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on 13 November 2016
Like the two previous titles by Len Deighton this book is quite confusing and it is not too easy to follow what is happening. What makes the author's books good to read is the ambience of intrigue he creates. The atmosphere in this novel, which is very different to the film. retains the classic spy thriller sense of underlying distrust and betrayal. I will now read the next in the series.
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on 18 October 2014
Classic spy thriller in Deighton's inimitable style. Initially found it difficult to read without seeing Michael Caine in the main role, but as the story unravelled, the nuances of the book's character (as opposed to Caine's portrayal), began to form a more complex image in the mind. Fascinating writing, bringing back wonderful descriptions of Britain dragging itself from austerity into the Swinging Sixties, and Berlin in the depths of Cold War division, but I wonder how this book would translate to a younger reader?
The entire book brings back a feeling of the time, the greyness of the weather and of the time, the slight weariness of the country, the people and The Establishment that our hero fights with, and against.
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on 4 March 2016
I think I've read almost all of Deighton's work. My only error was in reading the Sampson series first. Everything before, although good, was just not to the same standard. I liked Funeral in Berlin but I wasn't so keen on the cynicism. In his later work it's much more restrained and better for it. Having so much in this novel lessened it's humour and impact.
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on 16 October 2017
This is one of the classic Len Deighton stories, in the same league as The Ipcress File, Horse Under Water, Billion Dollar Brain, and An Expensive Place to Die. After those titles, Deighton became something of a spy-story sausage machine.
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on 21 February 2013
Espionage is about relationships and how to develop trust and this now somewhat elderly story comes out with top marks. Particularly enjoyable is the relationship between the lead character (Harry Palmer in the movies) and the Soviet Army officer Colonel Stok. The story has credibility and could be the basis of a more contemporary situation where secrets need smuggling across borders, a good read.
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on 25 April 2018
A great read.
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on 29 December 2017
Excellent
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on 17 April 2012
Enjoyable. Different. Interesting for me. I was around in the 50s and sixties. It is strange to read of some products being considered as something of a luxury when they are considered pretty naff now.

I found the story more engaging than some of the le Carre books I've read.
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on 15 May 2016
There's magic on every page of Deighton and this is one of the best novels.
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on 2 April 2018
OK,story and the style in which it's written I'm not sure it stands the test of time.
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