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  1. Nigeyb Nigeyb says:

    Hope Bernard Samson, 8 1995 is the eighth and penultimate book in the majestic Bernard Samson series.The backdrop to Hope is the Polish Solidarity movement and the end of the Cold War, with much of the book taking place in Poland.On the domestic front Bernard and Fiona are trying to rebuild their marriage which, given events in the previous books, is challenging to say the least.Bernard is now older and considerably wiser than in the earlier books however one thing remains unchanged, his te Hope Bernard Samson, 8 1995 is the eighth and penultimate book in the majestic Bernard Samson series.The backdrop to Hope is the Polish Solidarity movement and the end of the Cold War, with much of the book taking place in Poland.On the domestic front Bernard and Fiona are trying to rebuild their marriage which, given events in the previous books, is challenging to say the least.Bernard is now older and considerably wiser than in the earlier books however one thing remains unchanged, his tenacity There are some great set pieces in this book aligned to the usual pitch perfect dialogue and characterisation Needless to say I am going straight on with the final book Charity Bernard Samson, 9 1997 It will be a bittersweet moment when I finish this series4 5


  2. Victor Gibson Victor Gibson says:

    If I could give this book six stars I would But I tend to forget we are in a different era from that in which Bernard Samson was active That being said I think that the first 120 pages of Hope, in which Bernard is trekking about in a wintery Poland with his boss, the hopeless Dicky Cruyer, may be the best narrative fiction I have ever read A short quote to entice others to have a go at this volume I ll finish searching these bastards and we ll get out of here I was bending over then and t If I could give this book six stars I would But I tend to forget we are in a different era from that in which Bernard Samson was active That being said I think that the first 120 pages of Hope, in which Bernard is trekking about in a wintery Poland with his boss, the hopeless Dicky Cruyer, may be the best narrative fiction I have ever read A short quote to entice others to have a go at this volume I ll finish searching these bastards and we ll get out of here I was bending over then and taking their money and stuffing into my pocket their various identity documents I got to my feet and sighed Having Dicky along to help was like being accompanied by a pet goldfish I had to sprinkle food over him regularly and check his fins for fungus There is muchThe ghost of Tessa, if she is dead, hangs over Bernard his wife and his brother in law, and motivates London Central into sending Bernard to sort out the problem Disconcertingly for Dicky, Bret is back and has taken over as Deputy DG The politics getcomplex and out in the world, reality seems to be continuing to elude almost everybody


  3. Carol Carol says:

    So the Bernard Samson story continues as the waves caused by the return of his wife from her undercover work in East Germany continue to spread and cause unpleasant disruptions that threaten to bring to light actions of the British Intelligence Service that will reveal a number of unwelcome facts This time Bernard is investigating the actions of his brother in law, George Kosinki, who seems to have mysterious connections with the East German Stasi The events of the previous years are taking th So the Bernard Samson story continues as the waves caused by the return of his wife from her undercover work in East Germany continue to spread and cause unpleasant disruptions that threaten to bring to light actions of the British Intelligence Service that will reveal a number of unwelcome facts This time Bernard is investigating the actions of his brother in law, George Kosinki, who seems to have mysterious connections with the East German Stasi The events of the previous years are taking their toll on Samson, both professionally and personally as he uncoversdetails of his wife s secret mission, his brother in law s activities and his feelings for both the women in his life These facts are developed well in the development of the books characters which continue to be real and realistic Overall the story is solid and exciting keeping you going to the last turn of the page Looking forward to the concluding part and hopefully some answers to those questions that remain unanswered


  4. Graeme Waymark Graeme Waymark says:

    Having now finished the series ending with Charity , I placed my review there as it applied to the whole series, I will not repeat those words again, but simply say This is some of if not the best fiction series I have ever read and reminds me of a mixture of 1950s E Blyton Adventures and Hardy Boy mysteries, with the research of a 1970s to 2000 Michener, or Rutherford and then a prequel to the 21st century , Ken Follett I loved the experiences of reading each novel as much as reading the who Having now finished the series ending with Charity , I placed my review there as it applied to the whole series, I will not repeat those words again, but simply say This is some of if not the best fiction series I have ever read and reminds me of a mixture of 1950s E Blyton Adventures and Hardy Boy mysteries, with the research of a 1970s to 2000 Michener, or Rutherford and then a prequel to the 21st century , Ken Follett I loved the experiences of reading each novel as much as reading the whole 10 novel series


  5. Tim Tim says:

    Dicky Cruyer once again shows how hopeless he is in attempting to be a field agent, far better he leaves it to Bernard and sticks to office politics Although I like all the Samson series this one is particularly good and ends with what looks like a reunion with Gloria.


  6. Mike Mike says:

    Deighton is a real spycraft wonk this isn t a mission impossible, world traveler, machine guns and fancy car type of spy novel It s a very closed story regarding British intelligence in Eastern Europe around the end of the cold war, and you need to enjoy the details of both the politics of intelligence services and of the huge ramification of very little things The first half of the book was pretty slow, just setting the table for the eventual conclusion.I ve read a few of the books featur Deighton is a real spycraft wonk this isn t a mission impossible, world traveler, machine guns and fancy car type of spy novel It s a very closed story regarding British intelligence in Eastern Europe around the end of the cold war, and you need to enjoy the details of both the politics of intelligence services and of the huge ramification of very little things The first half of the book was pretty slow, just setting the table for the eventual conclusion.I ve read a few of the books featuring Deighton s hero Bernard Sampson and while I like them usually, they are definitely the sorts of stories that one every few years does me well can t imagine going right in on another somewhat plodding view of things.In all, if you like Deighton, definitely should pick this one up if not, as long as you re ok with thedetailed and cerebral side of spy novels, it s worth the read


  7. Sureshkumar Sureshkumar says:

    The scenario kees changing with innumerable surprised thrown in every series in the book BenSamson, the indeendent thinking operator seemingly creates confusion wherever he goes Invariably he sorts out issues the credit for which istaken by others He keeps plodding willing to be exploited and knowing this fully well Even as he learns of some secrets about his wife and embarks on another adventure in Poland into which he is unsypathetically thrown, his character stands up Though with age and The scenario kees changing with innumerable surprised thrown in every series in the book BenSamson, the indeendent thinking operator seemingly creates confusion wherever he goes Invariably he sorts out issues the credit for which istaken by others He keeps plodding willing to be exploited and knowing this fully well Even as he learns of some secrets about his wife and embarks on another adventure in Poland into which he is unsypathetically thrown, his character stands up Though with age and time his approach and attitude seem to change, the author maintains the timbre of his characate intacat The characterisation in this whole series is wonderful With only onebook remaining in the series for me to read,I have to hurry to get this book Just to see where the uthor goes ultimately


  8. Woody Chandler Woody Chandler says:

    As the triple trilogy begins to wind down,andloose ends and questions are answered This one involves forays into East Germany Poland as Bernard Sampson tracks down his brother in law, George Kozinski, married to Bernard s wife s sister, Tessa I don t want to give anything away here, but it really requires having read the previous books in the series Lots of doubt intrigue, right up until the very end of the novel Charity is next last I will be starting to read it tonight As the triple trilogy begins to wind down,andloose ends and questions are answered This one involves forays into East Germany Poland as Bernard Sampson tracks down his brother in law, George Kozinski, married to Bernard s wife s sister, Tessa I don t want to give anything away here, but it really requires having read the previous books in the series Lots of doubt intrigue, right up until the very end of the novel Charity is next last I will be starting to read it tonight


  9. Simon Mcleish Simon Mcleish says:

    Originally published on my blog here in December 2004.The Bernard Samson story continues, as the waves thrown up by his brother in law George Kosinski s attempts to investigate the death of his wife Bernard s wife s sister continue to threaten to reveal all kinds of unwelcome facts about the actions of British Intelligence in the closing months of the Cold War Tessa Kosinski had been killed during her sister s escape from East Germany where she had been working undercover a British agent w Originally published on my blog here in December 2004.The Bernard Samson story continues, as the waves thrown up by his brother in law George Kosinski s attempts to investigate the death of his wife Bernard s wife s sister continue to threaten to reveal all kinds of unwelcome facts about the actions of British Intelligence in the closing months of the Cold War Tessa Kosinski had been killed during her sister s escape from East Germany where she had been working undercover a British agent who was a senior official in the Stasi secret police Now George has himself disappeared, apparently either escaping from or kidnapped by Stasi agents Bernard undertakes a mission to George s family home, a big house in a remote part of Poland, protected from appropriation by the Communists by a series of compromises made with the regime over the years.While it is clear when thinking about it dispassionately that the whole of the Bernard Samson series is to say the least unlikely, this is the first of the novels where the improbabilities mount up to the point where the reader takes notice before reaching the end There is a feeling that Deighton has by this point rather run out of steam, that the third re interpretation of the story behind Fiona Samson s apparent defection has just too little material to work on The third trilogy was written rather longer after the events it describes than the earlier novels Hope is set in 1987, but not published until 1995 and so lacks the immediacy that they had This is apparent even reading them years later Deighton obviously got fired up about describing the Cold War as it happened This also means of course that most readers will know what happens next the rapid collapse of the Soviet bloc at the end of the eighties hangs over this third trilogy I suspect it was written because Deighton felt that the reactions of a veteran intelligence officer familiar with Berlin to the demolition of the Wall would make interesting reading Hope is the poorest novel in the whole sequence and what I have said about several of the others applies withforce here start at the beginning with Berlin Game and you will want to read the whole Bernard Samson story do not start in the middle or near the end


  10. Michael P. Michael P. says:

    I probably should not judge this series on this one book, since it has an excellent reputation The only kind words I have are that Deighton s style is quite readable I disliked everything else, and I do mean everything.I thought I would praise the plot and, let s call it a subplot, that reveals troubled marriages and adulteries for multiple couples While this has the form of a well drawn novel i e ANNA KARENINA , these do not really reveal much They just exist in parallel I grew tired of I probably should not judge this series on this one book, since it has an excellent reputation The only kind words I have are that Deighton s style is quite readable I disliked everything else, and I do mean everything.I thought I would praise the plot and, let s call it a subplot, that reveals troubled marriages and adulteries for multiple couples While this has the form of a well drawn novel i e ANNA KARENINA , these do not really reveal much They just exist in parallel I grew tired of the protagonist being unrelenting right and everyone else being unrelentingly wrong and his cynical view of everything One of the most obnoxious characters I have ever encountered, Dickie, is in half the book All his scenes are very hard to take I did not find the story especially worth telling.I may give Samson another try, but I can wait a while


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Hope [Reading] ➶ Hope By Len Deighton – Thomashillier.co.uk Master spy Bernard Samson is back and in top form once again in bestselling author Len Deighton s new thriller trilogyAs the Berlin Wall Begins to crumble, Bernard Samson is caught up in an ever chang Master spy Bernard Samson is back and in top form once again in bestselling author Len Deighton s new thriller trilogyAs the Berlin Wall Begins to crumble, Bernard Samson is caught up in an ever changing situation and the devious squabbles that infest the serviceAnd as cold war loyalties shift in the freezing wind, Samson is forced back into the game he longs to leave, this time without the certainty that evil lurks only on the other sideCaught between his job and his ethics, his past and his future, and the two women he loves, trapped in a maze of deception and danger where nothing is what it seems any longer, Samson undertakes his most dazzling mission yet one that leads him from the seeming innocence of rural Poland, to the dubious heart of civilization that is London CentralIn the end, he has only himself to depend on, only Hope to keep him from harm.