Good Reading

Updated: 17 June 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

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 Rapp, #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 September 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) Summer 2017

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) published 2017

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) published 2017

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) June 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) February 2018

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) 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)
  • Dead Drop (Jericho Quinn #8) May 2017 NR

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) July 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) published 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) November 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) 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) October 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) August 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) June 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

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) 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)  published 2016

Ward Larsen – protagonist Mossad Assassin

  • The Perfect Assassin (David Slaton #1)
  • Assassin’s Game (David Slaton #2)
  • Assassin’s Silence (David Slaton #3)
  • Assassin’s Code (David Slaton #4) August 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) by Grant Blackwood
  • Duty and Honor (Jack Ryan Universe, #21)
  • True Faith and Allegiance (Jack Ryan Universe, #22) by Grant Blackwood published 2016

Russell Blake (I have only read short intro #0.5 of these so can’t recommend)

  • King of Swords (Assassin #1) (about Mexican Captain against super assassin)NR
  • Revenge of the Assassin (Assassin, #2)NR
  • Return of the Assassin (Assassin, #3)NR
  • Blood of the Assassin (Assassin, #4)NR
  • Requiem for the Assassin (Assassin, #5)NR
  • Rage of the Assassin (Assassin, #6)NR

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

  • Inevitable I (A Tanner Novel Book 1)
  • Kill In Plain Sight (A Tanner Novel Book 2)
  • Making A Killing On Wall Street (A Tanner Novel Book 3)
  • The First One To Die Loses (A Tanner Novel Book 4)
  • The Life & Death Of Cody Parker (A Tanner Novel Book 5)
  • War (A Tanner Novel Book 6)
  • Suicide or Death (A Tanner Novel Book 7)
  • Two For The Kill (A Tanner Novel Book 8)
  • Ballet Of Death (A Tanner Novel Book 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) published 2016 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) published 2016

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) published 2015

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

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.

Other possible CIA/Black Op/Etc. authors I have not researched

  • Trevor Scott
  • J. Carson Black
  • Allen Folsom
  • Michael Connelly
  • John Milton
  • Thomas Laird
  • Ian Coates

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) May 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 Davenport, #25)
  • Extreme Prey (Lucas Davenport, #26)
  • Golden Prey (Lucas Davenport, #27) Published 2017

 

  • 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) October 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’Connor, #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) Sept 2017

Newt Gingrich with Pete Earley

  • Duplicity
  • Treason