“The Godfather of the thriller genre”

— Ben Coes, New York Times bestselling author of the Dewey Andreas Thrillers



Praised as “one of today’s finest reviewers” by Gayle Lynds (New York Times bestseller and award-winning author), Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers.” (A.J. Tata, Bestselling author of the Jake Mahegan thriller series.)

Since launching The Real Book Spy, Steck has broken relevant industry news, written hundreds of book reviews, and conducted interviews with many of the genre’s top thriller authors on his way to becoming one of the most respected voices among thriller fans.

“He’s the guy people in the mystery/thriller world talk to behind the scene.”
— Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

A former sports writer who transitioned into publishing word in 2014, Steck worked as a book critic and reviewer for several other websites and media outlets before launching The Real Book Spy in December of 2015. Since then, he’s worked with a number of authors as a “book doctor,” and earned a loyal following of diehard readers and become the go-to source for all things thriller.

“The Real Book Spy is a great follow”
— Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Scot Harvath series

A resident of Michigan, along with his wife and their six kids, Steck cheers on his beloved Detroit Tigers and Lions during the rare moments that he’s not reading or talking about books on social media.  He can be reached via email at Ryan@TheRealBookSpy.com

“There’s a new go-to site for all things thriller—Ryan Steck’s The Real Book Spy”
– Kyle Mills, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Survivor


If you’re not following The Real Book Spy then you’re doing it wrong… Incredibly cool and supporting thriller writers around the world.”

— Don Winslow, #1 Internationally bestselling Author of The Cartel and The Force


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  1. Hi,thanks for pointing out Matthew Betley Overwatch,just started reading,from the first pages on I think that he can raise to the Champions League of military fiction.Do not know what I like more ,my many,many books or your site.All the best from Luxembourg,Daniel

  2. Have you any recommendations for historical spy fiction, for instance Britain and Europe, from 16 th to 18 th century??

    • I would recommend ‘The Unbeliever’ by Oggy Boytchev. It’s based on a real Bulgarian Cold War spy. Really good read. The book has just been published.

  3. Love the Real Book Spy. I would love to see an occasional article about thrillers from the past, Books from the 70’s and 80’s where many of us started reading.

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