with Host Shane Whaley. This...||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRunning Blind – Desmond Bagley Review||Episode 19 of the Spybrary Podcast sees the return of the Brush Pass Series. Matthew Bradford from the excellent Double O Section spy blog shares with us his thoughts on the Desmond Bagley classic ‘Running Blind’.||9/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLegacy of Spies -John Le Carre||Today’s podcast is a round table episode, Spybrary Host Shane Whaley is joined by Double O Sections’ Matthew Bradford and Spywrite’s Jeff Quest, two of the biggest Le Carre fans I know, they will give us their views on A Legacy of Spies. We have all been salivating over this one ever since the news was released that George Smiley and the Circus were back.||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Evening with John Le Carre -Field Report||John Le Carre gave a rousing talk and answered questions at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Spybrary Podcast was there and we bring you this first ever field report.||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarry Lancet and The Spy Across The Table||Author Barry Lancet reveals how an approach by a Soviet spy to recruit him inspired his 4th Jim Brodie book The Spy Across The Table published by Simon and Schuster.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMike Ripley author of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Gourmets have the Michelin Guide, spy fans can now call upon Mike Ripley’s Kiss Kiss Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed. Mike Ripley the author of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has probably read more spy books than anyone else on the planet. His book, available now in the UK and due for US release on September 19th (pre-order on Amazon) talks to Shane Whaley of the Spybrary Podcast.||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCollecting Spy Books – Jeff’s secrets declassified!||In this episode of the Spybrary Podcast, Jeff Quest from Spywrite returns to the show to reveal his top tips for collecting Spy Books.||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoodbye To An Old Friend - Brian Freemantle||Brush Pass Review||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBecoming Bond – The George Lazenby Story||In this episode of Spybrary – we leave the world of spy books and review the made for Hulu ‘Becoming Bond’. Spybrary host Shane Whaley’s guest for this one is Spybrarian Matthew Kresal.||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeremy Duns -Spy Reader Meet Spy Author||I straightened my Sony headphones, tapped the radio mic for levels, hit call on Skype and the nerves kicked in. It is not every day this spy fan gets to call an author who has earned such plaudits as ‘a treat for fans of traditional Len Deighton-style spy thrillers‘ or’ whose work ‘reminded me of the best of Le Carre, Deighton and Forsyth.’||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharlie Muffin by Brian Freemantle – Spybrary Round Table||Charlie Muffin is not your ordinary spy, in this first ever round table episode of the Spybrary Podcast, we deep dive into Brian Freemantle’s shall we say, rather unusual spy. On Episode 10 of Spybrary we move away from he familiar works of Le Carre, Deighton and Fleming to discuss the first Charlie Muffin written by Brian Freemantle.||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer of Spies with the Telegraph’s Jake Kerridge||London is the place to be for us spy fans. On the heels of the announcement that John Le Carre will make a rare public appearance in September, Waterstones Gower Street unveil the Summer of Spies, a Classic Spy Fiction Club series of events, hosted by Jake Kerridge.||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpywrite’s Jeff Quest talks about his favorite Spy books||Jeff Quest shares with us his favorite spy books and talks about his love of collecting first editions. Jeff owns over 300 signed first edition spy novels! (We are going to go into more detail on collecting in a special episode of Spybrary in the future for you spy novel collectors.) Jeff takes us on his journey through spy books starting with those favorites from childhood||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIan Fleming and the Books of Bond||Ian Fleming and the books of Bond on Spybrary with host Shane Whaley and special guest Fleming expert Tom from Artistic Licence Renewed.||6/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeorge Smiley and Call for the Dead||On Episode 006 of the Spybrary Podcast we deep dive into the debut novel of John Le Carre, 1961’s Call for the Dead and the first novel that features the spy legend George Smiley.||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoger Moore Remembered 'For Your Ears Only' -Special Episode||Roger Moore RIP - 1927 -2017||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Spy Who was Left in the Cold - Jack Barsky part 2||Spybrary Spy Podcast||5/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJack Barsky, ex KGB undercover agent talks about his life as a spy! (Part 1)||On this episode of Spybrary we are going DEEP UNDER COVER and will hear from Jack Barsky, a former KGB spy who was embedded in the US for many years. He has just released his life story in a memoir titled:||5/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTalking spy fiction with Author Jeffrey Westhoff||Spybrary Spy Podcast - By Spy Fans for Spy Fans||5/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll about Len Deighton with Deighton Dossier’s Rob Mallows||In the first ever episode of the Spybrary Spy Podcast, host Shane Whaley talks to Len Deighton expert Rob Mallows, the man behind the excellent Deighton Dossier website and blog.||4/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Fascinating, informative, and fun!
Great podcast for the diehard spy genre/history fan. Really varied content so far in its first few episodes: authors, super fans, and most extraordinarily, a former KGB spy. Great production value too. You can tell the host has a real passion for and knowledge of spy history; he asks insightful questions and is very engaging. Plus, I could listen to his British accent all day ;)
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If you're even reading this, you might as well subscribe. It's up your alley, I promise. Very knowledgable about the topic, great guests, and tons of great recommendations.
Fantastic show for spy fans!
I was completely hooked on Spybrary from the first time I listened. Host Shane Whaley is a clever and well-spoken interviewer, who takes his subject matter seriously but not overly so. Plus, he has a cool Welsh accent that helps set the mood.
Some episodes cover deep dives into famous authors of the genre (e.g., Fleming and le Carre) while others include interviews with less well-known spy writers. Or, in the case of Jack Barsky, a very well-known actual spy. There's also much discussion of the crossover from books to film, especially as it relates to a certain Agent 007.
The production values of Spybrary are excellent and each show moves along briskly, right down the "Lightning Round" of questions at the close. It's fun stuff, but even the most knowledgeable spy fan will learn something from each episode. I highly recommend it to any fan of spy books or movies.