Spy Hook : Bernard Samson

  • by Len Deighton
  • Narrated by James Lailey
  • Series: Bernard Samson
  • 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy Hook, Line and Sinker, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world.
Working for the Department was like marriage is supposed to be--"'til death do us part"--but the Department is really not like that, and neither are many marriages, including that of Bernard Samson. The cool and cynical field agent of the Game, Set and Match trilogy has grown older and wiser. But things have not gone well for Samson: old pals are not as friendly as they used to be, and colleagues are less confiding than they once were.
Now, starting with his mission to Washington, life has become even more precarious for Bernard. Ignoring all warnings, friendly, devious, and otherwise, he pursues his own investigation and, in California, meets with the biggest surprise of his life.…

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What the Critics Say

"Superb.... The secret of Spy Hook is its readability...Deighton is the inspiration for Le Carre and Forsyth and a master of his craft." (Today)
"In Deighton's best books--like this one--the narrative glides forward on rollers, and the scenes and characters fit perfectly into place. The result is marvellous entertainment." (Independent)
"Vintage, treble-crossing, East-West intrigue...written with Deighton's usual punch and economy." (Daily Mail)
"The narrative glides forward on rollers, and the scenes and characters fit perfectly into place. The result is a marvellous entertainment." (Independent)
"Mr. Deighton's touch is unfailing...never a false note." (New York Times Book Review)

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The master of the spy story

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My comments on Berlin Game apply to the whole series. If you like spy stories you will not be disappointed.

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- Mr Tristram Shandy

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Scenario 1: The airplane picks up speed on the runway but doesn't take off. Scenario 2: The airplane is standing still on the runway. Three-quarters of the way through Spy Hook, I'm thinking about either of the two above situations. Then things liven up. The funny thing is, bearing in mind what I consider to be the slow pace of the novel up to that point, I had to go back and re-read chunks of the last part of the book to fully understand it. The best espionage and crime novels get you thinking over the plot in this way. Does the ending provide all the answers or does it leave you asking for more ? The clue is that Spy Hook is the first instalment of the Hook, Line and Sinker trilogy. Don't let this put you off. Another requirement of the best books of this genre, is working out who are the good and bad guys; this is an aspect of this book. Despite my earlier comments, I highly recommend Spy Hook. Looking forward to reading Deighton's full collection of writings.

My rating: 5/5.
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- Simon Zohhadi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2015
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited