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Berlin: Caught in the Mousetrap by Paul Grant 

Berlin Game - Len Deighton (for the Spybrary book club)

Desolation Mountain - William Kent Krueger

Forever and a Day - Anthony Horowitz

MI5 and Me: A Coronet Among the Spooks by Charlotte Bingham

Second Strike: A Thriller by Peter Kirsanow

The Fourth Protocol - Frederick Forsyth

Agent of Influence - Jeremy Duns

The Middle-Man by Olen Steinhauer

Handsome Johnny by Lee Server

The Company by Robert Littell

The Battle of Arnhem - Antony Beevor

Lethal White - Robert Galbraith

War of the Wolf - Bernard Cornwll

Red War - Kyle Mills

Dark Sacred Night - Michael Connelly

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

currently reading Mycroft and Sherlock by Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse

Podcast Favorites

Intrigue: The Ratline is so compelling I listened to the introductory interview with Philippe Sands on Dan Snow's History Hit podcast, then the first six episodes from BBC 4, all in one day! The Ratline was the route used by Nazi war criminals who escaped from Western Europe at the close of World War II, and were routed through Rome, ending up in Argentina, mostly. Sands has a vested interest in the topic, as most of his family was executed during the Nazi roundups of the Jewish population in the Ukraine. The show centers around Otto Wächter. He was the Nazi Governor of Galicia, now western Ukraine, a region where almost the entire Jewish population was murdered in the Holocaust. After the war, he spent three years in the Austrian mountains, before crossing into Italy and obtaining forged identity papers. Sands has cultivated a relationship with Otto's son, now aged and living in a hundreds-of-years-old castle, with a fascinating library of books, letters, papers and other materials related to his father's life.

Whether you are interested in World War II, history in general, or compelling stories and podcasts, this will keep you listening and learning. The great Stephen Fry lends his voice to each episode, and in the sixth, John Le Carre appears as an integral background source. The Ratline is scheduled for ten episodes; six have been released to date.









Want to sort out the bullshit and bro-knowledge about nutrition and learn how science really plays into your results? Frustrated with your workouts and lack of progress, wondering if you should "be" Keto or Paleo or what? Listen two or three times to Layne Norton and Don D'Agostino on the Joe Rogan podcast (and eagerly awaited appearance), and get truthed!


Ben Macintyre Talks About The Traitor and the Spy

The Spy and The Traitor by Ben Macintyre has been described as 'The best true spy story I have ever read' by John le Carré. In this exclusive video, Macintyre introduces this fascinating story. Courtresy of Waterstones in London, England. 


Win A Free Copy of They Fought Alone by Charles Glass


They Fought Alone by Charles Glass is receiving great advance reviews. I'll be ordering a copy, of course. If you have an interest in military history, spies, World War II (or all three, as I do), you'll want to enter this contest to possibly win a free copy. C'mon, give it a shot!


Jason Matthews, author of Red Sparrow, ex-CIA - great interview


The History of Spying - Christopher Andrew

I could listen to Andrew Christopher (MI5 historian, The Defense of the Realm), expound upon the long history of spies and espionage for much longer than this excellent interview.

Until I find more examples of his spoken work, give some attention to his guest appearance on Dan Snow's History Hit podcast. And please get your hands on his books. 

I'd never given much thought to the role of spies in the lengthy history of humankind, pre-World War II, until Christopher got into my head. He's a knowledgeable and fascinating speaker.

@thehistoryguy, @HistoryHit


Daniel Silva Kills It on Spycast 

@intelhistorian Vince Houghton hits another home run with his Spycast interview with Daniel Silva (@danielsilvabook). For a guy claiming not to read spy and espionage fiction very often, Houghton's recent conversations with authors (@RealTedBell was a few weeks ago, he proved to be a charming and fun guest) are top-notch. Silva's interview started out basic and dry, but Houghton was able to draw him out and drill down to his emotions and feelings about spy fiction, history, and the process of writing. The conversation took off. The second half was wonderful. Silva says he leads a literary life, and if he's not writing, he has a book in his hands. At one point he referenced a personal library of several thousand volumes. Call me jealous. Oh, and please buy and read Silva's latest, The Other Woman. It ranks with Daniel Silva's finest work. Readers will discover an old-fashioned spy tale, harking back to some of the wildest periods of modern espionage.

@intelhistorian, @danielsilvabook, @realredbell, @INTLspycast