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Subject: Is there anything like the Modesty Blaise series by Peter O'Donnell?
Date Posted: 8/8/2008 2:33 PM ET
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I adore the Modesty Blaise series by Peter O'Donnell (the book series, not the comic book series).

Are there any other authors who have such an engaging heroine?

I really haven't read anything the compares, but would love to find something simliar.

Date Posted: 8/12/2008 4:50 PM ET
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Bueller, Bueller... anyone.... anyone?

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 8:13 AM ET
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Lita, I'll look up some read alikes when I get a chance...later today, ok?

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 11:49 AM ET
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That would be awesome.  That Modesty Blaise series is one of my ALL TIME favorites and would love someone who had simliar type characters.

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 8:38 AM ET
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I would recommend The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: A Novel by Michael Chabon.   The two main characters in the book are male, but the females characters are strong.

The Last Spymaster by Gayle Lynds, there's also a couple of other books on this link that look like they might match.  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b/002-0380174-2898412?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=the+last+spymaster&x=5&y=15

Improbable by Adam Fawer

I'm trying to find another series with a strong female main character but it's coming up with male and female working together.

There's a series called Muller and Pappenheim by Julian Jay Savarin that is coming up as a similar series . the first book is A Cold Rain in Berlin.

Betrayal  by Evelyn Anthony came up..  Female main character... here's a description, I couldn't find a decent description on amazon or b&n

Booklist Review: Davina Graham’s always been “the plain but clever one” in her family. But that cleverness has helped her make a rapid ascent up the career ladder in the British SIS. Her latest assignment is debriefing Russian defector Ivan Sasanov, who has left his family behind in the still-oppressive Soviet Union of the late 1990s. When Sasanov is targeted for assassination by the Soviets, his wife arrested, and his daughter seduced by a KGB officer, he threatens to renege on his defection unless the SIS can rescue his family. Though she’s never been a field agent, Davina offers to go to Russia and extract Sasanov’s wife and daughter. What she doesn’t count on is falling in love with him. Only after she’s within Russia’s borders does she learn that someone in the SIS is working for the Soviets, someone who knows every detail of the Sasanov rescue operation and plans to betray Davina to the KGB. A grand master of the espionage thriller, Anthony once again offers up a riveting read.
-- Emily Melton (BookList, 03-15-2004, p1269)



Kirkus Reviews First published in England in 1980, this umpteenth novel of romantic espionage from Anthony (The Relic, 1991, etc.) pits a British agent against a KGB defector, an American double agent, and a Russian mole within her own secret service department.



For eight months, Davina Graham's been Ivan Sasanov's minder, trying to coax Politburo secrets out of him, but he insists he'll speak only when his wife and daughter are rescued from Russia, a task complicated when his wife is imprisoned in Lubyanka, his daughter's meetings with a Moscow university dissent are monitored, and worse yet, that pesky mole finds out where Sasanov has been stashed and plans an assassination. Davina, by now deeply attached to her charge, wants to make him happy, so off she goes to the Crimea, accompanied by Peter Harrington, a washed-out spy trying to rehabilitate himself. The twosome plot to spirit Sasanov's daughter out by submarine while posh Jeremy Spencer-Barr keeps an eye on things at the Embassy in Moscow. Doublecrosses abound. Murder occurs. There'll be a spot of torture, messages passed in code, and some passionate kissing before the Russians and the Brits figure out face-saving cover-ups and reunite Davina with her dearest love—and with her mum, dad, and even her beautiful but manipulative sister Charley.



Once you get past the references to Margaret Thatcher and the Berlin Wall, Anthony's brisk prose and admirable knowledge of clandestine derring-do make for a mildly adventuresome read.
(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2004)

I hope some of this helps, or at least points you in a direction.  Good luck!



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Date Posted: 8/15/2008 10:16 AM ET
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Thank you sooooo much.  I will check those out!!

Date Posted: 8/16/2008 2:56 PM ET
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You're welcome! Let me know what you come up with.  :)

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Date Posted: 8/16/2008 6:30 PM ET
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I don't know any other read-alikes.  But I agree she is a great favorite of mine also.  I'll let my subconscious work on it.

Just had a wild thought.  The struggles of Eve Dallas with her past in the In Death books by JD Robb have some similarity.  Modesty has mostly overcome her past.

Not at all the same type of characters, but Manning Coles has some British spy tales with a very quirky humour about them.  You might enjoy them also.  Example:  A man high up in the pre-WW II German government, who forgot his past many years ago, after a trauma suddenly remembers he is a covert agent, a BRITISH one.

I don't recall if fantasticfiction.com has any sort of read-alike recommendations, but you might check.

Date Posted: 8/16/2008 9:38 PM ET
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I was wondering about JD Robb Linda, but I've never read any of hers and the name only popped up once with an obscure title that I didn't think fit...but ya never know....  Wasn't JD Robb her older pen name?



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Date Posted: 8/19/2008 7:20 AM ET
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Nora Roberts, JD Robb -- to the best of my knowledge, she started with romances as Nora Roberts, then branched out.  I only know of the Eve Dallas "In Death" series as JD Robb.  She has one called "Remember When" that is a "collaboration" between Nora and JD, a present-and-future story.

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 12:32 PM ET
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Thanks for all the recommendations... I have just ordered some and checked other out from the library... thanks everyone.

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 12:27 AM ET
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Try:

David Weber's sci-fi Honor Harrington series (starts with On Basilisk Station) - central female character, plenty of explosions.

Charlaine Harris's vampire/supernatural Sookie Stackhouse series - strong female center.

The first 3 or 4 Anita Blake (Laurell K Hamilton) books before they wandered off vampire ass-kicking into soft-porn territory - Anita used to be interesting.

Possibly MaryJanice Davidson's Betsy The Vampire Queen series for the no-nonsense/quirky side.