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Len Deighton
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Mexico Set
hardcover
380 pages
Second book in the Game, Set, Match series starring Bernard Samson. After his wife's defects to the other side Bernard is left to take care of business at home, whilst trying to get to grips wit the fact his wife's a traitor. Not knowing whom to trust he's left wondering what's true and what isn't about his life.

No longer trusted by his fellow MI5 agents and superiors he's send to convince a KGB-agent to defect to the West. Matters aren't made any easier when it looks like his wife's not giving up on trying to get Bernard to change sides as well..

Excellent thriller, not just focussing on the high tech his adrenaline world of spies but also on building up the main characters. The style of writing really instills a sense of connection with them, and makes the tension in the story just that little bit more exquisite.
Brilliant!
8/10
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Len Deighton
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Berlin Game
hardcover
287 pages
First book in the Game, Set and Match Triolgy starring MI-5 spy Bernard Samson...

Cynical old hand Samson is send to his place of birth Berlin to collect a high-ranking defector, even though his wife's not too keen on it. As the defector saved Bernard's live years ago he feels obliged to aid him in defecting to the west. There's also reports about a mole in the MI-5 ranks, which makes things a bit tense at the homefront...

Of course things don't go quite according to plan, no matter how meticulous Bernard goes about his business..

This must be one of the best thrillers ever, full of tension, double, triple and quadruple crosses, and not to mention plenty of humor. The characters are beautifully described and build up.
Excellent!
8/10
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Len Deighton
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SS-GB
hardcover
390 pages
SS-GB is both a a murder mystery and two different espionage plots. It's most intriguing asset is it's setting, the UK in 1941, just after the Nazi's have won the war.

Douglas Archer is a brilliant, German-speaking Detective Superintendent in Scotland Yard. Celebrated in the press as "Archer of the Yard", he thinks of himself as an apolitical, dedicated professional. However, a bizarre murder in an antiques shop quickly escalates into a wide-ranging conspiracy which involves the SS, the Abwehr, a circle of scientists, the weak British Resistance movement, American military intelligence, and King George VI. All these intrigues and plot twists are set within a society full of ambiguities of loyalty in an occupied nation.

Archer is not to keen on his SS superiors but he's too professional to let that get in between him and the job, although he's constantly tempted to join the resistance. Every character is acting from mixed motives that make it difficult to separate the bad guys from the heroes.

The book's a well written thriller with a nice sense of tension and the setting really makes it a worthwile read, giving us some funny situations with Nazi uses for London landmarks.
8/10
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