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Hope [Paperback]

Len Deighton
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Book Description

9 Jun 2011

Bernard Samson returns to Berlin in the second novel in the classic spy trilogy, FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY

Bernard is trying hard to readjust his life in the face of questions about his wife Fiona, and her defection to the East. Is she the brilliant high-flyer that her Department seems to think she is? Or is she a spent force, a wife and mother unwilling or unable to face her domestic responsibilities? Bernard doesn’t know but is determined to find out.

Bernard’s boos Dicky Cruyer is certainly not anxious to reveal what he knows, as he jostles for power with Fiona herself in London Central, and takes to the road with Bernard on a mysterious mission to Poland.

This new reissue includes a foreword from the cover designer, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a brand new introduction by Len Deighton, which offers a fascinating insight into the writing of the story.


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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (9 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007395752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007395750
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,826 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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‘As fresh and brisk as ever… a feast to be wallowed in’ Sunday Express

‘It speaks volumes for Deighton’s skill as a storyteller that, years after the Berlin Wall came down, he can still set the nerve-ends jangling with a thriller set in the Cold War… His sense of pace is extraordinary, as is his sense of mood’ Sunday Telegraph

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BERNARD SAMSON

Bernard is trying hard to readjust his life in the face of questions about his wife Fiona, and her defection to the East. Is she the brilliant high-flyer that her Department seems to think she is? Or is she a spent force, a wife and mother unwilling or unable to face her domestic responsibilities? Bernard doesn’t know but is determined to find out.

DICKY CRUYER

Bernard’s flamboyantly dressed boss Dicky is certainly not anxious to reveal what he knows, as he jostles for power with Fiona herself in London Central, and takes to the road with Bernard on a mysterious mission to Poland.

“As fresh and brisk as ever … a feast to be wallowed in.”
SUNDAY EXPRESS

“It speaks volumes for Deighton’s skill as a storyteller that, years after the Berlin Wall came down, he can still set the nerve-ends jangling with a thriller set in the Cold War … His sense of pace is extraordinary, as is his sense of mood.”
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

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5.0 out of 5 stars A sting in the tale. 5 Sep 2003
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Format:Paperback
You might think that all that could possibly be said about the Bernard Samson saga had been covered by the first two trilogies, "Game, Set and Match", and "Hook, Line and Sinker". Not so however. As with the first two trilogies, Deighton manages to convey a tremendous sense of both place and time, as well as portraying its main protagonist as a man haunted by his Berlin childhood. It reminds us just how much of the political and social structure of modern Europe has its roots in German National Socialism and the consequent Second World War. Few people can surpass Deighton for complexity of plot, and added to this there is a deeply cynical sense of betrayal when the background behind the espionage "sting" is revealed. Although now a little dated, this trilogy (especially when read, as it should be, after the first two) brings to a close, some of the very finest espionage writing there has ever been - in my humble opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely readable, highly entertaining. 20 Sep 2000
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Format:Paperback
This book continues Deighton's style of introducing new sub-plots to advance the main long-running story with customary skill and flair. The story continues to reveal the many sought-after details of the "true" events of "Spy Line", in a manner which will satisfy the most demanding reader, but still leave them hungry for the final installment "Charity".
The dialogue is crisp and witty, the plot inpsired, and Deighton's skill for descriptive narrative and the scenes and images of bleak Eastern Europe he creates are rivalled only by Samson's long suffering tolerance of his superior as Dicky continues to amuse and frustrate in equal measure.
In all, an indispensable addition to the superb Bernard Samson stories, but best read as part of the whole series, as despite claims that each book can "stand alone", if read in this manner the overall impact of the story will be reduced and the attention to detail, which is part of these book's brilliance, will go unnoticed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Deighton 31 July 2014
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If you haven't read the trilogy then DO SO as together they make up an astonishing interlocking set of stories starring Bernie Sampson, the most thoughtful and intelligent (and scarily violent when necessary..) spy ever to walk the cold war streets while we safely slumber.... And Deighton's observations of his characters and their motivations and the plotline are delightful, spot-on and occasionally killingly funny.

If you haven't read Deighton you have missed out, and if you haven't read this trilogy (the final trilogy of three...!!!) you have missed out big time. If I was in a condemned to die cell it'd be these three books I'd want to read to pass the time with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 Mar 2014
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Well paced, full of intrigue, interesting characters. The use of real historical events woven into the fiction adds a dimension not often found.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Spy Story 18 Jan 2014
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I originally read this 9 - or perhaps one should say 10 - part story as the parts were published. It still makes a far better read than most such books written since, which fail to deliver real characters in favour of gratuitous violence and technology: a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 2 Nov 2013
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Read the whole series some years ago. Husband now enjoying it. I have ordered the whole series for him to enjoy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly there 19 Sep 2013
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This novel stands out within an outstanding series in my opinion.

It deals with the strains of Bernie Samson as he is pulled in several directions by conflicting loyalties and duty. Well worth a second read.
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