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Release Date June 5

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What do the main intelligence agencies do and where do they operate? How do they recruit personnel? What are real life honey pots and sleeper agents? What about truth serums and enhanced interrogations? And what are the most common foibles of popular spy fiction?

With the voice of over forty years of experience in the Intelligence Community, Bayard & Holmes answer these questions and share information on espionage history, firearms of spycraft, tradecraft techniques, surveillance, and the personalities and personal challenges of the men and women behind the myths.

Though crafted with advice and specific tips for writers, SPYCRAFT: Essentials is for anyone who wants to learn more about the inner workings of the Shadow World.

 

Praise for SPYCRAFT: Essentials

“As a writer, I’m always looking for those books that open my eyes to the shadowy ways the world truly works. I found just such a resource in the insightful, well-researched, and oftentimes humorous book by Bayard and Holmes, SPYCRAFT: Essentials. For any author, this is the new bible for crafting stories of espionage. It’s also perfect for anyone who wants to know the lengths nations will go to keep or steal secrets and the methods they will use to do so. This is a bombshell of a book.”


~ James Rollins
New York Times Bestselling Author of The Demon Crown

 

“Bayard & Holmes have done readers and writers of the espionage genre a great service. This tome illuminates the ‘inside baseball’ terminology often used, providing valuable context to the reader. Importantly, they do not just focus on the CIA, but go broader and cover differences in other parts of the US Intelligence Community. From novices to experts, I suspect everyone will find something in this book that they did not know before.”


~ Doug Patteson
Film Technical Advisor and Former CIA Officer

 

“Bayard and Holmes have done the unprecedented: crafted a fully informative, while wholly unclassified, overview on American spycraft with a special focus on preparing novelists for realistic scene writing. That said, this little treasure should not be limited to writers. Because it delivers solid, valuable information as a comprehensive primer on how the Intelligence Community really operates, SPYCRAFT: Essentials is a must-read for all involved Americans.”


~ Rob DuBois
Retired US Navy SEAL and NSA Collector

 

“An instant classic. Detailed, insightful, and authentic, SPYCRAFT: Essentials is my go-to reference for all things espionage.”


~ Grant Blackwood
New York Times Bestselling Author of the Briggs Tanner Series

 

“An essential addition to every thriller writer’s library. If you want to know how the Intelligence Community really works, read SPYCRAFT: Essentials and you’ll get it right every time. Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes know their stuff!”

~Diane Capri
Award Winning New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Hunt for Jack Reacher series.

 

PHOTO GALLERY

 

Virginia Hall Receiving Distinguished Service Cross

from OSS General William “Wild Bill” Donovan

See Spycraft: Essentials, Chapter 6, The Role of Women in Espionage

Virginia Hall

 

Image Public Domain

 

 

FBI Mug Shot of Aldrich Ames, a CIA employee and spy for the USSR

See Spycraft: Essentials, Chapter 9, Intelligence Agencies–What, to Whom, and Where?,

CIA, Jurisdiction

 

Image Public Domain

 

 

Ramzi Yousef Reward Matchbook

See Spycraft: Essentials, Chapter 9, Intelligence Agencies–What, to Whom, and Where?,

CIA, Arresting Authority

 

Images of Original Ramzi Yousef Reward Matchbook

by Former CIA Officer Doug Patteson

Doug Patteson is a former CIA officer with extensive overseas experience. He is currently a film technical advisor and the executive producer of Texas Zombie Wars: Dallas. Doug is a contributor to Inglorious Amateurs, which is a site created by former CIA intelligence officers to give readers a timely and informed look at intelligence and related matters. You can find Doug on Twitter for excellent open source information at @GrayManActual and at the Inglorious Amateurs website. We highly recommend both the Inglorious Amateurs website and the quality gear from their online shop.

Thank you for the pictures, Doug, and all the best to you, Texas Zombie Wars, and the Inglorious Amateurs.

 

 

FBI Surveillance Photo of Donnie Brasco (J. Pistone), Lefty Ruggiero, and Edgar Robb, a.k.a. Toni Rossi, c. 1980

See SPYCRAFT: Essentials, Chapter 9, Intelligence Agencies–What, to Whom, and Where?,

FBI, Scope of Operations

 

Image Public Domain

 

Herbert Osborn Yardley

See SPYCRAFT: Essentials, Chapter 9, Intelligence Agencies–What, to Whom, and Where?,

NSA, Origins

 

Image Public Domain

 

 

Suction Cup Bug, circa 1970

From the Personal Collection of Jay Holmes

See SPYCRAFT: Essentials, Chapter 12, Bugging Spaces

 

Image by Piper Bayard

Answering Machine Cord Bug, c. 2000

From the Personal Collection of Jay Holmes

See SPYCRAFT: Essentials, Chapter 12, Bugging Spaces

 

Image by Piper Bayard

Close Up of Answering Machine Cord Bug, c. 2000

From the Personal Collection of Jay Holmes

See SPYCRAFT: Essentials, Chapter 12, Bugging Spaces

Note the four holes in the business end.

Image by Piper Bayard

 

 

SIG Sauer P239 9mm and Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 with Magazines

See SPYCRAFT: Essentials, Chapter 19, Firearms of Spycraft

Clips Vs. Magazines

Image by Piper Bayard

 

 

Piper Playing Dirty Harriet with Holmes’s .44 mag Revolver

See SPYCRAFT: Essentials, Chapter 19, Firearms of Spycraft

Revolvers

 

 

“Ellis” Dead Drop at Foxstone Park Used by Robert Hanssen to Communicate with Soviets/Russians

See SPYCRAFT: Essentials, Chapter 22, Covert Communications

Traditional Dead Drops, Robert Hanssen

 

Image Public Domain

 

 

 

 

 

 


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