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9 minutes | 4 days ago
Spybrary at 150! Special Transmission for all Spybrarians (150)
A special message to Spybrary listeners around the world to celebrate episode 150!
45 minutes | 23 days ago
Interview with James Stejskal author of Question of Time - A Cold War Spy Thriller (149)
Today, we bring you another spy author interview on the Spybrary Podcast. We are chatting with author James Stejskal who has just penned his first-ever spy fiction novel titled A Question of Time. Some of you may know James from his non-fiction books, especially an absolute cracker - Special Forces Berlin. James draws on his time serving in Cold War Berlin and even weaves the head of the Stasi Erich Mielke and East Germany spymaster Markus Wolf into the story in a credible fashion. And I know what you're thinking, Spybrarian.... Shane, you don't do special forces stuff. Don't be fooled the book Special Forces Berlin is based on James Stejskal's time serving in a covert unit. A Question of Time is a gripping spy thriller that I recommend to Spybrarians. James Stejskal served for 23 years with US Special Forces, including two tours in Berlin. Special Forces Berlin was a small detachment of 100 highly trained soldiers who, should hostilities break out, were to wreak havoc behind Warsaw Pact lines. You can hear a fascianting conversation with James about his time in the military in Berlin over on Cold War Conversations. (Do check it out once you have listened to today's episode.) Let me share a little bit about the book with you. Berlin, 1979. When the CIA's most valuable spy, MERLIN, is compromised, the Agency realizes it does not have the capability to bring him to safety. If he cannot evade the dreaded East German security service, the result will be chaos and a cascade of failures throughout the Agency's worldwide operations. Master Sergeant Kim Becker lived through the hell of Vietnam as a member of the elite Studies and Operations Group. When he lost one of his best men in a pointless operation, he began to question his mission. Now, he is serving with an even more secretive Army Special Forces unit based in Berlin on the front line of the Cold War. The CIA turns to Becker's team of unconventional warfare specialists to pull their bacon out of the fire. Becker and his men must devise a plan to get him out by whatever means possible. It's a race against time to prepare and execute the plan while, alone in East Berlin, MERLIN must avoid his nemesis and play for time inside the hostile secret service headquarters he has betrayed. One question remains -- is the man worth the risk?
14 minutes | a month ago
Black Heart by Eric Van Lustbader Spy Book Review with Andy Onyx
Today we decode a brush pass transmission, a spy book review of Eric Von Lustbader's Black Heart. Author and Spy Book fan, Andy Onyx gives us his brush pass spy book review of Black Heart by Eric Von Lustbader.
81 minutes | a month ago
Spy Rewind - Spy TV Show Alias Remembered (147)
Spy Rewind time - Jeff and Matthew take a look back at the early 2000’s spy show Alias. Starring Jennifer Garner it was one of the first spy shows to air after 9/11 and catapulted numerous people both in front of and behind the camera to further success. The guys talk about the effect of 9/11 on spy shows, the changing look at gender roles for spies, whether it’s a good or bad thing to have a mystery box and how hard it must be to spy in a belly shirt.
62 minutes | 2 months ago
'Cold war spy fiction in the grand tradition' an interview with Paul Vidich, author of The Mercenary (146)
From acclaimed spy novelist Paul Vidich comes a taut new thriller following the attempted exfiltration of a KGB officer from the ever-changing—and always dangerous—USSR in the mid-1980s. Shane Whaley finds out more in this interview with author Paul Vidich. In Episode 146 of Spybrary with spy author Paul Vidich we discuss: What was Paul Vidich's inspiration for writing The Mercenary. What kind of reader The Mercenary appeals to? (Actioneers v Realistic) What drew Paul to write an espionage thriller? Moscow features heavily, we find out how Paul Vidich researched Moscow and he reveals how John Beryles the former US Ambassador to the Russian Federation 2008-12 helped him, Paul tells us more about the protagonist 'Garin.' We talk locations, settings and why the books was set in the Soviet Union of the mid-80s. Paul reveals that as part of his research, he read over 30 books including autobiographies of high-ranking KGB officers who successfully defected to the West. No wonder the tradecraft is so good in this! We learn more about some of the other characters in The Mercenary including Nataliya, Zyuganov, Petrov, Mueller, Talinov and Posner. 'But shed war of its glory and a soldier’s job is to kill. It’s that simple. And so, shed espionage of its popular mythology, the spy’s job is to lie, deceive, and betray trust.' Shane asks Is The Mercenary a nod to John le Carre and The Spy Who Came In from the cold? The challenges of espionage writing and what are the fun parts! And much more including the world-famous Spybrary Quickfire round!
61 minutes | 2 months ago
Moonraker - The James Bond Book Club with Simon Conway(145)
It is 1955 and we review the latest Ian Fleming James Bond 007 novel, Moonraker With David Craggs, author Simon Conway and Spybrary Host Shane Whaley. Episode is also available on YouTube. Details at www.spybrary.com/145
81 minutes | 2 months ago
Collecting Spy Books, with Jeff Quest, Matthew Bradford and Tim Shipman (143)
Today's episode of Spybrary is all about collecting spy books. This episode is also available on YouTube. We talk James Bond book trivia and see some of Tim’s amazing Fleming novels. There are some beautiful association copies of Adam Hall books, Matthew shares details on how to collect an elusive Clancy first edition and a signed copy of one of Jimmy Sangster’s spy novels with a great back story. All that plus tips and tricks from three folks who can’t stop collecting books.
88 minutes | 2 months ago
Spy TV -The Sandbaggers - Season Three - Round Table (141)
On today's Spybrary Spy Podcast, we turn our attention to Spy TV and the third and sadly final season of the British spy tv series The Sandbaggers starring Roy Marsden and created by Ian Mackintosh. Our panel are back to run the rule over The Sandbaggers Season 3.We are joined by Spybrary Podcast listeners, Hannah Cooper, Jeffrey Westhoff, and Paul Hodges of The Sandbaggers Facebook Group.
57 minutes | 3 months ago
The Lost Adventures of James Bond with Mark Edlitz and Jack Lugo (140)
Today we are joined by author Mark Edlitz the author of the Lost Adventures of James Bond: Timothy Dalton’s Third and Fourth Bond Films, James Bond Jr., and Other Unmade or Forgotten 007 Projects. He is expertly interviewed by James Bond Radio contributor Jack Lugo. Since this episode was recorded, Jack has launched his own 007 podcast - Bond and Banter. The James Bond universe is greater than you might think. Even if you have seen all the movies and devoured Ian Fleming's books, there is much more to discover about 007. There is a fascinating galaxy of Bond adventures that have been "lost" or unmade, out-of-print, or forgotten by even the most dedicated Bond fan. Through his probing interviews with their creators in THE LOST ADVENTURES OF JAMES BOND, Mark Edlitz uncovers different scenarios for Timothy Dalton's abandoned third and fourth Bond movies, questions Toby Stephens about playing 007 on the radio, delves into the unproduced Casino Royale play, and exposes the secret history of James Bond Jr, the animated series about 007's nephew. Edlitz also solves a long-standing Bond mystery, investigates the cheeky commercial which inserts Daniel Craig into a Roger Moore-style escapade, and reveals the story behind Sean Connery's lost Bond performance. These and other projects are revealed in this vastly entertaining and enlightening book. Using never-before-seen photographs, Edlitz uncovers a wealth of unexplored lore. THE LOST ADVENTURES OF JAMES BOND is a must for any Bond fan.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Mark Greaney reveals more about his latest Gray Man novel - Relentless
New York Times Bestselling Author Mark Greaney joins us today to share more about his latest Gray Man novel 'Relentless.' Mark tells us that Spybrary listeners can read Relentless as the first foray into the Court Gentry series. Mark Greaney also shares more about the upcoming Gray Man movie, his writing process and his future writing plans. This interview is hosted by Spybrary listener and fan of the Gray Man series, Kashif Hussein.
66 minutes | 3 months ago
Spy Rewind - Mission Impossible with Jeff Quest and Matthew Bradford (139)
Spy bloggers Matthew Bradford and Jeff Quest launch a new series called Spy Rewind where they look at classic spy tv episodes and series. Today they take a look at Mission Impossible. Websites and Resources mentioned on Spy Rewind. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: THE MIND OF STEFAN MIKLOS Summary - https://www.paleycenter.org/collection/item/?q=about&p=346&item=T:12497 Mission: Impossible Blu Rays - https://www.amazon.com/Mission-Impossible-Original-TV-Blu-ray/dp/B08GFSYGNV Barbara Bain - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Bain The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier - https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Mission-Impossible-Dossier/dp/0380758776 Matthew’s review of season 7 (which links to previous season reviews) - https://doubleosection.blogspot.com/2011/11/dvd-review-mission-impossible-7th-tv.html Pluto TV’s Mission: Impossible - https://pluto.tv/live-tv/mission-impossible Jeff Quest’s Site - https://spywrite.com Matthew Bradford’s Site - https://doubleosection.blogspot.com/
52 minutes | 3 months ago
'A darker, scarier Herron'. Author Mick Herron discusses his latest Jackson Lamb novel - Slough House
Mick Herron returns to the Spybrary Podcast to discusses his latest novel - Slough House. Mick is joined in conversation with our Man in London - David Craggs In his best and most ambitious novel yet, Mick Herron, “the le Carré of the future” (BBC), offers an unsparing look at the corrupt web of media, global finance, spycraft, and politics that power our modern world. “This is a darker, scarier Herron. The gags are still there but the satire's more biting. The privatization of a secret service op and the manipulation of news is relevant and horribly credible.”—Ann Cleeves, author of the Vera Stanhope series
6 minutes | 4 months ago
The Agent Runner by Simon Conway. Spy Book Review. (137)
Today we decode a brush pass transmission, a spy book review of Simon Conway's The Agent Runner. Author and Spy Book fan, Stephen England gives us his brush pass spy book review of The Agent Runner by Simon Conway
38 minutes | 4 months ago
What is SPYSCAPE's new spy tv and movie festival SPYFLIX all about? With Francis Jago.(136)
SPYFLIX is a new spy movie and tv festival focused on secrets presented by our friends at SPYSCAPE. Spybrary host Shane Whaley got together with SPYSCAPE's Marketing Director, Francis Jago to find out more. The SPYFLIX festival will highlight new voices and stories focused on secrets. The festival is now accepting submissions through 28 February 2021 and will kick off screenings starting 18 April 2021… What is SPYFLIX? Secrets intrigue us, and they make great stories. Their universal appeal lies deep in our psyche. Inside each secret is a structured who, what, how & why that powers franchises from James Bond to Batman, and from Harry Potter to Sherlock Holmes. Secrets also power factual stories across news and current affairs, history and politics. Our panel of writers, directors, producers and secret intelligence professionals (spies!) will select new work for awards with major cash prizes, and screening in our online festival. Entries are now open. We know there are several indy moviemakers who listen to Spybrary and we would love to see you enter and win! SPYFLIX is presented by SPYSCAPE - the HQ of secrets. SPYSCAPE has millions of fans hungry for great stories of secrets. Selected works may also receive exposure on SPYSCAPE's other channels, including acclaimed podcasts hosted by Hollywood superstars Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby and Jason Isaacs. --
7 minutes | 4 months ago
Spy Book Review = Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd (135)
Author CP Bennison gives us the lowdown on Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd in this brush pass spy book review. Did you know every week we curate all the major spy book, tv and movies news into an easy to read, quick emails? Join the Spybrary Intelligence Service at www.spybrary.com
14 minutes | 4 months ago
Two Don Winslow Book Recommendations for Spy Book Fans - Brush Pass Spy Book Review
Today we decode a brush pass transmission sent in by Australian author and Spy Book fan, Aiden L Bailey. He gives us his brush pass spy book review of The Power of the Dog and The Cartel by Don Winslow and tells us why he thinks spy fans will enjoy these two Don Winslow novels. Aiden also shares his thoughts on the various sub-genres that make up the spy genre and why Don Winslow fits both the cerebral and action spy genres.
76 minutes | 5 months ago
Favorite Spy Books of 2020 - Jason King Unleashed and Unscripted (133)
Jason King returns to the Spybrary Podcast for his annual Christmas address to share his favourite spy books of 2020 as well as what he is looking forward to in 2021. This is the most requested feature of Spybrary, requested by spouses, friends, and relatives who purchase Christmas presents for loved ones based on the Jason King picks. (I kid you not!) Also on this episode of the Spybrary Podcast, Jason King and Spybrary Host Shane Whaley discuss: The legacy of John le Carré (A round table discussion in 2021 is planned but we could not resist the opportunity to chat about the spy books of John le Carré. Why Jason King lovess the Spy TV show , le Bureau! Jason shares his top 3 favorite books of 2020. What spy books, movie and tv is Jason looking forward to in 2021. What does Jason look for in a good book - advice for budding spy book writers. And Much More!!! Jason King's 2020 Picks are: The Stranger by Simon Conway Box 88 by Charles Cumming The Englishman by David Gilman
60 minutes | 5 months ago
Paranoid Visions -Spies, conspiracies and the secret state in British television drama, interview with Joseph Oldham (132)
Jeff Quest (Spywrite) chats with the author of Paranoid Visions, Joseph Oldham. Paranoid Visions explores the history of the spy and conspiracy genres on British television, from 1960s Cold War series through 1980s conspiracy dramas to contemporary ‘war on terror’ thrillers. It analyses classic dramas including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Edge of Darkness, A Very British Coup, and Spooks. This book will be an invaluable resource for television scholars interested in a new perspective on the history of television drama and intelligence scholars seeking an analysis of the popular representation of espionage with a strong political focus, as well as fans of cult British television and general readers interested in British cultural history.
21 minutes | 5 months ago
RIP John le Carré -His Secret Sharer: The Hidden Truths of John le Carré (131)
Tonight we report the sad news that John le Carre has passed away. Jeff Quest of Spywrite recorded this episode in 2019 looking at the life of John le Carre. Spybrary host Shane Whaley announces a special upcoming episode of Spybrary where he will broadcast your tributes to John le Carre. Record your tributes to John le Carre here.
8 minutes | 5 months ago
Spy Movie Review - The Internecine Project with Andy Onyx (130)
'An espionage thriller from the golden age of such outings.' Today we decode a brush pass transmission sent in by Spybrary listener Andy Onyx. Andy gives us his brush pass spy movie review of The Internecine Project. 'According to the dictionary, internecine means destructive to both sides in a conflict. So let's just hold that thought with the rhythm of its syllables in the three-word title the internecine project, which lets us know what we're in for. An espionage thriller from the golden age of such outings.
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