For Writers and Espionage Enthusiasts


“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 Operations Officer

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, 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.

“For any author, this is the new bible for crafting stories of espionage. This is a bombshell of a book.”

~ James Rollins, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Sigma Force Series