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Spy Line

Spy Line British agent Bernard Samson finds himself inexplicably hunted as a traitor forced to abandon his life his job his position and plunge into hiding in the most dangerous and darkest corner of Berli

  • Title: Spy Line
  • Author: Len Deighton
  • ISBN: 9780345370068
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • British agent Bernard Samson finds himself inexplicably hunted as a traitor, forced to abandon his life, his job, his position, and plunge into hiding in the most dangerous and darkest corner of Berlin What is happening What has he done Nothing makes sense until Samson discovers that the Secret Service has known all along where he is In fact, they have never taken himBritish agent Bernard Samson finds himself inexplicably hunted as a traitor, forced to abandon his life, his job, his position, and plunge into hiding in the most dangerous and darkest corner of Berlin What is happening What has he done Nothing makes sense until Samson discovers that the Secret Service has known all along where he is In fact, they have never taken him off the payroll And now they are prepared to return his freedom and good name but there are strings attached, strings that begin to tighten around his neck even before his plane lands in Vienna .

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    1. As utterly atrocious as this book's predecessor, Sky Hook, was -- and it was horrible -- this book is a serious improvement on it. The last book left the reader with all sorts of unanswered questions and was obviously written for the sole purpose of getting readers to buy the sequel, which really pissed me off. So I bought the sequel, which pissed me off even more, and a lot of these questions were finally answered. British spy Bernard Samson is back and remains largely clueless about so much. H [...]

    2. I really like both Deighton's writing style & his Bernard Samson character is sort of an everyman spy. I felt sorry for Bernd, as he is known in pre-Wall Fall Berlin, at so many turns. He is still deeply in love with his wife, Fiona, who has thrown him over in the most hurtful way imaginable. He is trying to reconcile his feelings for his new lover, Gloria, a Hungarian woman approximately half his age. He has his & Fiona's children to care for. His upper hierarchy continues to treat & [...]

    3. Did review this, but must not have saved it!This is a continuation of Hook, all books leave you in the middle of the story, so, unless you are prepared to not buy the next one, don't pick up this book! Friend gave me Hook, and I fell, Hook, Line and Sinker, and had to buy the next one, and the next etc. Good for her, as she now gets to read them at my cost!Story: Bernard is on the run in Berlin, he is hiding out, the British Intelligence agency knows where he is hiding out, so he is not fooling [...]

    4. Continuing on from Spy Hook, Bernard Samson manages to pull himself out of one set of trouble which had ended the previous book and straight into the next. Answering along the way a number of the loose ends left by the previous book, but also producing a number of clever twists and turns that leave though important unanswered questions for the final book in the series.Len Deighton continues to write books of well rounded characters, that concentrate on plot lines and characters rather than the t [...]

    5. So I picked this up at a sale, loved it, and now must find The Hook and The Sinker to make the sandwich complete! I usually avoid series books, but this one makes the search for it's predecsssor and sequel worth it. Great writing (where have I been all his career?) and clever amusing sentences when you least expect them. Set in the Cold War, and comparable to other writers who spotlight that era, such as Ludlum and LaCarre, in my view.

    6. Berlin, Londyn, Salzburg, Wiedeń, Praga, Londyn, Berlin, Kalifornia a w każdym z tych miejsc nowe wydarzenia, przykre niespodzianki, giną ludzie. Bernard Samson jest niby coraz bliższy odkrycia prawdy ale jednocześnie coraz bardziej zdezorientowany i wzburzony. Niektóre jego przypuszczenia, o których mówił już w poprzednim tomie, wydają się potwierdzać. Jednak, czy Fiona naprawdę nie jest wiarołomną małżonką, która zdradziła nie tylko jego, ale przede wszystkim swój kraj? C [...]

    7. Bernie Samson has gone to ground in Berlin following the events in Spy Hook but he is on to something big and it concerns his wife, Fiona. There are powerful forces on both sides of the Berlin wall who want him silenced. This is one of the better entries in a terrific series with the requisite shocks and revelations. One of the most incredible aspect of these books is Deighton's ability to keep them human and plausible, no matter what twist and turns he throws our way. This book shows Bernie at [...]

    8. Overall I enjoyed the plot, but unlike previous Samson novels, this one lacked the sense of place that Deighton handled well, especially in the first trilogy. More time was wasted on overly drawn out exchanges between the characters, time that would've been better spent describing Salzburg and Vienna, or delving further into some of the Berlin neighborhoods new to this series. I have yet to read Spy Sinker but I wonder if the story in Spy Line had been told in a tighter format, would the two boo [...]

    9. Originally published on my blog here in October 2004.The start of this novel, second in the Hook, Line and Sinker trilogy, marks the lowest point of the career of British spy Bernard Samson, at least during the period documented by Deighton. The first scene is set in a seedy nightclub, from which Bernard goes to the squat where he is living in one of the most sordid areas of Berlin, a derelict housing estate up against the Wall. Here he is hiding from his employers, who have a warrant out for hi [...]

    10. Every time I read an installment in the Bernard Samson series I think, "Okay, THIS one is my favourite, I swear." Deighton's "Samson Saga" is made up of consistently good thrillers with an excellent narrator and lashings of Deighton's famously detailed descriptions, and Spy Line is no exception. In this installment we find Bernard living in a squalid corner of Berlin, on the run from London Central, considered a traitor for reasons that may have been provided in the previous installment, Spy Hoo [...]

    11. I found Spy Line more enjoyable than its predecessor, though (at least from the perspective of two books in), the Hook, Line, and Sinker books don't work as well as standalone novels as the ones from the preceding Game, Set, and Match trilogy. As other reviewers have pointed out, the last installment was basically a lot of set-up without much payoff. While there was definitely more payoff here, Hook and Line together read like a really great spy thriller that was padded-out to make multiple inst [...]

    12. The Berllin Wall plays a big part in this book, almost like an 'off camera' monster that's threatening to rear its ugly head at any moment. It was published in 1989, not too long before it came down, pretty much changing the focus of spy novels like this. So many spy novels are very topical, they seem so out of date now, but Deighton's have managed to stay relevant. Maybe this is because he focuses so much more on character rather than strictly on plot. Plenty of oddballs populate this story, wi [...]

    13. This is an excellent book in the long Samson saga (the second of the second trilogy) and a clear step up vs. the previous Spy Hook.You can appreciate here an acceleration of the storytelling, of the drama, a few big things happen with some interesting twists and turns.But the author also takes you through a pretty evocative and decadent atmosphere of a critical historical moment, the moment when the old world (the cold war one) is ending leaving space to the dawn of the new era; as usual in thes [...]

    14. The second book in the second Bernard Samson trilogy, in which Samson manages to get out of the trouble he got into in Spy Hook, and is sent to Vienna to pick up a package from a stamp auction. As usual, what is supposed to be a straightforward assignment turns out to be far more complicated – in this case, to the point of taking one of the central points of the series storyline and turning it completely on its head. This installment really delivers the goods as a spy yarn, to include some gen [...]

    15. Spy Line is the fifth of the nine book set featuring Bernard Samson. Various loose ends which hung prominently in view in Spy Hook were tied up in a most dramatic manner in this book.Bernard proves again that he is the coolest man on the planet, and despite the fact that he says he is afraid at times, we don't really believe it. This book reveals some of the Le Carre like twists and turns of the plot, and London Central proves to be even more Machiavellian in its thinking than either Bernard or [...]

    16. I have been working my way through the Bernard Samson nonology. Whilst Deighton claims the books cam be read stand alone, I expect that a lot of the pleasure is lost - the books rely so much on what has gone before. Having passed the half way point in the series, I already feel some regret that the series is not longer. Although I wil be surprised if the tensions and humour of the penultimate chapter of this book will be surpassed in what is to come.

    17. Oh dear, I went back in didn't I?Absolutely infuriating reading. Bernard just lets things happen to him, the plot is only moved on by long discussions in which tiny bits of info are eked from inscrutable characters. A pretty unbelievable slight return by the big bad of the last book just made me want to punch something. Anyway. I'm going to have to read the third one now aren't I which I hold no hope for either.

    18. I only finished this book because I started it and needed another notch on my goal list. I seriously had to look at the cover each time I picked it up, because I couldn't remember the name. It wasn't action packed, more like a Le Carre book, but without the depth of character or the feel of intense, underlying danger. It was't bad, but wasn't good either.

    19. This draws you in. I can't say much without giving away the ending. Does it seem plausible? Am I a little disappointed? This has led me to start reading Deighton's Winter, rather than the next in the series. Deighton refers frequently in it to events described in Winter, so even though that book is a huge brick, even in paperback, I feel it should be next.

    20. I would have given it 4 stars if I liked Bernard Samson but I get annoyed with him because he doesn't stand up for himself. Other than that, I really like this book, as well as the previous four. I think they are very well written. I love the subtle humour and the realism, and I want to know what happens next.

    21. It was OK, typical espionage. Who did what to whom and why? Who knew about it? Which country is spying on whom, what information did they get, can they use it against another country? Who is friend, who is foe and for how long? If you like this genre, this book is for you.

    22. A novel that contains its own plot, but is really a transitory piece of the second Bernard Samson trilogy. Entertaining, but it felt more like prologue to the conclusion, if it had some serious plot points with history stretching back to his Mexico Set novel.

    23. Deighton's Hook Line & Sinker trilogy wasn't quite as good as his Game Set & Match trilogy, however its well worthy of 3 stars nonetheless.

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