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Faith: A Bernard Samson Trilogy [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

Len Deighton , Robert Whitfield
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Book Description

July 2007 A Bernard Samson Trilogy
First in a trilogy of novels featuring put-upon hero Bernard Samson. In this post-Cold War thriller, Deighton gives his, and Samson's, account of how the Wall fell and the West won. It has plot and counter-plot, descriptions and sly wit, and it is about international and inter-personal politics.
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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078615862X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786158621
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,192,325 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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‘A string of brilliantly mounted set-pieces… superbly laconic wisecracks’ The Times

‘Like lying back in a hot bath with a large malt whisky – absolute bliss… superbly combines violent action with a strong emotional undertow. The plotting in Faith is masterly, the atmospheric descriptions superb…’ Sunday Telegraph

From the Back Cover

Bernard Samson has known that he is not getting the full picture from London Central ever since discovering that his wife Fiona was a double agent.

Werner Volkmann has been cast out by London Central as untrustworthy. Yet Werner still seems able to pick up information that Bernard should have been told.

"A string of brilliantly mounted set-pieces…superbly laconic wisecracks"
THE TIMES

"Like lying back in a hot bath with a large malt whisky – absolute bliss…superbly combines violent action with strong emotional undertow. The plotting in 'Faith' is masterly, the atmospheric descriptions superb…It is going to be agony waiting for the next volume in the trilogy"
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good end to a cracking series of thrillers 1 Oct 2014
By AlanP
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is really about the whole bunch, including Winter, of which this is the last.I have just done a marathon re read in order. If you have read the lot, and I think you should if you like spy novels, then you will have realised that LD has been attempting to correct plot holes and cover inconsistencies for some time. This is not a huge criticism. Ten books! It would be inhuman to have really constructed a completely consistent plot covering ten books. The use of Samson's disingenuous narration allows for such corrections and is a very clever device. It gets harder though, I think he uses the Chandler device of a man with a gun bursting in at one point of desperation; and Mr & Mrs Prettyman's side story is a glory hole for screwing up the inconsistencies and dropping them into.

But these books shouldn't be overthought. He's written a cracking series of thrillers and they are very good. Sinker is the weak point, but they are all good solid thrillers to be enjoyed for what they are. It ain't Tolkein, he makes mistakes, so what.

Spoiler: Do not read on if you haven't read Spy Sinker

In all the corrections, reverse engineering and back plotting, I simply can't figure out why Fiona was in the car at the Brandenburg exit with Kennedy and Stinnes. The only possibility is that I can think of is that, in deep cover, she was forced to become involved in the drug smuggling. LD hasn't explained this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 17 Jan 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
I rate this much higher than the previous reviewer. I found this a really exciting and interesting entry in the series. I would say it had more thriller elements and more action than some of the previous books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deighton delivers 15 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Seven books in to a nine-book sequence (10, if you count Winter), Deighton sustains your interest with more twists and one or two further startling revelations. Perhaps the series is a little tired by now, but the authentic feel marks him out above most of his contemporaries - he and le Carré stand alone in the genre - and his gift for deft characterisation is still well in evidence. Even average Deighton is better than most other espionage fare.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Faith 25 April 2014
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Gripping story and brought back many memories of when I worked in Berlin and Dresden after the wall came down
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 2 Nov 2013
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Read the whole series several years ago so now on to second reading. My husband will enjoy these books just as I did
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new chapter 19 Sep 2013
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This novel starts the final trilogy of the Samson (both senior and junior) canon.

Good to see how some familiar characters develop as time passes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Return to Form 17 Jun 2013
By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
After the rather lacklustre (in my view) Hook, Line and Sinker trilogy, Len Deighton comes out all guns blazing in "Faith" with a stunning return to the complexity and pace of the first trilogy. The plot is incredibly complex, but the story so well written that you read on breathlessly to follow the twists and turns. Of course you do wonder why Samson is the only competent agent in the whole of MI6, but the story is completely gripping and very enjoyable. I hope the final two in the series are as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of fresh tension 13 May 2013
Format:Paperback
Reviewers of Len Deighton (LD)'s triple trilogy about MI-6 spy Bernard Samson (BS; 1983-1996) and his brilliant 1987 intermezzo "Winter", skate on thin ice. It is a 10-book series, with LD himself assuring readers that each book can be read separately. But a little too much said about any book or a summary, may prompt other readers, esp. in the US, to decry reviewers as `spoilers'.
LDs "Faith" is an energetic restart of a series that stalled with part 6, "Spy Sinker". Fiona, Bernard's wife, who defected to the DDR years ago but who was an MI-6 agent after all, finally returns home at a time when BS suffers setbacks and violence in that same country. Old and new readers will enjoy how BS tries to solve his many problems with wife Fiona, his beloved Gloria, his children, Tessa's widower George, coping with power-hungry Dicky Cruyer at MI-6 HQ and with the cloud he seems to still live under. And he faces more problems when the book progresses...

A key question is how credible these thousands of pages are/were, including this volume 7?
Why is BS still under a cloud? Why has MI-6 a Deputy DG who also runs a law firm and is rarely seen? Why is the sick, old DG, rarely at work, not replaced? Why is MI-6 doting so much on long-retired Silas Gaunt's judgment? And how can flaky Dicky Cruyer survive so long and still be on a promotion tract, gain support and admiration from newly-returned Fiona? Why can MI-6 decide to send BS on mission to the DDR yet again?

A very tense book, well-plotted and written in a beautiful style full of deep background and context. And with plenty of intriguing, unresolved issues, like rumblings heard at the foothills of a volcano... Two books to go!
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