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Hope (Bernard Samson #8)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  870 Ratings  ·  19 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 September 21st 1995)
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Carol
Dec 20, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2014, espionage
So the Bernard Samson story continues as the waves caused by the return of his wife from her undercover work in East Germany continue to spread and cause unpleasant disruptions that threaten to bring to light actions of the British Intelligence Service that will reveal a number of unwelcome facts. This time Bernard is investigating the actions of his brother-in-law, George Kosinki, who seems to have mysterious connections with the East German Stasi.

The events of the previous years are taking th
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Victor Gibson
May 06, 2012 Victor Gibson rated it it was amazing
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
Simon Mcleish
Feb 19, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
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Graeme Waymark
May 13, 2015 Graeme Waymark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who loves reading fiction
Recommended to Graeme by: Gary
Having now finished the series ending with 'Charity', I placed my review there as it applied to the whole series, I will not repeat those words again, but simply say:This is some of if not the best fiction series I have ever read and reminds me of a mixture of 1950s E. Blyton Adventures and Hardy Boy mysteries, with the research of a 1970s to 2000 Michener, or Rutherford and then a prequel to the 21st century , Ken Follett. I loved the experiences of reading each novel as much as reading the who ...more
Tim
Apr 11, 2014 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
David Whyte
Jan 28, 2016 David Whyte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly my favourite Samson book. Loved all the action in the back blocks of Poland.
Kristopher
Apr 27, 2007 Kristopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to be Bernard Samson.
Jak60
Feb 29, 2016 Jak60 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this is the eight book of the Samson series; I have read and reviewed all the previous books over the last couple of weeks, so I feel I would repeat myself here....anyway, here is the gist: another solid novel, very well written and highly enjoyable. Even more importantly, I am having a great time going through the whole thing, the three trilogies; and I recommend anyone who would like to do so to to it from the first Samson book. And now I'm going to start the last book, and I already kno ...more
Mike Jensen
I probably should not judge this series on this one book, since it has an excellent reputation. 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 o
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John Defrog
Aug 30, 2014 John Defrog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
False Millennium
I've started reading my friend Rick's books, and this was one of them. I'll probably work my way through Deighton. Bouncing back between London and Poland with pit stops in Vienna. Very much in the manner of Le Carre.
Linda
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
Diane
Mar 23, 2015 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too much rambling and not understanding the situations.
Lysergius
Apr 03, 2015 Lysergius rated it really liked it
Shelves: espionage
In the second part of the Faith, Hope and Charity trilogy Bernard Samson needs to stay out of trouble, to get to know his wife Fiona again, to put his relationship with his lover, Gloria behind him and to to re-establish contact with his children. But the arrival of a wounded man in the middle of the night indicates that trouble won't be easy to avoid.
Gareth Evans
Feb 15, 2012 Gareth Evans rated it really liked it
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?
Karen
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.
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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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