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Berlin Game by Len Deighton () | The 20 best spy novels of all time – Books

The book focuses more on the human players than the geopolitical arena and that made tame all the more human, gritty and believable. And thanks for the mention of Ludlum. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

He also wrote travel guides and became travel editor of Playboybefore becoming a film producer. Aug 14, Tim rated it it was amazing. Aug 08, Daniel Cunha rated it really liked it. He also has to deal with superiors who while being incompetent on their jobs are highly competent in politicking at the work place.

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. Many authors go out, as the saying goes, with a whimper. Readers who enjoy moral ambiguity will appreciate the fact that Samson makes some choices that we deibhton question.


Spybrary at Spy Con He had his name removed from the credits of the film, however, which was a move that he later described as “stupid and infantile. Learn how your comment data is processed. Deighton explores this compellingly.

Footer Latest Podcast Episodes. In the midst of this is the character of Samson. Lne I can find is this trailer copied from what looks like a VHS recording of the Australian broadcast. I don’t think the plot needs to be truly plausible, but it can’t be romantic in a schoolboy sort of way.

But dear old Chlestakov is frightened you might embarrass them. Via old contacts the narrator realises Champion is active again, but working for Arabs who are planning some kind of attack on Israel and which the narrator must foil. I have read 5 out of 9 of them.

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Overall, rather boring novel. Between us and the Ganymed there was a wall, machine guns, barbed wire, and two battalions of gun-toting bureaucrats.

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Berlin Game

Readers who prefer a story that keeps the focus only on the main plot will notice that Deighton discusses clothes, furniture, and other such details. The following year David Stirling would be awarded substantial damages in libel from the article. Posted by Simon on August 29, https: Have you read Berlin Game? Could it be Fiona? 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.


Berlin comes to life like it rarely has in other genre novels. 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 WWIIhe 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 Americanwith high-powered connections.

Samson insists to everyone that he doesn’t want to go to East Berlin and be the one to decide the fate of “Brahms 4” the SIS name for the East German molebut the reader knows that, deep down, he relishes the chance of action. Rich, attractive, younger than him, she has worked her way up in the Department on her own merit.

The plot line is not followed.

There are no car chases or shootouts — though there are a few tense moments with guns in pockets — there is one murder a mistake, as it turns out. Len Deighton wrote a great many books the quality of which varies from the dread inspiring Bomber to some pretty schlocky rubbish.