Berlin Game (Bernard Samson #1)
Long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, GAME, SET and MATCH, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world.
East is East and West is West - and they meet in Berlin…
He was the best source the Department ever had, but now he desperately wanted to come over the Wall. ‘Brahms Four’ was certain a high-ranking mole was set to betray him. Ther...more
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This book is the first in the Bernard Samson series. There are 9 books in the series. Three trilogies. I have read 5 out of 9 of them.
A lot of the book is dialog and I have a prejudice against books that are heavy on dialog. I enjoyed this one, so it may have to do with the overall style of writing. (Or maybe I should revisit my prejudice.) It helps that there is lots of humor and Bernard is aiming barbs at his bosses and at himself. And the stor ...more
Deighton says that each was a novel in its own right even though each featured the same revolving set of characters dependent on location and date.
One of Deightons loves, Berlin, heavily featured in this and many of the others.
The earlier part of the series I very much enjoyed, Samson, exasperating at times, a mans man, but apparently attractive to many women.
If you don't like the agent/spy genre you may still like this, it's possibly unlike any o ...more
1. Being able to guess the end/the betrayal is not a problem. Spy novels make better why/how done its than who done its.
2. Sex and violence - they can be useful, but they can also be avoided - there's very little of either in this one. I can't imagine a spy novel without alcohol consumption.
3. I don't think the plot needs to be truly plausible, but it can't be romantic in a schoolboy sort of way. Truly heroic charact ...more
While no one who read The Ipcress File could deny that Len Deighton was one of the great spy fiction writers, several of his other novels seem quite tired. With Berlin Game, and indeed the whole of the Game, Set and Match trilogy, everything came together once again; this story would no doubt join Deighton's debut in many fans' lists of the absolute top spy stories. It is not surprising that Bernard Samson dominated the rest of Deighton's outpu ...more
So far so normal, what makes the book so enjoyable are the twists and turns poor Samson is subjected ...more
This is the first time that I have read Deighton and I loved it. I already have the next in the Samson series on my night stand and cannot wait to get started.
I enjoyed it, it is the first time I have read this in probably 20 years, but I fell into it quickly and remembered the characters. Sadly I rem ...more
What sets it apart (for me) is that the female characters have actual, hand-on-heart agency. The protagonist and many of the characters are still male, bu ...more
I watched the TV series before I read this book. As a previous reviewer here said, the TV series is horribly miscast. Ian Holm to start with. Self-described in the book as "tall", Ian Holm is not tall. Even on the Hobbit level. To be fair, he's great here, as are the other horribly miscast characters. So let's shift gears and move on with it.
The first 7 ...more
So, it took me a while to understand that this book is written with the assumption that the audience is smart. Until I was confident of that, I wasn't quite sure what to think about it. There are just a lot of scenes where what the characters say is pretty much opposite to what they think, and ...more
"Spy Hook" "Spy Line" "Spy Sinker"
All by Len Deighton. All with protagonist Bernard Samson. Read them in that order, but READ THEM!
You know those kinds of novels that you love so much you mourn the loss of them when you're done reading them? Yeah, that's what this series is. I haven't yet read the next trilogy "Faith" "Hope" and "Charity", but I'm counting on you, Len! Don't let me down!
“El juego de Berlín” nos lleva a Alemania de los setenta. Cuando El Muro dividía el mundo en dos ideologías contrapuestas y las tensiones entre Oriente y Occidente nos tenían en un precario equilibrio.
Bernard Samson es un espía británico cuarentón que no ha prosperado en su carrera, tiene buenos contactos en Berlín pues conoce la cuidad desde la infancia poco antes que se levantara El Muro, pero Bernard ...more
So far the best, and probably unparalleled, expression of the genre was for me the early Le Carré; I have been looking for authors and stories of similar style and equivalent quality for a long time with very limited satisfac ...more
I'm glad I did. This is beautifully done and is less, well, "cold" than I was expecting. The plot fair tears along, the twists come at just the right (wrong?) moments and Bernard Sampson is an ideal protagonist.
I had of course known of Len Deighton for many years, but somehow had not gotten around to reading his books. Until now.
In the introduction to Berlin Game, Deighton points out that spy novels have protagonists who have no family. Setting himself the goal ...more
This is a spy novel which is well paced and told from Bernard Samson's point of view. There is some lovely and funny dialogue, especially between Bernard, his wife Fiona, and her sister Tessa. Deighton writes with a keen sense of humour. Berlin plays a big part in th ...more
Bernard Samson, a middle-aged British Intelligence Officer in the 1970’s, former field agent in Berlin but now riding a desk back in London. Nine books chart his history with vivid characterization, suspense, the occasional bit of off-beat humour, intricate plotting, betrayals, and redemptions. The same set of characters, both the good and bad guys, basically move from book to book, allowing Mr Deighton to gradually fill-in their complexities, so that the books are far deeper than many spy novel ...more