Berlin Game (Bernard Samson, #1)

Berlin Game (Bernard Samson, #1) 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 But Soon, Samson Is Confronted With Evidence That There Is A Traitor Among His Colleagues And To Find Out Who It Is, He Must Sift Through Layers Of Lies And Follow A Web Of Treachery From London To Berlin Until Hero And Traitor Collide From The Paperback Edition

Deighton was born in Marylebone, London, in 1929 His father was a chauffeur and mechanic, and his mother was a part time cook.After leaving school, Deighton worked as a railway clerk before performing his National Service, which he spent as a photographer for the Royal Air Force s Special Investigation Branch After discharge from the RAF, he studied at St Martin s School of Art in London in 1949

[Reading] ➿ Berlin Game (Bernard Samson, #1) By Len Deighton –
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Berlin Game (Bernard Samson, #1)
  • Len Deighton
  • English
  • 07 March 2019
  • 9780345418340

10 thoughts on “Berlin Game (Bernard Samson, #1)

  1. says:

    Love is whatever you can still betray Betrayal can only happen if you love These insightful words by John le Carr could serve as an introduction to one of the great espionage classics, the first book in the incomparable Berlin Game Mexico Set London Match trilogy The second epochal master of the spy story, Len Deighton, turned a critical page when this was published for, on the same road that le Carr had travelled long before, he quite dramatically began to Humanize his secret agents And, at the end of this book, when the first shocking skeleton in the polished British closet is exposed, poor middle aged Bernard Samson will have to do some pretty heavy duty personal damage control to survive the round.For Samson is now neither invisible or safe even in his own home or workplace And as Michel Foucault forecasted in the seventies, these days none of us has secrets.Or, in the words of Gilles Vigneault Maintenant que tu connais mes r ves Maintenant que tu connais mes peursMaintenant que tu me sais par c urJe ne sais pas quel vent se l veBut even now, betrayal is no joke.There s lightness in this trilogy, though, for throughout there is a new human warmth in Deighton s books.It is the last decade of the Cold War Things are heating up in Whitehall as the iron tenacity of the Soviets appears to weakening So there s a new feeling of hope and enthusiasm on the bench of the Good Guys And it s going to be a rousing Home Game but in ways than one.Some folks will lose big time.But you feel like slapping jolly old Uncle Silas on the back in camaraderie as he pours you a drink You feel like throttling that unbearable corporate yes man Dicky Cruyer, Bernard s jabbering and cocky old school tie boss And Fiona, with her winsome ways and glittering intelligence how can we not love her as her faithful hubby Bernard does But Cave Cano.When the first difficulties arise, stout Bernard plods on, indefatigable.As he will plod on in the same staid middle aged way throughout the novel just like a good, dutiful old cop in a Wambaugh thriller or even like dour old Oedipus, slowly and ominously fitting in the last grim pieces of an ominous jigsaw puzzle Until all the chickens come home to roost, for better or for WORSEA dynamite book with a knockout punch at the end and there are K.O s in the remaining two books of this trilogy Four big stars

  2. says:

    Lech Walesa ETERNAL PARANOIA IS THE PRICE OF LIBERTYDescription 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 But soon, Samson is confronted with evidence that there is a traitor among his colleagues And to find out who it is, he must sift through layers of lies and follow a web of treachery from London to Berlin until hero and traitor collide. LAST TIME I WAS HERE, CHARLIE WAS A SHED, SHE LOOKS LIKE A BUS STATION NOWOpening How long have we been sitting here I said I picked up the field glasses and studied the bored young American soldier in his glass sided box Nearly a quarter of a century, said Werner Volkmann His arms were resting on the steering wheel and his head was slumped on them That GI wasn t even born when we first sat here waiting for the dogs to bark And when you have finished the read, it is well worth visiting the old TV production just for the the contemporary scenes of the wall being built It stars Ian Holm as the protagonist it seems Bilbo has been adventuring forever CR Berlin GameTR Mexico SetTR London Match4 Winter3 Ipcress File3 SS GB3 XPD

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    Deighton is considered one of the triumvirate of great British espionage novelists, along with Ian Fleming and John le Carr and, like le Carre, someone who portrayed spycraft and the Cold War in realistic detail While I was familiar with the adaptations of his books the Harry Palmer films, beginning with The Ipcress File and starring Michael Caine, and several TV miniseries in the 80s I d never read him The screen versions may be partly to blame I came to reading espionage and thrillers quite late and perhaps the dour, slow, subdued 70s movies and 80s TV left a lasting impression that these weren t going to be my kind of books.This first novel in the Game, Set and Match trilogy and, indeed, in the further trilogies Hook, Line Sinker and Faith, Hope and Charity I think the titling structure may have put me off a well features Bernard Samson, a middle aged MI6 agent He considers his field days behind him and, while an expert on Berlin he grew up there as his father was a highly placed officer there after WWII , he feels he has settled in the middle level, held back by his lack of a university education, while those around him are all Oxbridge types and one upper class American , with high powered connections However, when it comes to light that their best information source in East Berlin may have been compromised, Samson is the only choice to go into the divided city and, despite his protestations to the contrary is happy to do so due to his protectiveness toward the network he helped set up and his love of the city in which he had so many formative experiences.In many ways, my expectations were correct This is not an action thriller It is a slow, subdued book full of dialogue rather than gunfights and car chases The only shooting occurs off stage as though this is Greek tragedy At times Samson is reminiscent of Chandler s Philip Marlowe tinged with weary cynicism hiding his moral core, occasional biting wit and a willingness to follow the evidence wherever it leads Deighton uses the dialogue superbly to build scenes and relationships as well as plot, using the conversations to show us and never as info dump or exposition.Being closer to le Carre than Fleming, it would be easy for Deighton to suffer by comparison while many of the characters are well drawn, some are flat particularly the few women, with the exception of Lisl, Bernard s old landlady in Berlin He plots well and there are moments of exquisite tension indeed, the writing is generally very good It may have helped that I grew up in this period so it was familiar to me, but I was completely transported back there without anything being too painfully early 80s, with the exception one character dressing in white jeans and a gold medallion.Definitely in the same league as le Carre, even if he isn t a Glasgow club.

  4. says:

    2018 Summer of Spies Whether you re reading the rather fanciful spy fiction of Ian Fleming or the gritty tales of John Le Carr , there seems to be liquor involved and in rather high quantities Make Len Deighton s protagonist, Bernard Samson, another of the spies who is a fan of copious amounts of liquor I was right on track when I laid in a good supply of gin when starting my Summer of Spies.Other than the liquor, Deighton s work leans toward the grittier realism of Le Carr I d never read either one of those authors before this summer and I m impressed Berlin Game is set in the same time period as The Spy Who Came In from the Cold and is also concerned with Cold War politics and the Berlin Wall There s a traitor in London somewhere and it is up to Samson to suss them out.It s not too long, not overly predictable and decently written I don t think I m a big enough fan of the genre to continue on with the series, but I m glad to know a little bit about Deighton now.

  5. says:

    Len Deighton was a prolific writer He s still alive, but not writing Between 1962 and 1996 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 His most famous books are the series about Harry Palmer Michael Caine s character s name in three spy movies, but not in the six novels, starting with The Ipcress File and ending with Spy Story , the two stand alone spy novels Yesterday s Spy, and Catch a Falling Spy from 1974 and 1975, and the nine volume series centered on Bernie Sampson that begin with Berlin Game The Bernie Sampson series is sufficiently complex that the last book, Charity, comes equipped with a staff diagram of British counterespionage headquarters over the books Sampson is a professional spy, the son of another professional spy, and the husband of yet another Born in Berlin, where his father was chief of station, he speaks perfect Berlin dialect German, and carries a Berlin like attitude to all things And Berlin attitudes appear to be irreverent, but far from unprofessional Though an experienced field agent, Sampson is a reasonable senior holder of an operations desk at London Central, so what happens to him is an entree to understanding what happens to British counter intelligence.The series is a great read It s not padded, it s always clever, and 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 And it holds up to rereading.

  6. says:

    One of my all time favourite Deighton books, and of course, his masterpiece series This series equals the Smiley books Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and etc by Le Carr.I got the Game, Set Match videos on CD ROM shortly after it s single broadcast which took an incredible hassle to get , which Deighton then banned forever.I read the books as they were published, and extraordinarily as the Wall came down Prescient writing Wow.I also met Ian Holm by chance at the BBC White City reception area just after the only broadcast I was working on another production and we had a nice, long chat about the series I expressed my admiration for his wonderful performance throughout The supporting roles are terrific as well The music by Richard Harvey is masterful, as well.I once did a virtual tour of many of the book s places in East Berlin, but vastly changed in year 2000.

  7. says:

    Sprinkled in like seasoning in Len Deighton s masterful spy thrillers are delightful sentences like, it wasn t his fault that he bore a superficial resemblance to my father in law, but I found it a definite barrier The Berlin Game is a taut and sophisticated thriller that brings the reader inside the desk job lives of British Intelligence as well as behind the Berlin Wall circa 1980 As in seemingly all human endeavors, intelligence services are rife with office politics and jockeying for position In this case though it can have international implications and be a matter of life and death for agents in the field Deighton explores this compellingly He excels in his descriptions, both funny and poignant as they paint a picture She was old, a huge woman who overflowed from the armchair, her red silk dress emphasizing every bulge so that she look like molten lava pouring down a steep hillside He d recovered from his self doubts of the night before, as all soldiers must renew their conscience with every dawn.

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    The first in the epic Samson series of ten books.Deighton says that each was a novel in its own right even though each featured the same revolving set of characters dependent on location and date.One of Deightons loves, Berlin, heavily featured in this and many of the others.The earlier part of the series I very much enjoyed, Samson, exasperating at times, a mans man, but apparently attractive to many women.If you don t like the agent spy genre you may still like this, it s possibly unlike any others you may read.Trivia 1 the first three books were made into a major TV series, aired only once I believe Deighton didn t like it and all rights were withdrawn It is however available as a presumably pirated DVD set on the Internet.Trivia 2 have you noticed in the series how Deighton seems to make mistakes in the text, often with drinks A character finishes a drink even after the glass has been washed up and put away Another commences with whisky only to be described later as drinking gin and tonic I think it s on purpose Update 9 7 2014The DVD set I mentioned is downloadable from YouTube in episodes Having watched the first two I can see why Deighton didn t like it Most of the characters, despite Deighton having given good descriptions, are very badly cast The plot line is not followed Meetings occur that did not happen in the books or happened in completely different ways Why Deighton was a script writer as well as many other things His books with very little adaptation could be scripts.Not badly cast, appalling cast

  9. says:

    What a great start to the Bernard Samson series, so much so that my appetite for titles sustained me through the very good Mexico Set and then the less intriguing London Match Like many of Deighton s works, his deep knowledge of Berlin gives the reader a you are there experience The complex relationships in head office, his doubts about his wife and the pressure of the field all play credibly through Samson s mind.Meanwhile, there s a British mole to be extracted from the East while there s growing evidence of MI 6 having their own Soviet agent in their midst Samson s in the middle of a taut psychological and physical thriller, and the reader might find herself reading past bedtime before it s over Back in the 1960s, Pete Townsend wrote a yet to be released song that he described to an industry reporter as pure, raw, rock and roll I think it was Don t Get Fooled Again Paul McCartney read the interview, and decided to write one of his own, Helter Skelter I imagine Deighton reading the rave reviews of le Carre s Karla trilogy of the mid 1970s, watching Alec Guinness bring George Smiley to life on the Beeb, and deciding he could create his own intricate trilogy Berlin Game is as good as le Carre s Smiley books, which are as good as anyone has ever written the modern espionage novel

  10. says:

    A wonderful Cold War spy story With a wow finish.This book is the first in the Bernard Samson series There are 9 books in the series Three trilogies I have read 5 out of 9 of them.A lot of the book is dialog and I have a prejudice against books that are heavy on dialog I enjoyed this one, so it may have to do with the overall style of writing Or maybe I should revisit my prejudice It helps that there is lots of humor and Bernard is aiming barbs at his bosses and at himself And the story and background is told quite effortlessly through the dialog and Bernard s thoughts.

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