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Tag: Spycraft Essentials

Writing Spies:  Honeypots and the Honey Trap

by Piper Bayard of Bayard & Holmes

My writing partner, Jay Holmes, is a veteran of the Cold War and every other war since, as well as a 45+ year member of the United States Intelligence Community. As such, he is also a veteran of approaches by honeypots.… Read the post

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Writing Spies: How to Find Bugs

By Piper Bayard
of Bayard & Holmes

Now that we know how to bug a room (see Writing Spies: Bugging a Room), it's important to look at the other side of the equation. How can our characters know if a room is bugged?Read the post

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Fiction Favorites of the Espionage Pros

By Piper Bayard
of Bayard & Holmes

Writing espionage is a balancing act between being authentic and being so accurate that we embarrass political leaders, get people killed, and/or end up with some angry FBI Special Agents on our doorstep. As a general rule, while the non-violent embarrassment of political leaders who are asking for it can be rewarding, writers, like all smart and decent people, want to avoid harming any of our own people or having uncomfortable conversations with the FBI.Read the post

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10 Character Traits of an Espionage Hero

by Piper Bayard

James Bond, Jason Bourne, Sydney Bristow, Jack Bauer... Nothing thrills like a well-crafted spy. However, most of us haven’t served in the Intelligence Community (“IC”) to have experience to draw on, so it helps to talk to someone who is the real deal.Read the post

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