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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

If Israel Lost the War (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Defection of A.J. Lewinter (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweet Reason (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The October Circle (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mother Russia (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Debriefing (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amateur (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sisters (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Revolutionist (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Once and Future Spy (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Agent in Place (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Visiting Professor (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walking Back the Cat (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Company (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legends (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vicious Circle (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stalin Epigram (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Young Philby (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Nasty Piece of Work (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mayakovsky Tapes (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vladimir M. (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Comrade Koba (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Plague on Both Your Houses (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Left and Right with Lion and Ryan (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

For the Future of Israel (With: Shimon Peres) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Robert Littell, American novelist and journalist, was born on the 8th January 1935 in Brooklyn, New York.

In 1956 Littell graduated from the Alfred University. He joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years in which time he was the deck watch officer, communication’s officer, antisubmarine warfare officer and the ship’s navigator at times.

Littell moved on to become a journalist for “Newsweek” and its overseas communicator during 1965 up until 1970. He is also the proud father of J.Littell an award winning author. He moved to France when Johathan, his son was three years old. Ten years later he returned to the states and stayed for three years before he moved back to France where he still resides. Robert Littell is now known for his action packed spy novels surrounding the CIA and Russia. Littell has written many successful novels in his time and is well known under the vivid spy novel fans. Robert enjoys mountain climbing.
Robert Littell has also written one semi-fiction and one nonfiction books.

In 1973 he received an award for the “Defection of A.J. Lewinter”. He received the Crime Writers’ Association’s “Gold Dagger Award”.

In 2005 he took the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for “Legends”.

“The Amateur” was originally written as a screenplay that he turned into a book in 1981.

In 2007 his book “The Company” was made into a mini-series for television with six parts, adapted by Ken Nolan.

The Non-Fiction book “For the Future of Israel” was written by Robert Littell and Shimon Peres.

The mini-series “The Company” plays off during the cold war, from the end of World War 2 until the fall of Russia. It surrounds the activities of the CIA in the cold war. The main characters, Jack and Harvey who is later joined by James have to find the KGB mole working in the CIA. The tale begins in 1955 and ends in 1991 playing off over an amazing 41 years. During this time, Jack who is portrayed as the true believer discovers that there is a mole in the CIA due to a sequence of futile missions. Jack starts his journey in Berlin under the wings of “The Sorcerer” who is Harvey. Jack is then taken from Berlin on his string of missions and later again joined by Harvey. James is a counterintelligence officer who in the end is forced to retire due to his suspicions. He believed that evidence found clearing their suspected mole was planted due to the evidence being found to conveniently. He was right about all his suspicions, but this was only revealed in the end.

One of his earlier publications called “Mother Russia” is a more natural life like book that you can actually enjoy to the point where you feel the character’s emotions. The book is about Russia in the communist era and it grabs your attention from the first chapter. The character “Robespierre” is portrayed as a musketeer selling watches in the alleyways and streets of Moscow. His only mission is to stay alive and not get caught up with politics and the corruption going on around him. He just wants to stay under the radar of the state. This however changes as he meets the woman called “Mother Russia”. The book ends of with an exploding twist.

Do not underestimate the book “The Sisters”. Even though the title sounds quite tame, this novel is not. The story of sisters “Death & Night” as they become known plays off in Russia and US. It is a trilling spy novel packed with suspense. The two being expert CIA operatives embark on a journey to kill the “Sleeper” who is the best KGB spy. They capture “Potter” who was the former head of Russia’s KGB and convinces him to relinquish the whereabouts of the “Sleeper”. They send “The Sleeper” on a mission that would make a phenomenal change to the future and then go after him to kill him, but they have to stay on top of their game as they are being pursued by his ex-lover and the “Potter” who wants to stop him from committing the crime and also kill the sisters. Packed with action this book is a must read for fans.

Robert Littell has written many great spy novels that includes the CIA and Soviet Russia. They are all action packed and filled with suspense and achievement. Robert’s books are all worth reading and according to his fans he is an excellent writer that can convey his stories in the most intriguing and different ways. He has a unique writing style and has the ability to bring life to all of his characters and settings. He portrays the villains in such a way that you actually want to jump in and murder them yourself. Most of the villains in his books are KGB spies or former KGB and this gives his stories great conflicts. His choice of characters for the heroes is also an astonishing feat, as each one fits their roles perfectly and you can share their feelings. His descriptions are accurate and you can see he has a wide knowledge about cities, places, events and people.

Robert Littell has the ability to speak to the reader through his work and you get enthralled by his astounding stories. He has been through some of the toughest times in history and has found the perfect tool for successfully sharing his ideas, experiences and knowledge with the world. Most of his characters are CIA agents and usually the heroes, but in some of his books he also allows for great conflict by adding CIA agents who team up with the other side or who become so involved in their own deception that they turn out to be the villains. His scenes are depicted in enough detail so that the reader can actually see the streets where “Mother Russia” played off or stand in the CIA head office with James.

His writing style is smooth and his books compelling. If you have a passion for reading thrillers packed with action and lots of suspense then you will enjoy the works of Robert Littell. Start at the first novel or the last one, the choice is up to you as reader. You will be drawn into a world of spies and times of war with raging conflicts and entertaining characters. His works is well worth reading and will reveal a world that you did not know existed.

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One Response to “Robert Littell”

  1. Amy Matilda: 5 years ago

    I have listened to several Robert Littell audio books and have found them gripping enough to make the trek up and down the East Coast seem short.
    They were read by same narrator, Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker), who was clear and smooth. I was irked, however, by his mispronunciation of “Lagavulin,” a favorite Single Malt Scotch.
    Thank you for compiling this list- now I can satisfy my craving for more.


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