Not so much spy stuff, but Stephen Hunter does great thrillers.
Michael Connelly, Michael Crichten, Douglas Prestin and Lincoln Childs. There are some entertaining fictional series therein.
Try a different David Baldacci, and read further. [Go to the library, to get something free, just in case you still don’t like him.]
Maybe I’ll get back into that genre —Clancy just left me more and more and more disappointed.
His early stuff was great, and then it plunged downhill after that. Also whenever they’d make his stuff into movies they were usually stupid —Sum of All Fears terrorists were blonde guys?
Not quite ‘spy’, but check out Marcus Wynne.
Why not our own Travis McGee?
...and the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.
If you like hard nosed spy novels read the Ian Fleming Bond series.
It is very much dated and OBE since 1990 but the best book I can
Recommend is “The First Team” by John Ball.
Not a classic spy novel but go to www.smashwords.com and you can download a book called “American Terrorist” by Ron Carter. Its a good read and a free download.
As far as spy novels, all of Robert Ludlum’s early stuff is great. Very entertaining. Also Len Deighton’s ‘Bernard Samson’ series of 9 books is excellent.
Other authors to check out (not “spy” genre) are Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker, and James Grippando. All are consistently solid and entertaining.
You might also check out Stephen Frey. He writes Wall Street thrillers, also very entertaining.
Other authors I have enjoyed are:
You won’t go wrong with any of them.
Good luck, and happy reading!
Suggestion: sit down and start writing one of your own, one that you would like to read. This is HUGE fun.
I didn’t see Ian Flemming on your list.
Oh yea, Jeffery Deaver.
Adam Hall, any of the Quiller novels. Or Donald Hamilton’s Matt Helm series. Enjoy!
A list of anti-American authors would be useful for those of us who want to avoid them. I know there’s a subjective aspect to such a list, but there’s probably some concensus on the worst of the worst.
The conservative polemicist William F. Buckley wrote a number of spy novels.
Nelson DeMille’s “Charm School” is excellent.
Joel Rosenberg is a must.