Berlin Game (Harper Books) Paperback – 29 Apr 2010
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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’
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‘A masterly performance, much the best thing Deighton has done since SS-GB’
The first novel of the trilogy introducing Bernard Samson and the rest of the bickering, in-fighting intelligence community in which he is a much put-upon member. After five years of desk work, Bernie finds himself ordered back into the field.See all Product description
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Well worth a read!!!
I don't usually figure out the plots in spy novels, but to me the "villain" was obvious from about chapter 3. From the way the reveal is positioned later in the book, I think it was intended to be a big surprise.
The main character, Bernard, through who's eyes you see the plot unfold, has certain traits in common with Harry Palmer: he's not favoured by the establishment and is something of the underdog in the office, albeit the real hero underneath. I won't spoil the plot for you, but essentially the books rove between London & Berlin, and a few other places in between, with the basic theme being trying to work out who is 'true' and who is a mole (warning: look at the sleeve of any of books 2-9 and it will tell you the outcome of book 1).
submarine operations, all this cloak and dagger stuff was going on. But I suppose these Eaton/ Oxbridge Chappies were being paid slightly more than 5 shillings a day Submarine pay for their discomfort!!
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