“Thank God for The Real Book Spy, without him the thriller world would be in total chaos.”

— Ben Coes, New York Times bestselling author of international espionage thrillers featuring Dewey Andreas
 Ryan “The Rappologist” Steck A.K.A. “The Real Book Spy”


Called  “one of today’s finest reviewers” by Gayle Lynds (New York Times bestseller and award-winning author), Ryan Steck took the thriller world by storm several years ago and has provided constant, up-to-the-minute coverage of all things thrillers.

Steck’s knowledge and enthusiasm for reading and sharing his thoughts with others has gained him a loyal, equally enthusiastic, band of followers on social media, and has also captured the attention of writers and publishers.

Having gotten his start as a sports writer, Steck has taken and applied those same journalistic tendencies to the world of thrillers, trading in sports teams to cover authors and their characters on his way to becoming one of the true go-to sites for fans of the genre.

The nickname “The Rappologist” is a nod to Steck’s start in the business, when he burst on the scene after creating a fansite for Mitch Rapp, Vince Flynn’s fictional hero of fifteen books. Since then he’s gone on to write reviews for Off The Shelf, and Life Sentence Mag, among others, before launching The Real Book Spy in December of 2015.

Since launching his own site, Steck has continuously broken relevant industry news and helped sell tens of thousands of books to countless readers.

One of the most well-recognized critics in the game today, Steck is also a husband to his wife, Melissa, and a father to their five children. He’s available for book reviews, book announcements, and also provides paid consulting services to authors (especially new writers) who are looking to develop an audience or who are in need of creative help with their writing projects.

A resident of Michigan, 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.Steck@Gmail.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


  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??


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