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Berlin Game (Harper Books) [Paperback]

Len Deighton
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Book Description

29 April 2010 Panther Books

Long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, GAME, SET and MATCH, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world.

East is East and West is West - and they meet in Berlin…

He was the best source the Department ever had, but now he desperately wanted to come over the Wall. ‘Brahms Four’ was certain a high-ranking mole was set to betray him. There was only one Englishman he trusted any more: someone from the old days.

So they decided to put Bernard Samson back into the field after five sedentary years of flying a desk.

The field is Berlin.

The game is as baffling, treacherous and lethal as ever…


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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New Ed edition (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586058206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586058206
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, The Ipcress File, which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.

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‘Deighton’s best novel to date - sharp, witty and sour, like Raymond Chandler adapted to British gloom and the multiple betrayals of the private spy’
Observer

‘Sheer consistent rightness page after page after page’
The Times

‘Virtuoso top level performance’
Guardian

‘A masterly performance, much the best thing Deighton has done since SS-GB’
Sunday Times

About the Author

Born in London, Len Deighton served in the RAF before graduating from the Royal College of Art (which recently elected him a Senior Fellow). While in New York City working as a magazine illustrator he began writing his first novel, The Ipcress File, which was published in 1962. He is now the author of more than thirty books of fiction and non-fiction. At present living in Europe, he has, over the years, lived with his family in ten different countries from Austria to Portugal.


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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brill read, again and again and again ..... 19 Oct 2005
By Dazalon
Format:Paperback
There's only one thing better than a really good book - and that is when it's part of a series. Bernie Samson, his family, friends, colleagues and enemies appear in 10, page-turning novels. There is so much I enjoy in these novels, that every 3-4 years or so I re-read them and enjoy them all over again.
There's the complex plot, that leads you up and down the proverbial garden path. That's one reason to read again, to pick up any clues missed the first time.
The characters are believeable, particularly Bernie's colleagues, embroiled in office politics. I think it's the interaction of the characters that makes the book so absorbing for me.
Initially its a good escapism read, but then Deighton subtly offers a storyline that could be based on true events, and valid explanations as to why his characters might have acted as they did.
A tale of contrasts, from life threatening situations, to the minutae of daily life; from being light hearted and witty, to very thought provoking; a very satisfying read.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first and best cold war novelist 4 July 2007
Format:Paperback
A recent unsuccessful quest for Len Deighton novels, in several large chain bookstores, reminded me what a crucial service Amazon provides to the book-buying public nowadays. While bookstores squeeze publishers' margins in return for promoting second-rate titles, the quality books are left languishing in the back of the store or not stocked at all. Like several other reviewers here, I am re-reading the Bernard Samson series, and will undoubtedly do so again. With Russian emigrés being assassinated in London, the suppression of Russia's free press, and economic blackmail of former Eastern Bloc states, the cold-war genre is suddenly relevant again. My wife does not even like spy fiction, but could not put this series down until reading all three trilogies. We are now planning a trip to Berlin to identify all the locations we have read about! The genius of Len Deighton is that his novels are compulsive page-turners, with more ingenious plots and better characterizations than Le Carré's, but without the heavy intellectual style.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First book in a great spy saga! 3 Jan 2008
By JamLans
Format:Paperback
First in a series of nine books about the life and career of a SIS spy, Bernard Samson. After spending five years behind a desk in London, Bernie is asked by Brahms Four (a high ranking source in East Berlin), to help him come over to the West. With him, he will bring evidence of a high ranking mole, located within the SIS. Will Bernie manage to succeed in his mission, before the mole succeeds in it's?

Once again, we have another great spy thriller from Len Deighton. His story writing skills weave an enthralling tale of treachery, action, mystery and humour. I enjoyed the way his characters interact with one another. Especially Samson's dry wit and humour!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class spy writing 9 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
This is the first of the trilogy Berlin Game, Mexico Set, London Match and (quite by chance) I've read them in reverse order. I won't bore readers with why, but it's relevant because it means by the time I read Berlin Game, I was well aware of most of the plot and ideas from the other two books. But it's still brilliant - it is still a highly entertaining read, full of tension and well drawn characters, situations and intrigue. For me, Deighton has been a revelation.

His characterization is superb, and the plots are brilliantly interwoven and moved in subtle and convincing ways. What is most satisfying is that very little apparently happens in any of the three books - it's mostly conversations and the thoughts and ideas, emotions and reactions of the narrator, Bernard Samson.

The pace is therefore slow - well, in fact, it's non-existent as the novels are not action-driven. This does not mean that there is no plot - very complicated things are taking place - but (like le Carre) Deighton gets to grips with the bureaucratic detail and mundane reality of intelligence activity and makes the plot emerge from the daily lives (work and personal) of his characters.

For me this is the mark of an accomplished writer, who has a very good grasp of the art of dialogue and character development, of what is taking place inside people's heads and emotions, so that the world around them becomes a reflection of those inner realities.

Indeed I think it's fair to say that this is what motivates Deighton on a much larger, political and ideological scale - his concern is to communicate why Germany, Britain and the Soviet Union were behaving the way they did in the Cold War and what motivates individuals to act in particular ways at specific points in history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
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Excellent
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good Spy writing read 9 July 2014
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Len Deighton is graphically descriptive and an excellent writer, whom i confess not to have read before, but i unfortunately guessed the who the spy was very early in the read, albeit i think it was there to test everyone to find it, however it still a good read all the same, and his Bernie Samson character must have been good to follow in his earlier novels which i will try and go back to the strat with and see how he has developed from the original book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 7 July 2014
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Excellent read, kept me guessing until almost the last page. Liked the detail which only comes after good research and an understanding of the subject matter.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Worth a read
Published 7 days ago by Peter T
5.0 out of 5 stars Deighton at his best.
Cleverly written, Deighton at his best.
Published 8 days ago by Frank J
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow-burning but effective
Nobody writes disaffected middle-aged spies quite as well as Len Deighton and Bernard Samson is one of his most interesting creations. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Ian Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Oldie
Has stood the test of time.
Published 27 days ago by Elizabeth M. Holroyde
5.0 out of 5 stars 5/5
Brilliant book, had me hooked from the very beginning. Not my usual genre but throughly enjoyed it all the same
Published 1 month ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband
Well we both read this book carnt say I really liked it but I read it all the same bit obvious who the Russian was
Published 1 month ago by amanda iley
4.0 out of 5 stars good yarn
I found it an exciting and easy read. I liked the way it crossed the east west divide and the different mind sets.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs M.Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars What other rating?
How can any fan of Mr. Deighton not give him a 5*?He never disappoints in either his plot, characters or location. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tony Hip
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
I've come back to Len Deighton after about 20 years and love the cold war thriller genre. Just buy it!
Published 1 month ago by john owens
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burner
This is the first time I'd read a len deighton spy novel. I found it to be fairly similar to john len Carrie novels in that they are very detailed and very well thought out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by adamski
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