What are the best spy books with World War II setting?

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    #1Eye of the Needle

    Eye of the Needle
    Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett is a spy thriller novel. This book is the author's first successful, best-selling novel and has earned an Edgar Award in 1979. The story is about the "The Needle" who knows the secret to Nazi victory.

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    James Peterson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a great WWII era fiction with unbelievably developed characters and a story that you won't be able to put down. There is so much suspense to keep you captivated, you won't be able to wait to see what happens next."
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    #2Bodyguard of Deception (World War Two)

    Bodyguard of Deception (World War Two)
    Bodyguard of Deception is the first book of the World War Two trilogy written by Samuel Marquis, who is named as no. 1 Denver Post Bestselling Suspense Author. This book is published in 2016 by Mount Sopris Publishing.
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    Andrew Bryant
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This choice is a constant top one on most lists dealing with WWII settings. This book is extremely realistic and relates to historical events that are extremely accurate. "
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    #3The Key to Rebecca

    The Key to Rebecca
    The Key to Rebecca is a novel by Ken Follett about a mission of a Nazi master agent to send the secrets that will unlock city's doors in Cairo to Rommel's advancing army. There are two people who attempt to stop his plan.


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    John James
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book, by a fantastic author. However, that being said? Because the author is so good, the quality of work here feels a little less than normal. Are you still getting a great book? Yes. Is it their best work? No. So I still recommend it, but I do say to go through the rest of their work for better."
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    #4Altar of Resistance (World War Two)

    Altar of Resistance (World War Two)
    Altar of Resistance is the second book of the World War Two trilogy written by Samuel Marquis, who is named as no. 1 Denver Post Bestselling Suspense Author. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2017 by Mount Sopris Publishing.
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    Carlos Alberto Bautista
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Altar of Resistance is the second book in a trilogy by this author. I would suggest starting with book one, Bodyguard of Deception. This is a great series of books about World War II and it should be enjoyed in order."
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    #5The Odessa File

    The Odessa File

    The Odessa File is a spy thriller historical fiction written by Frederick Forsyth. This novel features Adolf Hitler's plot of "Final Solution." With over 300 pages, this book is published in 1983 by Bantam.

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    Sandra Hunt
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Yes this title does belong in the best spy books for World War 2 setting. It is even better than Jackal. It's a really great mix of fact and fiction, and it's very accurate. Great writing by Forsyth."
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    #6Spies of the Balkans

    Spies of the Balkans
    Spies of the Balkans is the eleventh book of the Night Soldiers series written by Alan Furst. This novel is a spy thriller historical fiction set in Greece, 1940. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2010 by Random House.
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    Harry Chapman
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Book takes place during World War 2 and is about spies as well. Very good description and has lots of positive reviews "
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    #7Black Cross

    Black Cross

    Black Cross is the first book in the World War Two series written by Gren Iles, the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2001 by New American Library.

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    Carlos Alberto Duarte
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "This book was AMAZING! WW2 is a setting and time of history in which so much happen and COULD of happen. This book entangles both thriller and satisfies any history itch someone may have. "
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    #8The Monuments Men

    The Monuments Men
    The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History is a historical nonfiction book written by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2009 by Center Street.
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    Will Gu
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Big changeup if you are interested in World War II but want another flavor. This book hovers around Nazi spies during the World War II era. Really recommend if you want a book that allows you to visualize a full movie scene."
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    #9Kingdom of Shadows

    Kingdom of Shadows
    Kingdom of Shadows is the sixth book of the Night Soldiers series written by Alan Furst. This novel is a spy thriller historical fiction during the Nazi era. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2001 by Random House Trade.
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    Larry Smith
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I am a huge fan of World War II books so I picked up Kingdom of Shadows. It's a great book. It's a bit of a thriller. It's kind of a mystery book that focuses on a spy. It's very interesting. It's pretty historically accurate too."
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    #10The World at Night

    The World at Night

    Spies of the Balkans is the fourth book of the Night Soldiers series written by Alan Furst. This novel is a spy thriller historical fiction set in Paris, 1940. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2010 by Random House Trade.

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    Edgar Guillén
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Vichy´s France is, like the Middle Age, a never ending source of inspiration of writers due to the suffocatingly darkness permeating all human dealings, the circle of love, liberation, betrayal and death, and the undercurrents that would eventually tear the scenario apart and lighten all up. Jean Casson´s character unadvertently develops the most important movie he would never release: His own running through the Paris maze, his own insecurities in moving between pleasure, love and duty, and his final resolve driving itself an end - and a new beginning. In the end, you feel like Freud has faked his own death months before and, a stowaway through the Channel, monitors the French psyche, mystified for what she would bring about."
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    #11Jackboot Britain

    Jackboot Britain

    Jackboot Britain is a speculative novel written by Daniel S. Fletcher. First published in 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform under ISBN 1500556270, it focuses on an alternate story in which Nazi Germany won World War II.

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    Craig Lewis
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Jackboot Britain is an awesome WW2 novel set in an alternate Britain captured by Nazi Germany. However, it is not really a spy book and doesn't fully fit the topic at hand. It is still a great read though."
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    #12The Rising Tide (World War II)

    The Rising Tide (World War II)

    From the creator of classic historical novel Jeff Shaara now embarks on America's journey during the World War II in The Rising Tide. The novel was published on November 7th, 2006 by Ballantine Books.

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    Donald Nichols
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "It has a decent rating and somewhat fills the topic provided but the reviews are mixed. One reivew states in big block letters not to read this book and its usually a big warning sign so I would have to side with this person."

Summary

Best What are the best spy books with World War II setting
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Eye of the NeedleBooks 47 Paid
2Bodyguard of Deception (World War Two)Books 41 Paid
3The Key to RebeccaBooks 40 Paid
4Altar of Resistance (World War Two)Books 38 Paid
5The Odessa FileBooks 36 Paid
6Spies of the BalkansBooks 34 Paid
7Black CrossBooks 32 Paid
8The Monuments MenBooks 30 Paid
9Kingdom of ShadowsBooks 28 Paid
10The World at NightBooks 25 Paid
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