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London Match Audio CD – May 2010

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441703020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441703026
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 13.5 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,501,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Winding up the tense story begun in Berlin Game and continued in Mexico Set, Deighton's new thriller follows British intelligence agent Bernard Samson as he careens between troubled spots in Berlin and London. Bernard's recent triumph is persuading the KGB's renowned spy Erich Stennis to defect to England but, since Samson's wife Fiona has gone over to the Russians, he isn't entirely trusted by his colleagues. Now suspicions that another mole has been planted among the operatives in London exacerbate Samson's fears, mostly for his small children, if he is accused. Determined to protect himself from his own fellow workers and the wily plots of Fiona and the KGB, Samson plunges into harrowing situations, climaxing in a bloody battle which both sides claim they've won. Actually, as Samson reveals, everybody loses in the deadly game of espionage. 100,000 first printing; Literary Guild selection. January 3
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In this conclusion to his spy trilogy, Deighton's preoccupation is defection and betrayal, just as it was in the popular earlier volumes, Berlin Game and Mexico Set. But readers need not be familiar with those books to enjoy this one. The plot centers on whether a KGB defector is actually a Soviet plant, and whether there is another Russian mole hidden high up in British Intelligence. Deighton can be a master at creating a tingly sense of deepening tension in the cold and dark of Berlin or in the equally dangerous but deceptively polite office politics of London Central. The suspense tightens steadily to the final showdown, which unfortunately is something of a disappointment. Not quite on the level of Le Carre's Smiley trilogy, with its similar themes and plot twists, but surely essential reading for all espionage fans. Literary Guild main selection. Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
This is the third of the Bernard Samson trilogy set in London, Berlin, Mexico and East Germany. I think that Mr. Deighton possibly felt that the first of the series was meant as a solo effort. Perhaps not. Both Berlin Game and Mexico Set stand on their own and could have been solo efforts; London Match is possibly the weaker of the three, but leaves us with that gritty taste in our mouths that recalls the anti-Bond stories of Harry Palmer, Bernard and the others.
The office wit characterized by working with management types unfamiliar with the "field" is not uncommon to many of us who spent time in the military or big corporations. We toil for those who have never experienced what they ask us to do. Hence Dickie Cruyer and Bret Rennselear. Of course for most all of us the result of the inequity of working for management is several antacid tablets; Bernard is quick to point out for him it may be death.
Len Deighton writes wonderful stories about the Cold War a long time ago. Or was it? 5 stars. Larry Scantlebury
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Format: Kindle Edition
...to the trilogy. Bernie is settling into the new normal, a new girlfriend and his strange combination of domesticity and danger. He is still under suspicion and coping with the devious Eric Stinnes and his venal father in law. These books are so well drawn that you are easily immersed in an alternate literary world and you want to stay. Again, this book ends with a bang (or series of them) and Bernie courts disaster. Well worth your time.
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By Sto on Sept. 27 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Deighton's novels are always a good read. I enjoyed it.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 34 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Trilogy - Game Set Match July 21 2016
By Niles Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
An entertaining trilogy. A little too much referencing of places in Berlin, seems to show off knowledge of Berlin. Good character definition, although the description of Bernard Samson is not very flattering. Seems to try to follow the description of George Smiley. Good transitions between each book's story line. All in all, an enjoyable trilogy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Sept. 4 2016
By Roberto Mauro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Not as interesting as the first two volumes in the set, but entertaining nonetheless.
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the July 10 2016
By Robert S Zoller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My second Len Deighton book. As good as the first
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the pace of his best work, but worthwhile reading for Samson fans July 18 2016
By Bradley West - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"London Match" dragged for the middle half. Deighton committed to the trilogy (and already had another six books outlined), and I think he ran out of plot or had a serious case of le Carre envy with over-the-top character expositions. I like Bernard Samson, Werner and Deighton's coverage of Berlin. As I worked to the end of Game, Set and Match in under a year, I was increasingly bored with his girlfriend Gloria, sister-in-law Tessa, and Samson's three closest workmates, Dicky, Frank and Brett.

The last thirty pages of "London Match" really move along yet even there I couldn't quite understand why the principal bad guy chose to run as he did. I suspect Len had that ending in the bag early, and needed to bridge the book's OK beginning with a ripping end. But that turgid center makes me wonder what might have been with a parallel plot thread (or maybe novella treatment).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wheels within wheels Feb. 19 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Previously, in two preceeding Bernard Samson books we found out that Fiona was a deep KGB plant in MI6. 'Game' went to her. Bernard, her husband was the one who exposed her and then got his own back at the KGB by helping with the defection of Fiona's deputy. 'Set' to Bernard. The concluding book in the trilogy and the decider of the 'match' is appropriately enough the most complex plot of the three.
It's bad enough that Bernard has not quite won back the full confidence of MI6, still smarting over Fiona's sting; they're naturally enough still suspicious of her husband. What's worse is that Bernard uncovers evidence that there is another 'mole' within MI6. Evidence points to Bret Rensselaer. It could not get more awkward for Bernard. Bret is his supervisor. Bernard suspects him of having had an affair with Fiona, and now that he is under investigation, Bret turns to Bernard as the only person who can clear him.
The book brilliantly puts all of this human emotion and drama into play as well as other domestic issues pressing in on Bernard. Fiona may try to take away their children, to live with her in East Berlin. Fiona's father, wealthy, better able to provide, and a doting grand-dad also wants the children and Bernard fears he may attempt a legal move. It's left to Bernard to deal with all of this and still find out who is the mole in MI6.