Monday, May 25, 2020

Paperback Warrior Podcast - Episode 45

Paperback Warrior Episode 45 is our All-Spy Spectacular where we discuss the best fictional spies of 20th Century fiction including Matt Helm, James Bond, Evan Tanner, Boise Oakes, and much, much more! Listen on your favorite podcast app, stream below or download directly HERE. Listen to "Episode 45: All-Spy Spectacular" on Spreaker.


  1. Great show! I can't wait to hear your take on the Assignment series. As far as Nick Carter's pulp and dime novel origins, the first Killmaster (Run, Spy, Run) mentions a couple times that his everyday cover is as a private investigator and that is how the world thinks of him. The "Cover" was never mentioned in any subsequent books, so if Engels was trying to tie him to the previous series, he abandoned the idea quickly.

    1. You've probably already heard of it, but I would recommend the four-book John Craig series of spy novels written by James Munro - aka James Mitchell, and they were very much a precursor for his later television and novel character Callan. The sequence is best read in order, which is The Man Who Sold Death, Die Rich Die Happy, The Money that Money Can't Buy, and The Innocent Bystanders.

  2. Another excellent episode. I heard mention of the Quiller books. These are essential espionage reading. The first one, The Quiller Memorandum, is a little different, but don't skip it. Gerald Seymour is also excellent. Barry Eisler's Rain series and Greg Hurwitz's Orphan X series area current favorites.
    I read one of the Helm's years ago and didn't like it, but I will read Death of a Citizen.

  3. And I've ordered the Perry book.