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Summary

Bernard Samson returns to Berlin in the first novel in the classic spy trilogy Faith, Hope and Charity.

Bernard has known that he is not getting the full picture from London Central ever since discovering that his wife, Fiona, was a double agent.

Werner Volkmann has been cast out by London Central as untrustworthy. Yet Werner still seems able to pick up information that Bernard should have been told.

This new reissue includes a foreword from the cover designer, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a brand-new introduction by Len Deighton, which offers a fascinating insight into the writing of the story.

©2015 Len Deighton (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A string of brilliantly mounted set-pieces...superbly laconic wisecracks." ( The Times)
"Like lying back in a hot bath with a large malt whisky - absolute bliss...superbly combines violent action with a strong emotional undertow. The plotting in Faith is masterly, the atmospheric descriptions superb...." ( Sunday Telegraph)

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Great story

Superb characters with the spine of the story getting stronger.

Only read if you have read all the others before it though....

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Not Deighton at his best

If you could sum up Faith in three words, what would they be?

Authentic but unsatisfying

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The downbeat, disappointed spy schtick, the sorry tale of a talented maverick defeated by office politics I found a bit disengaging. We have the sustained feeling that this guy is going to be outmanoeuvred by more venal, lesser talents and when it finally happens I could not summon up enough sympathy to care.

What about James Lailey’s performance did you like?

Just the right level of urgency (and the accurate pronunciation of German) made it an easy listen. However, since the main protagonist was a native speaker of English and German, I thought it a false step to use a German accent for the German characters he interacted with. Surely their conversations would have been in German?

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Emotional connection, or its lack, was the problem.

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Deeper & deeper into the murk !

No one can do it like Leighton! Will Bernard survive? Can Bernard survive. truly a brilliant series!!

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Len Deighton Class Warrior!!

All the cliches about Len Deighton novels are true - cool, clever, subtle and very English. He is a smart observer of the British classs
Ystem and how it feeds through into political system

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Classis Cold War drama

Another good one. Number 7 in the triple trilogy. Wonderful series, well worth starting at the beginning - Berlin Game - with excellent narration .
This volume is a little more Bernard than spy drama.
Red them all in the 80's and unlike much of the literature of this era, despite centering around the Berlin Wall , they are just are fresh and riveting.
Good plot, excellent characters , fine writing and top narration.

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Terrific retro political & secret service stories

Probably some of the best stories that have been written about this period and the men and women who are intertwined with one another in the post war secret services up to the present (well then it was). Highly recommended m!

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great story

Another classic by Len Deighton! The narration was excellent, I am looking forward to the next one!