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Spybrary Spy Podcast

Spybrary is a podcast for fans of spy books, spy tv and spy movies since 2017. We bring you author interviews and reader discussions on our favorite spy books and novels.

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Recent Episodes of Spybrary Spy Podcast


Crafting Realistic Spy Thrillers - Merle Nygate Reveals More About Honour Among Spies

Crafting Realistic Spy Thrillers - Merle Nygate Reveals More About Honour Among Spies

Welcome to another thrilling episode of the Spybrary Spy Book Podcast! Today, we have the exceptional Merle Nygate joining us to dive deep into her latest espionage novel, Honour Among Spies, the highly anticipated sequel to The Righteous Spy.

Tune in as host Shane Whaley commends Merle's expertise in writing riveting action scenes and her knack for adding delicious touches of realism with food scenes that flesh out the characters and setting.

Merle takes us behind the scenes, sharing how her boxing lessons inform her authentic fight sequences and discussing her...

Episode 241 11 June 2024 45m and 59s


On His Majesty's Secret Service - Interview with Charlie Higson

On His Majesty's Secret Service - Interview with Charlie Higson

In this episode, your host, Shane Whaley, is joined by special guests Charlie Higson and Mark Ashby to discuss the updated and revised paperback edition of On His Majesty's Secret Service.

Charlie Higson, author of the latest James Bond novel On His Majesty's Secret Service shares his unique perspective on modernizing the iconic agent. Higson discusses his journey into writing a James Bond novel for the 60th anniversary of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," offering insights into updating the character for contemporary readers while staying true to Ian Fleming's legacy. From Bond's motivations...

Episode 240 28 May 2024 51m and 58s


A Very Working Class Spy with Gordon Henderson MP

A Very Working Class Spy with Gordon Henderson MP

Order! Order! Welcome to Episode 239 of the Spybrary Spy Book Podcast! I'm your host, Shane and today Whaley goes to Westminster. But don't worry; I'm not running for office! I recently had the pleasure of enjoying a tea break with Gordon Henderson MP. I am a politics nerd so it was a delight for me to combine both of my passions, espionage and politics.

Gordon isn't just a sitting member of Parliament for Sittingbourne and Sheppey in Kent—he's also a passionate writer of spy fiction. We'll dive into his experiences and inspirations, including his ad...

Episode 239 22 May 2024 26m and 17s


Decoding Funeral In Berlin starring Michael Caine

Decoding Funeral In Berlin starring Michael Caine

Welcome to the second episode of Section F - our Spy Movie track on the Spybrary Spy Podcast. Our handpicked hosts and guests discuss their favorite spy movies both the classics and the hidden gems of spy films. Today Section F delve into the movie adaptation of Len Deighton's Funeral in Berlin, starring Michael Caine as the iconic Harry Palmer.

Unlike the suave and debonair James Bond, Harry Palmer brings a gritty, realistic edge to the spy genre, challenging traditional spy representations with his working class cunning and street smarts.

Spybrary's Section F dissects Palmer's...

Episode 233 8 May 2024 48m and 33s


Ian Fleming's Thunderball- The James Bond Book Club

Ian Fleming's Thunderball- The James Bond Book Club

Are you a fan of the Ian Fleming James Bond novels? If so, you won't want to miss the latest episode of the James Bond Book Club presented by Spybrary. In this episode, host Shane Whaley and guests David Craggs, Andy Onyx and Hildebrand's Ian Douglas dive deep into Ian Fleming's Thunderball as if they are in the year of publication.

They provide fascinating analysis and insight into this iconic book's plot, characters, and writing style. You'll hear their thoughts on how Ian Fleming's Thunderball compares to other James Bond novels and get a glimpse...

Episode 237 24 April 2024 59m and 25s


Jonna Mendez - A Woman's Life in the CIA Unmasked

Jonna Mendez - A Woman's Life in the CIA Unmasked

In this episode of the Spybrary Podcast, host Adam Brookes interviews the former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez about her latest book In True Face A Woman's Life in the CIA.

Join us for a riveting episode with Jonna Mendez, a former CIA operative with an enthralling tale of espionage, covert operations, and the very human aspect of intelligence work.**

 

Spybrarys' Adam Brookes dives deep into the clandestine world of espionage with the remarkable Jonna Mendez, who shares her extraordinary experiences from a reputable career in t...

Episode 238 9 April 2024 51m and 34s


Spies, Murder and Justice in Northern Ireland with Henry Hemming

Spies, Murder and Justice in Northern Ireland with Henry Hemming

In this episode of the Spybrary podcast, the hosts discuss the book 'Four Shots in the Night' by Henry Hemming.

Four Shots In the Night tells the story of the 1986 murder of a British spy inside the IRA and the subsequent investigation that took place 30 years later. It explores the role of Martin McGuinness and British intelligence in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. The hosts also discuss the historical context of the conflict and the process of getting Sinn Fein involved in the political process as well as the Kenova report. The book is praised for its...

Episode 236 25 March 2024 40m and 22s


The Spy Game Books with Writer Michael Frost Beckner

The Spy Game Books with Writer Michael Frost Beckner

In this episode of the Spybrary Spy Podcast, Shane Whaley interviews Michael Frost Beckner, the writer of the movie Spy Game. They discuss Michael's Spy Game book series including a new novella called Kaleidoscope and how it fits into his Spy Game trilogy.

They also talk about the complexity of the characters in Michael's Spy Game books and the inspiration behind them. Michael shares his thoughts on the spy genre and the attraction it holds for him.

Episode 235 21 March 2024 53m and 34s


'The Ultimate Downing Street Operator' and Spy Author in Conversation with Spybrary

'The Ultimate Downing Street Operator' and Spy Author in Conversation with Spybrary

Welcome to another riveting episode of the Spybrary Spy Book Podcast. I'm your host, Shane Whaley, and today we dive into the thrilling world of spy fiction with our special guest, Tom Fletcher, the former UK ambassador and advisor to three UK Prime Ministers turned espionage thriller writer.

Tom Fletcher's new book, "The Assassin," is creating waves and it's not just because of its gripping scenes; it's a novel that hits the zeitgeist with its daring exploration of climate change and the moral quandaries it poses for future generations.

In this...

Episode 234 18 March 2024 37m and 2s


Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only- The James Bond Book Club

Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only- The James Bond Book Club

In this episode, host Shane Whaley and guests David Craggs, Andy Onyx and Ian Douglas dive deep into Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only as if they are in the year of publication.

They provide fascinating analysis and insight into this iconic book's plot, characters, and writing style. You'll hear their thoughts on how Ian Fleming's For Your Eyes Only compares to other James Bond novels and get a glimpse into the success of Ian Fleming's writing. Whether you're a die-hard James Bond fan or just love a good book club style discussion, this episode...

Episode 232 14 March 2024 50m and 16s

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