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5.0 out of 5 stars A sting in the tale., 5 Sep 2003
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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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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 Ninth book in the Bernard Samson series., 26 Sep 2014
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Excellent as all the previous books have been.The pace and continuity are the fundamental elements of the triple trilogy plus one (Winter). Don't be tempted to read these books in any order other than sequentially. If you haven't read any then read Winter first for a perfect introduction to the nine Samson novels. You can buy all ten books on a digital platform for less than forty quid.
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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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Mr. M. Parker "Bluegrasser" (Farnborough, Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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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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This review is from: Hope (Samson) (Paperback)
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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Mr. P. Haslam "Yorky Porky" (Barnsley, South Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope, 22 July 2013
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My husband need this book to complete the trilogy, as he had lent his original copy to someone who had not returned it. Although second hand, the condition was excellent & the price amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Number two in this trilogy and continues to live up to expectations, 20 Feb 2013
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Loved all three books in this trilogy with a good story line that keeps you glued to the pages from start to finish. Great classic spy story looking forward to reading his next instalment
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