Most espionage novels are certainly thrillers. They keep you on the "edge of your seat" with action and adventure. What makes them different than the thriller sub-genre novels of suspense? Generally speaking, the difference is in tone. Suspense thrillers are darker in tone, evoking a sense of dread in the reader as they follow an unfolding crime. The tone of adventure espionage is more adventure driven. Protagonists know their enemy and engage in exciting ways. Many espionage novels feature well known and loved characters and exist as part of a series. Look to popular spy movies to better understand this genre of literature: Jason Bourne, James Bond, Sydney Bristow, Jane Smith (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, even Harriet the Spy. They all started with an espionage novel.
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