Berlin game

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Knopf, 1984 - Fiction - 345 pages
16 Reviews
Agent Bernard Sampson clashes with an unknown traitor, a high-ranking fellow operative of the British Secret Service, in a tale of intrigue, murder, and suspense that moves from London to East and West Berlin

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Review: Berlin Game (Bernard Samson #1)

User Review  - Jeremy Sanders - Goodreads

A not very inspired cold war novel. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters and it all seemed a bit obvious and flat. It was pretty easy to guess the ending. It's not up to the standards of Le Carre. Ok for passing the time, but that's about it. Read full review

Review: Berlin Game (Bernard Samson #1)

User Review  - Ian - Goodreads

Nobody writes disaffected middle-aged spies quite as well as Len Deighton and Bernard Samson is one of his most interesting creations. He has more depth than the nameless protagonist of The IPCRESS ... Read full review


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Len (Leonard Cyril) Deighton, the master of the modern spy thriller, was born in London in 1929. He attended the Royal College of Art and served in the Royal Air Force. He married Shirley Thompson in 1960. Deighton has varied work experience. Among other things, he has been an art student, railroad worker, pastry cook, waiter, photographer, and a teacher. Deighton's first of more than a dozen bestsellers, The Ipcress File, appeared in 1962. His spy thrillers are characterized by his careful attention to detail of place, sequence of events, and description of people, providing the reader with the strong sense of actually being there as the story unfolds. His works include two trilogies: the "Game, Set and Match" group--Berlin Game (1984), Mexico Set (1985), and London Match (1986) and the "Hook, Line, and Sinker" group - Spy Hook (1988), Spy Line (1989), and Spy Sinker (1990). Len Deighton also writes television plays and cookbooks.