Hope (Bernard Samson, #8)
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Hope (Bernard Samson #8)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  606 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Master spy Bernard Samson is back and in top form once again in bestselling author Len Deighton's new thriller trilogy.As the Berlin Wall Begins to crumble, Bernard Samson is caught up in an ever - changing situation and the devious squabbles that infest the service.And as cold - war loyalties shift in the freezing wind, Samson is forced back into the "game" he longs to le...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published 1996 by HarperCollins (first published 1995)
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Mike Jensen
I probably should not judge this series on this one book, since it has an excellent reputations. They only kind words I have are that Deighton's style is quite readable. I disliked everything else, and I do mean everything.

I thought I would praise the plot and, let's call it a subplot, that reveals troubled marriages and adulteries for multiple couples. While this has the form of a well-drawn novel (i. e. ANNA KARENINA), these do not really reveal much. They just exist in parallel. I grew tired...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in December 2004.

The Bernard Samson story continues, as the waves thrown up by his brother in law George Kosinski's attempts to investigate the death of his wife (Bernard's wife's sister) continue to threaten to reveal all kinds of unwelcome facts about the actions of British Intelligence in the closing months of the Cold War. (Tessa Kosinski had been killed during her sister's escape from East Germany where she had been working undercover - a British agent w...more
Victor Gibson
If I could give this book six stars I would. But I tend to forget we are in a different era from that in which Bernard Samson was active. That being said I think that the first 120 pages of Hope, in which Bernard is trekking about in a wintery Poland with his boss, the hopeless Dicky Cruyer, may be the best narrative fiction I have ever read. A short quote to entice others to have a go at this volume - 'I'll finish searching these bastards and we'll get out of here. I was bending over then and t...more
Dicky Cruyer once again shows how hopeless he is in attempting to be a field agent, far better he leaves it to Bernard and sticks to office politics.
Although I like all the Samson series this one is particularly good and ends with what looks like a reunion with Gloria.
John Defrog
The second book of the third Bernard Samson trilogy, in which Samson’s brother-in-law George Kosinski – in tax exile in Zurich – is suspected of having mysterious contacts with the East German Stasi. Samson and his inept boss, Dicky Cruyer track him to his family home in Warsaw, where he turns up dead. Or does he? This installment is one of the more straightforward of the series, focusing more on the mission at hand than the other subplots, although it does add up – the events of the previous bo...more
After reading and loving the first six Bernard Samson novels (Game,Set,Match,Hook,Line,Sinker), I just finished reading Faith, Hope, and Charity. To be honest, I didn't feel like there was enough material to justify three separate novels--particularly the first two--but in all, I was very satisfied with the overall conclusion. It was interesting going back and forth in my mind, cheering for Gloria and then for Fiona. But (without giving anything away for other potential readers), it, of course,...more
Gareth Evans
As a standalone volume the story is slight, as the eighth of a series of nine books, it carries the story forward to what will hopefully be a revealing conclusion. Unlike the rest of the series Hope is a little slow to get going but builds to an excellent climax. As ever, the dialogue is excellent.
Leonard Entwistle
Bernd's even tougher and disenchanted with authority than James Bond but also with a complicated wife and 2 kids. Wonder if these books have been filmed or TV series made? if not should have been. Michael Caine (Harry Palmer) would have been good but that's probably why not,too much from same author?
I found the main character - who apparently appears in many of Deighton's books - likeable and interesting. I really enjoyed the way Deighton describes the upper + middle management types the lead character runs into.
I want to be Bernard Samson.
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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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