Good Reading

Updated: 27 November 2017

I have enjoyed reading since I have been a kid. Until the last decade I preferred the Science Fiction genre. I then moved into nonfiction for a couple years. Then I latched onto the Thriller genre with heavy emphasis on CIA/Black Ops/Spy/Ex-Special Forces/MI6 type of subjects. I couldn’t keep track of what I had read in the past, so I was forced to keep a list. This also helped in grabbing the previous book of a series for review before a new book was published.

Goodreads.com, Amazon.com and other online sites will provide you with examples of books you might like from other authors when you do a search. That has been handy, but never provided all the authors available in that niche. Below is my compilation of books I have read in the last few years. Since tastes vary, I did not add much in the way of my review of the author. Neither are they (yet) arranged alphabetically. For most series, I did list the publication year of the last book or the anticipated date of the next in the series. *NR = I haven’t read this book yet.

Before listing what I have read, here are some authors that I will be reading in the future. Some have been writing for a very long time, but all have at least one book that deals with “Spying”. The backgrounds of some of these authors involved work in the clandestine field.

  • John Le Carre
  • Len Deighton
  • Frederick Forsyth
  • James Rollins
  • Jack Coughlin
  • W.E.B. Griffen
  • Gayle Lynds
  • David Ignatius
  • Mark Henshaw
  • Gregg Hurwitz
  • Tim Tigner

Vince Flynn – protagonist CIA black ops

  • American Assassin (Mitch Rapp #1) (2010 prequel)
  • Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp #2) (2012 prequel)
  • Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp #3)
  • The Third Option (Mitch Rapp #4)
  • Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp #5)
  • Executive Power (Mitch Rapp #6)
  • Memorial Day (Mitch Rapp #7)
  • Consent to Kill (Mitch Rap, #8)
  • Act of Treason (Mitch Rapp #9)
  • Protect and Defend (Mitch Rapp #10)
  • Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp #11)
  • Pursuit of Honor (Mitch Rapp #12)
  • The Last Man (Mitch Rapp #13)
  • The Survivor (Mitch Rapp #14) by Kyle Mills
  • Order to Kill (Mitch Rapp #15) by Kyle Mills
  • Enemy of the State (Mtich Rapp #16) by Kyle Mills published 2017

*Check other Kyle Mills stuff
He also picked up Ludlum’s Jason Borne series

Brad Thor – protagonist ex-SEAL, ex-Secret Service, black ops for president

  • The Lions of Lucerne (Scot Harvath #1)
  • Path of the Assassin (Scot Harvath #2)
  • State of the Union (Scot Harvath #3)
  • Blowback (Scot Harvath #4)
  • Takedown (Scot Harvath #5)
  • The First Commandment (Scot Harvath #6)
  • The Last Patriot (Scot Harvath #7)
  • The Apostle (Scot Harvath #8)
  • Foreign Influence (Scot Harvath #9)
  • The Athena Project (Athena #1)
  • Full Black (Scot Harvath #10)
  • Black List (Scot Harvath #11)
  • Hidden Order (Scot Harvath #12)
  • Act of War (Scot Harvath #13)
  • Code of Conduct (Scot Harvath #14)
  • Foreign Agent (Scot Harvath #15)
  • Use of Force (Scot Harvath #16) published 2017

Jason Matthews – CIA agents handler and handled vs. Russia

  • Red Sparrow (Dominika Egorova & Nathaniel Nash #1)
  • Palace of Treason (Dominika Egorova & Nathaniel Nash #2)
  • Kremlin’s Candidate (Dominika Egorova & Nathaniel Nash #3) 13 February 2018

Ward Larsen – protagonist Mossad Kidon

  • The Perfect Assassin (David Slaton #1)
  • Assassin’s Game (David Slaton #2)
  • Assassin’s Silence (David Slaton #3)
  • Assassin’s Code (David Slaton #4)
  • Assassin’s Run (David Slaton #5) August 2018
  • Cutting Edge January 2018

Brad Taylor – protagonist black ops

  • One Rough Man (Pike Logan #1)
  • All Necessary Force (Pike Logan #2)
  • Enemy of Mine (Pike Logan #3)
  • The Widow’s Strike (Pike Logan #4)
  • The Polaris Protocol (Pike Logan #5)
  • Days of Rage (Pike Logan #6)
  • No Fortunate Son (Pike Logan #7)
  • The Insider Threat (Pike Logan #8)
  • The Forgotten Soldier (Pike Logan #9)
  • Ghosts of War (Pike Logan #10)
  • Ring of Fire (Pike Logan #11)
  • Operator Down (Pike Logan #12) 9 January 2018

Robert Ludlum  – protagonist deep cover CIA operative

  • The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne #1)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (Jason Bourne #2)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (Jason Bourne #3) published 1990

NOTE: #3 was not nearly as good as the first two. There are another 11 written in this series by Eric Van Lustbader that I have not read.

Alex Berenson – protagonist undercover CIA

  • The Faithful Spy (John Wells #1)
  • The Ghost War (John Wells #2)
  • The Silent Man (John Wells #3)
  • The Midnight House (John Wells #4)
  • The Secret Soldier (John Wells #5)
  • The Shadow Patrol (John Wells #6)
  • The Night Ranger (John Wells #7)
  • The Counterfeit Agent (John Wells #8)
  • Twelve Days (John Wells #9)
  • The Wolves (John Wells #10)
  • The Prisoner (John Wells #11)
  • The Deceivers (John Wells #12) 6 February 2018

Ben Coes – protagonist former Ranger and Delta, covertly assists USA

  • Power Down (Dewey Andreas #1)
  • Coup d’Etat (Dewey Andreas #2)
  • The Last Refuge (Dewey Andreas #3)
  • Eye for an Eye (Dewey Andreas #4)
  • Independence Day (Dewey Andreas #5)
  • First Strike (Dewey Andreas #6)
  • Trap the Devil (Dewey Andreas #7) published 2017

Andrew Britton – protagonist contract operative for CIA

  • The American (Ryan Kealey #1)
  • The Assassin (Ryan Kealey #2)
  • The Invisible (Ryan Kealey #3)
  • The Exile (Ryan Kealey #4)
  • The Operative (Ryan Kealey #5)
  • The Courier (Ryan Kealey #6)
  • Threatcon Delta (Ryan Kealey #7) published 2014

Mark Greaney – protagonist master assassin

  • The Gray Man (Court Gentry #1)
  • On Target (The Gray Man #2)
  • Ballistic (The Gray Man #3)
  • Dead Eye (The Gray Man #4)
  • Back Blast (The Gray Man #5)
  • Gunmetal Gray (The Gray Man #6)
  • Agent in Place (The Gray Man #7) 20 February 2018

Marc Cameron – protagonist leader of global task force

  • National Security (Jericho Quinn #1)
  • Act Of Terror (Jericho Quinn #2)
  • State of Emergency (Jericho Quinn #3)
  • Time of Attack (Jericho Quinn #4)
  • Day Zero (Jericho Quinn #5)
  • Brute Force (Jericho Quinn #6)
  • Field of Fire (Jericho Quinn #7)
  • The Triple Frontier (Jericho Quinn #8) February 2018

Daniel Silva – protagonist Mossad agent

  • The Kill Artist (Gabriel Allon #1)
  • The English Assassin (Gabriel Allon #2)
  • The Confessor (Gabriel Allon #3)
  • A Death In Vienna (Gabriel Allon #4)
  • Prince Of Fire (Gabriel Allon #5)
  • The Messenger (Gabriel Allon #6)
  • The Secret Servant (Gabriel Allon #7)
  • Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon #8)
  • The Defector (Gabriel Allon #9)
  • The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon #10)
  • Portrait of a Spy (Gabriel Allon #11)
  • The Fallen Angel (Gabriel Allon #12)
  • The English Girl (Gabriel Allon #13)
  • The Heist (Gabriel Allon #14)
  • The English Spy (Gabriel Allon #15)
  • The Black Widow (Gabriel Allon #16)
  • House of Spies (Gabriel Allon #17) published 2017
  • The Mark of the Assassin (Michael Osbourne #1)
  • The Marching Season (Michael Osbourne #2) published 1999

A.J. Tata – protagonist CIA paramilitary operative (and others)

  • Sudden Threat (Threat #1)
  • Rogue Threat (Threat #2)
  • Hidden Threat (Threat #3)
  • Mortal Threat (Threat #4)
  • Foreign and Domestic (Jake Mahegan #1)
  • Three Minutes to Midnight (Jake Mahegan #2)
  • Besieged (Jake Mahegan #3)
  • Direct Fire (Jake Mahegan #4) December 2017

David Baldacci

  • The Innocent (Will Robie #1) – protagonist CIA contract assassin
  • The Hit (Will Robie #2)
  • Bullseye (Will Robie #2.5)
  • The Target (Will Robie #3)
  • The Guilty (Will Robie #4)
  • End Game (Will Robie #5) published 2017
  • The Camel Club (Camel Club #1) – protagonist retired CIA operative
  • The Collectors (Camel Club #2)
  • Stone Cold (Camel Club #3)
  • Divine Justice (Camel Club #4)
  • Hell’s Corner (Camel Club #5) published 2010
  • Split Second (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #1)  – protagonists two ex-Secret Service agents
  • Hour Game (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #2)
  • Simple Genius (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #3)
  • First Family (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #4)
  • The Sixth Man (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #5)
  • King and Maxwell (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell #6) published 2013

Brett Battles – protagonist freelance operative body disposal

  • The Cleaner (Jonathan Quinn #1)
  • The Deceived (Jonathan Quinn #2)
  • Shadow of Betrayal (Jonathan Quinn #3)
  • The Silenced (Jonathan Quinn #4)
  • The Destroyed (Jonathan Quinn #5)
  • The Collected (Jonathan Quinn #6)
  • The Enraged (Jonathan Quinn #7)
  • The Discarded (Jonathan Quinn #8)
  • The Buried (Jonathan Quinn #9)
  • The Unleashed (Jonathan Quinn #10)
  • The Aggrieved (Jonathan Quinn #11)
  • The Fractured  (Jonathan Quinn #12) sometime 2018

Mark T. Sullivan – protagonist ex-CIA black ops operative

  • Rogue (Robin Monarch #1)
  • Outlaw (Robin Monarch #2)
  • Thief (Robin Monarch #3) published 2014

Matthew Dunn – protagonist CIA’s and MI6’s most prized asset

  • Spycatcher (Spycatcher #1)
  • Sentinel (Spycatcher #2)
  • Slingshot (Spycatcher #3)
  • Dark Spies (Spycatcher #4)
  • The Spy House (Spycatcher #5)
  • A Soldier’s Revenge (Spycatcher #6)
  • Act of Betrayal (Spycatcher #7) published 2017

Newt Gingrich w/ Pete Earley – protagonist unlikely Major

  • Duplicity (Brooke Grant #1)
  • Treason (Brooke Grant #2)
  • Vengeance (Brooke Grant #3) published 2017

Barry Eisler (book names changed with new editions) – protagonist contract assassin

  • A Clean Kill in Tokyo (Rain Fall) (John Rain #1)
  • A Lonely Resurrection (Hard Rain) (John Rain #2)
  • Winner Take All (Rain Storm) (John Rain #3)
  • Redemption Games (Killing Rain) (John Rain #4)
  • Extremis (Last Assassin) (John Rain #5)
  • The Killer Ascendant (Requium for an Assassin) (John Rain #6)
  • Fault Line (Ben Treven #1)
  • Inside Out (Ben Treven #2 – with Rain)
  • The Detachment (John Rain #7)
  • Graveyard of Memories (John Rain #8)
  • Zero Sum (John Rain #9)  published 2017
  • The God’s Eye View (not Rain)

Tom Cain – protagonist contract assassin

  • The Accident Man (Samuel Carver #1)
  • No Survivors (Samuel Carver #2)
  • Assassin (Samuel Carver #3)
  • Dictator (Samuel Carver #4)
  • Carver (Samuel Carver #5)
  • Revenger (Samuel Carver #6) published 2012

Tom Wood – protagonist contract assassin

  • The Hunter (The Killer) (Victor the Assassin #1)
  • The Enemy (Victor the Assassin #2)
  • The Game (Victor the Assassin #3)
  • Better Off Dead (No Tomorrow) (Victor the Assassin #4)
  • The Darkest Day (Victor the Assassin #5)
  • A Time To Die (Victor the Assassin #6)
  • The Final Hour (Victor the Assassin #7) Published 2017

John Gilstrap – protagonist covert rescue specialist

  • No Mercy (Jonathan Grave #1)
  • Hostage Zero (Jonathan Grave #2)
  • Threat Warning (Jonathan Grave #3)
  • Damage Control (Jonathan Grave #4)
  • High Treason (Johnathan Grave #5)
  • End Game (Jonathan Grave #6)
  • Against All Enemies (Jonathan Grave #7)
  • Friendly Fire (Jonathan Grave #8)
  • Final Target (Jonathan Grave #9) published 2017

Derek Hass – protagonist contract assassin

  • The Silver Bear (Silver Bear #1)
  • Columbus (Silver Bear #2)
  • Dark Men (Silver Bear #3) published 2011
  • The Right Hand
  • A Different Lie

Matthew Betley – protagonist former Force Recon Marine consultant (marginal writing ability)

  • Overwatch (Logan West #1)
  • Oath of Honor (Logan West #2) published 2017

DC Stansfield – protagonists retired geriatric black ops

  • The Assassin The Grey Man And The Surgeon
  • To Kill a Grey Man
  • Wicked Profit – published 2016

David Archer

  • The Grave Man (Sam Prichard #1) protagonist wounded, retired NYC Detective turned Private Investigator
  • Another 8 in this series, but I can’t recommend NR
  • Code Name: Camelot (Noah Wolf #1) Only read if you have nothing else. Protagonist emotionless leader of covert USA hit squad
  • Lone Wolf (Noah Wolf #2)
  • In Sheep’s Clothing (Noah Wolf #3)
  • Hit For Hire (Noah Wolf #4)
  • The Wolf’s Bite (Noah Wolf #5) NR
  • Black Sheep (Noah Wolf #6) NR
  • Balance of Power (Noah Wolf #7) NR Published 2017

L.T. Ryan – protagonist ex-marine doing service for CIA, good by not great

  • Noble Beginnings (Jack Noble #1)
  • A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2)
  • Thin Line (Jack Noble #3)
  • Noble Intentions: Season 1 (Jack Noble #4)
  • When Dead in Greece (Jack Noble #5)
  • Noble Intentions: Season 2 (Episodes 6-10; Jack Noble #6)
  • Noble Intentions: Season 3 (Episodes #11-15; Jack Noble #7) (Noble Betrayal)
  • Never Go Home (Jack Noble #8)
  • Noble Intentions: Season Four (Episodes #16-21; Jack Noble #9) (Noble Judgement)
  • Never Cry Mercy (Jack Noble #10)
  • Deadline (Jack Noble #11)
  • End Game (Jack Noble #12) NR published 2017
  • Ripple Effect (Bear & Noble #1) NR published 2017

Adrian Wills – protagonist ex-black ops, now MI5

  • Deep Sleepers (Tom Blake #1)
  • The Armageddon Virus (Tom Blake #2) published 2015

Mark Greaney (Tom Clancy series originator) Jack Ryan, Jr. Series

  • Dead or Alive (Jack Ryan Universe #13)
  • Locked On (Jack Ryan Universe #14)
  • Threat Vector (Jack Ryan Universe #15)
  • Command Authority (Jack Ryan Universe #16)
  • Support and Defend (Jack Ryan Universe #17)
  • Full Force and Effect (Jack Ryan Universe #18)
  • Under Fire (Jack Ryan Universe #19)
  • Commander-in-Chief (Jack Ryan Universe #20)
  • Duty and Honor (Jack Ryan Universe #21) by Grant Blackwood
  • True Faith and Allegiance (Jack Ryan Universe #22)
  • Point of Contact (Jack Ryan Universe #23) NR by Mike Maden
  • Power and Empire (Jack Ryan Universe #24) by Marc Cameron – published 2017 ON HOLD

Remington Kane – protagonist contract assassin always on the run, ok not great

  • Inevitable I (Tanner #1)
  • Kill In Plain Sight (Tanner #2)
  • Making A Killing On Wall Street (Tanner #3)
  • The First One To Die Loses (Tanner #4)
  • The Life & Death Of Cody Parker (Tanner #5)
  • War (Tanner #6)
  • Suicide or Death (Tanner #7)
  • Two For The Kill (Tanner #8)
  • Ballet Of Death (Tanner #9)
  • More Dangerous Than Man (Tanner #10)
  • Tanner Times Two (Tanner #11)
  • Occupation: Death (Tanner #12)
  • Hell For Hire (Tanner #13)
  • A Home To Die For (Tanner #14)
  • Fire with Fire (Tanner #15) NR
  • To Kill a Killer (Tanner #16) NR
  • White Hell (Tanner #17) NR
  • Manhattan Hit Man (Tanner #18) NR
  • One Hundred Years of Tanner (Tanner #19) NR
  • Revelations (Tanner #20) published 2017 NR

Will Jordan – protagonist CIA operative tracks missing agents (I have not read any yet)

  • Redemption (Ryan Drake #1)
  • Sacrifice (Ryan Drake #2)
  • Betrayal (Ryan Drake #3)
  • Black List (Ryan Drake #4)
  • Deception Game (Ryan Drake #5)
  • Ghost Target (Ryan Drake #6)
  • Shadow Conflict (Ryan Drake #7) Published 2017

Terry Hayes

  • I Am Pilgrim – protagonist retired CIA operative reactivated
  • The Year of the Locust – new top secret submarine NR

P.J. Mercedsen and Quentin Rodriguez – protagonists old & young mafia hitmen, and cleaner

  • The Assassins series, Part 1/2 (Face Off & The Cleaner)
  • The Assassins series, Part 2/2 (The Target, Killing Floor, Thin Line)
  • Death for Sale (The Assassins #1)
  • The Cleaner (The Assassins #2)
  • The Target (The Assassins #3)
  • Killing Floor (The Assassins #4)
  • Thin Line (The Assassins #5) published 2015 NR

Matt Rogers – Only read if you have nothing else. Protagonist Ex-U.S. black ops operative

  • Isolated (Jason King #1)
  • Imprisoned (Jason King #2) NR
  • Reloaded (Jason King #3) NR
  • Betrayed (Jason King #4) published 2017 NR

Rob Sinclair

  • Dance with the Enemy (The Enemy #1) NR protagonist Joint Intelligence Agency black ops guy
  • Rise of the Enemy (The Enemy #2) NR
  • Hunt for the Enemy (The Enemy #3) NR published 2016
  • The Red Cobra (James Ryker #1) NR protagonist retired Joint Intelligence Agency guy
  • The Black Hornet (James Ryker #2) NR published 2017

Mike Ryan – Silencer, Cain, and CIA Ghost series
I list this author only to save you some time and money. I read the first in the CIA Ghost Series and found it to be the worst book listed in this entire post. I suspect the rest of his stuff is similar.

Dale Brown (part military/part kick-butt hi-tech)

  • Flight of the Old Dog (Patrick McLanahan #1)
  • Night of the Hawk (Patrick McLanahan #2)
  • Sky Masters (Patrick McLanahan #3)
  • Day of the Cheetah (Patrick McLanahan #4)
  • Shadows of Steel (Patrick McLanahan #5)
  • Fatal Terrain (Patrick McLanahan #6)
  • The Tin Man (Patrick McLanahan #7)
  • Battle Born (Patrick McLanahan #8)
  • Warrior Class (Patrick McLanahan #9)
  • Wings of Fire (Patrick McLanahan #10)
  • Air Battle Force (Patrick McLanahan #11)
  • Plan of Attack (Patrick McLanahan #12)
  • Strike Force (Patrick McLanahan #13)
  • Shadow Command (Patrick McLanahan #14)
  • Rogue Forces (Patrick McLanahan #15)
  • Executive Intent (Patrick McLanahan #16)
  • A Time for Patriots (Patrick McLanahan #17)
  • Tiger’s Claw (Patrick McLanahan #18)
  • Starfire (Patrick McLanahan #19)
  • Iron Wolf (Patrick McLanahan #20)
  • Price of Duty (Patrick McLanahan #21) published 2017

John Sandford – protagonist St Paul MN detective, Virgil works for/with Lucas

  • Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport #1)
  • Shadow Prey (Lucas Davenport #2)
  • Eyes of Prey (Lucas Davenport #3)
  • Silent Prey (Lucas Davenport #4)
  • Winter Prey (Lucas Davenport #5)
  • Night Prey (Lucas Davenport #6)
  • Mind Prey (Lucas Davenport #7)
  • Sudden Prey (Lucas Davenport #8)
  • Secret Prey (Lucas Davenport #9)
  • Certain Prey (Lucas Davenport #10)
  • Easy Prey (Lucas Davenport #11)
  • Chosen Prey (Lucas Davenport #12)
  • Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport #13)
  • Naked Prey (Lucas Davenport #14)
  • Hidden Prey (Lucas Davenport #15)
  • Broken Prey (Lucas Davenport #16)
  • Invisible Prey (Lucas Davenport #17)
  • Phantom Prey (Lucas Davenport #18)
  • Wicked Prey (Lucas Davenport #19)
  • Storm Prey (Lucas Davenport #20)
  • Buried Prey (Lucas Davenport #21)
  • Stolen Prey (Lucas Davenport #22)
  • Silken Prey (Lucas Davenport #23)
  • Field of Prey (Lucas Davenport #24)
  • Gathering Prey (Lucas Davenpor, #25)
  • Extreme Prey (Lucas Davenport #26)
  • Golden Prey (Lucas Davenport #27)
  • Twisted Prey (Lucas Davenport #28) sometime 2018
  • Dark of the Moon (Virgil Flowers #1)
  • Heat Lightning (Virgil Flowers #2)
  • Rough Country (Virgil Flowers #3)
  • Bad Blood (Virgil Flowers #4)
  • Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers #5)
  • Mad River (Virgil Flowers #6)
  • Storm Front (Virgil Flowers #7)
  • Deadline (Virgil Flowers #8)
  • Escape Clause (Virgil Flowers #9)
  • Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers #10) published 2017
  • Saturn Run – science fiction author branched into

William Kent Krueger – protagonist Northwest Angle Minnesota cop

  • Iron Lake (Cork O’Connor #1)
  • Boundary Waters (Cork O’Connor #2)
  • Purgatory Ridge (Cork O’Conno, #3)
  • Blood Hollow (Cork O’Connor #4)
  • Mercy Falls (Cork O’Connor #5)
  • Copper River (Cork O’Connor #6)
  • Thunder Bay (Cork O’Connor #7)
  • Red Knife (Cork O’Connor #8)
  • Heaven’s Keep (Cork O’Connor #9)
  • Vermilion Drift (Cork O’Connor #10)
  • Northwest Angle (Cork O’Connor #11)
  • Trickster’s Point (Cork O’Connor #12)
  • Tamarack County (Cork O’Connor #13)
  • Windigo Island (Cork O’Connor #14)
  • Manitou Canyon (Cork O’Connor #15)
  • Sulfur Springs (Cork O’Connor #16) published 2017

Greg Iles – protagonist former prosecutor and Mayor of Natchez, Mississippi

  • The Quiet Game (Penn Cage #1) NR
  • Turning Angel (Penn Cage #2) NR
  • The Devil’s Punchbowl (Penn Cage #3) NR
  • Natchez Burning (Penn Cage #4)
  • The Bone Tree (Penn Cage #5)
  • Mississippi Blood (Penn Cage #6) published 2017