Long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, Game, Set, and Match, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. East is East and West is West - and they meet in Berlin.
He was the best source the Department ever had, but now he desperately wanted to come over the Wall. ‘Brahms Four' was certain a high-ranking mole was set to betray him. There was only one Englishman he trusted any more: someone from the old days.So they decided to put Bernard Samson back into the field after five sedentary years of flying a desk. The field is Berlin.
The game is as baffling, treacherous and lethal as ever.
"Deighton's best novel to date - sharp, witty and sour, like Raymond Chandler adapted to British gloom and the multiple betrayals of the private spy" (Observer)
"Sheer consistent rightness page after page after page" (The Times)
"Virtuoso top level performance" (Guardian)
"A masterly performance, the best thing Deighton has done since SS-GB" (Sunday Times)
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Now I want the rest!
Given that this book is 30 years old, you are probably only reading this if you are a fan, or want to revisit the novel in audible format. Well the news is good, a it is still as good as the first time you read it.
Lailey does a great job of reading this story. For me his voice fits Samson wonderfully and he can actually read what it put in front of him and make it sound convincing. His performance in this story is up there with a Longworth or a Rintoul.
There are a few wonderful moments that brought a smile to my face.
The first of three of three (1) Game, Set, Match (2) Hook, Line, Sinker (3) Faith, Hope, Charity, hopefully audible will see sense and release all 9, or at the bareset minimum the first three, because although the story is compartmentalised it is best as a trilogy.
The master of the spy story
I had forgotten just how good a writer Len Deighton is. In my view he is a much better read than Le Carre. The stories are compelling and utterly addictive, the characters are well drawn and sympathetic and he avoids Le Carre's distracting historical and political diversions. The books are brilliantly read by James Lailey. Once started on Berlin Game you are locked into the whole 9 volumes. I can't wait for the remaining volumes in the series.
- Mr Tristram Shandy