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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Set against a backdrop of the treacherous East/West German border, this tells of the journey into redemption for a disgraced British army officer who requires the defection of a top flight Soviet scientist.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published 1981 by Albert Britnell Book Shop (first published 1980)
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George K.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Το Συμβόλαιο", εκδόσεις Καρρέ.

Ο Τζέραλντ Σέιμουρ είναι ένας σχετικά γνωστός Βρετανός συγγραφέας κατασκοπευτικών θρίλερ, με το πιο πολυδιαβασμένο έργο του να είναι το Harry's Game, που έγινε και τηλεοπτική μίνι σειρά. Στα ελληνικά έχουν μεταφραστεί σίγουρα τρία μυθιστορήματα του (The Contract, The Glory Boys, Red Fox), τα οποία ανήκουν στην συλλογή μου. Το "Συμβόλαιο" είναι το πρώτο μυθιστόρημα του συγγραφέα που διαβάζω και σίγουρα με άφησε ευχαριστημένο.

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Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of espionage/political thrillers & people who were teens/early 20's in the seventies
Recommended to Gary by: No-one
I loved this espionage/political thriller about a disgraced soldier (he shot a teenage girl in N. Ireland, thinking she was an IRA terrorist) who is employed by MI6 to exfiltrate an important Soviet scientist from East Germany to West Germany, and thence to England. He knows how the border works (terrifying: razor wire, electric fences and alarms) but first has to persuade the scientist to go with him. He also has to do all this without the knowledge or help of the West German authorities, who ...more
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spies
Poor Willi Guttmann. Like a dying bear in a pit with fighting dogs. That's the image Seymour conveys as British agents attempt to learn about his father's role with a Russian weapons system. They had helped Willy escape from the Russian trade delegation in Geneva after he had fallen in love with a girl and got her pregnant. His escape was designed to be seen as an accident. The KGB is not so certain. And MI6 soon realizes that Willi has nothing to offer, Willi learns Lizzie was not really ...more
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Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I always forget how much I like to read the old books, where the cold war and/or the iron curtain are still a daily reality to people. It feels like fiction, even though I know it's cold hard reality of a not so long ago history. Gerald Seymour has written this story from every possible angle, and has added a lot of historical details about happenings back then. The story itself is intriguing, full of suspense and hope that they will possibly make it till the other side of the iron curtain and ...more
M.K. South
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book: simple but strong plot with a lot of satellite events and characters. More a suspense than a thriller. 2 things that made me rate it 4: the MC didn't really 'emerge' as the MC until the second half of the book. I actually thought a different character was the MC in the beginning. Second, the same language was used to describe inner thoughts across the whole cast, so they all sounded the same. Otherwise, I liked the style (almost John le Carre), and the ending which was unexpected.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another edge of the seat, expertly told thriller from this great author. I am again amazed by Seymour's ability to weave his knowledgeable, intense, spy craft into great storytelling.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1980, one of his earliest books. There is actually a reference to this particular story - bringing an agent over from East Berlin, across the Wall - in his 2016 book, Vagabond, which is a bit of a look-back on Harry's Game, his first book. Seymour is, I think, unique in his style and unconventional metaphors - vivid and surprising powerful always.

Barry Bridges
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Another great book from one of the masters of the thriller genre. Set during the cold war and concerning the defection of East Germans to the West. Couldn't help hoping for a sweet, happy ending but I'm giving no clues as to whether you get one!!
peter f mastrangelo
Hard to find early book by GS. Got it from a used book seller via Amazon Prime. This is a really good read that was published in the UK but not on the U.S.
Shane Bennett
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good writing as always with authentic detail. Good range of characters. Was a bit slow in the middle but picked up again and finished really well. Great description of the of each scene.
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Gerald Seymour (born 25 November 1941 in Guildford, Surrey) is a British writer.

The son of two literary figures, he was educated at Kelly College at Tavistock in Devon and took a BA Hons degree in Modern History at University College London. Initially a journalist, he joined ITN in 1963, covering such topics as the Great Train Robbery, Vietnam, Ireland, the Munich Olympics massacre, Germany's Red
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