When I started reading this book I found it quite oddly written, and it takes quite a while to settle into. This is because the the author has written the entire book as though the stories really are true, which can be quite entertaining, but means that the book has nothing (and can have nothing) on how the series were made, about the actors, props, or anything similar.
Make no mistake, it is a well researched book, but the the style severely limits the scope of its content. If you buy it with this in mind you won't be disappointed.
Mr. Andrew Pixley has pulled together into one place what has to be the most comprehensive coverage of that debonair Ladies' man and spy (oops, sorry, agent), Mr. John Steed, and all of his various partners. From Dr. David Keel, to Mrs. Cathy Gale. From Venus Smith and Dr. Martin King, to the irresistible, charming, cool, intelligent, independent, sophisticated and sensuous Mrs. Emma Peel. From Miss Tara King, to Purdey and Mike Gambit. From Charles and One-Ten, to Mother, Father, and even Rhonda, they're all here! In "The Avengers Files", you enter the fictional, undercover world of Great Britain's top agent, and all his helpers and associates. Mr. Pixley threads through all the "surveillance tapes" (TV episodes) from all the years of The Avengers and The New Avengers, and the "books and comics", passed off upon we, the unsuspecting public, and extracts all the intelligence data and missions, clearly detailed here for us to relive and enjoy, over and over. As a work of fiction, Mr. Pixley's book is very good background material for fan fiction writers, and anyone who wanted to know more about their favorite Avenger. The fault that I find with it, is that the sections on Emma Peel should be the largest of the book, since Emma Peel did appear in nine more of the surveillance tapes than Cathy Gale, and Emma Peel was certainly the subject of many novels and comics and comic strips. If Emma sells, then here would have been the place to do it. I feel that Mr. Pixley favors Cathy Gale, judging by the size of the chapters involving her, and the picture on the back of the book. Maybe someday, somewhere, someone will finally realize who was the apex of Steed's partners, and give Emma her just due, giving us the "perfect" book on The Avengers. In the meantime, "The Avengers Files" can feed some appetites.