So I'm halfway through the Flemming Bond series. It's been a pretty wild ride and very well written. Curious what the favourite books of the set are for some of you.
Pic related has probably been the best with From Russia in second. The 70 or so pages of Casino were possibly the best I've ever read.
Also, I was poking around for some other good spy novels and Le Carre's George Smiley series has come up. Although it seems to be aesthetically different from the more action-adventure oriented Bond tales, I've read rave reviews. Can anyone confirm?
"'I had a little Bessarabian hell-cat. I had won her in a fight with some gipsies, here in the hills behind Istanbul. They came after me, but I got on board the boat. I had to knock her unconscious first. She was still trying to kill me when we got back to Trebizond, so I got her to my place and took away all her clothes and kept her chained naked under the table. When I ate, I used to throw scraps to her under the table, like a dog. She had to learn who was master. Before that could happen, my mother did an unheard of thing. She visited my place without warning. She came to tell me that my father wanted to see me immediately. She found the girl. My mother was really angry with me for the first time in my life. Angry? She was beside herself. I was a cruel ne'er-do-well and she was ashamed to call me son. The girl must immediately be taken back to her people. My mother brought her some of her own clothes from the house. The girl put them on, but when the time came, she refused to leave me.' Kerim laughed heartily. 'An interesting lesson in female psychology, my dear friend.'"
casino royale and from russia are my favorite too
dr no and you only live twice are also top-tier
le carre is great--maybe try out the spy who came in from the cold. It's a stand alone novella and very good
don't expect anything like fleming tho--le carre is groundly in realism and bureaucracy
frederick forsyth is also decent if you're looking for more action