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Open Preview See eln Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Berlin Game by Len Deighton. When a valuable agent behind the Iron Curtain signals he wants out, it’s up to Bernard Samson, once active in the field but now anchored to a London desk, to undertake the crucial rescue.
But soon, Samson is confronted with evidence that there is a traitor among his colleagues.
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And to find out who it is, berlih must sift through layers of lies and follow a web of treachery fro When a valuable agent behind the Iron Curtain signals he wants out, it’s up to Bernard Samson, once active in the field but now anchored to a London desk, to undertake the crucial rescue. And to find deifhton who it is, he must sift through layers of lies and follow a web of treachery from London to Berlin until hero and traitor collide.
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To ask other readers questions about Berlin Gameplease sign up. I added a New Edition as my copy is the Special overseas edition. The cover shows the apple dissected by a dagger, but unlike the other versions, mine has the author’s name in black and the book title in red Unable to trace on Google?
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Jan 07, Fergus rated it really liked it. Betrayal can only happen if berkin love. And, at the end of this book, when the first grisly skeleton in the polished British closet of secrets is exposed, poor middle-aged Bernard Samson will have to do some pretty heavy-duty personal damage control to survive the round.
But throughout there is a new human warmth in the book It is the last decade of the Cold War. Things are heating up in Whitehall as the iron tenacity of the Soviets appears to weakening. You feel like slapping jolly old Uncle Silas on the back in camaraderie as he pours you a drink.
And Fiona, with her winsome ways and glittering deightoh – how can we not love her as her faithful hubby Bernard does? When the first difficulties arise, stout Bernard plods on, indefatigable.
As deighyon will plod on in the same dull way throughout the novel – just like an old cop in a Wambaugh thriller. A dynamite book with a knockout punch at the end. I picked up the field glasses and studied the bored young American soldier in his glass-sided box. His arms were resting on the steering wheel and his head was slumped on them.
It stars Ian Holm as the protagonist – it seems Bilbo has been adventuring forever: May 24, Wanda rated it really liked it Shelves: I was ddeighton on track when I laid in a good supply of gin when starting my Summer of Spies. Sep 12, Larry rated it it was amazing.
Len Deighton was a prolific writer. He’s still alive, but not writing.
Between and he wrote twenty-six novels, a book of short stories, a book of aviation history, four histories of Deghton War II, several cookbooks, and at least three electronic books. His most famous books are the series about “Harry Palmer” Michael Caine’s character’s name in three spy movies, but not in the six novels, starting with “The Ipcress File” and ending with “Spy Story”the two stand alone spy novels ” Len Deighton was a prolific writer.
His most famous books are the series about “Harry Palmer” Michael Caine’s character’s name in three spy movies, but not in the six novels, starting with “The Ipcress File” and ending with “Spy Story”the two stand alone spy novels “Yesterday’s Spy,” and “Catch a Falling Spy” from andand the nine-volume series centered on Bernie Sampson that begin with “Berlin Game.
Sampson is a professional spy, the son of another professional spy, and the husband of yet another. Born in Berlin, where his father was chief of station, he speaks perfect Berlin dialect German, and carries a Berlin-like attitude to all things. And Berlin attitudes appear to be irreverent, but far from unprofessional. Though an experienced field agent, Sampson is a reasonable senior holder of an operations desk at London Central, so what happens to him is an entree to understanding what happens to British counter-intelligence.
The series is a great read. It’s not padded, it’s always clever, and it feels like such a reliable guide to the intelligence world that Deighton came to be ranked very quickly with Eric Ambler and Adam Hall, gamf other masters of the postwar spy world. And it holds up to rereading. Nov 02, Paul Perry rated it really liked it Shelves: He considers his field days behind him and, while an expert on Berlin he grew up there as his father was a highly placed officer there after WWIIhe feels he has settled in the middle level, held back by his lack of a university education, while those around him are all Oxbridge types and one upper-class Americanwith high-powered connections.
However, when it comes to light that their best ken source in East Berlin may have been compromised, Samson is the only choice to go into the divided city – and, despite his protestations to the contrary – is happy to do so due to his protectiveness toward the network deihgton helped set up and his love of the city in which he had so many formative experiences.
In many ways, my expectations were correct. This is not an action thriller. It is a slow, subdued book full of dialogue rather than gunfights and car chases. The only shooting occurs off-stage as though this is Greek tragedy. Deighton uses the dialogue superbly to build scenes and relationships as well as plot, using the conversations to show us and never as info dump or exposition.
He plots well and there are moments of exquisite tension – indeed, the writing is generally very good. It may have helped that I grew up in this ldn so it was familiar to me, but I was completely transported herlin there – without anything being too painfully early 80s, with the exception one character dressing in white jeans and a gold medallion. Nov 23, William rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of my all-time favourite Deighton books, and of course, his masterpiece series.
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I read the books as they were published, and extraordinarily as the Wall came down. I also met Ian Holm by chance at the BBC White City reception area just after the only broadcast I was working on another production and we had a nice, long chat about the series.
I expressed my admiration for his wonderful performance throughout. The supporting roles are terrific as well The music by Richard Harvey is masterful, as well. I once did a virtual tour of many of the book’s places in East Berlin, but vastly changed in year Aug 14, Tim rated it it was amazing.
The first in the epic Samson series of ten books. 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 lfn women. It is however available as a presumably pirated DVD set on berpin Internet. A character finishes a drink even after the glass has been washed up and put away.
Another commences with whisky only to be described later as drinking gin and tonic. I think it’s on purpose! Having watched the first two I can see why Deighton didn’t like it. Most of the characters, despite Deighton having given good descriptions, are very badly cast.
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The plot line is not followed. Meetings occur that did not happen in the books or happened in completely different ways. Deighton was a script writer as well as many other things.
His books with very little adaptation could be scripts. Not badly cast, appalling cast! What a great start to the Bernard Samson series, so much so that my appetite for more titles sustained me through the very good “Mexico Set” and then the less intriguing “London Match”. Like many of Deighton’s works, his deep knowledge of Berlin gives the reader a you-are-there experience.
The complex relationships in head office, his doubts about his wife and the pressure of the field all play credibly through Samson’s mind. Meanwhile, there’s a British mole to be extracted from the East while t What a great start to the Bernard Samson series, so much so that my appetite for more titles sustained me through the very good “Mexico Set” and then the less intriguing “London Match”.
Meanwhile, there’s a British mole to be extracted from the East while there’s growing evidence of MI-6 having their own Soviet agent in their midst. Samson’s in the middle of a taut psychological and physical thriller, and the reader might find herself reading past bedtime before it’s over. I think it was “Don’t Get Fooled Again”.
Paul McCartney read the interview, and decided to write one of his own, “Helter Skelter. Jun 01, Lemar rated it really liked it Shelves: Sprinkled in like seasoning in Len Deighton’s masterful spy thrillers are delightful sentences like, “it wasn’t his fault that he bore a superficial resemblance to my father-in-law, but I found it a definite barrier. As in seemingly all human endeavors, intelligence services are rife with office politics and jockeying for pos Sprinkled in like seasoning in Len Deighton’s masterful spy thrillers are delightful sentences like, “it wasn’t his fault that he bore a superficial resemblance to my father-in-law, but I found it a definite barrier.
As in seemingly all human endeavors, intelligence services are rife with office politics and jockeying for position.