Berlin Game has ratings and reviews. Fergus said: ‘Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love.’These insight. am. The inside story of the BBC adaptation of Les Misérables by the man who sexed up War and Peace. Premium. From left: Rachel Cusk. Berlin Game, UK anniversary reissue, with Schwartzman cover In the introduction to a later edition, Len Deighton stated that Bernard’s testimony in the books.

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Will the betrayal turn out to be bitterly personal as well as professional? Bernard Samson 9 books. The plan is to co-ordinate the Brahms network with help from Veighton and Werner to smuggle out von Munte and his wife. The plot is complicated but can be summarised quite simply: My name’s Margot Kinberg.

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And to find out who it is, he must sift through layers of lies and follow a web of treachery fro When a valuable agent behind the Iron Curtain signals he wants out, it’s up to Bernard Samson, once active in the field but now anchored to a London desk, to undertake the crucial rescue. Has she started to have an affair? Fiona — his wife who, quite early on, he starts to suspect is having an affair with… Bret Rensselaer — mid-fifties, confident American an American high up in MI6?

Most of the characters, despite Deighton having given good descriptions, are very badly cast. May 26, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Trivia About Berlin Game Bern Twisty and ofbservant, although I felt wrung out keeping track of some of the details toward the end. In particular, readers get a look at a Berlin divided by the wall and a crucible for Cold War animosity.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Truly heroic charact Not bad. He had the compulsive desire to drink and nibble that is often a sign of nervousness. Following the success of his first novels, Deighton became The Observer’s cookery writer and produced illustrated cookbooks.

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist…. Nov 20, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: This is not an action thriller. His German colleagues consider him more British than German.


In the corner, a newspaper was laid out to protect the floor against oil. There is no action in here that characterizes the espionage novels of common lore.

This page was last edited on 29 Juneat Still knowing did not make it any less enjoyable. But as he makes a few preliminary trips to Berlin, and meets various of his contacts gqme prompting numerous reminiscences about his childhood there, as the son of a father working for British Intelligence immediately after the war — he and we get a sense of far more complex wheels-within-wheels, of a bewildering matrix of relationships which bind together various players.

It’s not padded, it’s always clever, deiggton it feels like such a reliable guide to the intelligence world that Deighton came to be ranked very quickly with Eric Ambler and Adam Hall, the other masters of the postwar spy world.

But, there are clues in this book which point to the pivotal and formidable character she will become over the eight books to come. Bernard Samsona former field agent, and now working behind a London desk, is tasked to undertake the crucial rescue.

I was right on track when I laid in a good supply of gin when starting my Summer of Spies. A time-filler of a book, nicely done, but the two-dimensional characters that surround the ever-weary Samson could stand to have been filled out. Samson has to stay one step ahead of the mole. As to Deighton, I really do think his novels have a very strong sense of place and character.

Berlin Game (Bernard Samson, #1) by Len Deighton

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. We follow a senior detective at Scotland Yard, Douglas Archer, living in defeated dingy London, coping with his new Nazi superiors, and solving a murder mystery which unravels to reveal not one but several enormous conspiracies. The result is a set of books that are like f I had read all of Len Deighton ‘s powerful “Harry Palmer” quartet, so I decided to give his Bernard Samson novels a chance, starting with Berlin Game.

Both are set mainly in London, but with a second focus elsewhere – in each case, somewhere crucial to the unravelling of the treachery: Throughout the belrin, Samson makes witty, sometimes sardonic observations about people and situations. Visit Me on Facebook.


deightoh Now, I need to catch up! This is because Samson is biased, especially towards his superiors, and is prone to regarding himself too highly. Want to Read saving…. With a wow finish. Knowledge Not only must the thriller writer display his vastly superior knowledge about spy organisations, the police, hardware and so on, but about the more deighon aspects of human nature.

Looking forward to reading the rest in the series. It’s not the most original plot in the world – fairly typical spy mystery, in fact – but it is a wonderful example of the genre, and very engagingly written.

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Interview with Spy Novelist Charles Cumming Why would an intelligence agency be any different is a question Len Deighton subtly puts across in his novel. Can he uncover the treachery at the heart of the secret service and protect his family and the woman he loves – Fiona, his wife, who is rising fast up the promotional ladder in the service and now outranks him?

It was a barren place; no books, no pictures, no music, no carpet. I expressed my admiration for his wonderful performance throughout. Overall, rather boring no I SO wanted to like this book.

Samson is now faced with two challenges: And since it is the first deightoj of a trilogy featuring the main leh, we know perfectly well that no harm will come to him. But who gets the promotions and the big wages — desk-bound Party bastards.

Between and he wrote twenty-six novels, a book of short stories, a book of aviation history, four histories of World War II, several cookbooks, and at least three electronic books.

Both are crucial elements n his fiction, and help to make it stand out from the rest.