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Lots of questions: too few answers.
on 13 October 2015
Having read the first trilogy (Game, Set & Match) and then the wonderful Winter 1899-1945, I was excited about getting further with the hero/anti-hero, Bernard Samsum. Bernard isn't your normal spy. No gadgets and no pretensions. He is world weary, almost defeated and worn down by internal politics and the ambitions of those who are inferior to him. His principal 'weapon' is his knowledge of Berlin and the ability to pass as a native of that battered 'island' surrounded by the Communist regime of the DDR and their masters the USSR. The story takes us to Washington and we learn about what appears to be a huge fraud within the department. Little is added to help us understand the rationale behind the fraud or the suspects or why BS was sent to ask an awkward question. We then go to France and meet a character we got to know well in Winter. She is now very much older but still mentally sharp. We also meet another man with Hungarian roots who is not all he seems to be. This is a reasonable read but lacks the plot and intrigue that exuded from every pore in the earlier books. Lots of questions and allegations abound but with few real answers. We are told this book can be read as a stand alone but that's not really true. Hook left me hooked and you need to get into its sequel to find the answers (at least I think that will be the case). I hope this review will help.