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Igra se nastavlja. Nakon što je London dobio obavijest da se važan sovjetski obavještajac, major Erich Stinnes, nalazi u Mexico Cityju, odlučeno je da ga se na svaki način pokuša pridobiti na suradnju kako bi od njega doznali pojedinosti o djelovanju KGB-a u Berlinu, a u isto vrijeme provjerili i rad svoje njemačke obavještajne službe.
Mass Market Paperback, 408 pages
Published December 12th 1985 by Ballantine Books (first published 1984)
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Remember these titles: "Berlin Game" "Mexico Set" "London Match"
"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!
For some reason, I started reading these out of order. However, I enjoyed this tale enough to eventually invest in the entire 9/10 parts of the story - 3 trilogies and a prequel.

Bernard Samson is a man who seems out of his depth. Tasked with arranging the defection of a KGB man from Mexico. Meanwhile Bernard is still suffering from the defection of his wife - does anybody still trust him? Will the success of this job redeem him or is it doomed to failure anyway?
Jul 03, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
After the defection of his wife Bernard Sampson is left to prove that he is a loyal, company man. The way he is supposed to do this is by persuading a senior KGB agent to defect. The agent is spotted in Mexico City and Bernard plus colleague is sent out there to start the process of enrolment Although Bernard grew up in Berlin and lives in London he is not particularly cosmopolitan. Len Deighton does an excellent job of having him reflect the typical English bloke of the time who doesn't like tr ...more
Morgan Fivehands
Nov 24, 2012 Morgan Fivehands rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I loved it more than Berlin Game. There are probably few writers who can conjure the feel of the espionage game so well as Deighton. Please get this straight - I personally know little history, and little of how real governments and the various secret services work. Perhaps if you consider yourself an expert on these subjects, you might find yourself picking holes in Deighton's superb tale. But I am a writer and I know a damn good story when I read one.

London want KGB pro Eric
Tim Prosser
Feb 13, 2014 Tim Prosser rated it really liked it

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
John Defrog
Sep 22, 2013 John Defrog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second installment in the Game Set Match trilogy of spy books, in which Bernard Sampson is tasked with convincing KGB major Erich Stinnes to defect to London. That would be hard enough, but there are two extra complications: (1) due to events in the first book, Sampson is under pressure to succeed in order to prove he’s still trustworthy as an agent and (2) someone in his own agency appears to be working to ensure he fails. Mexico Set is slightly better than its predecessor, Berlin Game, whi ...more
Andrew Mcdonald
Jan 18, 2016 Andrew Mcdonald rated it liked it
Probably the best of the Sampson books.
Dec 11, 2011 Ensiform rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Some more airport reading. Samson is sent to “enroll” a KGB agent, while his enemy --- his ex-wife in the KGB --- tries to make it look as if he’s a traitor. Again, Samson is pretty much the only competent around, and gets tangled up in a web of tricks and counter-tricks, made more deadly by the bungling of the “desk men” (as opposed to field agents like him) around him. The complex story is pretty well handled, but I just don’t find the trials and tribulations of Bernie Samson very suspenseful ...more
Jul 17, 2011 Caroline rated it liked it
Liking it so far. Not as good as the first one, Berlin Game. Like reading a book about the cold war etc so many years after the collapse of communism and no mention of mobiles or computers! This was good but a little complex, not ideal for reading as you are falling asleep as you do have to pay attention to who is on which side of communism! However it was a clever book and one which despite its complete lack of technology, well certainly not the stuff I'm used to it was in many ways timeless. R ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Jak60 rated it really liked it
This is the second book by Len Deighton I read after Berlin Game, and I enjoyed this one too very much for the very same reasons I liked the first; I am now about to start the third of the series, the London Match.
Having just confirmed the high rating, a strong 4 stars, of this book, I will here focus on one of the few weak aspects of this book (and of the Samson series), that is the way the character of the hero is profiled. Samson is a relatively young agent within the department, though alrea
Chris Gager
Apr 29, 2014 Chris Gager rated it really liked it
This is the middle of the Bernard Samson trilogy but I read it first. Picked it up at the town transfer station. I like Deighton's style. No nonsense like Fleming, although that can be fun too. My first exposure was from the movie "The Ipcress File". Went on to read the first and third parts as well.

Further on... I think there're more Samson books besides these three.
Jose Vera
Sep 24, 2014 Jose Vera rated it really liked it
El “Set de México” retoma la acción y personajes de “El juego de Berlín”.

La novela inicia con el viaje de Bernard Samson y Dick Cruyer a México. Werner Volkman les ha informado que se ha topado con Stinnes, el agente de la KGB que interrogó a Samson en Alemania Oriental.

Central de Londres quiere que Stinnes deserte y el encargado de la operación va a ser Samson. Lo que de por si ya es una labor delicada, se complica más cuando Bernard tenga que enfrentarse primeramente a las rencillas y luchas d
Zoe Carney
I really enjoyed the first of this trilogy, so was looking forward to getting into the second instalment. Sadly, it didn't live up to expectations. The writing is still engaging, the characters still interesting, but the plot this time was laboured and slow to get going. Not enough to put me off the series, but a bit of a disappointment nonetheless.
Oct 01, 2011 Peter rated it really liked it
Slowish start - but what a great story-teller when he gets going! And he writes so cinemategraphically, I wonder if this was ever filmed? I must google it after writing this. And the really lovely thing is this is the start of a whole series, so I can noiw get a start on the next one. Than you Sarah for introducing me to Deighton!
Jul 15, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2014, espionage
Another espionage book set in the 1980's and second in the first Bernard Samson trilogy - it maybe an oldy but still a goody, which concentrates on people and not secret complex technological gadgets.

This book builds on the same set of characters from the first novel, which allows their complexities and depth to build. His hero, Samson has a realistic blundering feel, who makes mistakes and does not necessarily learn from them and is subject to the whims of ego, expectation and emotions. All of
Feb 02, 2016 Kelanth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spionaggio
Mexico City, in originale "Mexico Set", è un romanzo di spionaggio del 1984, dell'autore inglese Len Deighton. La sua produzione letteraria spazia dai romanzi di spionaggio e di suspense, ai libri di cucina e ai saggi storici. È il creatore del personaggio Harry Palmer, una spia britannica protagonista di una serie di romanzi e di film interpretati da Michael Caine. Tutti gli appassionati di spy-stories ricordano la figura di Michael Caine con gli occhiali e l'impermeabile. E' Harry Palmer, l'ag ...more
Nemo Erehwon
Feb 22, 2015 Nemo Erehwon rated it really liked it
Bernard Samson must prove he is not a mole. This is imperative, yet difficult, since his wife defected in the previous book.

To accomplish this, Samson must "enroll", i.e. convince to defect, Stinnes, a KGB agent who is almost his Soviet doppleganger, while navigating the suspicions and infighting of his London espionage compatriots.

This book is like "Smiley's People", but with more office politics and attention to the spy's home life. It's also rife with paranoia, second and triple-guessing of e
Oct 01, 2010 Justus rated it it was ok
The first book -- Berlin Game -- was a good but not great book. The sequel barely hits good most of the time. It wasn't the worst book I've ever read but it wasn't good enough to make me care to finish the trilogy and that's never a good sign.

The overall plot -- trying to woo a Soviet defector is extremely poorly handled. Samson keeps saying that it is "like a seduction" but he does virtually no work the entire book. Two conversations and the guy is ready to go.

That "seduction" at least makes mo
Simon Mcleish
Feb 18, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in August 2004.

I don't think it would be possible to write sensibly about the second novel in the Game, Set and Match trilogy without giving away an important part of the plot of Berlin Game, the first one. So I'm not even going to try. (view spoiler)
Frances Sawaya
Apr 25, 2016 Frances Sawaya rated it really liked it
My walk through past images continues with this middle book of the trilogy. Recollections of the terrific telly series from decades ago keep crossing my mind. An interesting contrast between media in that these first two books are heavy on dialogue while the programs often told the story via visual details. The reliability of the Samson-Volkmann friendship seems eternal, so is it doomed? We shall see. On to the third book.
Apr 24, 2016 Du rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome ending. These books have such a tight scheme to them, with dialog and intrigue that is played out in the normal course. It is as if there is nothing special about being a spy, and life is unfolding as if they worked in an accounting firm. I love that the characters have jobs, and don't pretend to be James Bond or some other, and they have a regular domestic life, that is background, but legitimate.
Andy Theyers
Jul 01, 2015 Andy Theyers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
When I read the new introduction to Berlin Game where Deighton talks about the benefit of being able to write a longer form work over the three books I was a bit suspicious, and assumed this was written with the benefit of hindsight. Berlin Game is good, but doesn't really suggest anything coming later. However, his introduction is completely justified by Mexico Set, which is a genuine extension of the first - you couldn't read it without knowing what has happened in Berlin Game, and threads in ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it
Found this much easier to read on the heels of Berlin Game, probably because I've met the characters. I like this Cold War spy series, and the characters are very much central to the tale so far. There's action, too, but it sometimes caught me unawares. These people are interesting even when crazy spy stuff isn't happening to and around them. Will want to continue the series in the next couple months, lest I forget who's who. We're lucky, in that regard, not to have to wait on Deighton to write ...more
Johnny Waco
The second volume of Deighton's "Game, Set, Match" trilogy contnues strongly in the vein of the first, as everyspy Bernard Samson finds himself under suspicion since his wife, Fiona, has now defected to the KGB, and he is charged with enticing one of the top East German agents to come over to MI-6. What I find so impressive about both Berlin Game and Mexico Set is the way Deighton enthralls the reader with middle-aged agents simply talking to and about one another; both books really only have on ...more
Dec 20, 2015 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-modern
The middle, natch, of the Game, Set and Match trilogy. As exciting as ever with a really great anti-hero. "‘Dicky sighed the way he did when one of the clerks returned to him top-secret papers he’d left in the copying machine’."
Aug 22, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book of the Game, Set, Match trilogy takes place in an incredibly vivid and sweltering tropical backdrop as Britain's brightest secret agent and his nemesis sweat their way along another masterfully told tale of intrigue and espionage. "A man could not take credit for talent in the same way he could for cunning."
Jan 28, 2015 Chris528735 rated it really liked it
Shelves: espionage
Great follow up to The Berlin Game and continuation of the intrigues surrounding Bernard Sampson. I am somewhat surprised how much I enjoyed the depth of the dialogue and character development. Realizing that this is just the second installment of is a ten part series I can forgive the somewhat slow pace. However, the dialogue and suspense more than make up for the pace. Thoroughly enjoyed and will start London Match post haste.
Jun 27, 2013 Davidg rated it liked it
Bought along with a number of others in the series in the cheap section of a local charity shop. I had read the original trilogy when it first came out and thought it ok but not special. It is certainly not in the same class as Le Carre.

I have problems with the KGB and MI5 allowing suspect agents or recently returned spies free reign and no oversight. I am sure there would be extensive periods of garden leave and debriefing and not going straight into the field. So, why is Bernard roaming all
Apr 13, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
There are two things I can't seem to get enough of: series books (no trying to figure out what to read next, you know you have to continue on in the story) and anything about the cold war. So I'm truly thrilled to have found out about these. Good job Goodreads! Len Deighton is much easier to read than John Le Carre (my other go to for cold war fiction). At times, I even find myself chuckling out loud about Bernard Sampson's wry observations. Len Deighton has made some truly delightful characters ...more
Victor Gibson
Mar 26, 2012 Victor Gibson rated it it was amazing
I am reading all nine of the Bernard Samson books in order. I can't imagine why I never thought of this before. So Mexico Set is the second of the first trio. In this book Bernard is faced with the task of attempting to enrol Eric Stinnes, a KGB agent with similar background and experience to our hero. He is aided and abetted by a number of women, his wife the formidable Fiona, his best friend's wife, the duplicitous Zena Volkmann, his wife's sister the glamorous Tessa Kozinski and last - but no ...more
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Deighton was born in Marylebone, London, in 1929. His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part-time cook.After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force's Special Investigation Branch. After discharge from the RAF, he studied at St Martin's School of Art in London in 1949 ...more
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Bernard Samson (9 books)
  • Berlin Game (Bernard Samson, #1)
  • London Match (Bernard Samson, #3)
  • Spy Hook (Bernard Samson, #4)
  • Spy Line (Bernard Samson, #5)
  • Spy Sinker (Bernard Samson, #6)
  • Faith (Bernard Samson, #7)
  • Hope (Bernard Samson, #8)
  • Charity (Bernard Samson, #9)

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