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Bernard Samson, survivor and spy extraordinaire, the star of Len Deighton's two previous best-selling trilogies – Game, Set, and Match and Hook, Line, and Sinker – is back in the dazzling new series Faith, Hope, and Charity. Deighton, dubbed by the New York Times as "a master of the British espionage novel," deftly re-creates the internecine squabbling and self preservingBernard Samson, survivor and spy extraordinaire, the star of Len Deighton's two previous best-selling trilogies – Game, Set, and Match and Hook, Line, and Sinker – is back in the dazzling new series Faith, Hope, and Charity.Deighton, dubbed by the New York Times as "a master of the British espionage novel," deftly re-creates the internecine squabbling and self preserving panic that characterized spying in the months before the Berlin Wall crumbled and the Eastern Bloc dissolved.With Cold War loyalties shifting in the freezing wind, Bernard is forced back into the "game," this time without the moral sureness that evil lies exclusively on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Caught between his job and his ethics, his past and his future, and the two women he loves, trapped in a maze of the section and danger where nothing is what it seems, Samson undertakes a mission that leads from rural Poland to the heart of London Central.Deighton, with the rare hand of a master, vividly paints the shadowy world of spies and moles, agents and double agents pitted and a war in which physical violence is only the beginning....

Title : Hope
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ISBN : 9780060176969
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 295 Pages
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Hope Reviews

  • Victor Gibson
    2019-06-17 04:51

    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 much more. The 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 get more complex and out in the world, reality seems to be continuing to elude almost everybody.

  • Carol
    2019-05-28 01:46

    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 uncovers more details 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.

  • Graeme Waymark
    2019-05-29 22:52

    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.

  • Tim
    2019-06-06 21:25

    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.

  • Woody Chandler
    2019-06-18 01:48

    As the triple trilogy begins to wind down, more and more loose 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.

  • Simon Mcleish
    2019-05-26 03:38

    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 with more force 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.

  • Mike Jensen
    2019-05-26 02:26

    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.

  • Nooilforpacifists
    2019-05-25 01:37

    This could have the best "hook" and story-"line" of any of the nine Samson-series books.

  • Kristopher
    2019-06-15 03:28

    I want to be Bernard Samson.

  • Nina
    2019-05-25 22:53

    Jest w ósmym tomie dziewięcioodcinkowego serialu z Bernardem Samsonem więcej niż w poprzednich częściach krwawych epizodów i innych zaskakujących wydarzeń. Wyobraźnia czytelnika uruchamia oczywiście scenariusze tego typu akcji, wyjaśniające zarówno ich źródła jak i konsekwencje. Na ogół jednak owe przewidywane rozwiązania zagadek, typowe dla powieści szpiegowskich, u Lena Deightona się nie sprawdzają. Stare wątki, ciągnące się, czasami z przerwami, od początku cyklu coraz bardziej kluczą i ich końca nie widać. Wszystko nadal postrzegamy oczyma Samsona. Ale, ponieważ w jednym z wcześniejszych tomów autor odstąpił od tej reguły, czytelnik wie znacznie więcej niż sam Bernard, i o jego żonie Fionie, i o śmierci jego szwagierki Tessy Kosinski.Tymczasem on, Bernard Samson, podąża tropem zrozpaczonego męża Tessy, George’a Kosinskiego, do jego rodzinnego kraju, czyli do Polski. Litościwie zamilczę nad obrazem tego dziwnego kraju, który niewiele ma wspólnego z Polską Anno Domini 1987. Owszem, autor z literacką swobodą operuje różnymi geograficznymi i historycznymi nazwami, nazwiskami i pojęciami, takimi jak Mazury, Bazar Różyckiego, Jan Paweł II, Bezpieka czy Solidarność, ale rozeznanie co do ich faktycznego znaczenia posiada niewielkie. Zresztą także rola brytyjskich szpiegów w NRD przedstawiana jest, przynajmniej dotychczas, mało przekonująco.Tak naprawdę nie bardzo wiadomo, dokąd cała saga zmierza. Do jej zakończenia pozostał jeszcze jeden tom. Zdaje się jednak, że Mur u Lena Deightona nie upadnie. Czy zatem będzie to, podobnie jak u Johna le Carrégo, głównie gorzki, krytyczny obraz zimnowojennych działań wywiadu brytyjskiego? Jeśli mimo wszystko czytam te powieści z zainteresowaniem, to dzięki kunsztowi literackiemu autora. W Prologu do Nadziei Deighton przyznaje, że zawsze priorytetem dla niego było informowanie poprzez dialog. Toteż czytając pierwsze wersje swoich powieści starał się wszystkie autorskie komentarze i opisy zastępować rozmowami. Aż dziw bierze, jak wiele te dialogi są w stanie przekazać o świecie ludzi zwanych szpiegami.

  • Jan
    2019-06-11 04:26

    Have this in hard cover, so book cover very different. The saga continues, Bernard is not having the best of times with his wife Fiona, the one who deserted him for four years, left him with two children to raise, and went off behind the wall as a double agent. Bernard, aka Bernie, was not told she was a double agent, and had to get on with his life, falling in love with Gloria, who looked after his kids. Back comes Fiona, hailed as the wonderful warrior, and who shows jealous against Gloria, neglecting to tell her husband, that all the while she had been having an affair with a communist agent before she left for the "other side" and after she got there. However, Bernie is not aware of this, until his best friend finally tells him, not only did he know Fiona was a double agent, but that he was her case manager, and he fills Bernie in about the affair. At last Bernie wakes up to the real Fiona. Or does he, the reader is never convinced about anything with Bernie. In the meantime, Bernie is shoved out of the main H.Q. he tries to find his brother in law, who has gone of to Poland, sure that his wife, who they told him was shot, is still alive. Dicky goes with Bernie, such a sleaze is Dicky, and nearly gets them killed, well of course he does, and others get killed, and more double agents. Brother in law is a real jerk, back and forth to Germany, and Poland and escapes, and twists in the plot, and who is really running the spy's in London? Gloria starts to shine, but obviously it is her dad who must have changed the dental in the skull (several books back) but that has not come up yet, and he has been pushed out to Europe to teach. Will he be bumped off in a future book, who knows? Onto the next book

  • Roger Scherping
    2019-06-08 22:40

    One of the most boring and confusing books I've ever read. Apparently not reading the prior books in the series is a serious disadvantage, because I knew nothing about Fiona or Gloria or any of the relationships between the different characters, and very little was offered in the way of explanations. I found it impossible to follow entire sections of their dialogue that seemed to cover something in a prior book. I also didn't follow everything about Delius because the author failed to explain what this network was or how it operated. Finally, there were far too many times when Bernard just happened to show up somewhere and coincidentally run across just the person he needed to meet to keep the story going. Overall, I'm surprised I even finished the book.

  • Fred
    2019-06-09 03:37

    This is the 8th Barnard Samson book I’ve read, so clearly I enjoy the characters that populate these stories and am interested in the kinds of intrigue in which they get entangled. Although advertised as standalone books, the reader would lose a lot if the books were not read in order (since the past stories propelled the characters to their current situations). This book was my favorite of the series so far – probably because [1] the character interactions were sometimes a bit more humorous and [2] by the end of the story I felt like the impact of the characters’ actions were more consequential.

  • Paul
    2019-06-02 20:38

    Long ago I read the Bernard Samson trilogies which preceded this novel and remember enjoying them. This middle book in the last Bernard Samson trilogy is similarly entertaining. Much of the intrigue in this spy story deals with office backstabbing at Britain's spy agency, while the actual spy story spends time in the background before a fast-paced conclusion. Well written and witty, and a good break from some of my recent reads.

  • Michael Shaoul
    2019-05-23 02:24

    A series meandering through historyEnjoyable enough- but much too contrived to really be appreciated. Now George is the latest character to be reinvented in a manner that makes no sense to the way he was portrayed a few books ago. And the pastor was very silly too. But at least the weighting is solid and the reading is easy enough.

  • Shailesh Dhume
    2019-06-03 02:44

    Great slow burning thriller. Builds up gradually to a good climax. Also a good exploration of interpersonal relationships and the effects politics and manipulations of nations has on people.

  • Floyd Truskot
    2019-06-04 03:47

    Another chapter in the life of Bernard Samson.

  • John Defrog
    2019-06-14 02:42

    The second book of the third Bernard Samson trilogy, in which Samson’s brother-in-law George Kosinski – in tax exile in Zurich – is suspected of having mysterious contacts with the East German Stasi. Samson and his inept boss, Dicky Cruyer track him to his family home in Warsaw, where he turns up dead. Or does he? This installment is one of the more straightforward of the series, focusing more on the mission at hand than the other subplots, although it does add up – the events of the previous books are obviously taking their toll on Samson’s professional and personal life, especially as he uncovers more details about his wife Fiona’s secret mission. It’s a pretty solid entry, and I’m looking forward to the conclusion.

  • Jak60
    2019-05-21 03:39

    Well, this is the eight book of the Samson series; I have read and reviewed all the previous books over the last couple of weeks, so I feel I would repeat myself here....anyway, here is the gist: another solid novel, very well written and highly enjoyable. Even more importantly, I am having a great time going through the whole thing, the three trilogies; and I recommend anyone who would like to do so to to it from the first Samson book. And now I'm going to start the last book, and I already know that, at the end, I'll miss Samson and his gang...

  • Linda
    2019-06-11 03:53

    After reading and loving the first six Bernard Samson novels (Game,Set,Match,Hook,Line,Sinker), I just finished reading Faith, Hope, and Charity. To be honest, I didn't feel like there was enough material to justify three separate novels--particularly the first two--but in all, I was very satisfied with the overall conclusion. It was interesting going back and forth in my mind, cheering for Gloria and then for Fiona. But (without giving anything away for other potential readers), it, of course, ended the only way it could.

  • Colby
    2019-05-25 01:30

    "Len Deighton": no more needs saying.

  • Mary Warnement
    2019-06-12 04:26

    There's one more left in this third trilogy starring Bernie Samson, more Berliner than Londoner but true to England. At heart this was a simple plot but the complicated pasts of all the characters confused matters. I smiled at the ending and thought about immediately picking up the next one, but I need some time in between or spy thrillers become dull. I need some real literature, but that doesn't mean I didn't thoroughly enjoy this.

  • Gareth Evans
    2019-06-16 04:30

    As a standalone volume the story is slight, as the eighth of a series of nine books, it carries the story forward to what will hopefully be a revealing conclusion. Unlike the rest of the series Hope is a little slow to get going but builds to an excellent climax. As ever, the dialogue is excellent.

  • Lysergius
    2019-06-12 02:39

    In the second part of the Faith, Hope and Charity trilogy Bernard Samson needs to stay out of trouble, to get to know his wife Fiona again, to put his relationship with his lover, Gloria behind him and to to re-establish contact with his children. But the arrival of a wounded man in the middle of the night indicates that trouble won't be easy to avoid.

  • Leonard Entwistle
    2019-06-11 02:46

    Bernd's even tougher and disenchanted with authority than James Bond but also with a complicated wife and 2 kids. Wonder if these books have been filmed or TV series made? if not should have been. Michael Caine (Harry Palmer) would have been good but that's probably why not,too much from same author?

  • False
    2019-06-10 03:34

    I've started reading my friend Rick's books, and this was one of them. I'll probably work my way through Deighton. Bouncing back between London and Poland with pit stops in Vienna. Very much in the manner of Le Carre.

  • Andrew Whalan
    2019-05-23 01:33

    Bernard Samson starts to unravel the mystery behind the killing of his sister in law but also has to deal with some undiscovered truths about her husband. In the meantime, he has to balance his strained relationship with his ex defector wife.

  • Karen
    2019-06-03 02:47

    I found the main character - who apparently appears in many of Deighton's books - likeable and interesting. I really enjoyed the way Deighton describes the upper + middle management types the lead character runs into.

  • Diane
    2019-05-24 23:40

    Too much rambling and not understanding the situations.

  • Philip
    2019-06-12 00:36

    Bernard Samson back on form and even gets the girl in this one