The Return of the Americans

There are very few shows I watch on TV.  A few of my favorites have recently ended their run.  I am still so sad about the end of Downton Abbey.  One show that I’ve watched and enjoyed recently is Mercy Street, which will just have to take the place of my favorite PBS show.  One show that my husband and I both like to watch is The Americans.  If you’ve never watched, first of all you should because it’s really good, it focuses on a couple living in the DC suburbs in the 80s.  They seem like the perfect couple, a beautiful home, 2 kids, they own their own travel agency, yet this is just their cover.  They are actually Russian spies posing as husband and wife, living deep under cover for years.  No one, not even their own children, has any idea who they really are.

9780451476807_p0_v2_s192x300I’m excited about the return of The Americans, season 4.   Season 3’s finale was a bit disappointing, it ended with no real conclusion, and nothing to look forward to for the following season.  I’m still watching  though – I’m giving it another chance!  I love a good spy story, and their lives in the 1980s seem so familiar, and it’ll be interesting to see how the late 80s, and the impending fall of the Soviet Union, will be handled on the show.

In honor of the return of the show, I’m sharing some of my favorite spy novels.  Phillip and Elizabeth are some of my favorite spies (and definitely the best looking!).  But the spies that Ken Follett and John le Carre created are some of the best!

9780143120933_p0_v1_s192x300The Key to Rebecca – Ken Follett

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – John le Carre

Eye of the Needle – Ken Follett

Mission to Paris – Alan Furst

The Bourne Identity – Robert Ludlum

Have you watched the Americans?  A fan of spy novels?  What are your favorites?


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