These 10 Spy Novels Will Bring Out Your Inner James Bond


The 10 Best Spy Novels To Unleash Your Inner Bond

Whether you're great at stalking your ex or can find embarrassing pictures of your sister from high school, there's a little spy in all of us. With help from these 10 novels, you can go through training and be a clandestine agent in no time! And in paperback, hardcover, or kindle, you can dip into your secret life in no time.

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1. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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Lisbeth Salander is one of the most interesting, and badass, characters in modern literature. With a heartbreaking background, she takes revenge in all the necessary ways and proves she's a force to be reckoned with. Hollywood took notice and turned Larsson's novel into a 2011 film starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig.

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2. Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy by John le Carré

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John le Carré knows a thing or two about British espionage. In the 50s and 60s he worked for the Security Service and British Secret Intelligence. He's written such classics like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, The Night Manger and The Constant Gardener.

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3. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Touching upon race, war, and espionage, The Sympathizer has everything. Written by a Vietnamese American professor, it'll have you packing your bags and spying on other countries as soon as your passport clears.

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4. Red Sparrow Trilogy by Jason Matthews

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Written by a 33 year veteran of the CIA, Red Sparrow has legitimacy. The story of a KGB woman and CIA man set to out spy each other, will lead to late nights reading this Edgar Award winning novel. With two other books that round the trilogy out with multi-faceted characters, and scenes that take you all over the world, you will devour the three novels. Bonus option? The film adaptation starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton will be out March 2nd of this year. I hear the author is a pretty nice guy, too.

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5. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

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Taking place during WW2, a German aristocrat known as "The Needle" must trust a young, English woman, with his life. If she believes him, his freedom will be granted, and the Nazi's will win the war. Follett creates a world of manipulation and it's up to the reader to figure out who is trustworthy in this 1978 novel.

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6. The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy

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Serial novelist, Tom Clancy's debut novel, The Hunt For Red October was loosely inspired by the mutiny on the Soviet naval ship. Incorporating yet another story of Russia vs. the US, we are introduced to CIA analyst Jack Ryan, a character that would continue in most of Tom Clancy's spy novels and subsequent movies.

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7. From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming

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Shaken not stirred. The fifth novel in Ian Fleming's Bond story, it became a classic instantly. It was later turned into the second Bond film, starring Sean Connery.

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8. The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

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Amazon says it best, "Immersed in the quiet, meticulous life of an art restorer, former Israeli intelligence operative Gabriel Allon keeps his past well behind him. But now he is being called back into the game—and teamed with an agent who hides behind her own a beautiful fashion model".

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9. The Quantum Spy by David Ignatius

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For science fiction, and spy genre fans, The Quantum Spy will hit the spot. A race against cyber and nuclear war, who will create the a quantum computer in time for global domination, China or the U.S.? A cat and mouse thrill ride, will keep you guessing till the last page.

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10. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

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You might be familiar with the Matt Damon novels where Jason Borne seeks answers and revenge on those who took his life from him. Like most novels and movies, the differences are vast but the message is clear, you'll be captivated by the willpower of a strong leading character.