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Spy Line (Samson Book 5)

Spy Line (Samson Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Len Deighton
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‘Spy Line is vigorous and sleazy, psychologically complex and action-packed. It is always exciting’
Daily Mail

‘This is vintage Deighton’
Sunday Times

‘For sheer readability he has no peer’
The Standard

‘No one can evoke the city of Berlin better than Deighton’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Deighton’s grip on the tensions of espionage grows ever tighter’ Mail on Sunday

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The long-awaited reissue of the second part of the classic spy trilogy, HOOK, LINE and SINKER, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world.

Berlin-Kreuzberg: winter 1987. Through these grey streets, many people are hunting for Bernard Samson - London's field agent. He is perhaps the only man who both sides would be equally pleased to be rid of. But for Bernard, the city of his childhood holds innumerable grim hiding places for a spy on the run.

On a personal level there is a wonderful new young woman in his life but her love brings danger and guilt to a life already lacking stability. In this city of masks and secrets lurk many dangers - both seen and unseen - and only one thing is certain: sooner or later Bernard will have to face the music and find someone to trust with his life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 403 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0586068988
  • Publisher: Harper; Reissue edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Z6QGJK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The end of the ride 29 April 2008
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This is by far the most action packed of the Samson books, and makes for very satisfying reading. I have noted in other reviews (see SPY SINKER) how unhappy I am with Deighton revisiting the plot of GAME, SET and MATCH. The net effect, without giving too much away, is that EVERYTHING our hero Bernard Samson does in the first trilogy turns out to have been planned: by whom would be telling. It might seem like a neat twist to the author, but I felt very much like Samson does - like I'd been taken for a ride, albeit perhaps an enjoyable one. The story ends here, by the way - don't read SPY SINKER, unless you are a masochist or work for the KGB.
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4.0 out of 5 stars part of a series 15 April 2014
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I advise reading Game Set ad Match, then Hook Line and Sinker- then if you have the stamina -Faith Hope and Charity; just dipping in to the middle will be unsatisfactory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 14 Sep 2013
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I've read all these triologys by this author and I'm now reading them. You can never tire of Len Deighton
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5.0 out of 5 stars Showdown near Berlin 1 May 2013
This is the 5th spy novel in a series of three trilogies, 9 books about British MI 6-spy Bernard Samson (BS), not counting his 1987 brilliant novel "Winter: a Berlin Family, 1899-1945", published after his first trilogy "Game, Set & Match": ten books! This is the most action-packed volume so far in the 2nd trilogy "Hook, Line & Sinker".
After the disastrous conclusion of "Spy Hook", BS is a wanted man and fugitive in the town he knows best and grew up in, living as a squatter in Berlin's seedy Kreuzberg quarter among asylum seekers and addicts. But MI 6's Berlin Field Unit quickly finds him and asks him to witness an interrogation. Thereafter, things calm down, life normalizes for BS... Why?
Crafty BS remains unaware of being a mere pawn in a lengthy campaign to confuse the KGB and cause the collapse of the system the KGB is meant to protect, starting with East Germany. Fans of BS's opinions and scathing portrayals of his younger boss Dicky Cruyer, whom LD in an earlier volume awarded the Stalin-prize for Office Politics, will enjoy this book. But much else happens in this book including bloody events, which readers should discover for themselves.
Otherwise, it is a quite satisfying, well-written book, once again full of intimate knowledge about Berlin, with talk of planned changes to Lisl's hotel where Bernard grew up in the post WW II-era. Links are made to "Winter", the novel mentioned above. And it has a bloody, surprising finish... "Spy Line" can be read on its own as a spy thriller. But reading the series chronologically from start to finish, is recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Len Deighton spy novels 24 Dec 2012
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Another excellent read from the master of the genre.I have yet to be disappointed in his spy thrillers and look forward to the final part of this trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked 15 Sep 2012
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The penultimate book in the series has a typical Deighton authentic feel. The only quibble would be his relationship with his children, which seems idealised considering how he abandons them so frequently.
I am a bit disappointed that this, like so many other Kindle conversions has so many grammatical errors. Even a pretty basic spell checker could pick out most of them.
I don't know why this series was never dramatised, I know there was a worthy TV adaptation of Berlin Game many years ago, but this series beats Tinker, Tailor... into a cocked hat. This is a bit dated in light of the collapse of communism, but some of us can still remember the feel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spy Line 13 Jan 2012
I read Len Deighton's spy novels when they were first published. Looking for
something to read on my bookshelf I found some old copies and started reading
them again. I realised how his novels have stood the test time and what a skilful
writer he is developing his characters and the plot. For those who have not read him
before I recommend the trilogies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spyline 7 Dec 2011
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I have read all the Bernard Samson books and I would recommend Spyline it is one of the best but I must disagree with some reviewers that if you read Spyline you need not bother with Spysinker , Spysinker it is not written from Bernard Samson's viewpoint who is kept ignorant of Fiona's real role as a double agent,It explains the back ground of Operation Sinker,the planning and more important much it is expressed from Fiona's standpoint the only Samson book which gives Fiona's thoughts and experiences and the loneliness and strain she is going through being separated from Bernard and the kids and of course her relationship with Harry Kennedy who doesn't appear much in any of the other books.
Spysinker is maybe the most important book because it covers Fiona's activities from the time she defects to when Bernard pulls her out to the west and it must be understood that some of the Bernard Samson books cover the same events from different standpoints,Fiona's extraction from the east by Bernard is covered both in Spyline and Spysinker so it's important to read them all.
I believe it is necessary to read Spyline and Spysinker,to get a complete picture,It is part of the trilogy.
Brian Cooper
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